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Up to now, James Arthur has built his career on ballads. From his X Factor single, a cover of Shontelle’s Impossible, to the global smash hit Say You Won’t Let Go, the singer has proved he can tug on your heartstrings like a puppy on a postman’s trousers. Those slow-tempo weepies are the perfect fit […]

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 […]

Zayn Malik says he’ll reveal the “real me” after announcing he’s signed a solo record deal. The former One Direction singer, who quit earlier this year saying he wanted to be a “normal 22-year-old”, posted a picture of himself signing a contract with RCA Records. He tweeted: “I guess I never explained why I left, […]

Cheryl Cole married her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in secret earlier this month, the pop star has revealed. The 31-year-old X Factor judge said she had made the announcement to stop speculation about her private life. The pair had reportedly been seeing each other for just three months when they wed on the private island […]

Mel B has been named as the fourth X Factor judge in the 11th series of the ITV talent show. The former Spice Girl said she was “so excited” to be coming back and is reported to have signed a deal worth ¬£1 million. The 39-year-old appeared as a guest judge on the show in […]

James Arthur has said on Twitter that he is no longer with Simon Cowell’s record label. He said he wanted to thank the staff there for helping make his self-titled debut album, which came out in November last year. In April the 26-year-old denied rumours that he had been dropped by Syco. The singer, whose […]

The US version of TV talent show The X Factor has been cancelled after three series following judge Simon Cowell’s decision to return to the UK show. The Fox network show has been unable to match the ratings success of Cowell’s previous singing contest American Idol. The X Factor USA’s audience dropped from 12 million […]