Shayne Ward
Shayne Ward
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 16 October 1984
'Age 33
Hometown Tameside, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Former shop assistant


Category 16-24s
Mentor Louis Walsh
Placement Winner (1/12)

Shayne Thomas Ward (born October 16, 1984) is an English pop singer and actor who rose to prominence in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as Asia, after winning Series 2 of The X Factor in 2005.  He was part of the 16-24s category mentored by Louis Walsh.

The X Factor 


Shanye Ward

In early 2005, Ward auditioned for Series 2, where he impressed all three judges and passed through to the next round. His was placed into the 16-24s category that was then mentored by Louis, and Ward was chosen to be among Louis's top 4 contestants and perform on the live shows. Ward quickly became the Bookmakers' favourite to win the show, and after making it to the grand final, he defeated Simon Cowell's duo Journey South and Sharon Osbourne's over-25 singer Andy Abraham and was crowned as the winner of The X Factor 2005. He had not fallen into the bottom two throughout the entire competition, and won by a margin of 1.2% of the vote, out of a reported 10.8 million phone votes cast by viewers. Immediately after the competition, his mentor Louis Walsh became his manager under a joint venture with Global Publishing and Walsh Global Management.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Sacrifice" Advanced
Bootcamp Solo performance "Ben" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "The Air That I Breathe" Advanced
Week 1 "Right Here Waiting" Safe
Week 2 "If You're Not the One" Safe
Week 3 "Summer of 69" Safe
Week 4 "You Make Me Feel Brand New" Safe
Week 5 "Cry Me a River" Safe
Week 6 "A Million Love Songs" Safe
Week 7 "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" Safe
Week 8 "Take Your Mama" Safe
"Careless Whisper"
Week 9: Semi final "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Safe
"Unchained Melody"
Week 10: Final "If You're Not the One" Winner
"When a Child is Born"
"Over the Rainbow"
Winner's single "That's My Goal"

Post The X Factor

Shayne's winner's single became the UK Christmas #1 and at the time of release was the fastest selling winner's single as well as the third-fastest selling song of all-time in the UK. As of 2015, it is the only original song released by a winner.

To date he has released four studio albums, all of which reached the UK Top 20, but in 2011 it was announced that he had been dropped by Syco Music after six years.  His latest album was released independently via Pledgemusic.

He has also branched out into musical theater and in 2013 appeared as a contestant on ITV's "Dancing on Ice".  He was the fifth celebrity to be eliminated.

In 2015, it was announced that he had joined the cast of soap opera "Coronation Street" on a one year contract. He went on to win Best Newcomer at the 2016 National Television Awards.


Studio albums

Solo singles

As featured artist

Series 2 Finalists
Addictiv LadiesAndy AbrahamBrenda EdwardsChenai ZinyukuChico Slimani4TuneJourney SouthMaria LawsonNicholas DorsettPhillip MageeShayne WardThe Conway Sisters
The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-Su