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Ben Haenow

When Fleur East came second in last year’s X Factor, she thought her career was over. The effervescent singer, with her mane of bouncy curls, had been the bookmaker’s favourite to win after her explosive cover of Uptown Funk proved so popular Mark Ronson had to rush the original song into shops a month earlier […]

Former van driver Ben Haenow won last year’s X Factor with 57% of the public vote. Statistics later revealed Croydon-born singer had topped the phone vote for the last seven weeks of the contest – thanks to the unusual tactic of spurning saccharine ballads for full-throated rock songs (in an X Factor first, he performed […]

Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars has spent six weeks in the chart, all at the top except for when it was briefly ousted by X Factor winner Ben Haenow. Philip George’s Wish You Were Here remained at two, while Hozier’s Take Me to Church rose to three, having spent 25 weeks in the charts. The […]

X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the race for the Christmas number one, the Official Charts Company has announced. The former van driver sold 214,000 copies of his single Something I Need, which was originally recorded by US pop band OneRepublic. His nearest rivals were Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, whose song Uptown Funk […]