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