|Birth Date||30 December 1988|
|Hometown||Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland|
The X FactorEdit
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.
|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 Edit
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.
- Right Now (2008)
|The X Factor UK Winners|
|Steve Brookstein • Shayne Ward • Leona Lewis • Leon Jackson • Alexandra Burke • Joe McElderry • Matt Cardle • Little Mix • James Arthur • Sam Bailey • Ben Haenow • Louisa Johnson • Matt Terry|
|Series 4 Finalists|
|Alisha Bennett • Andy Williams • Beverley Trotman • Daniel DeBourg • Emily Nakanda • Futureproof • Hope • Kimberley Southwick • Leon Jackson • Niki Evans • Rhydian Roberts • Same Difference|