Last night Matt Terry and team Nicole Scherzinger won The X Factor 2016 – but it was closer than you’d think.
As new voting figures show, after the vote freeze on Saturday night, fellow finalist Saara Aalto was actually ahead: the Finnish singer picked up 35.3% of the vote, compared to Terry’s 33.4% and boy group 5 After Midnight’s 31.3%.
However, Terry went on to win the competition outright on Sunday night with 48.5% of the vote, compared to Aalto’s 40.4%.
Looking at the scroll of voting stats from the series (see below), it seemed early on that Terry would be the winner of the show after bossing six out of 10 weeks. But Saara Aalto actually beat Terry in weeks eight and nine, indicating the momentum was in her favour.
In short: the stats show Terry’s victory was actually a surprise.
Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the numbers show Honey G was never that popular. The ‘genuine urban artist’ who returned for a performance on the final finished fourth at best (weeks one and two). Who’d have guessed?