For­get me not? What be­came of the 2008 X Fac­tor fi­nal­ists

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BAD LASHES

This girl group was first to leave the 2008 fi­nal­ists’ show (Si­mon Cow­ell com­pared watch­ing their per­for­mance to “eat­ing wa­ter”), but shortly af­ter signed a record­ing and man­age­ment deal with Mis­sion Con­trol. They have yet to release an al­bum.

JLS

Boy­band run­ners-up to Alexan­dra Burke. Signed by Epic Records (fol­low­ing a deal with Cow­ell’s Syco la­bel), through which they re­cently re­leased their de­but. Now a ma­jor teen act, they ar­rive in Dublin’s O2 on Fe­bru­ary 27th.

SCOTT BRU­TON

Voted off the show in week three, Bru­ton is still in­volved in mu­sic – the mu­si­cal Dream­boats and Pet­ti­coats. A de­but al­bum is ex­pected in Fe­bru­ary.

GIRL­BAND

Girl­band were voted off the 2008 fi­nal­ists show within two weeks and split up days af­ter. So much for the “we’re in this for­ever” speeches.

AUSTIN DRAGE

Oc­ca­sional ac­tor Drage was voted off in week four. Al­though he is not yet signed to a record la­bel, his de­but al­bum is sched­uled for release next year.

LAURA WHITE

White’s con­tro­ver­sial exit in week five saw more than 50,000 peo­ple pe­ti­tion for her re­turn. Her de­but sin­gle, You Should Have Known, en­tered the UK chart at No 32 ear­lier this month. She switched on the Christ­mas lights in Derby, Pre­ston and Black­pool.

EOGHAN QUIGG

The cute North­ern Ir­ish lad from Dun­given fin­ished third in last year’s X Fac­tor. He was the first to release an al­bum in April of this year. In record com­pany par­lance, it “failed to per­form”, with re­views in­clud­ing “a new low for pop­u­lar cul­ture” – the Guardian.

DANIEL EVANS

Not even a cam­paign by BBC Ra­dio 1 pre­sen­ter Chris Moyles could keep late-30s crooner Evans – for­mer swim­ming pool cleaner – safe from the pub­lic vote. He is record­ing an al­bum of mostly cover ver­sions.

RACHEL HYL­TON

Hyl­ton caused no end of con­tro­versy when it was re­ported in the tabloid press last year that she was for­merly a co­caine ad­dict and con­vict. Ac­cord­ing to a post on her of­fi­cial web­site , she is “busy record­ing her de­but al­bum”.

RUTH LORENZO

Span­ish singer Lorenzo has signed with EMI and is await­ing the release of her de­but al­bum next year. She switched on the Christ­mas lights in Pais­ley.

DIANA VICK­ERS

Vick­ers signed to RCA shortly af­ter be­ing voted off the show in week nine. She picked up glow­ing re­views for her role as Lit­tle Voice in the stage adap­ta­tion of The Rise and Fall of Lit­tle Voice, which had a suc­cess­ful run at Lon­don’s Vaude­ville The­atre dur­ing Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Vick­ers’ 2010 de­but al­bum sees her col­lab­o­rat­ing with in­die acts Pa­trick Wolf, Light­speed Cham­pion and Ne­rina Pal­lot.

Above: Dublin-bound JLS. Be­low: His Quig­glet­ness

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