X Factor winner Ben Haenow's first goal? Get on the property ladder!

Published Monday, Dec 15 2014, 14:15 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Ben Haenow has revealed he first thing he wants to do now he's won X Factor: buy a home!

The singer triumphed in the eleventh series finale last night, beating bookies' favourite Fleur East to the recording contract prize.

And now it's all starting to sink in, there's one thing on his mind: buying his own place! "The first thing I want to do is get on the property ladder," he told ITV's This Morning. "But everything is so expensive!"

Ben Haenow performing the winner's song 'Something I Need' after he was named the winner of The X Factor 2014 on the final of 'The X Factor'. Shown on ITV1 HD.

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Well, who knows where you'll be this time next year, Ben?! Look at One Direction! Leona Lewis! Alexandra Burke!

Ben was mentored by Simon Cowell as part of the Over 25s group, alongside Fleur, who had been seen as the favourite to take the prize.

However, when the votes were tallied last night, Ben emerged the winner with 57% of votes cast by the public.

His winner's single 'Something I Need', a cover of the One Republic song, is available to download now.

"This is a great platform," he said of the show. "[I have] to really just keep that momentum up and just start working hard and go out and play, really."

Ben spoke fondly of judge Mel B, who was forced to skip the Saturday night show through illness but made it back on Sunday, just in time to see him crowned winner.

"I had amazing comments from Mel and obviously I'm really glad she came back on the Sunday," he said. "It was really nice for her to be there and to see her."

Another special lady in Ben's life is girlfriend of six years, Jessica. Earlier in the day, he told Good Morning Britain that she was eager to tie the knot.

He added on This Morning: "I don't want to give too much away but it's definitely going to happen in the New Year. There is a lot of crazy stuff happening at the moment so we'll just have to see where it leads."

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