The Most Successful X Factor UK Contestants

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Not only did Little Mix announce a brand new tour and number one single last week, but it’s almost The X Factor time again; newspapers and magazines are filled with daily Cheryl Fernandez-Versini outfit updates and the rumour mill has been in full spin reporting all the backstage goings-on from the auditions!

So, without further adieu, here are the most successful past contestants from The X Factor…

Little Mix

Tulisa’s “Little Muffins” were the first group to win a series of The X Factor and the girls have since become one of the biggest UK bands ever having sold over 7 million records! Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne topped the charts last week with the hit ‘Black Magic’ and have even broken the Spice Girls’ long-held record of highest debut US chart position for a UK girl group!

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One Direction

Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis finished in third place in 2010 along with former band mate Zayn. Fast-forward almost 5 years and 1D are without a doubt the biggest boy band on the planet having released four hit albums, headlined a number of their own tours including this year’s On The Road Again Tour, and have even had a box office smash hit film! Not bad, eh?

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Olly Murs

Another runner-up who went on to have immense success is cheeky chappy, Olly Murs. Olly finished insecond place after Joe McElderry in 2009 and was offered a record deal pretty much straight after and within a few months he was celebrating his first number 1 hit, ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’. Olly’s headed back to The X Factor camp as co-presenter for this year’s series alongside Caroline Flack.


Jack the Lad Swing (JLS to you and I) were runners up on the show in 2008 with Alexandra Burke just beating them to the post. The boy band went on to win several awards including BRIT Awards and MOBO Awards.

Sadly JLS split up in 2013 and the boys all went their separate ways, with some of them heading into music, others into presenting and erm, even farming!

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis won the third season in 2006 with ‘A Moment Like This’ going straight into the number one spot on the UK Charts. Leona’s second single, Bleeding Love, was released in October 2007 and stayed at the top of the charts for weeks!

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