Matt Cardle at Portsmouth Guildhall

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Since triumphing over Rebecca Ferguson to become The X Factor winner in 2010, Matt Cardle hasn’t exactly set the charts alight.

Despite a Christmas number one with When We Collide shortly after the show, the former painter and decorator born in Southampton has been rather quiet.

However, his performance at the Portsmouth Guildhall confirmed why he was a worthy winner.

Cardle opened the show with various pop-rock tracks from his debut album, Letters. He showcased his guitar skills as well as his ability to hit the high notes but was notably missing his trademark cap!

Referring to it as ‘that’ show, Cardle seemingly wishes to distance himself from The X Factor. However, the clear audience favourite was his acoustic rendition of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, the song he performed at Boot Camp.

The encore of his two top-10 singles, the aforementioned Biffy Clyro cover and Run For Your Life, received a standing ovation.

With his undeniable talent for singing and song-writing, it is hoped that Matt Cardle will enjoy a long and successful music career rather than fade into X Factor obscurity like other male winners Leon Jackson and Steve Brookstein.

Support was provided by Fareham singer-songwriter Roxanne Emery.