The X Factor Runners Up: Where Are They Now?
With Marcus Collins set to release his debut single after coming second on the latest series of The X Factor, Capital is taking a look at what the rest of the show's runners up have all been up to since appearing on the show.
1. G4 (Series 1)
Series one of The X Factor was dominated by the male vocal group G4 who Simon Cowell fell in love with from their first audition. The band eventually lost out to Steve Brookstein but did go on to release three studio albums before breaking up in 2007. Jonathan Ansell and Mike Christie have both gone on to release solo records with Jonathan also starring in a celebrity edition of channel 4's show Come Dine With Me.
2. Andy Abraham (Series 2)
Andy Abraham was the runner up in the second series of The X Factor after narrowly losing out to eventual winner Shayne Ward. The London artist has released three studio albums as well as a 'Best Of' collection and also represented the UK in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
3. Ray Quinn (Series 3)
Cheeky young crooner Ray Quinn won over the nation with his charming smile and throwback style but couldn't manage the coverted X Factor champion prize as he was pipped by Leona Lewis. His debut solo album 'Doing It May Way' went straight to the top of the charts and he has since won the fourth series of Dancing On Ice and has featured in the West End production of 'Grease'.
4. Rhydian (Series 4)
With his bright hair and powerful vocals, Welsh artist Rhydian made a huge impact on the fourth series. He came second to Leon Jackson but managed to go on to release four studio albums, performed in the muscials 'We Will Rock You' and 'Grease' and has also sung at a variety of high profile sporting events.
5. JLS (Series 5)
One of the most successful acts to come out of the entire history of The X Factor were Aston, Oritse, Marvin and JB - better known as JLS. The boy band lost out in the final to Alexandra Burke but have gone on to produce countless hit singles and three studio albums. The boys have also won two BRIT Awards starred in their own 3D Movie and worked with the likes of Tinie Tempah and Dev.
6. Olly Murs (Series 6)
The sixth series of The X Factor featured Olly Murs who was runner up to Joe McElderry. The Essex born star has gone on to have a number one album with his second studio record 'In Case You Didn't Know', is nominated for Best British Single at the BRITs 2012 and has performed with the cast of The Muppets.
7. Rebecca Ferguson (Series 7)
Liverpool born Rebecca Ferguson lost out to Matt Cardle in the seventh series of The X Factor. She released her debut studio album 'Heaven' in December 2011 and also signed a sponsorship deal with Walkers crisps.
8. Marcus Collins (Series 8)
The most recent series of The X Factor was won by girl group Little Mix. However, Marcus Collins is starting his career with a cover version of The White Stripes song 'Seven Nation Army'. The Liverpool singer was mentored by Gary Barlow on the show and even dueted with the Take That man in the final of the show.