The X-factor is a televised singing competition that has produced some of the world’s biggest music stars. Because the show is so popular, many talented singers audition for a chance to be one of the top ten contestants. This list is a compilation of the ten best contestants who ever appeared on the X-factor. They are ranked based on their vocal ability, stage presence, and overall talent. So without further ado, here are the top 10 best X-factor contestants of all time!
1. James Arthur
James Arthur is a British singer and songwriter. He rose to fame after winning the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, “Impossible”, was released shortly after his victory and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release.
2. Little Mix
Little Mix is a British girl group formed in 2011 during the eighth series of the UK version of The X Factor. They were the first group to win the competition, and following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music and released a cover of Damien Rice’s “Cannonball” as their winner’s single.
3. Ella Henderson
Ella Henderson is an English singer and songwriter. She was a contestant in the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place. Henderson’s debut studio album, Chapter One, was released in October 2014 and peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart.
4. Olly Murs
Olly Murs is an English singer, television presenter, and actor. He rose to fame after finishing as the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. Murs has since released five studio albums, debuting at number two with his self-titled first album and topping the UK Albums Chart with Right Place Right Time (2012) and Never Been Better (2014).
5. Ben Haenow
Ben Haenow is an English singer and songwriter. He was the winner of the eleventh series of The X Factor in 2014. His debut single, a cover of OneRepublic’s “Something I Need”, was released immediately after his victory and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
6. Fleur East
Fleur East is an English singer, songwriter, and fitness model. She competed in the second series of The X Factor in 2005 as a member of the girl group Addictive Ladies. In 2014, she auditioned for the eleventh series of The X Factor as a solo artist and reached the final where she placed second overall.
7. Matt Cardle
Matt Cardle is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. His debut single “When We Collide” was released on 21 December 2010 and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
8. Leona Lewis
Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter, and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Music.
9. Cher Lloyd
Cher Lloyd is an English singer, songwriter, and model. She rose to fame in 2010 when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor. Lloyd’s debut single, “Swagger Jagger”, was released in July 2011 and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
10. Joe McElderry
Joe McElderry is an English singer and songwriter. He won the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. His first single “The Climb” was released in December 2009 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. He has also crowned the winner of the second series of The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019.