JLS have confirmed they are to split up after six years together, but Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Oritsé Williams insist they will remain the best of friends.

The band - who came second to Alexandra Burke on 'The X Factor' in 2008 - will say goodbye to fans with a farewell tour.

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JLS will split after a farewell tour in December

Speaking about the split, Aston told The Sun: “It’s just that time. We are still best of friends and always will be — but this is the end.”

Marvin added: “It’s an emotional time. There’s no getting away from that. We have been through so much together.

“We never wanted to overstay our welcome. We never wanted to be that band where people said, ‘Oh, bloody hell. It’s JLS again."

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  • Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Aston Merrygold

    From left, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Aston Merrygold of British band JLS seen arriving at the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • Iron Man 3 - Special Screening - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Oritsé Williams of JLS attends a special screening of 'Iron Man 3' at Odeon Leicester Square on April 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan " JB" Gill, Oritsé Williams

    Jonathan " JB" Gill, from left to right, Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams and Marvin Humes of British boyband JLS, launch their Fragrance 'Love' at central London club, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Aston Merrygold of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Marvin Humes of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: JB Gill of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • JLS Launch Their New Female Fragrance 'LOVE'

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Oritse Williams of JLS attends a photocall to launch the new JLS female fragrance 'LOVE' at One Mayfair on January 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 1

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Marvin Humes, J.B Gill, Aston Merrygold and Oritse Williams of JLS attend the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at 02 Arena on December 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)

  • J.B. Gill , Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams

    From left, British band JLS J.B. Gill , Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and Oritse Williams pose with their award for 'Best Video' in the press room at the 2012 MOBO Awards at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

  • MOBO Awards - Exclusive Show

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Aston Merrygold, Jonathan 'JB' Gill , Oritse William and Marvin Humes of JLS accept the award for Best Video at the 2012 MOBO awards at Echo Arena on November 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

  • MOBO Awards - JLS Photocall

    LIVERPOOL , ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Oritse William, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Marvin Humes of JLS arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport prior to the 2012 MOBO awards on November 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

  • Skyfall - Royal World Premiere - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Music group JLS (L-R) Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold, J.B. Gill and Oritse Williams attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

  • Marvin Humes And Rochelle Wiseman - Wedding

    WOODSTOCK, ENGLAND - JULY 27: JLS member Oritse Williams is seen outside his hotel before the wedding of Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes at Blenheim Palace on July 27, 2012 in Woodstock, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Marvin Humes And Rochelle Wiseman - Wedding

    WOODSTOCK, ENGLAND - JULY 27: JLS member Aston Merrygold is seen outside his hotel before the wedding of Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes at Blenheim Palace on July 27, 2012 in Woodstock, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Marvin Humes And Rochelle Wiseman - Wedding

    WOODSTOCK, ENGLAND - JULY 27: JLS member Marvin Humes is seen outside his hotel before the wedding of Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes at Blenheim Palace on July 27, 2012 in Woodstock, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Race

    NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: JB Gill from JLS is seen in the paddock before the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • Diamond Jubilee - Buckingham Palace Concert

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: JLS perform on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend’s celebrations. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Diamond Jubilee - Buckingham Palace Concert

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Queen Elizabeth II meets JLS band members backstage after the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace Concert June 04, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. (Photo by Dave Thompson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Sport Relief London Mile - 2012

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold from JLS run the Sport Relief London mile at Horse Guards Road on March 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • JLS and Links of London Photocall

    LONDON - MARCH 8: In this handout image provided by Links of London (L-R) Jonathan 'JB' Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of the band JLS pose for pictures wearing their Links of London Team GB Bands on March 8, 2012 in London, England. The Links of London Team GB band is on sale from www.linksoflondon.com (Photo by Links of London via Getty Images)

  • JLS and Links of London Photocall

    LONDON - MARCH 8: In this handout image provided by Links of London (L-R) Jonathan 'JB' Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of the band JLS pose for pictures wearing their Links of London Team GB Bands on March 8, 2012 in London, England. The Links of London Team GB band is on sale from www.linksoflondon.com (Photo by Links of London via Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Sony Aftershow

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Aston Merrygold of JLS attends the Sony aftershow for the 2012 BRIT awards at The Arts Club on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams,

    (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and JB Gill of band JLS pose on the red carpet arriving at the BRIT Awards 2012 in London on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Sony Aftershow

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Jonathan Benjamin of JLS attends the Sony aftershow for the 2012 BRIT awards at The Arts Club on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Sony Aftershow

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Jonathan Benjamin of JLS attend the Sony aftershow for the 2012 BRIT awards at The Arts Club on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/Getty Images)

  • The BRIT Awards 2012 - Nominations Announcement

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the nominations announcement for The BRIT Awards 2012 at The Savoy Hotel on January 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 2

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Aston Merrygold of JLS attends day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 2

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Oritse Williams of JLS attends day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball - Day 2

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Jonathon Benjamin Gill of JLS attends day two of Jingle Bell Ball at O2 Arena on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Oritse Williams of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Aston Merrygold of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: JB Gill of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Marvin Humes of JLS performs at the 'Michael Forever Tribute Concert' at Millennium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tim Alban/Getty Images)

  • MOBO Awards 2011 - Outside Arrivals

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 05: JB Gill, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the MOBO Awards 2011 at the SECC on October 5, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Sandy Young/Getty Images)

  • British R&B/pop artist JLS member, Marvi

    British R&B/pop artist JLS member, Marvin Humes poses with fans as he arrives at the 2011 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards held in Glasgow, Scotland on October 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pride of Britain Award 2011

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: JB Gill, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Virgin Active London Triathlon

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Oritse Williams of JLS poses for a photograph prior to the start of the Virgin Active London Triathlon on July 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Wieland/Getty Images)

  • Pride of Britain Award 2011

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Virgin Active London Triathlon

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Oritse Williams of JLS poses prior to the start of the Virgin Active London Triathlon on July 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Wieland/Getty Images)

  • The Grand Opening of Europe's first M&M'S World Store in London, Leicester Square.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Alexandra Burke and Marvin Humes of JLS attend the grand opening of Europe's first M&M'S World store offering a huge range of exclusive M&M'S chocolates and merchandise at Leicester Square on July 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for M&M's)

  • Pride of Britain Award 2011

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: JB Gill, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS attend the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • The Grand Opening of Europe's first M&M'S World Store in London, Leicester Square.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Marvin Humes and Oritse Williams of JLS attend the grand opening of Europe's first M&M'S World store offering a huge range of exclusive M&M'S chocolates and merchandise at Leicester Square on July 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for M&M's)

  • Capital Radio's Summertime Ball

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: (L-R) JB, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the media room for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball 2011 at Wembley Stadium on June 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • The Grand Opening of Europe's first M&M'S World Store in London, Leicester Square.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: JLS members, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and JB Gill perform during the grand opening of Europe's first M&M'S World store offering a huge range of exclusive M&M'S chocolates and merchandise at Leicester Square on July 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for M&M's)

  • Capital Radio's Summertime Ball

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: (L-R) JB, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the media room for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball 2011 at Wembley Stadium on June 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • JLS Eyes Wide Open - Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 26: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R JB, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend the premiere of JLS Eyes Wide Open at The Soho Hotel on May 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Fergus McDonald/Getty Images)

  • Water For Elephants UK Premiere

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Singers Marvin Hume from JLS and Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays attends the 'Water for Elephants' UK film premiere at the Vue Westfield on May 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball 2010 Day Two - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Hulmes, and Jonathan JB Gill of JLS attend the Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena on December 5, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Jingle Bell Ball 2010 Day Two - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Hulmes, and Jonathan JB Gill of JLS attend the Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena on December 5, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • T4's Stars Of 2010 - Concert

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Hulmes and Jonathan 'JB' Gill of JLS perform during the T4's Stars of 2010 Concert on November 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards - Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: L-R Jonathan JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold of JLS attend BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards 2010 held at Hammersmith Apollo, on November 14, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

The boys have sold more than 10 million records, scored five No.1 singles and sold over 1.5 million concert tickets in their time together. They were also the first 'X Factor' act to win a Brit award.

“I’m not going to deny it, I’m sad," Oritsé admitted. "It has been amazing. I remember that moment in my bedroom when JLS was just an idea and I was determined to make this dream a reality.

“They say all good things come to an end and for us it just felt like it was the right time to move forward and pursue different ventures."

The lads will perform together for the last time in December on their farewell tour and will also release the inevitable greatest hits album.

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JLS were the first 'X Factor' act to win a Brit award

Speaking about their final tour, Oritsé said: “Hopefully, we can make sure it’s going to be the biggest celebration on that last date, especially because it’s going to be the last time that anybody is going to see us together on stage.”

The band released the following statement to their fans this morning after it was confirmed they are splitting up.

"To each and every JLSter, our beloved fans around the world. We wanted to make sure that you heard it from the four of us, that we have decided to bring our time as a band to an end.

It has been the most incredible journey over the last 6 years and we have achieved more things than we could have ever dreamed possible. Thanks to all of you guys, your support, your dedication and your love, you have changed our lives forever and we wouldn't be where we are today without you.

We are currently in the studio working on what will be our last album - Goodbye; The Greatest Hits. We will be bringing you a new single later in the year to coincide with the album and the tour.

'Goodbye; The Greatest Hits Tour' will be the last time that we will perform together as a 4 and we want to make sure that this tour is the best ever and that we end on a high! We will always remain brothers and friends and we will always be your boys."

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  • Olly Murs, Series 6

    Poor old Joe McElderry might have won series six but it was undoubtedly runner-up Olly who ended up victorious. Where Joe's career never really got started, Olly bagged himself a no.1 single with <em>Please Don't Let Me Go</em> and a double platinum debut album. His second album hit the shelves in November and he's currently presenting X Factor spin-off show <em>The Xtra Factor</em>. (Pic: Wire Image)

  • One Direction, Series 7

    They were thrown together at Bootcamp after they failed to make the grade as solo acts - but for Louis, Harry, Zayn, Niall and Liam it was probably the best thing to ever happen to them. One Direction zoomed straight to the final of the seventh series and while they only finished third, Uncle Simon wasn't going to let them go that easily. Their debut single <em>What Makes You Beautiful</em> shot straight to number one, and their album <em>Up All Night</em> hit number two. Something tells us these lads could be here for a while... (Pic: Rex)

  • Cher Lloyd, Series 7

    Cher Lloyd was one of the most controversial acts in the seventh series of the show, despite being 'right up Cheryl Cole's street'. While she only finished fourth, the pint-sized popstar was snapped up by Simon and whisked off to LA to record with top American producers. She returned to these shores with her Marmite single <em>Swagger Jagger</em>, which hit the top spot in the summer of 2011. An album soon followed, as did more snarly attitude. (Pic: Rex)

  • Stacey Solomon, Series 6

    Dagenham gal Stacey might not have won the singing comp but she's gone on to become something of a reality star after being crowned Queen of the Jungle on <em>I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! </em> And thanks to Kerry Katona's extra-curricular habits she's also replaced her as the face of 'mum's favourite' Iceland - no surprise then, that she was also voted Mum of the Year. And it looks like singing is back on the agenda too, with an album in the pipeline and live gigs around the country. (Pic: Getty)

  • Andy Abraham, Series 2

    In the closest ever <em>X Facto</em>r final, bin man Andy was pipped to the post by Shayne Ward by just 1.2% of the vote. It was still enough for him to secure a recording contract and his debut album reached no.2 (beaten to the top spot by fellow <em>X Factor</em> losers Journey South). Other less successful albums followed before Andy was chosen to represent the UK at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. He came last. Despite this, his website describes him as a man 'who has braved and exceeded all expectations over the last 4 years'. Hmmm. (Pic: Getty)

  • Chico Slimani, Series 2

    Proving that a little luck can go a VERY long way, the former stripper made it to the quarter finals of series two and even managed to score a number 1 single (the all-time classic <em>It's Chico Time</em>) before doing the obligatory tour of Butlins. He later went on to sing at Muslim events under his original name of Yousseph Slimani and even re-recorded his first single as It's England Time after having a vision that England won the 2010 World Cup. Oh dear. He is now married to the sister of tennis star Nenad Zimonjic who he is expecting his third child with. (Pics: Rex)

  • Eoghan Quigg, Series 5

    For every JLS there are a dozen Eoghan Quiggs (or Eggnog as he *coughs*affectionately became known). Despite bagging himself a record deal and a support slot on Boyzone's UK tour, things sped downhill quickly for the big-haired Irish lad after his debut album flopped and was declared 'the worst album in the history of recorded sound' by the Guardian. Ouch. He was last seen popping up on <em>Harry Hill's TV Burp</em>. Say no more. (Pic: Redferns)

  • G4, Series 1

    The four piece vocal troupe might have been runners-up to series 1 winner Steve Brookstein but actually went on to outsell him - shifting 240,000 copies of their debut album in the first week of release - but eventually split in 2007 due to disagreements within the band. Nothing has been heard from any of them since apart from ickle Jonathan (the blond) who is about to embark on a mammoth eight date 'intimate' tour of the likes of Hartlepool. Aaah, the fickle finger of fame. (Pic: Rex)

  • Jedward, Series 6

    Who'd have thought that Irish twins John and Edward Grimes would go so, so far? Despite no obvious talent the brothers are already both millionaires and can count David Cameron amongst their fans. They've released two albums, been the face of Nintendo DS , Rowntrees Randoms, Travel Supermarket and Shake 'n' Vac and represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. Heck, they've even performed for President Obama. And then they had a turn in <em>Celebrity Big Brother </em>for a reported £1million. (Pic: Getty)

  • JLS, Series 5

    If ever there was proof that you don't need to win <em>X Factor </em>to go on to have a successful career then JLS are it. The boys' debut album sold over a million copies, they've had five number one singles (the only X Factor act to do so), won two Brits and four MOBOs. And if any further proof were needed that JLS have hit the big time - they also have their own line of condoms. (Pic: Getty)

  • Lucie Jones, Series 6

    Life's been pretty good for Lucy since appearing on the X Factor. She landed a modelling contract (and became the face and body of Wonderbra), performed opposite rumoured love interest Nick Jonas on the London stage, spent a year in Les Mis and is about to give a pop another stab. She was briefly linked to Louis from One Direction and is currently dating Cameron Mackintosh's personal trainer after being introduced by the impresario. Busy gal. (Pic: Film Magic)

  • Ray Quinn, Series 3

    If it wasn't for a certain Leona Lewis, Ray would have won the third series of X Factor but had to make do with the runner's up role. He still managed to bag himself a number 1 album though before being unceremoniously dumped by Mr. Cowell. Proving you can't keep a chipmunk-faced crooner down, he went on to star in Grease the Musical before skating off as the winner of <em>Dancing on Ice</em> in 2009. He was last spotted opening a fete but things are looking up again with a panto and another stint in <em>Grease</em> in the pipeline. (Pic: Rex)

  • Rebecca Ferguson, Series 7

    Rebecca kept in the spotlight post-<em>X Factor</em> after hitting the headlines thanks to her relationship with 18-year-old Zayn Malik from One Direction, who is six years her junior. She insisted she was "genuinely in love" with her fellow X Factor finalist but they split in summer 2011. Despite advertising Walkers crisps on the telly she's signed to Epic Records who have help steer Olly Murs and JLS on to chart success. Her album <em>Heaven</em> was released in December. (Pics: Wire Image)

  • Rhydian Roberts, Series 4

    The classically trained Welsh baritone had already been in the biz for a number of years before auditioning for <em>The X Factor</em> and he's continued to do well since. His debut album went platinum, he completed a 27-date solo tour of the UK, performed for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 60th birthday in Hyde Park and was even asked by Prince Charles to become a patron of The Prince's Trust. He's just released his third album and is set to join <em>Grease</em> the Musical on tour as well as reprising his role of Khashoggi in <em>We Will Rock You</em>. (Pic: Rex)

  • Rowetta Satchell, Series 1

    'Barking mad' Rowetta (Simon Cowell's words, not ours) has popped up on <em>The Weakest Link</em>, <em>Celebrity Scissorhands</em> and <em>Footballers' Wives</em> since leaving <em>The X Factor</em> but also continues to sing in musical theatre. She's featured in productions of <em>The Best of Broadway</em>, <em>Christmas on Broadway </em>and the<em> Songs of Sister Act</em> but her biggest recent claim to fame was being sampled on the Black Eyed Peas hit <em>Boom Boom Pow</em>. (Pic: Rex)

  • Same Difference, Series 4

    Love-em-or-hate-em smiley siblings Sean and Sarah left the competition and headed straight into the recording studio thanks to Simon Cowell but despite recording with some of the biggest names in pop - including Pete Waterman - the duo's debut album didn't exactly set the charts alight and they were quickly dropped. Undeterred, they've since released another album independently and were last seen touring Butlins up and down the land. (Pic: Rex)

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