The X Factor past winners: Where are they now?

Omg! Looks at What Previous Winners of the Show Are Up to Now

With 'The X Factor' now in its ninth year, omg! takes a look at how previous winners of the show have fared in the music industry since departing from the reality television juggernaught.

Steve Brookstein

The original winner of 'The X Factor', Steve notoriously fell out with boss Simon Cowell after he was dropped from Sony BMG because of his refusal to release a second album of covers. Steve is still performing though , however he now plays in significantly smaller venues than he used to, including aboard a P&O cruise ship alongside Chico and Journey South. Ouch.

Shayne Ward

As the second winner of the show, Shayne originally managed to break the curse of Steve Brookstein by releasing two successful albums. Shayne then took a three year absence from music after it was reported that Simon Cowell wanted to focus on Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle. After his third album 'Obsession' peaked at 15, Shayne was dropped from Syco. He is now appearing on the West End production of 'Rock of Ages' and recently ranted on Twitter that he had been wiped from history of the show after he wasn't asked to appear in the latest trailer for series nine which featured past winners.

Leona Lewis

The most successful winner of all time, Leona Lewis stormed to victory in the third series, beating Ray Quinn (who was he kidding?) to the £1 million recording contract. Her follow up single to winners song 'A Moment like This', 'Bleeding Love' spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four weeks in the US. Her debut album 'Spirit' also topped the charts in the US and UK. Now with two platinum selling albums under her belt, Leona is set to release her third, 'Glassheart' later this year.

Leon Jackson

Little Leon was the surprise winner of the fourth series, beating favourite Rhydian in the final. Fancying himself as the British Michael Buble, Leon's career was short lived after third single, 'Creative' stalled at number 94. Leon is currently working on his second studio album, 'Different Lives'.

Alexandra Burke

After winning the fifth series of the show, Alexandra went on to score five consecutive UK top ten hits including three number ones. Her debut album, 'Overcome' also topped the UK charts, going platinum. This year, Alexandra released her second album 'Heartbreak on Hold' to limited success, charting at number 18. Embarrassingly, Alexandra is set to support her series runners up JLS on their nationwide tour this year.

Joe McElderry

Geordie Joe won the hearts of viewers with his angelic and flawless vocal in series six of the show. Falling foul of a public backlash against The X Factor, Joe was denied a Christmas number one with winners single 'The Climb', losing out to Rage Against the Machine. A year on from his win, Joe began promoting his debut album 'Wide Awake'. After poor sales, Joe was dropped from Syco, however, after winning reality show Popstar to Operastar, Joe successfully re-launched himself as a classical singer and has recently finished off his fourth album.

Matt Cardle

Topping the votes in all but one of his weeks on the show (Mary Byrne managed to nab the top spot in week one) Matt Cardle seemed to be the most popular contestant of all time. Despite this, Matt's career didn't take off in the way that it should have. Single 'Run for your Life' charted at a respectable six on the UK Top 40, however his follow up singles 'Starlight' and 'Amazing' charted at 185 and 84 respectively. Matt has since parted ways with Simon Cowell's record label Syco and is currently working on his sophomore album.

Little Mix

Under the watchful eye of mentor Tulisa, current reigning champions Little Mix became the first ever band to win the show. Their winner's single 'Cannonball' became the fastest selling single of 2011 and while new song 'Wings' topped the charts just last week.