Steve Brookstein
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 10 November 1968
'Age 48
Hometown Camberwell, London, England
Occupation Singer


Category Over 25s
Mentor Simon Cowell
Placement Winner (1/9)

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.


Episode Theme Song Result
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 3 "Smile" 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.

In 2010, he was voted the biggest reality television flop ahead of Series 4 winner Leon Jackson.

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.




Series 1 Finalists
Cassie ComptonG4Roberta HowettRowetta SatchellSteve BrooksteinTabby Callaghan2 to GoVerity KeaysVoices with Soul
The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt Terry

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