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Ben Haenow wins X Factor with 57% of the vote

Ben Haenow won the X Factor final this evening with 57% of the vote, X Factor said, and has been top of the public vote every week since overtaking Andrea Faustini in week four of the competition.

Ladbrooks said his win would cost millions for bookmaking industry as he headed into tonight's final as the odd-on 8/13 favourite.

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'My dream has come true,' says Ben after X Factor win

X Factor winner Ben Haenow reacts after the result is announced. Credit: X Factor/ITV News

X Factor winner Ben Haenow has spoken of his shock after winning the show's final despite coming in to the night as underdog.

"I don't believe it. I don't believe it. Thank you so much," he said after the result was announced.

"My dream has come true. You can't imagine you are going to get to this point in the competition."

Mel B returns to X Factor after illness absence

Mel B as she was introduced on the programme tonight. Credit: The X Factor/ITV

Mel B has returned to the X Factor for tonight's final, after she missed yesterday's programme through illness.

The former Spice Girl was released from hospital after being given the OK by doctors today.

Asked by host Dermot O'Leary if she was feeling better, she reponded: "Yes-ish."

"I really missed being here but thanks to all the doctors and nurses who took care of me and got me here tonight," she said.

She added that she was texting her act, Andrea Faustini, "all night", adding he "did such a good job" despite being voted off last night.

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