X Factor 2016 voting figures: Matt Terry beat Saara Aalto by 8%


Just 8% of the vote split The X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry from runner up Saara Aalto.

Although it was a close result, it wasn't quite the closest ever.

Just 6% split Little Mix and Marcus Collins in 2011 as well as Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson in 2010.

But although Matt had pulled ahead by the time lines had closed, it really could have gone either way.


On Saturday night Saara was top of the scores, the first time in X Factor history that the winner has changed in the final.

However it was shockingly close at that point, with just 4% splitting the entire top three.

It would suggest that song choices and performances on the night probably decided the winner this year.

> X Factor 2016 voting figures: Voting stats and percentages in full revealed

X Factor's final results

Louisa v Reggie n Bollie = 15%
Ben Haenow v Fleur East = 19%
Sam Bailey v Nicholas McDonald = 17%
James Arthur v Jahmeme Douglas = 15%
Little Mix v Marcus Collins = 6%
Matt Cardle v Rebecca Ferguson = 6%
Olly Murs v Joe McElderry = 22%
JLS v Alexandra Burke = 17%

Meanwhile The X Factor voting figures also show how Saara was NEVER in the bottom two despite three appearances in the sing off, with the life line vote twist saving others ahead of her.

More titbits from the stats include how judges sent home both Relley C and Gifty Louise ahead of 4 Of Diamonds in the sing-offs despite the group being bottom of the vote. Then the week the judges did send 4 of Diamonds home, they actually weren't last in the public poll.


In another sing-off decision by the judges, Honey G was saved despite Ryan Lawrie having more votes. Despite his repeated appearances in the bottom 3, Ryan was actually never bottom of the vote.

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