|Birth Date||10 November 1968|
|Hometown||Camberwell, London, England|
Stephen "Steve" Desmond Brookstein (born 10 November 1968) is an English jazz and soul singer, who rose to fame in the United Kingdom after becoming the winner of the Series 1 of The X Factor in 2004. He was part of the Over 25s category mentored by Simon Cowell.
The X Factor
In his first audition he failed to impress two of the judges, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, but the third, Simon Cowell asked Brookstein to return the next day and sing again. This time Brookstein managed to impress the other judges and was put through to the next stage of the competition. when he reached the televised finals, Brookstein and the other two contestants in his category were mentored by Simon Cowell. He managed to make it to the grand final alongside G4, winning every one of the live finals according to Sharon Osbourne's biography. On 11 December 2004, he was announced as the winner.
|Audition 1||Free choice||"Song for You"||Told to come back|
|Audition 2||Free choice||"Part Time Love"||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 1||Solo performance||"That's Why"||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 2||Group performance||" Ain't No Mountain High Enough"||Advanced|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||"Dance with My Father"||Advanced|
|Week 1||"When a Man Loves a Woman"||Safe|
|Week 2||"If You Don't Know Me by Now"||Safe|
|Week 4||"Help Me Make It Through the Night"||Safe|
|Week 5||"Let's Stay Together"||Safe|
|Week 6||"I Get the Sweetest Feeling"||Safe|
|"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"|
|Week 7: Semi final||"Have I Told You Lately"||Safe|
|"The Greatest Love of All"|
|Week 8: Final||"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher)"||Winner|
|Winner's single||"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"|
Post The X Factor
His winner's single was released following his win and entered the UK charts at #2, losing out on the Christmas top spot to Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas?". However, the single rose to #1 for the new year and stayed there for one week. To date, it has sold over 204,000 copies making it the lowest selling winner's single until 2015 winner Louisa Johnson's single was released.
In May 2005, he released his debut album "Heart and Soul", which reached #1 on the UK charts. However, only eight months after winning the show it was announced that he was no longer signed to Syco Music. Since then, he has been very vocal about this and his treatment on the show. He has also stated that he would never go within "100 miles" of Simon Cowell again.
He also released a book on 21 November, 2014, called "Getting Over the X", that describes his journey from winning The X Factor to having the press and industry turn their backs on him. He has also been openly critical about the show on his Twitter account.
- Heart and Soul (2005)
- 40,000 Things (2006)
- Forgotten Man (2014)
- Against All Odds (2004)
- Fighting Butterflies (2006)
- Don't Give Up (2010)
|Series 1 Finalists|
|Cassie Compton • G4 • Roberta Howett • Rowetta Satchell • Steve Brookstein • Tabby Callaghan • 2 to Go • Verity Keays • Voices with Soul|
|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|