Rebecca Ferguson
Contestant Profile
Birth Date July 21, 1986 (age 30)
Hometown Liverpool, England, UK


Category Girls
Mentor Cheryl Cole
Placement Runner-up (2/16)

Rebecca Caroline Ferguson (born July 21, 1986) is an English R&B/soul singer-songwriter who came to prominence in 2010 when she finished as runner-up to Matt Cardle on Series 7 of The X Factor. Her mentor was Cheryl Cole.


A single mother of two young children, Rebecca attempted to form a music career by auditioning for P. Diddy's Starmaker' in New York as well as Britain's Got Talent but had no success.

The X Factor

After twice failing to audition, Rebecca Ferguson auditioned a third time in 2010 where judges were impressed by her soulful voice. She made it all the way to the live shows where she earned herself a devoted fanbase with her soulful, smoky vocals, which has drawn comparsions to R&B legend Aretha Franklin and the late Amy Winehouse.

She made it all the way to the final, where she finished as runner-up to Matt Cardle. Afterwards, Ferguson signed a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records in the UK and later signed a deal with Columbia Records in the United States. Her debut album, Heaven, was released in the UK on December 5, 2011 and in the United States on May 29, 2012. It features the singles "Nothing's Real But Love" and "Glitter & Gold".

The album, which Ferguson co-wrote every song, has since gone platinum in
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Rebecca with her mentor Cheryl Cole

the UK and debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

To date she has released three studio albums with her fourth set for release in October 2016.



  • Heaven (2011)
  • Freedom (2013)
  • Lady Sings the Blues (2015)
  • Superwoman (2016)

Personal Life

While still in her teens, she gave birth to a daughter named Lillie May and a son named Karl by her ex-boyfriend Karl Durates. The couple later split but have remained close friends since.

During her time on the show, she dated One Direction member Zayn Malik, which caused controversy due to their age difference. They split up after four months together.

In August 2014, she gave birth to her third child, a daughter named Arabella. The child's father broke off the relationship with Ferguson when she said she was pregnant but she holds no grudges against him. The father of her eldest children was present at the birth and offered to adopt her newborn daughter as his own.

Series 7 Finalists
Aiden GrimshawBelle AmieCher LloydDiva FeverF.Y.D.Katie WaisselMary ByrneMatt CardleNicolò FestaOne DirectionPaije RichardsonRebecca FergusonStorm LeeTreyc CohenWagner

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