2004 - Steve Brookstein. Without a doubt, the biggest name to come out of the X Factor has been 5 boys who actually entered the competition as solo artists. The four-piece girl group were put together by Simon during the audition process, and have become the show's biggest winning act to date. Fleur East, who came in second, has continued the streak of the runner-ups surpassing the winners and has achieved chart success thanks to her dance anthems including Sax.

Sweet Jahméne Douglas lost out to James Arthur in 2012, who then went on to single-handedly ruin his career due to bad behaviour. He returned to the X Factor in 2017 to perform his single, The Thing About Love, which peaked at number 51 on the Official Charts. In 2016 Bailey starred in the musical Chicago where she played the role of Mama Morton and in May 2017 she was announced as a lead role in Fat Friends: The Musical. The judges were impressed and by boot camp, it was obvious that they felt she had the ‘X Factor’. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Triple J and George Shelley’s journeys came to an end when they were sent home during the judges houses selection. While others (like One Direction and Olly Murs) have achieved commercial success, Little Mix broke the mould by being the only ones to win the competition and go on to huge success. At the judges houses, they impressed Simon Cowell who took them through to the live shows and One Direction was born. After The X Factor, Sam released her debut album The Power Of Love in March 2014. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. Steve Brookstein became the mums' favourite and took home the first-ever … His subsequent album, Back From The Edge, was released in October 2016 and also topped the charts - confirming his fans had welcomed him back to the spotlight. A few months after the show, JLS went on to support Lemar during his 2009 tour. THE X Factor has given some of the world's biggest pop stars their breakthrough in music.

Oritse Williams had a dream of starting his own band and after meeting Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and JB Gill, his dream came true with the birth of UFO. The X Factor has had 10 years of success, searching the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to find the next singing sensation.

He is now most known for his acting chops, becoming a regular cast member of Coronation Street since 2015 until his emotional departure in 2018. She has also worked with fellow former X Factor star, Olly Murs, releasing song Unpredictable, and toured the UK as his support act. As soon as this beautiful well-dressed mom of two entered the audition room and started to sing, it was obvious that this lady would be making it big some day. Mentored by Simon Cowell, he beat opera group G4 and young singer Tabby Callaghan in the final - despite Sharon Osbourne's protests. As soon as this beautiful well-dressed mom of two entered the audition room and started to sing, it was obvious that this lady would be making it big some day. In 2014, he became the emergency replacement on The Jump after Henry Conway was injured - and again, he won the show. Mentored by Dannii Minogue, Leon Jackson became the shock winner of the series, beating Rhydian Roberts to the win. Her winner's single, A Moment Like This, hit platinum status and spent four weeks at number one. After a year, Matt decided to leave his label, citing that he "needed to be selfish" as One Direction continued to dominate the charts and the label's focus as a result. Rebecca was chosen as one of the final acts to perform on the live shows. Alexandra was victorious in the battle, however JLS became a worldwide name after Epic Records signed them in January 2009. These 5 boys, who had never met each other until X Factor, came 3rd in the show. Leon is yet to make a follow-up release but travels to and from Los Angeles working as a songwriter. Since then he has released four albums – a self-titled debut which went 4x platinum upon its release in April 2006; Breathless, which went 5x platinum following its 2007 release; Obsession in 2010, which failed to chart; and Closer, which he released in 2015 independently after he was dropped by his record label.

Marcus Collins came second in this series, while Little Mix won. He has released four studio albums since his win and took the lead role in musical Memphis in the West End in 2015. Rebecca not only had a fantastic voice, but she sang in a romantic elegant manner. While Leon Jackson won in 2007, it was runner-up Rhydian Roberts who gave a lasting impression. When Blair heard Josh auditioning at the age of 14, he was impressed and approached him about working together. The Jamaican born singer was victorious in the 15th series of the X Factor in 2018. When she won, Sam made it to the coveted Christmas Number One spot with a cover of Demi Lovato's Skyscraper. It was here that the controversy with Cher began. They decided on JLS, abreviating their sound named ‘Jack the Lad Swing’. When Cher came to the X Factor in 2010, she decided to take a risk and sing songs in her own unique edgy rap style. 5 reasons loseing Jake Wood is a Strictly tragedy, More entertainment from Good Housekeeping, X Factor live shows shake-up confirmed, and there will be eliminations on Saturdays and Sundays, This popular X Factor judge is returning to the show, Why Strictly Come Dancing beat The X Factor, Ayda Field defends her place on The X Factor judging panel after this year's line-up is announced.

All contestants sing in-front of the shows producers first, who then make the decision whether to put the act through to audition in front of the judges. Danielle Withey, 18, revealed that the singer made her go pick up a £5 bottle of Rose wine and then wore his jumper.

Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Since then, they have become one of the most successful boys bands since The Beatles. Runner-up The X Factor 2008 Jack The Lad Swing (JLS) – mentored by Louis Walsh on The X Factor, are Aston, Jonathan, Marvin and Oritse.

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She has released two albums since her win, Overcome in 2009 and Heartbreak on Hold in 2012, as well as EP Renegade in 2015. Grace Davies was their runner-up, and French-singer Kevin Davy White came third.

Union J came 4th in the competition but were signed by Sony Music Entertainment soon after the show and have had phenomenal success in the UK. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). As the X Factor entered its 9th season in 2012, Josh found himself back at auditions but this time, he was joined by his 2 band mates. Her massive hits include a cover of Snow Patrol's Run, and original song Bleeding Love, and she's bagged two MOBO awards and a VMA. At the time, host Dermot O'Leary announced him as the champion, with him beating fellow finalists Scarlett Lee and Antony Russell.

He won with an impressive 77% of the vote - beating Cheryl Baker in the final.

Sam Bailey won last year's show and recently promoted her new single on The X Factor. He then followed up his success by duetting with Kelly Clarkson on single Second Hand Heart, and releasing a self-titled debut album the following year. Her hit singles have included a cover of the iconic track Hallelujah, and dance anthems Bad Boys, All Night Long and Broken Heels. When Ben won the X Factor in 2014, he released a cover of Something I Need by One Republic and again, the song charted at Christmas number one. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.