Mentored by singer Rita Ora, the 17-year-old is the youngest winner of the show to date and her consistent performances week to week ensured she was never in the bottom two.
The winning song, ‘Forever Young’,was perfectly suited to her dulcet tones, while runners-up Reggie ‘N’ Bollie struggled to put their stamp on it after weeks of entertaining the masses with their likeable and unique rapping style.
The finale also featured performances by Adele and Coldplay, and an emotional tribute to One Direction who are taking a break five years after they catapulted into stardom after coming third in the competition in 2010.
But the glittering two-hour finale was not enough to save Simon Cowell’s blushes after a series of embarrassing blunders this series. Dermot O’Leary left a massive gap when he quit as host last year, and Caroline Flack and Olly Murs were widely viewed as not being up to the challenge.
Saturday’s night final — which saw Che Chesterman be voted off — was plagued with technical hitches as the show pulled its lowest ever final ratings on a Saturday night. The show was a whopping 2m down from last year’s Saturday night final, when 8.14m tuned in to see Ben Haenow take the crown.
There was further embarrassment for Cowell and ITV with news that BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing dominated the ratings, pulling in 9.4m with a 42% audience share, compared to The X Factor’s 5.7m.
This could be the last X Factor, considering ITV recently purchased the rights to rival show The Voice.
The technical issues on Saturday’s show caused a flurry of activity on Twitter. One user appeared to express concern for the job certainty of the crew writing: ‘Someone’s going to get fired from the X Factor tonight, that technical hitch was embarrassing xD #XFactor Final’ Another Tweeter wrote: ‘What just happened on the X factor #XFactor technical fault?’