x factor winners usa where are they now
When Simon Cowell took his hugely successful X Factor format to the USA, it didn t quite become the breakout sensation he was hoping for. After three seasons of dwindling ratings, shifting judging panels and bland contestants, the show was finally canned after three seasons without ever reaching the dizzy heights it reached in other countries. With Fifth Harmony who came third in the second season preparing to take Britain by storm, it certainly wasn t without its successes. But what became of the others? The winners, the finalists, the memorable contestants who made midseason exits where are they now? Let s take a look
(All photos from WENN) Amaro was initially turned away at Judgesв Houses by Simon Cowell during the showвs first season, but after he had a change of heart she was re-instated and from there was easily crowned the showвs winner; polling 1st in four of the eight Live Show public votes. Once victorious, she released a string of promotional singles which all failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, and her album Truly has STILL never seen the light of day. By this point, itвs safe to assume it never will. Krajcik was The Rocky One; helping Nicole Scherzinger stay afloat in a season that saw her unfairly lambasted across the board. He returned to the show as a special guest in 2012 and then released his debut EP, with an album following in April 2013. Chris Rene signed to Sony BMG after making the first seasonвs finale, and his debut EP Iвm Right Here charted at No55 in the US and inside the Top 10 in New Zealand. He hasnвt tweeted or made a prolific public appearance since March. Crowвs reaction to being eliminated by Scherzingerвs Deadlock vote became the most controversial moment of the series, but she has appeared on a handful of Nickelodeon shows since. She also voiced Carla in the film Rio 2, and has released an EP. In retrospect, allowing younger teens to apply was probably a bad move. As if Rachel Crow s devastation wasn t bad enough, rapper Astro also hit headlines when he got a telling-off from his own mentor, LA Reid, over the way he reacted to being placed in the Bottom Two. Since then, he s featured on the UK mix of Cher Lloydвs вWant U Backв and has also delved into acting; appearing in Person Of Interest and A Walk Among The Tombstones. Simone was eliminated by mentor Cowell as part of a twist in the first live show, but it didn t end there. She went on to join the line-up of GRL, a girlband assembled by Robin Antin as the next incarnation of the Pussycat Dolls appropriate, seeing as Scherzinger had been a judge on X Factor. The band s breakout hit Ugly Heart has been a big success in Australia and in the UK, but sadly Battle did not live to see it as she tragically ended her own life in September of this year. With label bosses perhaps learning from their Melanie Amaro mistakes, Stevensв album was rush-released just months after he won the show. The album peaked on the outskirts of the Billboard Top 20 and he was dropped by label RCA the following August, before the next season of the talent show had even hit the air. Everything seems to have gone quiet for Sonenclar after becoming a breakout star under Britney Spearsв mentorship. She signed to Syco Music and Columbia Records back in 2013 and debuted a few original songs soon after, but there is still no word on any form of album. She did, however, appear in Law Order: Special Victims Unit last November. To date, and completely against the odds, Fifth Harmony are the most successful act to come from The X Factor USA. Their big вmomentв on the show was not until the semi-finals, when it was widely assumed they would be eliminated given that Sonenclar, Stevens and boyband Emblem3 had been in the Top 3 for most of the season. But with a stunning rendition of Ellie Goudlingвs вAnything Could Happenв, they made it to the final and have since soared. They won Artist To Watch at the MTV VMAs and Best US Act at the MTV EMAs, toured with Demi Lovato, hit No6 in the US with their debut EP Better Together and reached the Top 10 in 31 countries with recent single вBo$$в. Their new cut вSledgehammerв, which comes ahead of their first full-length album Reflection, will launch them in Europe via a performance on The X Factor UKвs semi-final in December. Simon Cowell was desperate for this trio to take off, and to be fair they did pretty well polling highly in the phone votes throughout the Live Shows until a semi-final slip-up saw them heading home unexpectedly early. Since then, they have opened for Selena Gomez on tour and bagged a Top 10 album in the US, but earlier this year band member Drew Chadwick left the group. Britney eliminated Diamond during the first Live Show but bosses then decided to bring her straight back, leading to an eventual finish in fifth place.
She has since bagged a regular role voicing Ruby on the Disney Junior show Sofia The First, and told Twitter followers earlier this year that she had initially signed to Syco Records but didnвt hear from them at all for months on end. After scoring several iTunes hits with recordings of their Live Show performances, nobody was surprised when this duo ended up winning the third and final season of the talent hunt nor when it emerged that they had topped the phone vote every single week without fail. After signing to Syco and Colombia, they released their debut album just last month; scoring a minor Top 10 hit at No8. No such luck for lead single Scarecrow, which fell short of the Billboard Hot 100. Jeff auditioned for the second season of the show but never progressed past bootcamp, so victory tasted even sweeter when he returned one year later and, with Kelly Rowland as his mentor, sailed to the final. From what we can tell, he didnвt bag a record deal but he does now have a new band who played their debut show in Detroit in May. Despite falling into the bottom two on two occasions, Carlito made it to the final and took the bronze medal. He released a free song, вFind Your Way Backв, at the end of last month. Let's take a look at some of the X Factor's past winners, to see how they've done since. Which X Factor Winners have been most successful? Leona Lewis has clearly been one of the biggest success stories in terms of top 40 singles. Surprisingly, very few contestants have had number one singles beyond their winner's single. Only Leona, Alexandra and Little Mix have topped the chart more than once. It should perhaps be noted that, who came third in the 2010 X Factor, have had four number ones and 15 top 40 singles, leaving all of the winners in the dust. was the very first winner of the X Factor, back in 2004. Fresh from his victory, his winner's single, a cover of Phil Collins' Against All Odds was pipped to Christmas number one by the Band Aid 20 revamp of Do They Know It's Christmas? But Steve's debut climbed to number one in its second week on the chart. His debut album, Heart and Soul went in at number one, but that was his last taste of success. He was dropped by SonyBMG just eight months into his contract and became embroiled in a feud with Simon Cowell over his treatment on the show. Most recently, he made headlines after linking devastating 7/7 London terror attack to his number one album. Steve wrote a book about his time on The X Factor, slating Cowell and co, entitled Getting Over the Ex, which was a best-seller on Amazon. , who won the second series in 2005, bagged the X Factor's first Christmas number one. He was given a million-pound contract with Cowell's Syco label, who released his debut album in 2006, which was certified four times platinum in Ireland, and platinum in the UK. His follow-up album, Breathless, was an even greater success in Ireland, but peaked at number two in the UK. The lead single from Breathless, No U Hang Up, not only hit the top spot in Ireland, but has an undeniably great title. He was dropped by Syco in 2011 after poor sales of third album Obsession, and went on to appear on Dancing on Ice and star in 80s-themed West End musical Rock of Ages. Shayne is still releasing music and recently bagged a role in Coronation Street. is generally considered the X Factor's first bona-fide star. She began to study at London fame academy the Brit School, but left aged 17 to get out there. After winning the 2006 series, she released a cover of Kelly Clarkson's A Moment Like This, which made it to Christmas number one selling more copies than the rest of that week's top 40 combined. Her first post-X Factor single, Bleeding Love stayed at number one for seven weeks, and also topped the chart in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Norway, Swizerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Canada and the United States. Since then she's had a string of hit singles and albums, recorded the theme song for Avatar and embarked on two world tours. Her Christmas track One More Sleep in 2013 was a hit but her recent music has failed to make waves in the charts. Pint-sized Scottish crooner charmed his way to winning the 2007 season of X Factor. An outsider to win the show, his victory over rival Rhydian Roberts was described as the biggest shock in the history of reality TV betting. His winner's single, an arrangement of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's duet When You Believe, was Christmas Number one that year, reportedly selling 40 copies a minute in Woolworths at its peak. But that was his last taste of the top spot. Follow-up single Don't Call This Love peaked at number three, and debut album Right Now only made it to number four. The album's poor sales prompted Syco to unceremoniously drop Jackson, and he was voted the second biggest reality TV flop in a national survey - only losing out to Steve Brookstein.
Since then he's kept writing and recording, and did an acoustic tour in 2010, but further hits have failed to materialise. was hotly tipped to be the next Leona, and although she hasn't had quite the rampant success, she's done better than most. After beating JLS to win the X Factor, her winner's single, a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah was the 2008 Christmas number one, despite a campaign to have Jeff Buckley' version of the song beat her to it. Since then she's had a string of hits, several BRIT and MTV award nominations and toured with Beyonce. On top of her UK success she bagged a 3. 5m, five album US deal with Epic records but hasn't had a hit for a number of years. winner's single, a cover of Miley Cyrus' The Climb, was caught up in one of the X Factor's biggest controversies - and was the first to be beaten to the Christmas top spot for four years. It was kept off the top by Killing In The Name, after a Facebook campaign in protest against the show's grip on the Christmas number one tradition. His debut album, Wide Awake, peaked at number three and dropped out of the top 40 within three weeks. In total, the album had sold just over 100,000 copies by December 2010. His contract with Syco expired in 2011 and wasn't renewed. He's since spoken of his unhappiness about his time with Syco, but that the split was amicable. A consummate reality TV star, Joe also won Popstar to Opera in 2011 and The Jump in 2014. He is now appearing in Tommy The Rock Opera alongside Blue's Antony Costa in Blackpool. Essex heartthrob triumphed in the 2010 X Factor. His winner's single - a cover of Biffy Clyro's only ballad, Many of Horror (retitled When We Collide) - regained Syco's grip on the festive top spot, where it stayed for three weeks. His debut album, Letters, stayed on the chart for 16 weeks, peaking at number two. Unfortunately, follow-up singles fared less well and he parted ways with Syco and Columbia records in 2012. Since then he's released a couple of moderately well received albums and continues to tour, but he's not seen the same success as the act that came third in 2010 - a little group called One Direction. He also collaborated with Mel C on the track Loving You which reached number 14 in the singles chart in 2013. For a band cobbled together from failed solo auditions, have done OK for themselves. Their winner's single, a cover of Cannonball, charted at number one the week before Christmas, but was knocked off by the Military Wives. Since then, though, they've had unprecedented success in the US, earning the highest debut US album chart position by a British group - an accolade previously held by the Spice Girls. They've sold 5million singles and 2. 5million albums worldwide, and are now promoting their new album third studio Get Weird, featuring the number one hit Black Magic. won series nine of the X Factor, and his winner's single Impossible hit the number one spot, selling more than 1. 25million copies in the UK. He was knocked off the top spot by the Justice Collective's Hillsborough Disaster charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, which was that year's Christmas number one. His eponymous debut album debuted at number two in the UK, but after that, the wheels started to fall off. He became involved in a number of controversies, most notably about, which led to high profile Twitter face-offs with celebrities including Frankie Boyle and Matt Lucas. And there's not many careers that can come back from iTunes offering refunds on your album due to public outcry. but continues to perform live. beat rivals little Nicholas McDonald and Luke hairy Friend to victory in last year's X Factor. Her winner's single, a cover of Demi Lovato's Skyscraper was the first since 2010 to take the Christmas number one spot. Since then, she's supported Beyonce at a live show in Birmingham and had the first X Factor number one album since Alexandra Burke's 2009 debut. There was some controversy about her previous music industry experience. Despite being billed as a prison warden, she was revealed to have performed on cruise ships, in clubs and at music festivals for years before hitting big on the reality show. She released her autobiography and in February 2015, it was announced via Sam's Twitter account that she had parted ways with Syco Music. Ben Haenow Ben Haenow won the eleventh series of The X Factor in 2014. His debut single, a cover of OneRepublic's Something I Need, was released in December 2014. On the same day as Ben's 30th birthday on 6 January, it was announced that he had been signed by Syco Music, and he has been spending time in Los Angeles recording his debut album. So who is your favourite X Factor winner? Like this? Did you know we have a dedicated TV and Film page on Facebook?
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