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Matt Cardle.

Matt Cardle.

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An X Factor winner will take the stage at Lancaster’s Christmas lights switch-on this Sunday.

Matt Cardle, who beat One Direction to win the TV talent search in 2010, will appear in the city’sMarket Square.

The former painter and decorator has released three Top 10 albums since winning the show and sold more than 2.2m records worldwide.

Cardle won over X Factor fans in 2010 with his incredible vocal range and down-to-earth personality, fighting off competition from Liverpool songstress Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction who have since gone on to become the world’s biggest boy band.

Matt said: “I’m excited to be switching on the Christmas Lights in Lancaster this year. It will be a great way for me to say thank you to my fans in Lancaster for their 
love and support over the last four years.”

A full line-up of acts will perform in the run-up to the switch on and afterwards (3pm to 7.30pm).

Local boy Paul Akister, controversially voted out of the 2014 series earlier this month, will perform, as will Black Lace, famed for 1980s party hits Agadoo and Do the Conga, as well as former X Factor finalists Kingsland Road and Kitty Brucknell.

Local boy Paul Akister, controversially voted out of the 2014 series earlier this month.

Also look out for Britain’s Got Talent finalist Gabrielle ‘Gabz’ Gardiner, known for her Top 10 hit ‘Lighters (The One)’, novelty act Mr Zip, plus pop band Everyoung, girl band Vanquish, Hana Joy, Amy Jo Clough and Magalie.