|Birth Date||3 April 1985|
|Occupation|| Former waitress|
The X Factor
Auditioning in front of the judges, she impressed them with her rendition of "Over the Rainbow". She made it to Judges' Houses in the 16-24s category mentored by Simon Cowell and he chose her as one of his finalists for the live shows.
Week after week she continued to impress both judges and viewers with her powerful vocals and even Gary Barlow who duetted with her along with his fellow Take That members remarked that she was one of the best talents he had heard. She made it all the way to the final alongside fellow 16-24s category member Ray Quinn and on December 16, 2006 she was crowned the third winner of the show, becoming the first female to do so. She gained 60% of the vote compared to Ray Quinn's 40%.
|Audition||Free choice||"Over the Rainbow"||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 1||"I Have Nothing"||Advanced|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||"Without You"||Advanced|
|Week 1||Motown||"I'll Be There"||Safe|
|Week 2||Songs by Rod Stewart||"The First Cut is the Deepest"||Safe|
|Week 3||Big band||"Summertime"||Safe|
|Week 4||Songs by ABBA||"Chiquitita"||Safe|
|Week 5||Love songs||"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Safe|
|Week 6||Number ones||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Safe|
|Week 7||Songs from the movies||"Lady Marmalade"||Safe|
|"I Will Always Love You"|
|Week 8||Songs by Barry Manilow||"Could It Be Magic"||Safe|
|Contestant's choice||"Without You"|
|Week 9: Semi-final||Songs to get you to the final||"I Have Nothing"||Safe|
|"Over the Rainbow"|
|Week 10: Final||Favourite performance||"I Will Always Love You"||Winner|
|Celebrity duets||"A Million Love Songs" (with Take That)|
|"All By Myself"|
|Winner's single||"a Moment Like This"|
Post The X Factor
She went on to claim the UK Christmas #1 with her winners' single and it was the UK's best selling single of 2006. As of December 2015, the song has sold over 914,000 copies in the UK. It was also awarded an Ivor Novello award.
She returned to the X Factor stage in both Series 4 and Series 5 to perform again and her single "Bleeding Love" hit both the top spot of the UK charts as well as the US charts, the latter making her the first British female to have a US chart topper since Bonnie Tyler in 1983. She returned to The X Factor as a guest judge for Series 9 before Nicole Scherzinger was announced as a permanent replacement.
She released four studio albums before announcing her departure from Syco Music in 2014. She subsequently signed to Island Records but her album "I Am" failed to crack the UK Top 10, stalling at #12. She was later dropped and has since branched out into musical theater, appearing on Broadway in the stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1982 musical "Cats".
In June 2017, she made a guest appearance on a cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" along with several other artists, including fellow X Factor artists Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Louisa Johnson and Matt Terry, which was recorded to raise money for those affected by the Grenfall tower block fire in London earlier that month. The single reached #1 after only two days sales.
She has sold over 20 million albums worldwide making her Syco Music's second-best selling act behind One Direction.
- A Moment Like This (2006)
- Bleeding Love (2007)
- Better in Time (2008)
- Footprints in the Sand (2008)
- Forgive Me (2008)
- Run (2008)
- I Will Be (2009)
- Happy (2009)
- I Got You (2010)
- Collide (with Avicii) (2011)
- Trouble (with Childish Gambino) (2012)
- Lovebird (2013)
- One More Sleep (2013)
- Fire Under My Feet (2015)
- I Am (2015)
- Thunder (2015)
As featured artist
- Just Stand Up! (as part of Artists Stand Up to Cancer) (2010)
- Everybody Hurts (as part of Helping Haiti) (2015)
- Bridge Over Troubled Water (with Artists for Grenfall) (2017)
|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 3 Finalists|
|Ashley McKenzie • Ben Mills • Dionne Mitchell • Eton Road • 4Sure • Kerry McGregor • Leona Lewis • Nikitta Angus • Ray Quinn • Robert Allen • The MacDonald Brothers • The Unconventionals|