Series 1, 2004


Steve Brookstein

The first winner of The X Factor got over six million votes but was dropped by Sony BMG eight months later. He then released an album in 2014 called Forgotten Man, which failed to chart. He’s now producing an album for his wife, Eileen Hunter, and has recently written a book, Getting Over The Ex, about his time on the show and his relationship with Simon Cowell.

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Series 2, 2005

Shayne Ward

Things are going well for the series two winner. After a successful run in the musical Rock Of Ages in London’s West End from 2011 to 2014, and appearing on Dancing On Ice as a contestant in 2013, he joined Coronation Street in 2015. He’s currently expecting his first child with his partner, ex Hollyoaks star, Sophie Austin.

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Series 3, 2006

Leona Lewis

One of the biggest X Factor success stories, Leona has won three Grammy Awards and had number ones in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Canada. She’s currently starring in the musical Cats, where she’s recently taken over from Nicole Scherzinger.

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Series 4, 2007

Leon Jackson

He beat peroxide-blond Rhydian to the winner’s spot in the fourth series but after a number one hit was dropped by the label. He now lives in LA, where he writes and records music.

Series 5, 2008

Alexandra Burke

Her cover of Hallelujah broke the European record for most copies sold in 24 hours. She’s recently enjoyed a successful West End career appearing in The Bodyguard and is currently in Craig Revel-Horwood’s Sister Act.


Series 12, 2015

Louisa Johnson

The latest winner hasn’t released her first album yet but her song with Clean Bandit called Tears was a big summer anthem.

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