Same Difference
Contestant Profile
Hometown Portsmouth, England


Category Groups
Mentor Simon Cowell
Placement 3/12

Same Difference was an English bubblegum pop duo consisting of siblings Sean and Sarah Smith. The competed in Series 4 of The X Factor as part of the Groups category mentored by Simon Cowell, finishing in 3rd place behind runner-up Rhydian Roberts and winner Leon Jackson.

The X Factor

The siblings auditioned in front of the judges in London and were described by Simon as "potentially the most annoying people I've ever met". However, they were put through to bootcamp by the judges and from there made to Judges' houses as part of the groups category mentored by Simon Cowell. He selected them as part of his Top 3 for the live shows.

Throughout the live shows judge Louis Walsh constantly branded them as "cheesy" but the other judges praised them for their upbeat performances. Despite being tipped to be the first act voted out, they turned out to be a surprise hit and made it all the way to the final, finishing in 3rd place.


Post The X Factor

After their departure, they joined the other Top 8 finalists on the live tour and soon announced that they had been signed by Syco. They released their debut single "We R One" and returned to perform it live during Series 5 of The X Factor. The single peaked at #13 on the UK Charts and was followed by the release of their debut album "Pop", which peaked at #22.

In early April 2009, it was reported they had been dropped by Syco due to poor sales of their debut album. This was blamed on the demise of popular UK retail chain Woolworths.

After this, they toured Pontins holiday parks and soon announced a new record deal with PopLife Records. They also revamped their look and released a new single called "Shine On Forever", which saw a departure in sound from their bubblegum pop origins towards a more electropop sound. However, the single failed to prove a hit, peaking at #100 on the UK Charts. Their second studio album "The Rest Is History" suffered the same fate as it peaked at the same position as the single that preceded it.

In spring 2012, they confirmed that they were working on their third studio album "Superheroes" and in January 2013, signed a deal with London Records. However, on Christmas Eve 2014 they announced their decision to disband with the third album remaining unreleased.


Studio albums

  • Pop (2009)
  • The Rest Is History (2011)


  • We R One (2008)
  • Shine On Forever (2010)
  • Music (2011)
  • Love & Hate (2015)
Series 4 Finalists
Alisha BennettAndy WilliamsBeverley TrotmanDaniel DeBourgEmily NakandaFutureproofHopeKimberley SouthwickLeon JacksonNiki EvansRhydian RobertsSame Difference

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