Matt Cardle – early success with singles and albums slowly drained away but he keeps plugging away and aside from a brief acting stint in Memphis the Musical has another album due for release in 2017
Joe McIlderry – 4 top 10 albums and over 2 million in sales is certainly not bad, he won From Popstar to Operastar in 2011 and The Jump in 2014 and starred in the leading role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s touring Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat production in 2016
Eoghan Quigg – he finished 3rd in 2008 and landed a record deal. Unfortunately it was labelled as one of the “worst albums in the history of recorded sound” by The Guardian. He competed to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 but finished runner-up.
Rydian Roberts – went one to release 6 albums, one of which went platinum and had his own 8 part series on S4C in Wales, he can now be found trading the boards in musical theatre.
Shayne Ward – winner of the second series he managed to get out 3 broadly successful albums before an appearance on Dancing on Ice in 2013. These days you can find him acting as Aiden Turner on Coronation Street – a role that won him National Television Award for Best Newcomer.
James Arthur – the 2012 winner had a very successful period immediately after the X Factor but effectively managed to torpedo himself with a series of ill-considered lyrics that led to accusations of him being homophobic and glorifying violence. Dropped by his Simon Cowell’s record label in 2014 he has since began to rebuild his career and has re-signed with Syco.
Steve Brookstein – the first X-Factor winner back in 2004. He signed a record deal with Sony but was dropped after only 8 months. In a classic example of biting the hand that fed you, he began to publically criticise X-Factor and Simon Cowell in particular over the way he had been treated and maintaining the show was rigged. After releasing a second album in 2014 and a book detailing his experiences he has faded from view.
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