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X Factor Contestants Past And Present

Updated on December 18, 2011

Welcome To The World of X-Factor

As we all know, the X-Factor has become one of the biggest and most popular television programmes of all time.

Drawing an average viewing audience of 13 million on the weekly shows, and a staggering 16 million for the final shows - it is little wonder why the show is so appealing to wannabe pop stars.

Anyone who is lucky enough to make it into the final shows will be given the opportunity to have their 15 minutes of fame, and if they are really lucky, will make a career from appearing on the show.

My lens will go through the current X Factor show and remind you of the previous X Factor winners.

Why don't you take a trip down memory lane, and see how many of the former contestants you can remember!

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X Factor 2011 (Series 8) - Finalists

Kitty Brucknell - eliminated

Johnny Robinson - eliminated

Sami Brookes - eliminated

Jonjo Kerr - eliminated

Nu Vibe - eliminated

The Risk - eliminated

2 Shoes - eliminated

Little Mix - winner 2011

Marcus Collins - runner up

Craig Colton - eliminated

Frankie Cocozza - left of own accord

James Michael - eliminated

Amelia Lily - eliminated

Janet Devlin - eliminated

Misha Bryan - eliminated

Sophie Habibis - eliminated

X Factor 2011 (Series 8) - Winners - Little Mix

Here was the biggest surprise of the X-Factor shows - a group and an all girl group at that, made it to the final and won!

Little Mix were one of the most popular acts throughout the whole of the series, and they have been tipped to be as big as the Spice Girls. Let's see...

X Factor 2011 (Series 8) - Runner Up - Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins was a well deserved finalist, and I feel that he is going to have a successful career now that X-Factor 2011 has finished.

This was my favorite performance from the final.

X Factor Series 1 Finalists

The finalists for the 2004, X factor are detailed below:

Roberta Howett

Verity Keays

2 To Go

Voices With Soul

Cassie Compton

Rowetta Satchell

Tabby Callaghan


Steve Brookestein

X Factor 2004 (Series 1) - Winner - Steve Brookstein

The winner of the first series of X Factor back in 2004, was Steve Brookstein.

After winning the X factor, and securing a number 1 with his rendition of Against All Odds, Steve went on to release 2 albums, Heart & Soul and 40,000 Things.

His singing career didn't really take off, but he still has links to the music industry by writing for other artists - he has also been asked to write for a London newspaper to critique the latest series of X Factor

X Factor 2004 (Series 1) - Runner Up - G4

The runner up for the 2004 X Factor was group G4 (members Jonathan Ansell, Mike Christie, Matthew Stiff, Ben Thapa).

Despite being the runners up, they ended up being more successful than the winner of the series.

They released 3 albums, G4, G4 & Friends and Act 3, before they finally parted and went their separate ways in 2007.

X Factor 2005 (Series 2) - Finalists

The finalists for the 2005, X factor are detailed below:

Addictiv Ladies

4 Tune

Phillip Magee

Chenai Zinyuku

Maria Lawson

Nicholas Dorsett

The Conway Sisters

Chico Slimani

Brenda Edwards

Journey South

Andy Abraham

Shayne Ward

X Factor 2005 (Series 2) - Winner - Shayne Ward

The winner of the Series 2 X Factor was Shayne Ward.

Since winning the X Factor, Shayne has release 2 albums, Shayne Ward & Breathless. He is about to release his third album, Obsession, in November 2010.

X Factor 2005 (Series 2) - Runner Up - Andy Abraham

The runner up to the 2005 X Factor was Andy Abraham.

After the X Factor, Andy released 4 albums, The Impossible Dream, Soul Man, Very Best Of & Even If. He also sung in the Eurovision Song contest in 2008.

He is currently working on some new material, so watch this space....

X Factor 2006 (Series 3) - Finalists

The finalists for the 2006, X factor are detailed below:

The Unconventionals


Dionne Mitchell

Kerry McGregor

Ashley McKenzie

Nikitta Angus

Robert Allen

Eton Road

The MacDonald Brothers

Ben Mills

Ray Quinn

Leona Lewis

X Factor 2006 (Series 3) - Winner - Leona Lewis

The winner and probably most successful of all the X Factor winners to date, is the beautiful and talented Leona Lewis.

Leona has released 2 official albums to date, Spirit & Echo - one unofficial album, Best Kept Secret and an unreleased album Twilight.

X Factor 2006 (Series 3) - Runner Up - Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn was X Factor series 3 runner up.

After the X factor, Ray released 1 album, named Ray Quinn. Despite the album going to number 1, the record label released Ray from his contract the same year.

Ray has not released any further material, but has appeared on a number of television shows and has appeared in pantomine.

X Factor 2007 (Series 4) - Finalists

Kimberley Southwick

Daniel DeBourg

Emily Nakanda


Andy Williams

Alisha Bennett

Beverley Trotman


Niki Evans

Same Difference

Rhydian Roberts

Leon Jackson

X Factor 2007 (Series 4) - Winner - Leon Jackson

X Factor series 4 winner was Leon Jackson.

After winning the X Factor, Leon released his first album, Right Now. Leon was released from his record label (Sony), however, Leon is currently working on new material and is looking to release a second album independently.

X Factor 2007 (Series 4) - Runner Up - Rhydian Roberts

In series 4, Rhydian was the X Factor runner up - although this was disputed by Rhydian fans claiming that they were unable to get through to vote due to technical issues.

After an investigation, is was declared that the small minority of people unable to get through would not have influenced the final result and that it did not put Rydian at a disadvantage.

Despite not winning the show, Rhydian has been quite successful in his own right.

He has released two albums to date, Rhydian & O Fortuna. A third album is due to be released in February 2011.

In addition to his albums Rhydian is performing at some prestigious locations, including Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall & O2 arena.

He is due to appear in War Of The Worlds (Live on Stage) & We Will Rock You.

X Factor 2008 (Series 5) - Finalists

Bad Lashes


Scott Burton

Austin Drage

Laura White

Daniel Eans

Rachel Hylton

Ruth Lorenzo

Diana Vickers

Eoghan Quigg


Alexandra Burke

X Factor 2008 (Series 5) - Winner - Alexandra Burke

The 2008 X Factor winner was Alexandra Burke.

To date Alexandra has only released one album, Overcome - but in addition to her new music career, she was also chosen to be the face of Dolce & Gabbana in 2009 to launch a new line of clothing, became the brand ambassador for Sure (deodorant) and appeared in FHM's Top 100 Sexiest Women.

X Factor 2008 (Series 5) - Runner Up - JLS

The runners up of X Factor 2008 were JLS (Jack the Lad Swing).

Once again, despite being runners up, they have faired remarkably well.

To date they have released one album, JLS & are about to release their second album, Outta This World, in November 2010.

X Factor 2009 (Series 6) - Finalists

Kandy Rain

Rikki Loney

Miss Frank

Rachel Adedeji

Luci Jones

Jamie Archer

John & Edward

Lloyd Daniels

Danyl Johnson

Stacey Solomon

Olly Murs

Joe McElderry

X Factor 2009 (Series 6) - Winner - Joe McElderry

The 2009 X Factor winner was cheeky Joe McElderry.

Since winning the X Factor, Joe has released two singles, The Climb and Ambitions. He has also just released his first album, Wide Awake.

Time will only tell if Joe has got what it takes to stay in the publics interest and make it as a pop star... I'm sure we shall have a better idea by the time X Factor 2011 comes around.

X Factor 2009 (Series 6) - Runner Up - Olly Murs

X Factor 2009 runner up, was Olly Murs.

Olly has already released his debut single, Please Don't Let Me Go, and is due to release his debut album in November 2010, entitled Olly Murs.

Whether Olly will have a long term career out of the X Factor - only time will tell - so watch this space.

X Factor 2010 (Series 7) - Finalists

Treyc Cohen

Aiden Grimshaw


One Direction - 3rd place

Nicolo Festa

Mary Byrne

Katie Waissel

Paije Richardson

Diva Fever

Cher Lloyd

Belle Amie

Storm Lee

Rebecca Ferguson - 2nd place

John Adeleye

Matt Cardle - Winner 2010


X Factor 2010 - Winner - Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle was without a doubt the deserved winner of X Factor 2010. After the series had finished, it was revealed that Matt had won every show vote bar one.

Matt has both the voice and the versatility, and I sincerely hope that he has the success he deserves.

X Factor 2010 - Runner Up 2010 - Rebecca Ferguson

Once again Rebecca looked beautiful, and she put in solid performances - however, it wasn't quite enough to beat Matt.

Despite being the runner up, I strongly suspect that we have not seen the last of Rebecca.

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