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The Best X-Factor UK Winners, Ranked

Updated September 28, 2018 1.5k votes 338 voters 2.5k views14 items

List RulesVote 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

    Hip hop music, Girl group
    257
    37

    AlbumsSalute, Wings, DNA, Change Your Life (Remixes), Cannonball

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

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    Leona Lewis

    Pop music, Neo soul
    76
    43

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

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

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    James Arthur

    Pop rock
    98
    68

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

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

  • 4

    Alexandra Burke

    Pop music, Electro
    60
    43

    AlbumsHeartbreak on Hold, Overcome, Hallelujah, Bad Boys, Start Without You

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

  • 5

    Shayne Ward

    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul
    41
    45

    AlbumsObsession, Shayne Ward, Breathless, Stand by Me, Breathless

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

  • 6

    Joseph McElderry

    Pop music, Operatic pop
    38
    45

    AlbumsHere's What I Believe, Classic, Wide Awake, Classic Christmas, The Climb

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

  • 7

    Louisa Johnson

    46
    58

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

  • 8

    Sam Bailey

    Pop music, Soul music
    34
    50

    AlbumsThe Power of Love, Skyscraper

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

  • 9

    Rak-Su

    37
    56

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

  • 10

    Matt Cardle

    Pop music, Pop rock
    22
    51

    AlbumsThe Fire, Porcelain, Letters, Loving You, Run for Your Life

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

  • 11

    Ben Haenow

    21
    51

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

  • 12

    Matt Terry

    19
    54

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

  • 13

    Leon Jackson

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    15
    57

    AlbumsRight Now, When You Believe, Don't Call This Love

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

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    Steve Brookstein

    Blue-eyed soul, Jazz
    12
    55

    AlbumsHeart and Soul

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