It’s a major moment in music and TV history as it’s been announced that The X Factor has come to an end after 17 years. Just shy of a decade, the show first launched in 2004 in the UK and became a staple of Saturday night TV for Brits across the country. Of course, like any good British show, there were several versions that took place around the world, including the US. 2018 was the last full season where Louis Tomlinson was a judge and the mentor of the final winner, Dalton Harris. The show then went on hiatus for two years before it was revealed that ITV would no longer continue, on what seems to be a mutual decision between the channel and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell.
As we mark the end of an era, we at The Honey POP share seven artists the show has blessed us with.
Crowned the winner of the ninth season of The X Factor in 2012, Middlesbrough-born James Arthur was your typical guy-next-door with a golden throat. James has sold over 30 million records worldwide through three albums, including the UK No.1 album Back From The Edge, which includes his global multi-platinum smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go.’ He’s currently working on his fourth studio album, which we’re all super stoked about, and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
Olly Murs came second in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009 but is one of many acts to prove that you don’t need to win the show to have great success. In the span of 12 years, he’s released six albums, headlined six tours, and has even branched out his career into the likes of presenting, acting and is currently a judge on The Voice UK. Though he has taken a break from performing following major knee surgery in 2019, he has been working on music and is set to tour again over the next two years – you can bet your backside we’ll be there!
Little Mix made history on The X Factor when they became the first group to win the show on the eighth season in 2011. With six albums under their belt, the girls have sold over 60 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Though they have won numerous awards, one that’s notable in particular is when in 2021, they won Best Group at The BRITs, where they were the first-ever girl group to do so. They have truly cemented their spot in girl group history and are inspiring the younger generations and fans across the world. Though Jesy left at the end of last year, she is still committed to being in the music industry, and we are weeks away from celebrating a decade of Little Mix. Here’s to many more!
Leona Lewis was the first female winner of The X Factor and the first to gain international success, as her single ‘Bleeding Love’ topped the charts in 34 countries. Her winning single ‘A Moment Like This’ became the fastest-selling single ever by a female artist in the UK, and her debut album became the fastest-selling debut album of all time in the UK and Ireland, as well as the first debut album by a British solo artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. She’s released five albums, including a Christmas album, and launched her acting career. She made her Broadway debut as Grizabella in the July 2016 revival of the musical Cats and had a supporting role in the musical film Walking on Sunshine. She’s gearing up to support Gary Barlow on his All The Hits Live 2021 tour and will be featuring on Diane Warren‘s debut album.
One Direction‘s journey to world domination began with five small-town lads auditioning as soloists and a first in The X Factor history. After failing to make it past boot camp on their own, the judges put them together to create a group, a technique they turned to several times following the success of 1D. Though they placed third on the show during the seventh season, they went on to have quite the triumphant career and truly made their mark in music history. From BRIT Awards to VMAs, sold-out stadium tours, and several history-making moments, One Direction was a phenomenon and still is discussed so much to this day. Though they are on an indefinite hiatus, the members are still feeding us well as they are embarking on solo careers and learning more about themselves as artists. We’ll wait forever and a day for the reunion, but we’re also thriving. We support them on their own paths. We’re happy so long as they’re in our lives!
Also competing on the seventh season was Cher Lloyd, who put her own signature spin on her performances as she impressed us with her rapping skills. She’s served us two excellent albums with a third on the way and has collabed with the likes of Demi Lovato, Becky G, and Mike Posner and toured with Demi, Taylor Swift, and Hot Chella Rae. Even though she took a hiatus during her career, she’s proven that over a decade on, she’s still very much loved, and we are thriving as she begins her new era!
In second place on the sixth season of The X Factor, JLS reignited the country’s love for boy bands, bringing them into the modern-day. These guys definitely play a part in British boyband history, from selling over 1 million copies of their debut self-titled album to winning BRITs and MOBO awards. They released four studio albums and one greatest hits before their split in 2013, but after years of praying and manifesting, the quartet reunited last year and announced a tour before dropping their comeback single ‘Time’ back in February of this year. THRIVING!
Cheers to The X Factor! Love it or hate it, we really got some amazing artists from it.
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