“The X Factor UK” is back in full swing and the season 15 premiere which aired last week in the U.S. on AXS TV served up plenty of emotional, unforgettable moments. No one knows about delivering jaw-dropping moments on the popular UK-based reality singing competition better than season 13 champion Matt Terry. The Bromley native crooner is the focus of this week’s “The X Factor UK Where are they now?” series which takes a look at past “X Factor” winners and launched last week with last season’s winners, Rak-Su.
First, Matt Terry bears a striking resemblance to former One Direction member and current “X Factor UK” season 15 judge Louis Tomlinson. He wowed all “The X Factor” judges at his original season 13 audition performance of “Stand By Me,” especially Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger, who was openly enamored with him and eventually became his mentor for the Boys category. Terry proved his strong vocal chops time and again throughout his “X Factor UK” journey, with a peak series performance of Sam Smith’s Oscar-winning Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall” for Movie Night.
Terry’s performance caught Smith’s attention and he took the aspiring artist out for a drink and gave him career advice after bumping into him at a London tourist attraction. Terry went on to reprise his “Writing’s on the Wall” performance for “The X Factor UK” season 13 finale at which he was crowned champion. He also performed the season 13 winner’s single, “When Christmas Comes Around,” which was notably written exclusively for the series champ by Grammy-winning superstar Ed Sheeran. The single peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
Post-“The X Factor,” Matt Terry collaborated with Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul on a remix of “Subeme La Radio” (“Turn Up the Radio”) which reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. Then he released his first single from his debut album, Trouble, called “Sucker For You” followed by a second single called “The Thing About Love.” He returned to “The X Factor UK” stage as a guest artist to perform the latter ahead of Trouble’s Nov. 24, 2017 release. The album reached No. 29 on Official Chart Company’s UK Albums chart.
Terry parted ways with his RCA label in June 2018 and told The Sun in an interview, “I’m in talks with Sony Madrid. In the UK I’ve done my thing. The reaction to my songs has been crazy, they’ve had 60million streams. It’s great but I’m excited to do another album.
He also spoke with Heart about his Latin options saying, “I’ve already had interest from Sony Miami and Sony Madrid, because I made quite good contacts out there and they want me. However, I would have to consider whether I want to move out there and move country, I need to do more research but for now, I'm quite happy pursuing acting for a little bit."
The “acting” Terry is talking about is being cast as Alex the lion in “Madagascar The Musical” now playing across theatres in London, England and he seems perfectly ecstatic with his new musical turn. He posted a heartfelt note on Sept. 4 to his Twitter followers which reflects on the past two years of his life all in thanks to “The X Factor” saying, “This, by far was my best move in life and I’m so grateful for every single opportunity I am being given. It would be a lie to say it’s been easy. It would be a lie to say I didn’t get lost along the way. But I wouldn’t change it for the world …”
He goes on to offer encouragement to current “X Factor” hopefuls saying, “best of luck to everyone auditioning this year.” Read Matt Terry’s entire Twitter post below and see a trailer for “Madagascar The Musical” above.
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