Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts because one of the most entertaining shows on Telly is about to return to our screens tonight!
Yes people, X Factor is back. Prepare for three months of awe-inspiring auditions, annoying performances and down right ridiculous acts.
You’ll hug your telly, you’ll swear at it and now that Simon Cowell is back, you might even throw a slipper at him (or maybe a sock), but at the end of the day, Saturday night’s will never be the same again (unless you watch Strictly instead).
In honour of the return of the hit ITV show, we’re taking a look back at some of the most successful acts that made it through the show.
1. One Direction
Biggest Hit: What Makes You Beautiful
Who would have thought in 2010, when 5 scrawny teenage boys all came to audition individually, that a group called One direction would be born and they would be mentioned in the same breath as the Beatles in subsequent year?
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson otherwise known as 1D have broken every British record for a boy band you could possibly imagine and then some, considering that they didn’t even win or come second. They came third place in a year which saw Matt Cardle (where is he?) crowned winner.
1D have not only ‘cracked’ America, they’ve gone on to conquer in, buoyed by their surge to fame thanks to millions of teenage girls with raging hormones worldwide.
They’re arguably the most decorated British boy band ever with a combined worth of £25 million according to the Sunday Times Rich list and they’re not even 30 yet!
2. Leona Lewis
Biggest Hit- Bleeding Love
She was the contestant the whole nation fell in love with….even Simon Cowell couldn’t but marvel at her amazing voice. From a receptionist, Leona became a singing sensation who has since made it big in the US, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and Eva Longoria.
There have been other memorable contestants on the show, but none can so far compare to Miss Lewis.
Bigest Hit- Wings
Coming in at number two is Tulisa’s little muffins- Little Mix. The singing quartet of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have achieved in just 3 years, what other previous X Factor winners (and other british artists) have struggled to achieve- breaking into the almighty America.
Entering the competition as 4 perky teenagers, the band was thrown together by the judges during the 8th series of the show and they’ve hit it off ever since. Viewers loved them for their honest down to earth, girl next door look and attitude and week after week, they showed the nation why they deserved to be the first ever group to win the show.
With each band member being able to hold their own vocally, they may even go down in history as one of the few girl bands where all members can actually sing.
4. Ollie Murs
Biggest Hit: Please Don’t Let Me Go
We love us some Ollie!!!
There can’t possibly be anyone who doesn’t love Ollie Murs…he’s such a good ol’ bloke, you gotta love him. Ollie actually didn’t win the competition, but he’s our number three because he’s turned in hit after hit and is still very relevant in the industry today.
Murs finished second in the 6th series and has returned to the show to present the spin-off Xtra Factor show with Caroline Flack ( match made in heaven).
His funny dance routine and Essex swag endeared him to the nation, but Joe Mcedlerry’s vocals trumped him at the time. Having said that, Murs has gone on to have a hugely successful career with hits such as ‘Don’t let me go’, ‘You’re not alone’ and many more which debuted at number one in the charts.
To date, Mr Murs has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
5. Alexandra Burke
Biggest Hit: Halleluyah
Who could forget Miss Burke?
She was a passionate performer who would cry at anything! From the first time we saw her in the live shows, we always knew she was the one to beat in 5th series which actually had quite a lot of big names including JLS.
Alexandra sealed her win after an unforgettable performance Queen Bey herself and would go on to be invited to be performed on the singers tour, years later.
Burke has numerous top ten hits under her belt and has even pushed the boundaries by appearing at the West End in the Bodyguard Musical where she plays music legend Whitney Houston. Tough shoes to fill, but she’s capable as Banky W would say.
Biggest Hit: Everybody in Love
After a very tense final and first ever all black X Factor final, JLS lost out to the beautiful Alexandra Burke, but they were never down for long.
After Simon Cowell failed to sign them after the show (shock!), the band signed to Epic Records and went to have 2 no 1 singles in the same year.
With 3 MOBO awards under their belt not to mention 2 BRIT awards, it came as a shock to everyone when the group announced they were calling it quits as a band to pursue other interests in 2013.
7. Cher Lloyd
Biggest Hit- Swagger Jagger
Pint-sized and ballsy, when Cher walked unto the X Factor auditions stage to perform Keri Hilson’s ‘Turn my swag on’, we knew something different was about to hit the X Factor.
Even though her vocals were to die for, Cher obviously had a passion for hip hop and rap and boy was she good at it. It was that same passion we believe that saw her out of the competition because the feisty teenager refused to confirm to the image of the ballad singing British artist.
Cher led the way before the likes of Australian artist Iggy Azalea brought swagger to white audiences, it’s a shame the British audience just didn’t get her….but we did.
8. Rebecca Ferguson
Biggest Hit: Nothing’s Real But Love
She was often compared to Leona because she could hit those high notes any day anytime, but she lost to Matt Cardle in the finals.
The audience not only fell in love with her soulful voice, but her quiet and shy demeanour on the show endeared her to many.
Ferguson’s début album ‘Heaven’ was certified double platinum in the UK in 2011 and platinum in Ireland.
She has enjoyed chart success both in the UK and US with tracks like ‘Nothing’s real but love’ and ‘I Hope’.
9. Amelia Lily
Biggest Hit- You Bring Me Joy
Amelia Lily was the lovely contestant from up north who got the daddy’s girl tag as her dad was so passionate and supportive of her during the competition in 2011.
Lily’s soft rock tune and country girl kind of swag appealed to the British audience, although it was clear right from the competition that she would most probably find a more accepting audience stateside. Even she herself cited Pink and Kelly Clarkson as her influence and you can tell with songs like the recently released California, and ‘Shut up and give me whatever you got’.
Lilly hasn’t done badly for herself since the X Factor, her début single charted at No 2 and she has since supported artists such as Jessie J and Girls Aloud on tour.
10. Ella Henderson
Biggest Hit: Ghost
2014 has been an amazing year for Henderson with the release of her single ‘Ghost’ shooting straight to no 1 after its release in June.
Henderson’s shock exit in 2012 sent X Factor into a frenzy with many questioning how someone with such a huge talent could leave the show so early.
Ella is due to release her next single ‘Glow’ later in October this year.