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X Factor winner: Leon Jackson wins the finale

After surprising results, Leon Jackson was the winner of "X Factor", ahead of favorite Rhydian Roberts.

X Factor winner: Leon Jackson wins the finale Who won the X Factor? Not the favorite Roberts. During last nights X Factor results, Leon Jackson became the winner of the popular British talent show, upsetting the bookmakers and millions of Roberts fans. Winning the "X Factor" means that Leon Jackson got the £1 million Sony BMG record contract, which was the grand prize of the show. At the beginning of the X Factor finale, host Dermot O'Leary turned up the suspense by announcing that the difference in votes between Rhydian Roberts and Leon Jackson was only 1%. Prior to this, viewers learned that the duo Same Difference got the fewest votes and they took the third place and it was down to the Scot vs. Welsh singers.

 Leon Jackson broke down when he learned that he was the winner of X Factor, saying "It’s not real. I didn’t think I’d win in a million years. I just thought I would try my luck. I am amazed...It just means the world...I love singing." And the X Factor finale was a shock for the bookmakers, as well. The U.K. licensed online bookmaker Bet 365 had Leon Jackson listed with odds on winning the show at 7/2, while the favorite Rhydian Roberts held odds of 11/4. Just two weeks ago, the odds on Leon Jackson to win "X Factor" were 9/2.

 Published on 12/16/2007

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