Reality Television Personalities The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the best The X-Factor winners from the UK TV show

Winners of The X-Factor work their way up from public auditions through boot camp to live shows and public voting. The mentorship they receive as part of their journey helps shape their music careers and their winner's singles often take the top spot on the UK's Christmas chart. The level of talent each contestant brings is always impressive, but who are the best winners of original UK version of The X-Factor? Help decide below!

With contestants ranging from solo artists to musical groups, the competition is fierce to make it to the final performances and win over the audience. Although every performer wants to make the audience love them, contestants need the viewers at home to vote to keep them in the competition. But, if they win, they go on to become household names like Little Mix, the first group to win The X-Factor and who broke the record held by the Spice Girls for the highest debut US chart position for a British girl group. With stakes this high, it's no wonder they sing their hearts out. Just like the original viewers who gave these musical artists their win, it's now your chance to vote up the best X-Factor winners.

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Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

Winner: Season 8 (2011)
Winner's Single: Cannonball
Mentor: Tulisa

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James Arthur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Pop rock

Winner: Season 9 (2012)
Winner's Single: Impossible
Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger

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Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

Winner: Season 3 (2006)
Winner's Single: A Moment Like This
Mentor: Simon Cowell

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Alexandra Burke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Pop music, Electro, Contemporary R&B

Winner: Season 5 (2008)
Winner's Single: Hallelujah
Mentor: Cheryl

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Louisa Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Louisa Johnson

Winner: Season 12 (2015)
Winner's Single: Forever Young
Mentor: Rita Ora

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9 8
Rak-Su is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Rak-Su

Winner: Season 14 (2017)
Winner's Single: Dimelo
Mentor: Simon Cowell

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Ben Haenow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Ben Haenow

Winner: Season 11 (2014)
Winner's Single: Something I Need
Mentor: Simon Cowell

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Shayne Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

Winner: Season 2 (2005)
Winner's Single: That's My Goal
Mentor: Louis Walsh

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Sam Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Pop music, Soul music

Winner: Season 10 (2013)
Winner's Single: Skyscraper
Mentor: Sharon Osbourne

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Joseph McElderry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Pop music, Operatic pop, Contemporary R&B

Winner: Season 6 (2009)
Winner's Single: The Climb
Mentor: Cheryl

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Matt Cardle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

Winner: Season 7 (2010)
Winner's Single: When We Collide
Mentor: Dannii Minogue

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Matt Terry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Matt Terry

Winner: Season 13 (2016)
Winner's Single: When Christmas Comes Around
Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger

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Steve Brookstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Blue-eyed soul, Jazz, Soul music

Winner: Season 1 (2004)
Winner's Single: Against All Odds
Mentor: Simon Cowell

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Leon Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Acoustic music

Winner: Season 4 (2007)
Winner's Single: When You Believe
Mentor: Dannii Minogue