That said, the similarities begin and end there, as the singer-songwriter is the first to stand up to Simon Cowell and insist he write the lion's share of his debut album Letters.
With said LP out this week, we met up with Matt to discuss whether the nerves have kicked in, the fall and rise of Joe McElderry and, naturally, this year's X Factor.
Congratulations on your debut album Letters; it's suddenly come together quite quickly, hasn't it?
"The final stages have come together very quickly, which is a bit daunting. I actually thought the whole process would be a bit longer because I felt pretty uninspired after The X Factor tour. Luckily the inspiration came back really quickly and I'm really pleased with the result."
What caused the creative block?
"I'd been learning the same songs over and over and been performing them to crowds for ten weeks and wearing silly outfits. I wanted to get back to being myself as quickly as I could."
'Run For Your Life' was written by Gary Barlow. Do you know if Take That ever recorded a version of the song?
"The demo I received was of Gary singing the song - obviously he had to sing it to demo it. The song means a lot to me, though - I've been in that position before and I feel very lucky to have been given it by him."
You've co-written all the other tracks on the album; are you nervous to put your own material out there?
"If it doesn't go well - and hopefully it will - I suppose I can half-blame myself. If someone gave me a load of songs to record then I could have easily had a go at them instead! Having made it this way means I believe in the album a lot more than I otherwise would."
How does the rest of the album compare to the single?
"The single stands alone in that sound. There's some soulful moments, rocky bits, stripped back sounds and some indie-pop on there. 'Run For Your Life' is the only song on there that sounds like that."
There are no collaborations on the record; is there anyone you'd like to work with?
"Definitely in the future, but I want to cement my own position as a solo artist before I do that. I'd love to work with Rihanna again and write some songs with Chris Martin."
James Morrison recently topped the charts with a similar sound to yours. Is that encouraging?
"I believe that any good music will fly if people like it, and hopefully my album will fall into that category! I'm a huge James Morrison fan and I'm really pleased for the success with his latest album."
Male X Factor winners don't have the best reputation for chart success; are you worried?
"Yeah I am a little bit, but I can only do my best. I've written the best I've ever written for the album and I'll give the best performances when it's out that I can give. I've written so much of the album and I think that's making a difference as well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!"
What if you were dropped from Syco? Would you give up or look for another record deal?
"Absolutely I'd carry on - I'm never going to give up. I've been given a great opportunity and I'm going to take it as far as I can. I hope this album works out."
Joe McElderry has managed to be successful away from Syco; why do you think that is?
"I think the guy's got an amazing voice. It didn't seem to work out for him, though - the direction of his album was a bit skewed. I'm pleased his new album has done well because you normally only get one shot at this sort of thing."
A few eyebrows have been raised at this year's 'Overs' category on the The X Factor; do you think it has become a bit of a joke category?
"Yeah, I mean that happened last year too. I was lucky to be dropped down to the boys category in my year as they changed the age range. It's crazy and it's a strange category - Jonjo was great but Goldie should have never even been considered for the live shows in the first place - didn't her husband tell her she was a joke act?"
That's what we hear. Do you think Kitty was set up to be hated by the public?
"It would seem that way. She did flip in her audition from a sweet, humble person to someone a bit creepy. I think that unsettled everyone a bit."
You collaborated with Rihanna during the show last year, who's now on her sixth album in seven years. Do you think you could keep up a similar pace of work?
"Definitely! We wrote enough for two albums for this album and I'm writing all the time. As soon as this one comes out and we've toured then I want to get the next one out and hit the road again. The first tour is booked for next year and I can't wait for it!"
Watch an exclusive acoustic performance of Matt Cardle's 'Slowly' below:
Matt Cardle's debut album Letters is out now.