'My album is going to be awesome' says X Factor winner Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle

Confident if a little cocky, X Factor winner Matt Cardle has declared that his debut album will be "awesome". The 28-year-old, who topped the voting during last year's final to beat Rebecca Ferguson into second place, went on to say he's written some "real" songs for the album.

“I’ve been trying to make it in the music business for 12 years, but I haven’t made it yet. I’ve got my foot in the door," Matt explained. "I’ve got the opportunity to make an album and it’s going to be awesome.

“The album has been going really well. It’s where I want it to be. We’ve done some really good songs – all very real, nothing airy fairy. We’ve got a number of songs which could be singles. We’ve got options, we just need to work out which one is right.”

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It is understood that Matt will release his first single in August, with a second followed in the winter just before the album's release to coincide with the return of The X Factor live shows.

His dad added: “We’ve heard snippets of the new music and it sounds very good, but it’s all hush hush at the moment.”

Meanwhile speaking to the Beeb, Matt revealed: "For me to get my head together and get in the studio and get my inspiration back on track and start writing the album has been great.

“There’s some anthemic stuff in there, there’s some very upbeat stuff, there’s some stripped-back soulful stuff in there. It’s been such a whirlwind.”

He added: "My inspiration is everything I’ve ever listened to; Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Dave Matthews Band.”

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Watch Matt Cardle performing Just The Way You Are on last year's live shows below...

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