X Factor UK winners: Where are they now?

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Can you remember who won X Factor even last year? From The X Factor 2015 winner to the very first, we look at where the X Factor UK winners are now...

As The X Factor 2016 auditions continue this weekend, we take a look back over the winners of series' past with now twelve names taking the title of X Factor champion.

But who will be joining the hall of fame this year?

Steve Brookstein

Series 1, 2004 - Steve made a comeback in 2014 with self-funded album Forgotten Man. The same year Steve also wrote and released a book about his time on The X Factor and, more interestingly, afterwards, called Getting Over The X. It's worth a read.

 

Shayne Ward

Shayne Ward
Series 2, 2005 - Despite initial chart success, Shayne was dropped by Syco and moved into musical theatre with appearances in We Will Rock You. Last summer Shayne made his soap debut with a new acting role on Coronation Street and went on to scoop the National Television Award for Best Newcomer earlier this year.

 

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis
Series 3, 2006 - Leona was the first of X Factor's winners to achieve major success but she's since made the switch to musical theatre after leaving her new label, now appearing in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats on Broadway.

 

Leon Jackson

Series 4, 2007 - You may be forgiven for asking Leon who? The Scottish X Factor winner is possibly the most invisible of all the artists to come out of the X Factor franchise. After achieving the obligatory No 1 single Leon seemed to go all scotch mist.

 

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke
Series 5, 2008 - Following a split with her record label, things have gone a very quiet for Alex on the charts front as she instead focuses on the stage. After appearing in The Bodyguard Musical, Alex has now taken up the lead role in Sister Act.

 

Joe McElderry

Series 6, 2009 - Like Alex, Leona and Shayne, Joe has also moved into musical theatre and this summer took the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat alongside BGT singer Lucy Kay.

 

Matt Cardle

Series 7, 2010 - After three albums post X Factor, Matt last year - yup, you've guessed it - moved into musical theatre as he joined Memphis the musical. This year however he hit the road with is headlining Intimate and Live Tour.

 

Little Mix

Little Mix
Series 8, 2011 - Little Mix remain the only group to win The X Factor and are now the oldest winners from the show who are still going in the charts. The group's latest third album was their best selling yet with new music expected later this year.

 

James Arthur

James Arthur

Series 9, 2012 - Last year James made a return as he announced a new record deal with Columbia Records, releasing his first album since splitting from Simon Cowell's Syco label later this year.

 

Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey
Series 10, 2013 - Sam is yet another X Factor winner who's enjoyed success in musical theatre, joining the cast of Chicago this year. Sam's set to release a self-funded second album later this month.

 

Ben Haenow

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Series 11, 2014 - Having signed to Syco, Ben released his debut album last year to chart in the Top 10 following a new single featuring Kelly Clarkson but at the start of 2016 it was announced that Ben had been dropped.

 

Louisa Johnson

Louisa Johnson
Series 12, 2016 - Louisa's career post X Factor didn't get off to the best of starts, becoming the first winner to NOT get a number one. In fact, her winner's song managed only number 9.

However since then Louisa has enjoyed a spell in the Top 5 thanks to a collaboration with Clean Bandit on summer smash Tears which remains in the Top 20 of the charts at the time of writing.

Louisa's expected to drop her debut album in October time to coincide with the return of X Factor's live shows.

 

Who will be the winner of The X Factor 2016? The series continues with the latest auditions this weekend on ITV.

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