Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ben Haenow Wins 2014 X Factor Final Contest

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Ben Haenow has been named this year's X Factor winner after going head to head with Fleur East in the 2014 final at Wembley Arena. The contestants, who were both mentored by Simon Cowell in the over-25s group, sang two songs in front of the judges and a 10,000-strong audience.

The winner was chosen by the public, with 10 million voting on the night. Cowell told Haenow.

"This what you've waited for for 12 years. This is what turning into a star feels like. You deserved it, you're a great guy. This is your moment."

For their song of the series, Haenow sang Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror, while East repeated her success with Uptown Funk, which became a UK number one for Ronson this weekend.

Both contestants sang the same winner's song, a cover version of One Republic's Something I Need.

Haenow's version was greeted by raucous applause from around the arena. Mel B told him:

"I think this song was truly made for you."

Ahead of the final decision, Cowell called it "the best and closest final I think I have ever judged", adding that he wished he could split the prize.

Sunday's final was peppered with performances from previous X Factor stars, notably One Direction and Olly Murs, who duetted with Demi Lovato - a former judge on the now defunct US version of The X Factor.

One Direction performed alongside Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood, though the biggest cheers of the night were still reserved for Harry Styles.

Grammy nominee Sam Smith performed Stay With Me in the final minutes of voting. His advice to the winner:

"Surround yourself with good people that you trust and never ever do anything that you don't want to do."

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