Where Are They Now

Where Are They Now?

Each year of X Factor has unquestionably produced acts that should have gone on to super stardom either lighting up the charts or drawing in the punters to shows in the West End. Now that the show has been running since 2004 we take a look back at past winners and those acts that stood out but have not managed to hold the publics interest.

X Factor 2004 (Series 1)

Steve Brookstein

Steve BrooksteinThe first X Factor winner was won by Steve Brookstein and although his debut single and album managed to hit the number one spots he was dumped by his mentor Simon Cowell.

He managed to get a record contract but his second album failed to hit the top 100 selling somewhere in the region of 7,000 copies. He since has gone on to performing in venues likes Pizza Express and playing in his local pub for £2.50 (refunded if you buy a pie and a pint).

Voices With Soul

Consisting of Corene, Hildia and Grace Campbel amazed viewers with their soulful melodies in X Factor 2004 andl the trio released their debut album in 2008 but it only managed to reach number 87 in the charts and the family are now available for private bookings!

X Factor 2005 (Series 2)


ChicoThe 2005 X Factor was won by Shayne Ward who is still active and successful (however much like most past X Factor winners he is no longer signed to Simon's record label anymore) but one of the most endearing/annoying aspects of this series was Chico Slimani.

Chico reached the quarter finals of the show and made the words “It’s Chico Time” a national catchphrase. He managed to record a number one song but his music career did not last long and he was last seen in panto in 2010 at the Darlington Civic Centre.

Brenda Edwards

The talented soulful singer managed to reach the semi finals of X Factor 2005 and afterwards she managed to land the role of Mama Morton in Chicago during its West End Run, from these she earned a role in Carmen Jones and in 2010 she took on the role of Killer Queen in the West End production of the Ben Elton show We Will Rock You.

X Factor 2006 (Series 3)

The 2006 series of the show produced the most successful reality contestant to date in Leona Lewis has gone on to have number one singles in the UK and USA, but what of her fellow contestants?

Eton Road

Boyband Eton Road looked as if they had all the requirements for chart stardom and had Louis Walsh as their manager but line up changes and in fighting saw the band disperse but not before switching on the Christmas Lights in Corby in 2008.

Kerry McGregor

Kerry McGregor The wheelchair bound singer was one of the few contestants that genuinely had the need for the sad story music that is now played out each year on the X Factor. Kerry was eliminated in the fourth week of X Factor 2006, but instead of pursing her musical career like most failed X Factor contestants she instead went into the business world and launched the WheelieChix-Chic fashion range which was targeted at disabled women.

She also achieved most peoples childhood dream by appearing in an episode of Grange Hill in 2008.

Ashley McKenzie

He had the looks and voice of a young Lenny Gravitz and success seemed to written in stone for the twenty something singer however his ambitions were never reached and the last we heard from the singer was when his pet snake, a boa constrictor escaped from its cage.

X Factor 2007 (Series 4)

Winner of the shows fourth run was 20 year old Leon Jackson was often referred to during the show as having the potential to become the UK’s answer to Michael Buble but after his third single only managed to dent the charts at number 94 he was quickly dumped by his record label.

Rhydian Roberts

Rhydian Roberts Coming across as conceited and ambitious at first, viewers were on the most put off instantly by Roberts, however when they heard his voice opinions soon changed and although he was pipped to the post by Leon Jackson.

Once X Factor 2007 was finished he was signed up by Simon Cowell and he went into the recording studio and his debut album went on to sell over 600,000 copies and has gone on to perform at the Albert Hall and has joined the cast for the UK tour of We Will Rock You and was asked by Prince Charles to become a patron for the Princes Trust. 

X Factor 2008 (Series 5)

The 5th series of the X Factor was won by Alexandra Burke who is still releasing records, the compeition was tough this year and some of the favourites to win not faring as well as they had hoped in the live finals.

Ruth Lorenzo

Ruth Lorenzo Although she only managed to finish in fifth place in the competition Lorenzo’s voice and natural talents were enough to impress record company executivess to give her a contract and record an album.

She is currently writing songs with the likes of Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Carlos Santana and former Guns and Roses axeman Slash and she has also been writing songs with her former mentor Dannii Minogue for Minouges next album. So far though she has only released a single in Spain called Burn which went to number 16 in the charts. 

Daniel Evans

Chico Despite a valiant campaign organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles for people to vote for Evans to win X Factor 2008 he was voted out in the 6th round of the live finals following a sing off with Rachel Hylton where 3 judges, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell all voted for Hylton. 

He has since released an  album that has been critically acclaimied entitled "No Easy Way" which is available through his website http://www.danielevansofficial.com or from Amazon. He now spends most of his touring in Spain.

X Factor 2009 (Series 6)

Joe McElderry was crowned the winner but he was soon dropped like a hot potato by Simon Cowell’s record label as the singers album sales stalled, with Simon much preferring Olly Murs who has sold a bucket load of singles and will be hosting ITV2’s coverage of X Factor 2011.

Danyl Johnson

The school teacher got the Yummy Mummy parade all hot and bothered and he had a decent voice as well but rumours of backstage fall outs with the other acts and judges saying he was conceited soon led the singer exiting the show, he was last seen singing at Butlins (to an appreciative 2000 strong crowd of his fans).


Jedward What else can we say about the identical twin brothers John and Edward who merged into the beast that is Jedward.

Since surprising the UK with how far they managed to stay on with the show seeing as they could not even sing or dance they managed to release a top 5 single with Vanilla Ice and also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

There are rumours that the twins will be entered into the new version of Celebrity Big Brother later this year as it returns to our screens on Channel 5. 

X Factor 2010 (Series 10)

This years show was won by Matt Cardle, if looking at the history of previous acts that have managed to win the coveted X Factor we can expect to see Matt disappear into obscurity within the next 12 months as we see the runners up doing more business in the charts.


WagnerWagner Fiuza-Carrilo the retired Brazilian born PE teacher from Dudley who so painfully could not by any definition of the word sing a tune was kept in the competition by legions of fans intent on upsetting Simon Cowell who would have had to have given the singer a £1 million record contract.

Luckily for Simon the rest of the public were fed up of his interpretations of the classics and Wagner was shown the stage door much to the joy of the nation.

Cher Lloyd

The songstress have just gone on to release her first solo single which is entitled “Swagger Jagger” and Cher Lloyd has had the somewhat dubious honour of  being one of the most hated videos so far seen on the YouTube website, it has already received over 3 million views and had over 68,000 dislikes opposed to just under 29,000 likes.