X Factor's Dalton Harris says winning the show has changed his family's fortunes as he recalls birthday presents were rare because they were so poor

Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, the 24-year-old recalled how he was so poor growing up he rarely got birthday or Christmas presents.

He was crowned the show's champion last night after wowing fans with his winner's song, a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Power Of Love.

When asked if the thought of fame and fortune could change his life, he simply replied: "This is my chance."

The cash, which will no doubt soon start rolling in for the talented singer, will, he said, help him give back to his family.

Speaking about his childhood, Jamaican born Dalton explained: "It was poverty.

"My mum had seven of us. I grew up with two older sisters. Everybody else was spread out. It was impoverished.It was poverty.

Everybody needs a start. If you were lucky you would get a present for your birthday. We knew we didn't have money."

He continued: "Back home in Jamaica we were so poor we never saw [Christmas decorations]."

Singing, Dalton explained, helped save his life and made him determined to succeed for the sake of his family.

Dalton added: "Singing helped us use our imagination, and helped us find our sense of self."

After beating Anthony Russell and Scarlett Lee to the top spot, Dalton became the bookies favourites to get this year's Christmas Number One.

Proceeds from his record will go to Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase, charities which supports children with life-limiting illnesses.

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