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Matthew James Terry (born 20 May 1993) is an English singer and songwriter.[1][2] In 2016, he was crowned as the winner of the thirteenth series of The X Factor.[3] His debut single, "When Christmas Comes Around", which was released on 11 December 2016, peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart. His debut album, Trouble was released on 24 November 2017 and charted at 29 on the UK Album Charts.[4]

Matt Terry
Birth nameMatthew James Terry
Born (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 26)
Chatham, Kent, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present
Associated acts



2016: The X FactorEdit

Terry auditioned for the thirteenth series of The X Factor in 2016, singing a cover of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me", which earned him four yeses from the judges.[5] Terry was placed in the "boys" category and reached the live shows, where he was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. Following the eliminations of Freddy Parker in week 2 and Ryan Lawrie in week 7, Terry became Scherzinger's last act left in the competition.[6] He ended up in the bottom two in the semi-final and faced the sing-off against Emily Middlemas but was sent through to the final when Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne voted to send him through to the final.[7]

On 11 December 2016, he was crowned as the winner of The X Factor 2016, over Saara Aalto,[1] making him the second winner, after James Arthur, to be in the bottom two at any given stage of the competition. He immediately released his winner's single, "When Christmas Comes Around", an original song written by Ed Sheeran.[8] It is the second time that the winner has released an original winner's song, the first being the second series winner Shayne Ward, who released his debut single "That's My Goal".[9] Following his win, Terry signed with Syco and RCA Records.[10]

The X Factor performances and results
Show Song choice Theme Result
Auditions "Stand by Me" – Ben E. King N/A Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp "See You Again" – Charlie Puth (with Tom and Laura, and Aeron Smith) Through to six-chair challenge
Six-chair challenge "When I Was Your Man" – Bruno Mars/"Secret Love Song" – Little Mix (sing-off song against Christian Burrows) Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses "She's Out of My Life" – Michael Jackson Through to live shows
Live show 1 "You Don't Own Me" – Grace Express Yourself Safe (1st)
Live show 2 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" – Marvin Gaye Motown Safe (1st)
Live show 3 "I'll Be There" – The Jackson 5 Divas & Legends Safe (1st)
Live show 4 "I Put a Spell on You" – Screamin' Jay Hawkins Fright Night Safe (1st)
Live show 5 "I'm Your Man" – Wham! Girlband vs Boyband Safe (1st)
Live show 6 "Best of My Love" – The Emotions Disco Safe (3rd)
Live show 7 "Writing's on the Wall" – Sam Smith Movies Safe (1st)
Quarter-Final "Secret Love Song, Pt. II" – Little Mix Louis Loves Safe (2nd)
"Alive" – Sia Contestant's Choice
Semi-Final "Silent Night" – traditional Christmas Bottom two (3rd)
"Say You Love Me" – Jessie Ware Contestant's Choice
"Hurt" – Christina Aguilera Sing-off Safe (majority vote)
Final "Take Me Home" – Jess Glynne New song Safe (1st)
"Purple Rain" with Nicole Scherzinger Celebrity duet
"Writing's on the Wall" – Sam Smith Song of the Series Winner
"One Day I'll Fly Away" – Randy Crawford No theme
"When Christmas Comes Around" Winner's Single

2017: TroubleEdit

In 2017, Terry featured in a new version of "Súbeme la Radio", with Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul. The single peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, and sold 200,000 certified units, scoring a Silver BPI certification.

Following that, he released the first single from his debut album, "Sucker For You". The single peaked at 51 on the UK Singles Chart. A second single, a ballad called "The Thing About Love" was released afterwards. He performed the single on The X Factor as a guest performer. After the performance, he confirmed that the album would be released on 24 November 2017. The single peaked at 51 on the UK Singles Chart. Upon release, Terry's album peaked at 29 on the UK Albums Chart. His album is the lowest charting debut album from any The X Factor winner.[11]

2018–present: Leaving RCA and MadagascarEdit

On 3 June 2018, Terry announced in an interview that he had parted ways with RCA Records.[12] The next month, he made his acting debut in the UK production of Madagascar – The Musical.[13] In 2019, returned to the Madagascar musical, portraying the role of Alex the Lion.[14][15]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 24 November 2017
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, digital download
29 39


As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"When Christmas Comes Around" 2016 3 14 28 2 Non-album single
"Sucker for You" 2017 51 83 52 Trouble
"Try" 2018
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
2017 1 25 25 1
  • BPI: Silver
Non-album single
"Súbeme La Radio (Remix)"
(Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul and Matt Terry)
10 51 3
  • BPI: Silver
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"The Thing About Love" 2017 51 24 Trouble

Songwriting creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with
"Please" 2018 Samantha Harvey Please EP
  • Background vocals
  • co-writer
Samuel Preston, George Tizzard, Richard Parkhouse



  1. ^ a b "Who is The X Factor's Matt Terry? Everything you need to know about Nicole Scherzinger's live act". Radio Times.
  2. ^ "Repertoire Search". BMI. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Matt Terry beats Saara Aalto to X Factor 2016 crown". Daily Star. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Peak position for the United Kingdom:
  5. ^ Campbell, Tina (2 September 2016). "Judges can't believe their eyes when a Louis Tomlinson lookalike auditions for The X Factor". The Sun. News UK. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  6. ^ Walker, Danny (4 September 2016). "Louis Tomlinson lookalike Matt Terry reveals heartache on X Factor... and flirts". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Emily Middlemas eliminated from X Factor after sing-off with Matt Terry". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ Copsey, Rob (11 December 2016). "Matt Terry wins X Factor 2016 final, releases winner's single". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  9. ^ Welsh, Daniel (12 December 2016). "X Factor Winner Matt Terry Releases 'When Christmas Comes Around' – Who Else Are This Year's Christmas Number One Contenders?". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  10. ^ Darvill, Josh (13 December 2016). "X Factor's Matt Terry hasn't been signed by Simon Cowell's Syco label". TellyMix. United Kingdom. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  11. ^ "X Factor 2017 - Matt Terry becomes first winner to MISS the Top 10 with debut album | Music | Entertainment |". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Matt Terry turns to theatre after being dropped from record label". 3 June 2018.
  13. ^ "X Factor winner Matt Terry to lead cast of Madagascar musical | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  14. ^ "X Factor winner Matt Terry returns to his acting roots to play Alex the Lion in Madagascar". The Wokingham Paper. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Matt Terry To Continue In 2019 Tour Of Madagascar The Musical". Encore Radio. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  16. ^ Peak positions on the Scottish Albums Chart:
  17. ^ a b Peak positions on the Finnish Download Chart:
  18. ^ a b Peak positions for Ireland:
  19. ^ a b c Peak positions on the Scottish Singles Chart:
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Louisa Johnson
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Forever Young
Winner's singles of The X Factor
When Christmas Comes Around
Succeeded by