9 Throwback Contestants From The X Factor’s Past

This year’s series of The X Factor is in full swing – and admittedly, we’re a little obsessed.

With the injection of old judges and the return of Dermot O’Leary, it’s been a nostalgic ride.

See: The X Factor 2015

Many of the world’s pop faces have been a product of the much-loved show. No one could have predicted (with the exception of the music mastermind Simon Cowell) the success that One Direction would achieve, as they’ve gone on to knock every other boy band off the top spot in the race for global fame.

Little Mix have soared to new heights since their winning year with judge and mentor Tulisa, and JLS enjoyed an incredible fandom before announcing their split (sob).

See: The Ultimate X Factor Trivia Game

To celebrate the return of the mighty show, we’re taking a little trip in our time machines to look back over some of the past singers you may have forgotten about. And some you most definitely won’t have.

1. Kitty Brucknell


You’ll remember kooky Kitty from The X Factor 2011 when she came seventh in the competition and won hearts for her fabulously eclectic costumes and make-up looks. These days, Kitty’s living it up in LA and still performing at local gigs – on her off-duty days, though, she’s now rocking a much more casual look… Gorgeous!

2. One Direction


Sure they’re a household name. But do you remember their first auditions?

Looking at these lads owning the stage in the way they do now, it’s hard to imagine that they originally rocked up on audition day as solo acts.

Harry did a banging rendition of Isn’t She Lovely, Niall sung Ne-Yo (although it’s hard to imagine he has any trouble with girls breaking up with him these days…), Liam came back for his second time round and seriously impressed by belting out Cry Me A River, Louis Tomlinson was timid with Hey There Delilah and Zayn opted for some RnB with a bit of Mario.

Oh, how they’ve grown.

3. Stacey Solomon 


Stace won hearts with her hilarious sense of humour and powerful voice. She’s since been crowned on I’m A Celebrity… and has also appeared in The Jump alongside MIC’s Louise Thompson.

4. Cher Lloyd 


Viewers fell for her sass, swagger and street edge, and Cheryl claimed her as being ‘right up my street.’

5. Diana Vickers 


With a soft and quirky voice, the hippy songstress has since moved away from music, launching her own clothing line and starring in West End shows.

6. Ray Quinn 


Coming second to Leona Lewis, he has since starred in a series of musicals as well as getting his first place slot on Dancing On Ice.

7. Wagner


The opera maverick is now a proud Dad.

8. Alexandra Burke 


The winning contestant is now leading in the stage show for The Bodyguard.

9. Rhydian Roberts


The opera singer has since become a patron for The Princes Trust and is a campaigner for prostate cancer awareness. He has also enjoyed a lot of success on stage, appearing in The War of the Worlds musical, and touring with We Will Rock You, Grease and The Rocky Horror Show.

We can’t wait to see who wins this year…