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The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked 

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Updated September 28, 2018 934 votes 274 voters 1.3k views 14 items

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

Albums: Salute, Wings, DNA, Change Your Life (Remixes), Cannonball, + more

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

Albums: James Arthur, The James Arthur Collection, Sexy and I Know It (X Factor performance), What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) (X Factor performance), Impossible, + more

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
Genre: Pop music, Neo soul & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: England

Albums: Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition), Echo, The Labyrinth Tour: Live from the O2, + more

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
Genre: Pop music, Electro & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: England

Albums: Heartbreak on Hold, Overcome, Hallelujah, Bad Boys, Start Without You, + more

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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Shayne Ward is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Genre: Ballad, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: England

Albums: Obsession, Shayne Ward, Breathless, Stand by Me, Breathless, + more

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

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Sam Bailey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Genre: Pop music and Soul music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Power of Love, Skyscraper

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

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Matt Cardle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Genre: Pop music, Pop rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: England

Albums: The Fire, Porcelain, Letters, Loving You, Run for Your Life, + more

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

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Rak-Su is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Joseph McElderry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked
Genre: Pop music, Operatic pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: Kingdom of Great Britain

Albums: Here's What I Believe, Classic, Wide Awake, Classic Christmas, The Climb, + more

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

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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
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Jazz & Soul music; Nationality: England

Albums: Heart and Soul

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
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Acoustic music; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Right Now, When You Believe, Don't Call This Love

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