X Factor: The Scouse Stars that Shone the Brightest

It’s officially Autumn, and not because its a bit colder and you’ve finally had to put the heating on, but because Saturday night telly is all about X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, the only questions is…….which one should we watch?!

To help you decide we’ve had a bit of a trip down memory lane to bring you the best Scouse Stars of Saturday night telly! Which X Factor contestants shone the brightest for you?

Chris Maloney

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Christopher Maloney

Chris’ initial audition was so good he had everyone in tears back in 2012 and he made it through to the X Factor live shows as one of the first every ‘wild cards‘. Chris battled against nerves to really make his mark and won the heart of the nation, dedicating his success to his lovely Nan. Chris has since starred in Big Brother and opened a string of successful performing arts academies across the north west.

Ray Quinn

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Our Claire Simmo and Ray Quinn

A baby-faced Ray Quinn stormed into the live final of X Factor in 2006 and unfortunately came up against Leona Lewis! But we’re sure the fact he went on to sell 300,000 copies of his number one album ‘Doing It My Way‘ more than makes up for it! Ray is always super busy! With his Brookside days but a distant memory he’s appeared on Dancing on Ice and the West End before getting back to the recording studio to work on the long-awaited second album.

WATCH: Our Simmo caught up with Ray backstage at St Helen’s Theatre Royal earlier this year.

Eton Road

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The 2006, third series of X Factor churned out so many stars! Alongside Ray Quinn, four-piece boyband Eton Road shot to fame having coined their name from Eaton Road in West Derby, where they attended a drama school. Anthony, David, Jay and Danny had only been a group for FOUR DAYS before their audition and amassed a humongous fan base here in Liverpool before ducking out of the competition in mid-November.

Rebecca Ferguson

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Rebecca Ferguson

2010 X Factor was amazeballs. Stunning songstress Rebecca Ferguson brought her unique sound to the live shows and went on to become a platinum selling artist in her own right. Her debut album ‘Heaven’ was released in December 2011 and peaked at number 3 in the UK charts. With MOBO and MTV Europe awards nominations under her belt plus her tracks being used for everything from coffee to crisps, its safe to Rebecca’s career is flying high!

WATCH: Jay and Ellie caught up with Rebecca for a chat at The Mersey River Festival 

Marcus Collins

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Marcus Collins and Tina Malone at the recent launch of The Alchemist Liverpool Photo Credit: Bond Media Agency

And there’s no stopping the scousers! Series 8 of the X Factor in 2011 brought us the fabulous Marcus Collins and his gorgeous rapsy tones right the way through to the live final, and had to settle for runner-up as Little Mix took the top spot. Having been mentored by the great Gary Barlow, Marcus went on to record a top 10 UK album and his version of the White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ became his first top 10 UK single. Marcus has also tread the boards in West End hit musical, Hairspray!

Craig Colton

X Factor hopeful Craig Colton

Craig Colton Photo Credit: Craig Colton Official Facebook

Just a lad from Kirkby with incredible soul! Craig Colton appeared in series 8, and was voted out of the competition as the judges were deadlocked in a decision to save either him or Amelia Lily. The UK press have been raving about Craig’s new look this summer as he appeared on Loose Women to talk about his phenomenal 4 stone weight loss. Craig is now concentrating on song writing with one particularly high profile fan in the shape of ROBBIE WILLIAMS! Gwed Craig!

Now back to tonight’s show as we see the 2016 contestants jet out to the judges houses to battle the nerves and win their places on the live shows! Eeek exciting stuff.

We’re backing Scousers Tom and Laura all the way! Watch here as our Jay caught up with them for a natter

 

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