The X Factor 2011 countdown: 6 days to go! A look back at series two...

X Factor 2011

There's just six days to go until The X Factor 2011 kicks off, and today we continue our countdown as we look back at the past seven years of the show. Next up is series two, which was won by Shayne Ward, way back in 2005, with Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne all back as judges...

Today such a static panel seems somewhat strange, but it meant a lot more honest comments from the settled in judges. With the first series a great ratings success - but winner Steve Brookstein less than a hit in the charts - the pressure was on for series two to find a true pop star...

It's Chico Time

Chico was arguably The X Factor's first novelty act; although to be fair to the Welsh-Moroccan singer he had far more than talent then some of the contestants who were to follow in previous years.

Chico also accomplished a first on the show, becoming the only contestant to perform an original song on the live shows. The track was such a success, that it went on to hit the top spot in 2006!


Alexandra Burke

This series saw the first appearance of Alexandra Burke, who went on to win the show three years later in 2008. Alex is seen here in her very first audition here impressing all of the judges, and she made it all the way to the judges houses.


Aged just 16 at the time however, then mentor Louis Walsh didn't take Alex through to the live shows feeling she wasn't ready for the competition.

In hindsight it was the right choice, with Alex returning to the show older and even more talented three years later, storming her way to the final of the show where she performed with Beyonce.

For now however, let's remember the original audition from around six years ago!


Mackenzie Williamson

This youngster became the first and only four year old to try out for The X Factor, and come 2017 will be through to bootcamp!


Shayne Ward

We can't have this post and not mention the show's eventual winner, Shayne Ward, who performed the show's first and only original winner's track.

Unlike Steve Brookstein before him, Shayne went on to have some considerable success on the charts, with his debut album selling over 700,000 copies. The 26-year-old went on to release two more albums, but was dropped by Simon Cowell earlier this year after more than five years signed to the Syco label.

Now Shayne stars in the new West End musical Rock of Ages.

Watch his performance of the winner's track below...


> The X Factor 2011 countdown: 7 days to go! A look back at series one...

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