Singers and groups have shot to fame over the years after appearing on a variety of reality shows, which rely on the audiences and viewers at home to vote for them to stay in the competitions. Although not all of the artists and groups listed below were winners, some of them were more successful.


1. Girls Aloud – shot to fame in 2002 after they were created on the ITV1 talent show, Popstars: The Rivals. The group consists of current X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. The group have had four number-ones, which includes the songs, ‘The Sound of The Underground’ and ‘I’ll Stand By You’.


2. Leona Lewis – won the third series of ITV1s X-Factor in 2006. Her debut single, ‘A Moment Like This’ became the fastest selling UK single at the time and her second single ‘Bleeding Love’ was in the number-one spot for seven weeks.


3. Kelly Clarkson – won the first series of American Idol in 2002. She topped the charts in the US and the UK with hits including, ‘Since U Been Gone’, ‘Because Of You’ and ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’.


4. JLS – although they were the runners up of X-Factor 2008, JLS have proved they are definitely not losers. Their debut single ‘Beat Again’ reached number-one and their second single ‘Everybody In Love’ is released this week. JLS is an abbreviation for Jack the Lad Swing.


5. Will Young – won ITV1s Pop Idol in February 2007. Young’s first single was a cover of the Westlife song ‘Evergreen’. Young has been nominated for Ten BRIT Awards showing his great dedication towards the music industry.


6. Susan Boyle – became an instant hit after appearing on ITV1s Britain’s Got Talent 2009 by performing her rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Miserables. Boyle became an overnight success after tens of millions of people from around the world watched the video on YouTube. Boyle came second in the talent show after dance group Diversity.


7. Alexandra Burke – was the winner of X-Factor 2008. Her debut single, Hallelujah, went onto be the Christmas number-one single that year. Burke has recently released her second single, ‘Bad Boys’, featuring Flo Rida, which also made the number-one spot giving Burke her second consecutive number one single.


8. Gareth Gates – was the favourite to win ITV1s Pop Idol in 2007 but was beaten to the top spot by Will Young. He began his singing career with three consecutive number ones, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)’ and ‘The Long and Winding Road’, which was a duet with Will Young.


9. Chico Slimani – reached the quarter finals of the X-Factor in 2005. Although Chico was voted off the X-Factor, his famous line "What time is it? It's Chico Time!" was made into a song and reached number one in the charts in 2006.  


10. John and Edward – you either love them or you hate them. Someone must be voting for them...Watch this space for their Christmas number one.


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By Amy Swift, News Editor

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