Leon Jackson
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 30 December 1988
'Age 29
Hometown Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland
Occupation Singer


Category Boys
Mentor Dannii Minogue
Placement Winner (1/12)

Leon Jackson is a Scottish singer from Whitburn, West Lothian who won Series 4 of The X Factor. He was part of the Boys category mentored by Dannii Minogue.

The X Factor

He auditioned for in Glasgow and successfully made it to Judges' Houses as part of the Boys category mentored by Dannii Minogue.

He safely made it all the way to the finals, never placing in the Bottom 2, and on 15 December 2007 he was crowned the winner ahead of fellow category finalist Rhydian Roberts, who had been tipped as a favourite to win. His win was seen as one of the biggest upsets in reality television history with several viewers complaining about being unable to vote for Roberts.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Home" Advanced
Bootcamp "Lost" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Advanced
Week 1 Number Ones "Can't Buy Me Love" Safe
Week 2 Film Themes "Home" Safe
Week 3 Big Band "Fly Me to the Moon" Safe
Week 4 21st Century Classics "Dancing in the Moonlight" Safe
Week 5 Disco "Relight My Fire" Safe
Week 6 Love Songs "You Don't Know Me" Safe
Week 7 British Classics "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Safe
"The Long and Winding Road"
Week 8: Semi final Mentor's choice "The Very Thought of You" Safe
Contestants' choice "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
Week 9: Final Christmas Songs "White Christmas" Winner
Celebrity Duets "Better the Devil You Know" (with Kylie Minogue)
Song of the Series "You Don't Know Me"
Winner's single "When You Believe"

Post The X Factor

His winner's single "When You Believe" (a cover of the Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston single) claimed the Christmas #1 spot in the UK and Irish charts and in October of the following year his debut album "Right Now" was released, peaking at #4 on the UK charts, one place below runner-up Rhydian Roberts' debut which was released the same week.

In May 2010, he was announced as the second biggest reality television flop behind Series 1 winner Steve Brookstein and vowed never to perform his winner's single again. The same year, it was confirmed that he was no longer signed to Syco Music.

During the summer, he performed an acoustic tour which proved to be a success. In Feburary 2011, he attended the BRIT Awards as part of the Universal Records after-party. Since then he has been writing new songs and performing at music festivals.


Studio albums


The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-Su
Series 4 Finalists
Alisha BennettAndy WilliamsBeverley TrotmanDaniel DeBourgEmily NakandaFutureproofHopeKimberley SouthwickLeon JacksonNiki EvansRhydian RobertsSame Difference