Last week, after keeping us waiting for almost two years, we finally got to hear the Ella Henderson debut single, ‘Ghost’ and we were pleased to report that it was very much worth the wait.
The mature-sounding single was exactly what we were hoping for from the promising star, who first wowed the judges on ‘The X Factor’ back in 2012 with her own unique composition at the age of just 16.
Ella’s impressive debut got us thinking about other acts from ‘X Factor’ series gone by who have released music that might have slipped under your radar a bit. Yes, we all love an Olly Murs single when one comes along, and we did used to look forward to a new JLS track (particularly if they were lopping their tops to help promote it), but there are some other ‘X Factor’ acts whose singles mightn’t have reached the dizzying heights of number one, but still stand up to repeated listens.
Former 'X Factor' contestants Diana Vickers, Aiden Grimshaw, Cher Lloyd and Ella Henderson
And no, before you ask, we’re not talking about Chico.
Critics might claim that ‘The X Factor’ is destroying the music industry and making music more soulless and manufactured, but if these acts are anything to go by it’s still helping give a platform to artists who are putting out some genuinely decent music.
If you don’t believe us, click through our gallery and remind yourself of some of the best overlooked ‘X Factor’ releases...