In 2016, a young singer-songwriter from Bromley auditioned for one of the biggest talent shows on television.
Little did the then 23-year-old Matt Terry know that in just a few months he would be crowned as the winner of the X Factor.
Terry auditioned for the thirteenth series, earning an impressive four yeses from the judges with his rendition of Ben E King’s Stand By Me.
As the show continued, Matt, who is a former pupil of D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Bromley, went from strength to strength and wowed both the judges and viewers with his vocal talents.
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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.
Despite performing stellar covers each week, the Bromley boy ended up in the bottom two in the semi-final and went head to head in the sing off with Emily Middlemas. Luckily, he triumphed and was sent through to the final.
The final took place on December 11, 2016 and he was crowned the winner over Saaro Aalto, 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.
The single peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.
But what has he been up to since?
That same year he also featured on a new release of Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul’s hit Súbeme la Radio. The single peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.
Following that, he released the first single from his debut album, Sucker For You. 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 and then announced his album release date.
Upon release, Terry’s debut album Trouble peaked at 29 on the UK Albums Chart. His album is the lowest charting debut album from any The X Factor winner.
Sadly in June of 2018, the young hopeful was dropped by RCA Records.
But he was soon onto another project – making his debut in the UK production of Madagascar – The Musical as Alex the Lion in 2019.
Proving yet again that the stage was his calling, Matt then landed a part in the production of Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas Musical! as Young Max.
Matt is now 27, and has been regularly posting his lockdown antics on his Instagram here.