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'X Factor' Battle - Matt Cardle vs Wagner - Have your say

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First things first, sorry for the delay. Reality Bites has been on a bit of an ill-timed break and last week's Diana Vickers vs Joe McElderry battle over-ran slightly. Apparently a few of you noticed. For those who weren't paying such close attention, Joe McElderry stormed to victory with a landslide 76% popular vote.

But we're back, refreshed and ready for the final stages of our X Factor Battles competition and the hunt for the show's greatest ever contestant.

The last first round battle is between two foes who duked it out in series seven of the talent show.

Matt Cardle (Series seven winner) vs Wagner (Series seven star)

Matt Cardle

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Wagner

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Matt Cardle was the underdog victor in series seven of the X Factor. On paper the earnest painter and decorator didn't stand much of a chance against a hot new boyband, a teen rap sensation and a sultry diva, but in the end none of them came close to Cardle.

He may not have endeared himself to pop lovers with his talk about "authenticity" and "proper songwriting", but Cardle's post X Factor career hasn't been the disaster that many have claimed it to be. His comeback single may not have set the world alight, but his album did healthily and it was actually his self-penned tracks that appealed the most to fans. Don't write him off and book his flight for I'm a Celebrity just yet.

X Factor Week 2: Wagner Carrilho

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The X Factor 2011: Live Show 2

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On the other end of the scale to Cardle in series seven of the show was the one and only Wagner. A Reality Bites hero who took the Jedward-esque novelty factor and added extra glitter and sparkles. From the moment he started chatting up Sharon Osbourne at Judges' Houses we knew there was something special about this tiger-owning Brazilian stallion.

From his bombastic and barmy 'She Bangs'/'Love Shack' mash-up to his desperate and manic 'Bat out of Hell', every Wagner performance was thrilling and hilarious in equal measure. Never has a contestant proved quite so divisive or created so much ludicrous drama, having spats with Cheryl Cole and Matt Cardle, allegedly romantically pursuing Tesco Mary and forming the weirdest ever TV bromance with his mentor Louis Walsh.

Matt Cardle's 'The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)



Wagner Carrilho's classic 'She Bangs' and 'Love Shack' mash-up



Poll Results
Wagner - 48%
Matt Cardle - 52% WINNER

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