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Matt Cardle says he needs to distance himself from X-Factor, agrees to appear on X-Factor

By | Published on Thursday 29 September 2011

Matt Cardle

We reported earlier this week that last year’s ‘X-Factor’ winner Matt Cardle was keen to shake off the stigma that comes with appearing on the ITV talent show. He’s now spoken to Music Week about how important it is to claw back the integrity he had when he was a mere pub singer.

“It was so important I was honest with Chris [Briggs, Sony A&R] about keeping my integrity intact, even though I battered the hell out of it on ‘The X-Factor'”, he said. “But I think a little bit of it remained somehow and I wanted to keep hold of that and build on that and write an album I would have written anyway. I’m really proud of it. I just pray to God it bridges the gap between ‘X-Factor’ contestant and true singer-songwriter”.

Stage one of distancing himself from ‘X-Factor’ is the release of Cardle’s debut single, ‘Run For Your Life’, which was written by ‘X-Factor’ judge Gary Barlow and will be launched with a live performance on ‘X-Factor’ on 9 Oct. Yep, that should do it.