POP star Matt Cardle gave a sneak preview of his upcoming debut tour with an acoustic set for a few lucky fans behind closed doors last night in Sheffield.
And he proved he’s still got the X Factor.
The 2010 series winner, now celebrating over 300,000 sales of his debut album Letters, thrilled around 200 competition winners, including Star readers, at the latest Real Radio Intimate Performance.
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Cardle, aged 28 - who beat Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction into first place - abandoned his trademark peak cap in favour of a woolly hat to keep warm in the aptly named Winter Garden.
His note perfect smouldering vocals soon sent temperatures soaring with a set list including the album title track, a cover of Duffy’s Mercy, his debut number one, When We Collide and next single, a love ballad called Amazing, out February 19.
South Yorkshire fans were disappointed when promoters missed Sheffield off his forthcoming 23-date tour.
So he jumped at the chance when Real Radio teamed up with Sheffield City Council and the Mercure St. Paul’s Hotel to stage last night’s exclusive invite-only show, backed by The Star.
Now he says he dreams of a date back at the city’s Motorpoint Arena.
“I’d love to play there and fingers crossed that will happen at some stage,’’ he revealed.
“It’s been a busy 12 months. I’m working on a new album and we’ve got the new single out soon. It’s an EP, including a new version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, which went down well on The X Factor.”
Ricky Durkin, Programme Director of Real Radio Yorkshire said: “Matt has an amazing voice and proved he really has got the X Factor. We were delighted to bring him to Sheffield.”