The X Factor finalists reveals why the show has been 'the best experience of his life' and his hopes and dreams for life after the final...

So, how’s it been for you, Che?

It’s been the best experience of my life. But there have been some hard times, too, like being in the bottom two for the first time. I was so down and I couldn’t pick myself back up. I didn’t think my performance was bad enough to be there. I also forgot my words a couple of weeks ago, so there’s been a lot of pressure.

What’s been the best bit?

The first week. I was happy and I was having fun. It was first time I’d ever worn a suit and I felt very comfortable.

We’re sure you have an incredible career ahead. What will you spend your millions on?!

I don’t know! One Direction and Ella Henderson didn’t win, so there are still dreams to be made without winning.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Stevie Wonder. I don’t think it will happen but I can only pray.

Are you excited for Christmas?

I haven’t even thought about it… I hope to be partying. I don’t really drink but I think this competition’s driven me to that!

Ha! What’s your tipple?

Not beer – I hate it. I like an amaretto and coke.

Are you looking forward to the X Factor tour?

I can’t wait. Mason Noise and Seann Miley Moore will be back and I’m going to love every minute of it. Before this, I was working at Tesco and I think it’s amazing that people love what I do. It’s mind-blowing!

What’s Nick Grimshaw been like as a mentor?

He’s the best. He’s been so hands-on. At first I wasn’t sure about him, but as soon as we got to judges’ houses, I knew he was perfect for the job. He turns up to everything and I can text him whenever I want to talk.

At least he’ll always play your music on Radio 1!

Yes! That’s a massive bonus. Can you imagine me playing at Kate Moss’s birthday?

Would you like Nick to find a nice boyfriend?

Yeah – me! He’d make the best boyfriend. [Laughs]

What would your girlfriend [Meg Hanley] say! How is she?

She’s still trying to get used to all this. It’s hard for her. I get bad comments on Twitter, but she does, too, and it’s horrible. Take the piss out of me, but not my girlfriend.

Was that upsetting?

Of course. She’s very sensitive, which makes it 10 times worse. It’s going to be much harder for her but we’ll do it. I’m doing all this for her and my family.

What’s your dream after the show ends?

I want to be so successful that my family wouldn’t have to work at all. I’d like to buy them a house – that would be the ultimate dream!

Watch Che Chesterman play our X Factor ‘True or False’ game…