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UK X-Factor Finalists - Where Are They Now?

By Edited Nov 15, 2013 0 0

The X-Factor
The X-Factor is a musical talent show that originated in the United Kingdom, although it has since spread to many other countries, and was created by Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell was originally, amongst other things, a judge on the predecessor show to The X-Factor, the Pop Idol series of shows. The X-Factor bears a strong similarity to the Pop Idol concept; so similar in fact that Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller filed a lawsuit through his own company 19 TV against Cowell, Cowell's company Syco and The X-Factor producers FreemantleMedia. The case was settled out of court.[2]

In the show, various would-be pop stars apply to appear with the winner getting a recording contract. The aspirants first perform in various mass auditions around the country, then in front of the judges, and then through stages called bootcamp and judge's houses before finally a select few are picked for the live, televised finals. The first shows in each series are composed of extracts from the earlier auditions.

For many years, The X-Factor has attempted to take the coveted Christmas number 1 spot by timing the release of the winner's single to do so. This has usually succeeded, but in the ninth season it appears that this will not be tried.[3]

The X-Factor is now in its ninth season, so how well have previous entrants done?

As well as any musical success - or lack of it - some finalists have also parlayed their initial fame into successful, non-musical careers. Others have quickly vanished after their initial success. As well as the finalists, some entrants have also managed to get a successful career from the show, regardless of any musical talent (or lack of it) they may have, such as the duo Jedward.

Gauging the true extent of the musical success is difficult; over the lifetime of the show, MP3s have greatly increased in popularity, but were not first taken into consideration in the official charts. Some artists have also had international success.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is the trade association of the British record industry. They give awards of different levels based on album and single sales. Once an album or single goes Platinum, after that the awards are multi-platinum and represent multiples of the Platinum award level in sales.

Platinum - 300,000+ albums, 600,000+ singles.

Gold - 100,000+ albums, 400,000+ singles.

Silver - 60,000+ albums, 200,000+ singles.[4]

UK success is often the most important for acts, as this is usually required in order to gain success in other countries. Without first having UK success to build on, labels are reluctant to release tracks or promote the act in other countries.

Season 1 (2004)

Winner - Steve Brookstein

Musical Success

Albums

Heart & Soul - Released in 2005, this sold 105,016 copies in the UK, reaching number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved Gold in album sales.

40,000 Things - Released in 2006, this sold 7,000 copies in the UK, reaching number 165 in the UK album chart.

Singles

Against All Odds - Released in 2004, this Phil Collins cover was the single released after he won The X-Factor. It reached number 1 in the UK singles chart, although it is also the worst selling single by any X-Factor winner.

Fighting Butterflies - Released in 2006, this reached number 193 in the UK singles chart.

Don't Give Up - Released in 2010.[5]

Steve Brookstein has since made several public statements regarding The X-Factor and Simon Cowell making it clear that he is bitter towards the show, how he was treated, and considers the whole thing to be staged. He also supported the (successful) 2009 Facebook campaign to prevent The X-Factor winner's single from reaching the Christmas number 1.[6]

Runner-Up - G4

Musical Success

Albums

G4 - Released in 2005, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

G4 & Friends - Also released in 2005, this reached number 6 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Act Three - Released in 2006, this reached number 21 in the UK album chart and reached Gold in album sales.

Singles

Bohemian Rhapsody - Released in 2005, this reached number 9 in the UK singles chart.

Life on Mars - Released in 2005.

First of May/When a Child is Born - Released in 2005.

Happy Mother's Day - Released in 2005.

G4 were a four piece vocal group consisting of Jonathan Ansell, Mike Christie, Matthew Stiff and Ben Thapa. They split up in 2007.[7]

Third Place - Tabby Callaghan

Musical Success

Albums

Bread vs. Art - Released in 2010.

Singles

Number One - Released in 2005.

Gotta Get Control - Released in 2011.

None of Tabby Callaghan's singles or albums seem to have placed in the UK charts. A number of singles were released prior to his appearance on The X-Factor, and several afterwards as part of a group.[8]

Season 2 (2005)

Shayne Ward
Winner - Shayne Ward

Musical Success

Albums

Shayne Ward - Released in 2006, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Breathless - Released in 2007, this reached number 2 in the UK album chart.

Obsession - Released in 2010, this reached number 15 in the UK album chart.

Singles

That's My Goal - Released in 2005, this was the song released after he had won the series. It reached number 1 in the UK singles charts and achieved Gold in singles sales. It also seems to be the only X-Factor winning song that isn't a cover.

No Promises - Released in 2006, this reached number 2 in the UK singles chart.

Stand By Me - Released in 2006, this reached number 14 in the UK singles chart.

If That's Okay With You/No U Hang Up - Released as a double A side in the UK in 2007, this reached number 2 in the UK singles chart.

Breathless - Released in 2007, this reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

Gotta Be Somebody - Released in 2010, this reached number 12 in the UK singles chart.

Obsession - Released in 2011, this reached number 97 in the UK singles chart.

Must Be A Reason Why... - This track featured Shayne Ward's vocals and was released in 2011. Originally, Shayne Ward was intended to be the featured vocalist, but after being dropped by his record label the release of the song was cancelled, J Pearl's label offered to release it with Pearl as the featured vocalist.

Other Success

Shayne Ward starred as Stacee Jaxx in the musical Rock of Ages in June 2011.[9]

Runner-Up - Andy Abraham

Musical Success

Albums

The Impossible Dream - Released in 2006, this reached number 2 in the UK album chart, and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Soul Man - Released in 2006, this reached number 19 in the UK album chart.

Very Best Of - Released in 2008.

Even If - Released in 2008.

Singles

Hang Up - Released in 2006, this reached number 63 in the UK singles chart.

December Brings Me Back To You - Released in 2006, this reached number 18 in the UK singles chart.

Even If - Released in 2008, this reached number 67 in the UK singles chart.[10]

Eurovision

Andy Abraham won the contest to represent the UK in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with Even If. In the competition itself, he finished joint last and his single was the second worst performing UK Eurovision entry ever.[11]

Third Place - Journey South

Musical Success

Albums

Journey South - Released in 2006, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Home - Released in 2007, this reached number 43 in the UK album chart.

Singles

The Circle/Desperado - Released in 2006, a printing error made this ineligible for the chart.

What I Love About Home - Released in 2007.

Reconcile Our Love - Released in 2008.

What I Love About Home (the Help for Heroes) - Released in 2009.

Journey South are a vocal duo consisting of brothers Andy and Carl Pemberton.[12]

Season 3 (2006)

Leona Lewis(120084)
Winner - Leona Lewis

Musical Success

Albums

Spirit - Released in 2007, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart, selling 3,073,931 copies and achieving 9x Platinum in album sales. It also saw substantial international success, going to number 1 in nine countries and selling over seven million copies worldwide.

Echo - Released in 2009, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart, selling 680,680 copies and achieving 2x Platinum in album sales. Worldwide, the album sold 2,600,000 copies.

Glassheart - Released in October 2012, this reached number 3 in the UK album chart.

Video Album

The Labyrinth Tour Live from The O2 - Released in 2010, this reached number 4 in the UK Music Video Chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

A Moment Like This - Released in 2006, this Kelly Clarkson cover was the song released after Leona Lewis had won The X-Factor. It reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Platinum in single sales.

Bleeding Love - Released in 2007, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Platinum in singles sales. It also did well internationally, reaching number 1 in nine countries.

Better In Time/Footprints in the Sand - Released as a double A side in the UK in 2008, this reached number 2 in the UK singles chart and achieved Silver in singles sales. It also had some international success.

Forgive Me - Released in 2008, this reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.

Run - This Snow Patrol cover was performed on BBC Radio 1s The Jo Whiley Show in the Live Lounge. It was released in 2008 and went to number 1 in the singles chart, and achieved Gold in singles sales.

I Will Be - Released in 2009.

Happy - Released in 2009, this reached number 2 in the UK singles chart and achieved Silver in singles sales.

I Got You - Released in 2010, this reached number 14 in the UK singles chart.

Collide - Released in 2011, this reached number 14 in the UK singles chart.

Trouble - Released in 2012, this reached number 7 in the UK singles chart.

Fireflies - Released in 2012.

Featured Artist

Just Stand Up! - This charity single was released in 2008 and reached number 26 in the UK singles chart.

Everybody Hurts - This charity single was released in 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Save Me - Released in 2012.

Extended Play

Hurt: The EP - Released in 2011, this reached number 8 in the UK singles chart.

Other Chart Singles

Forgiveness - Released in 2007, this B-side to Bleeding Love reached number 46 in the UK singles chart.

Whatever It Takes - Released in 2007, this went to number 61 in the UK singles chart.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Released in 2007, this went to number 73 in the UK singles chart.

Take A Bow - Released in 2007, this went to number 97 in the UK singles chart.

Yesterday - Released in 2007, this went to number 137 in the UK singles chart.

Here I Am - Released in 2007, this went to number 156 in the UK singles chart.

Homeless - Released in 2007, this went to number 173 in the UK singles chart.

The Best You Never Had - Released in 2007, this went to number 180 in the UK singles chart.

Angel - Released in 2007, this went to number 185 in the UK singles chart.

Misses Glass - Released in 2008, this went to number 98 in the UK singles chart.

Stop Crying Your Heart Out - Released in 2009, this went to number 20 in the UK singles chart.

I See You - Released in 2010.

My Hands - Released in 2010, this went to number 145 in the UK singles chart.

Glassheart - Released in 2012, this went to number 167 in the UK singles chart.

Other Music

Leona Lewis has also featured in various music videos and has appeared in a number of other non-album singles. She also appeared in the 2008 Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, and has performed two tours in the UK.

Other Success

Leona Lewis released a perfume called Leona Lewis and released an illustrated auto-biography called Dreams in 2009 and started a clothing company with ex-boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa called LOA Clothing Ltd in 2010.

In 2012 she appeared as a guest judge for The X-Factor for the London auditions.

Although extremely successful originally, Leona Lewis' success has declined over the years. Her second album, although popular, sold less than half the copies of her first. Her single released have also declined in popularity. It is too soon after the release of her third album to properly judge its success, but initial results do not look as promising.[13][14]

Runner-Up - Ray Quinn

Musical Success

Album

Doing It My Way - Released in 2007, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Other Music

Ray Quinn toured the UK in 2007.

Other Success

Prior to entering The X-Factor Ray Quinn had appeared on television, including several years on the now-discontinued soap Brookside. Since the program, he has won Dancing on Ice in 2009, appeared on television on Daybreak, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Loose Women, has a stage career in musical theatre, has appeared in pantomime and has also been on the radio.[15]

Third Place - Ben Mills

Musical Success

Album

Picture of You - Released in 2007, this reached number 3 in the UK album chart and supposedly sold 133,000 copies and achieved Gold in album sales; however, this does not appear to be backed up by a BPI search.

Freedom - Released in 2010, this reached number 78 in the UK album chart.

A single entitled Beside You was due to be released in March 2007, but was pulled at the last minute.[16]

Season 4 (2007)

Leon Jackson
Winner - Leon Jackson

Musical Success

Album

Right Now - Released in 2008, this reached number 4 in the UK album chart and achieved Gold in album sales.

Singles

When You Believe - Released in 2007, this Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey cover was the song released after Leon Jackson won The X-Factor. It reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Gold in singles sales.

Don't Call This Love - Released in 2008, this reached number 3 in the UK singles chart.

Creative - Released in 2008, this reached number 94 in the UK singles chart.

Stargazing - Released in 2009.

Extended Play

The Different Lives YouTube EP - Released in 2011.

In 2009, Leon Jackson was dropped by his label Sony BMG. He has since vowed never to perform When You Believe again, and believes his X-Factor success is a curse.[17][18]

Runner-Up - Rhydian

Musical Success

Albums

Rhydian - Released in 2008, this reached number 3 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum on album sales.

O Fortuna - Released in 2009, this reached number 25 in the UK album chart and achieved Gold in the UK on album sales.

Waves - Released in 2011, this reached number 39 in the UK album chart.

Welsh Songs: Caneuon Cymraeg - Released in 2011.

Singles

The Impossible Dream - Released in 2008, this reached number 91 in the UK singles chart.

The Prayer - Released in 2010.

Parade - Released in 2011.

Other Music

Rhydian has appeared in a number of concerts and galas and has done a number of solo tours.

Other Success

Rhydian appeared in an eight part series on television for the Welsh language channel, S4C, in 2011, as well as appearing on several other programs. He has also appeared in musical theatre.[19]

Third Place - Same Difference

Musical Success

Albums

Pop - Released in 2008, this reached number 22 in the UK album chart.

The Rest Is History - Released in 2011.

Singles

We R One - Released in 2008, this reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.

Shine on Forever (Photo Frame) - Released in 2010, this reached number 100 in the UK singles chart.

Same Difference is a duo consisting of brother and sister Sean and Sarah Smith.[20]

Season 5 (2008)

Alexandra Burke(120086)
Winner - Alexandra Burke

Musical Success

Albums

Overcome - Released in 2009, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Heartbreak on Hold - Released in 2012, this reached number 12 in the UK album chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

Hallelujah - Released in 2008, this Leonard Cohen cover was the song released after Alexandra Burke won The X-Factor and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Platinum in singles sales.

Bad Boys - Released in 2009, this featured Flo Rida and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Platinum in singles sales.

Broken Heels - Released in 2010, this reached number 8 in the UK singles chart.

All Night Long - Released in 2010, this featured Pitbull and reached number 4 in the UK singles chart.

Start Without You - Released in 2010, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

The Silence - Released in 2010, this reached number 16 in the UK singles chart.

Elephant - Released in 2012, this featured Erick Morillo and reached number 3 in the UK singles chart.

Let It Go - Released in 2012, this reached number 33 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

Hero - Released in 2008, this charity single featured all The X-factor finalists in 2008 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart, and achieved 2x Platinum in singles sales.

Everybody Hurts - This charity single was released in 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Other Music

Alexandra Burke has also featured in various music videos and has done one UK tour so far.

Other Success

After The X-Factor she appeared as a guest judge on the program So You Think You Can Dance UK.

With JLS, the runner-up in 2008, she has formed a clothing company called 2KX, which launched in spring 2011. The site is currently down.

Alexandra Burke received merchandise and sponsorship deals from Dolce & Gabbana, Nintendo DS and Sure Women. She also launched a range of lip gloss with MUA Cosmetics called Lip Boom.[21][22]

JLS(120088)
Runner-Up - JLS

Musical Success

Albums

JLS - Released in 2009, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved 4x Platinum in album sales

Outta This World - Released in 2010, this reached number 2 in the UK album chart and achieved 2x Platinum in album sales.

Jukebox - Released in 2011, this reached number 2 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum in album sales.

Evolution - Released in November 2012, this reached number 3 in the UK album chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

Beat Again - Released in 2009, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Gold in singles sales.

Everybody in Love - Released in 2009, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

One Shot - Released in 2010, this reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

The Club is Alive - Released in 2010, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Love You More - Released in 2010, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Eyes Wide Shut - Released in 2011, this featured Tinie Tempah and reached number 8 in the UK singles chart.

She Makes Me Wanna - Released in 2011, this featured Dev and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Take a Chance on Me - Released in 2011, this reached number 2 in the UK singles chart.

Do You Feel What I Feel - Released in 2012, this reached number 16 in the UK singles chart.

Proud - Released in 2012, this reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

Hottest Girl in the World - Released in 2012, this reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

Run - Due to be released in 2012

Featured Artist

Hero - Released in 2008, this charity single featured all The X-factor finalists in 2008 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart, and achieved 2x Platinum in singles sales.

Everybody Hurts - This charity single was released in 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Wishing on a Star - Released in 2011, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists in 2011 as well as One Direction and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Other Music

JLS have also featured in various music videos as well as a number of tours in the UK, several as the headline act.

Other Success

JLS have released two bestselling books, Our Story So Far and Just Between Us: Our Private Diary, have appeared on two television programs about themselves, JLS Revealed and This Is JLS, as well as a number of other appearances, both individually and together. They have released a documentary film, JLS: Eyes Wide Open 3D, a 3D film shot at London's O2 Arena during the Outta This World tour.

As mentioned earlier, they launched a clothing line with Alexandra Burke.

JLS, which stands for "Jack the Lad Swing", are a boy band consisting of Aston Merrygold, Oritsé Williams, J.B. Gill and Marvin Humes.[23][24]

Third Place - Eoghan Quigg

Musical Success

Album

Eoghan Quigg - Released in 2009, this reached number 14 in the UK album chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

28,000 Friends - Released in 2009, this reached number 96 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

Hero - Released in 2008, this charity single featured all The X-factor finalists in 2008 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart, and achieved 2x Platinum in singles sales.

Other Success

Eoghan Quigg had a minor part as himself in the BBC program Dani's House, as well as a couple of appearances on other shows.

Following the poor performance of his first album, Quigg was dropped by his record label RCA records in 2009.[25]

Season 6 (2009)

Joe McElderry(120089)
Winner - Joe McElderry

Musical Success

Albums

Wide Awake - This was released in 2010 and reached number 3 in the UK album chart.

Classic - This was released in 2011 and reached number 2 in the UK album chart and achieved Gold in album sales.

Classic Christmas - This was released in 2011 and reached number 15 in the UK album chart and achieved Gold in album sales.

Here's What I Believe - This was released in 2012 and reached number 8 in the UK album chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

The Climb - Released in 2009, this Miley Cyrus cover was the song released after Joe McElderry won The X-Factor and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Platinum in singles sales. This was the song that was prevented from reaching Christmas number 1 by the Facebook campaign which got Rage Against the Machine's song Killing in the Name to the number 1 spot.

Ambitions - Released in 2010, this reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

Someone Wake Me Up - Released in 2010, this reached number 68 in the UK singles chart.

Last Christmas - Released in 2011.

Here's What I Believe - Released in 2012.

Rescue Us - Released in 2012.

Featured Artist

You Are Not Alone - Released in 2009, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists from 2009 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Gold in singles sales.

Everybody Hurts - This charity single was released in 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Other Success

Joe McElderry signed up as a model with Next Models in 2010 and appeared on the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011 as a contestant, which he won.

He ended his relationship with Syco in 2011 and joined Decca.[26][27]

Olly Murs(120091)
Runner-Up - Olly Murs

Musical Success

Albums

Olly Murs - Released in 2010, this reached number 2 in the UK album chart and achieved 2x Platinum in album sales.

In Case You Didn't Know - Released in 2011, this reached number 1 in the UK album chart and achieved 2x Platinum in album sales as well as more success outside the UK.

Singles

Lead Artist

Please Don't Let Me Go - Released in 2010, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Thinking of Me - Released in 2010, this reached number 4 in the UK singles chart.

This One's For The Girls - Released in 2010, this reached number 69 in the UK singles chart.

Heart on My Sleeve - Released in 2011, this reached number 20 in the UK singles chart.

Busy - Released in 2011, this reached number 45 in the UK singles chart.

Heart Skips a Beat - Released in 2011, this featured Rizzle Kicks and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart. It also enjoyed a fair degree of international success.

Dance with Me Tonight - Released in 2011, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

I Need You Now - Released in 2011, this reached number 199 in the UK singles chart.

Oh My Goodness - Released in 2012, this reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

You Are Not Alone - Released in 2009, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists from 2009 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Gold in singles sales.

Other Music

Olly Murs has appeared in a number of music videos and has toured both by himself and with others. He has a UK arena tour planned for 2013.

Other Success

Olly Murs has appeared on various football related television and radio programmes and released a DVD called Olly Murs: 7 Deadly Sins of Football and has also released an autobiography entitled Happy Days in October 2012. He has also done some modelling work.[28][29]

Third Place - Stacey Solomon

Musical Success

Singles

Lead Artist

Driving Home For Christmas - Released in 2011, this reached number 27 in the UK singles chart and was used in the Iceland ads that Christmas.

Featured Artist

You Are Not Alone - Released in 2009, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists from 2009 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart and achieved Gold in singles sales.

Other Success

Stacey Solomon took part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2010 which she won and also won the show Party Wars in the same year. In April 2011 she co-presented Sing If You Can with Keith Lemon. In March 2012 she co-presented The Love Machine with Chris Moyles, a dating show, and in 2012 became a judge on Top Dog Model. She has also appeared on a number of other television programmes. She also became the face of Iceland in 2011.

Stacey Solomon has done very little musically since appearing on The X-Factor, although an album is supposed to be due out in 2013.[30]

Season 7 (2010)

Matt Cardle
Winner - Matt Cardle

Musical Success

Albums

Letters - Released in 2011 this reached number 2 in the UK album chart. It has sold 270,000 copies in the UK, enough to go Silver, although this has not been certified.

The Fire - Released in October 2012, this reached number 8 in the UK singles chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

When We Collide - Released in 2010, this re-titled cover of the Biffy Clyro track Many of Horror was the song released after Matt Cardle won The X-Factor and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Run For Your Life - Released in 2011, this reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

Starlight - Released in 2011, this reached number 185 in the UK singles chart.

Amazing - Released in 2012, this reached number 84 in the UK singles chart.

It's Only Love - Released in 2012, this reached number 175 in the UK singles chart.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Released in 2012, this reached number 92 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

Heroes - Released in 2010, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists from 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.[31]

Runner-Up - Rebecca Ferguson

Musical Success

Album

Heaven - Released in 2011, this reached number 3 in the UK singles chart and achieved Platinum in album sales in the UK, selling over 1 million copies worldwide.

Singles

Lead Artist

Nothing's Real But Love - Released in 2011 this reached number 10 in the UK singles chart.

Too Good to Lose - Released in 2012 this reached number 186 in the UK singles chart.

Glitter & Gold - Released in 2012 this reached number 116 in the UK singles chart.

Backtrack - Released in 2012, this reached number 15 in the UK singles chart.

Teach Me How To Be Loved - Released in 2012, this reached number 74 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

Heroes - Released in 2010, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists from 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Extended Play

iTunes Festival - Released in September 2012, this EP is only available as a digital download.

Other Music

Rebecca Ferguson has also appeared in a number of music videos, and has done one tour by herself.

Other Success

In 2011, Rebecca Ferguson starred in the campaign for the new Walkers crisps called Sunbites.

Rebecca Ferguson's album sales have been substantially stronger than those of the singles released from them.[32][33]

One Direction(120102)
Third Place - One Direction

Musical Success

Albums

Up All Night - Released in 2011, this reached number 2 in the UK album chart, selling over 680,000 copies in the UK and over 3 million worldwide.

Take Me Home - Released in November 2012.

Video Album

Up All Night: The Live Tour - Released in 2012, this went to number 6 in the UK chart and sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Singles

Lead Artist

What Makes You Beautiful - Released in 2011, this went to number 1 in the UK singles chart and has received multiple Platinum awards overseas. There are no confirmed awards for the UK as yet.

Gotta Be You - Released in 2011, this went to number 3 in the UK singles chart.

Another World - Released in 2011, this was the B-side of Gotta Be You and went to number 85 in the UK singles chart.

Moments - Released in 2011, this went to number 118 in the UK singles charts.

One Thing - Released in 2012, this went to number 9 in the UK singles charts and received multiple awards overseas. There are no confirmed awards for the UK as yet.

I Should Have Kissed You - Released in 2012, this was the B-side of One Thing and went to number 55 in the UK singles chart.

More Than This - Released in 2012, this went to number 86 in the UK singles chart.

Live While We're Young - Released in 2012, this went to number 3 in the UK singles charts and received several overseas awards. There are no confirmed awards for the UK as yet.

Featured Artist

Heroes - Released in 2010, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists from 2010 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Wishing on a Star - Released in 2011, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists in 2011 as well as JLS and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Extended Play

iTunes Festival: London 2012 - Released in September 2012 as a digital download.

Other Music

One Direction have appeared in a number of music videos and have had a tour which extended overseas, enjoying considerable success in the US.

Other Success

One Direction have so far released three books; One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story) which reached number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list, One Direction: The Official Annual 2012 and Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction which not only topped The Sunday Times Non Fiction Hardback Bestseller list, it also topped The New York Times Best Seller list.

A calendar was released for 2012, One Direction 2012 Calendar, which in December 2011 was the best selling celebrity calendar of all time in the UK according to Amazon.

They featured in a number of television ads for Nintendo's Pokémon Black and White as well as various events for the game. Two limited edition phones were released with exclusive One Direction content. Hasbro announced in 2012 that they are making a range of One Direction toys and games.

One Direction are a boy band consisting of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.[34][35]

Season 8 (2011)

Winner - Little Mix

Musical Success

Album

DNA - This is due to be released in November 2012.

Singles

Lead Artist

Cannonball - Released in 2011, this Damien Rice cover was the song released after Little Mix won The X-Factor and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.

Wings - Released in 2012, this reached number 1 in the UK singles chart

Featured Artist

Wishing on a Star - Released in 2011, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists in 2011 as well as One Direction and JLS and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart. It has sold over 390,000 copies, but there are no confirmed awards yet.

Little Mix is a girl group consisting of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall.

Other Success

Little Mix released their autobiography, Ready to Fly, in August 2012.[36]

Runner-Up - Marcus Collins

Musical Success

Album

Marcus Collins - Released in 2012, this reached number 7 in the UK album chart.

Singles

Lead Artist

Seven Nation Army - Released in 2012, this reached number 9 in the UK singles chart.

Mercy - Released in 2012, this reached number 194 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

Wishing on a Star - Released in 2011, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists in 2011 as well as One Direction and JLS and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart. It has sold over 390,000 copies, but there are no confirmed awards yet.[37]

Third Place - Amelia Lily

Musical Success

Singles

Lead Artist

You Bring Me Joy - Released in 2012, this reached number 2 in the UK singles chart.

Featured Artist

Wishing on a Star - Released in 2011, this charity single featured all The X-Factor finalists in 2011 as well as One Direction and JLS and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart. It has sold over 390,000 copies, but there are no confirmed awards yet.

Amelia Lily is due to release her debut album.[38]

So, How Did Everyone Do?

Overall, not very well. Acts who didn't win have often been more successful than those that did. One apparent disadvantage that the winners seem to suffer from is the song that is chosen to be released as their winning song. This song is almost always a cover (That's My Goal is the only one which doesn't appear to be), and doesn't seem to be changed even if it is completely unsuitable for the act in question.

The most successful acts appear to be the boy bands JLS and One Direction who have a definite, large, but often short lived market; namely young or teenage girls.

The initial success of the winners first song, which is entirely down to hype from appearing on The X-Factor, is rarely followed up by later success, as they often have no genuine fan base once the series is over. The same often applies to the runner up and third place acts; they have initial success based on their television appearance on the programme, but this often quickly fades, usually resulting in the act being dropped from their initial record label, or leaving it when they don't get enough support.

This can be very damaging for the performers. During the contest itself, they receive massive support, appear in the newspapers, and have apparently millions of people who like them. They can be crushed by the realisation when it later turns out that on the whole most of their followers that they thought were fans were only interested in them as long as they were appearing on the show. In particular Steve Brookstein and Leon Jackson regret appearing on the show.

Even those acts that are the most successful show a trend of becoming less popular as time progresses.

It seems that, for the majority of acts, true success is rarely gained by entering The X-Factor. Not only are they up against many thousands and tens of thousands of other acts simply to get through to the live shows, even reaching them is absolutely no guarantee of success and may in fact work against them in the future.

The greatest non-musical success for acts is usually in product endorsements; own label items are a bit dependent on the artist's popularity; as the artist's popularity declines so does the popularity of these items.

Many writers and performers of songs covered on the show have also benefited, especially as MP3s became more common, as their original tracks were purchased from online music stores after being covered, resulting in the songs reaching the UK Top 40 singles chart again - often years after their original release.

Leona Lewis, JLS, One Direction, Olly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson are the only contestants who have definitely sold over 1 million albums worldwide. Leona Lewis has sold over 9 million (the majority with her first album), JLS and One Direction over 3 million each, Olly Murs well over 2 million and Rebecca Ferguson over a million. Alexandra Burke may have breached one million albums. This doesn't count video albums for those artists that have them or singles sales.

Leona Lewis has probably had the greatest amount of success in terms of album sales.

Simon Cowell(120103)
One Direction have probably enjoyed the greatest success overall, building a brand that is already worth tens of millions. It's too soon to know how long lasting this will be, but if handled right; they probably don't need to achieve any more success than they already have.

JLS are probably the third most successful act to come out of The X-Factor so far.

The winners of the show have not performed that well; many slipping away not that long after winning; many of the successful acts are the runner-up and third place (if you want your favourite act to be successful, it may pay to stop voting for them once they reach the final three).

And the person who has had more success than anyone else from The X-Factor? Simon Cowell.
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