X Factor contestants: where are they now?
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With a new series of the X Factor due to hit our screens soon, we at TNS decided to take a look back a past contestant and find out what they are up to now. Steve Brookstein (Season 1) After winning the first ever show and signing with Sony BMG, he got dropped by the record label only 8 months later - despite the fact that his debut album charted at number one in the UK album charts. Since then he has publicly bashed the show and its contestants, claiming that the show is fake and comparing his experience on the show to being in the WWF. He also had a public feud with Simon Cowell. Not sure if that’s still going on. He released a second album called 40,000 Things. It didn’t chart. Now according to his website, he plays “mainly private events and jazz clubs and has said he plans to record some new music but he doesn't say when.” Journey South (Season 2) They were the English Duo that consisted of brothers Andy and Carl Pemberton. After completing the show they signed with Song BMG. Their self-titled debut album was released in March 2006 and reached number one in the UK charts after selling 216,000 copies in the first week. Their success started to fade when the duo left their record company and started their own. Bad move. Their second album reached 43 in the charts. Today, Carl teaches guitar and Andy used to be an electrician - so I assume that’s what he’s doing now. Ray Quinn (Season 3) Quinn was no stranger to the small screen before auditioning for X Factor in 2006. Prior to his appearance on the show he was a series regular in Brookside. Under the mentorship of Simon Cowell, the swing singer came second in the competition, losing the crown to Leona Lewis. Post X Factor Quinn signed with Sony BMG in January 2007 and released a number one album that went gold in the first week. He was dropped by his label in November of the same year. Since getting dropped, Quinn has appeared in Dancing on Ice and Sing if you can. He has also starred in a number of stage musicals and still performs 1950s swing classics around the country. Leon Jackson (Season 4)
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