AFTER landing a spot on the X-Factor live shows, contestants are probably anticipating a star-studded music career.

But as these former-participants prove, that’s not always the case.

While Leona Lewis and Harry Styles might have gone on to hit the charts, for others the X-Factor fall-out hasn’t been quite as glamorous.

Darryl Johnson has been filling our screens as an ambassador Postcode Lottery but others have taken a darker turn.

Here we reveal what your favourite X Factor contestants are doing now…


The singer appeared on the 2009 series of the X Factor alongside Stacey Solomon and Olly Murs where he came in fourth place.

He was considered as an entry for the 2017 Eurovision song contest with the song original song Light Up The World.

But ultimately his competitor Lucie Jones was picked to sing in the final with Never Give Up on You.

He now works for the People's Postcode Lottery as an Ambassador.


Amelia Lily first found fame when she competed in the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011.

Following her appearance on the show, she landed a £500,000 record deal with Sony and released three singles, peaking at number two in 2012 with You Bring Me Joy.

After X Factor and a singing career, Amelia Lily performed as The Narrator on the UK tour of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

In 2015, Amelia was on the UK tour and eventual West End production of Green Day musical, American Idiot.

Playing Whatsername, the only lead female in the show, Amelia performed as the love interest to the lead character,

During her time on the show, EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell and singer Newton Faulkner starred opposite her.

In the summer of 2017 she entered Celebrity Big Brother and eventually finished as runner-up to winner Sarah Harding.

And in 2019 she was back on our screen screens after joining the boozy cast of Geordie Shore.


The singer caused a stir on The X Factor as the wild child singer kicked off in 2011 for his rock and roll lifestyle.

Just six years later, he admits he’s blown £200,000 of his fortune on booze and turned his back on fame to work on a building site for £7.50 an hour.

The X Factor hopeful, who later claimed to have over 300 notches on his bedpost, revealed his bum is tattooed with the names of seven girls he's slept with when he auditioned for the show at 18.

The singer later appeared on Celebs Go Dating and shortly after he met his now wife Bianca Murphy, whom he married in May 2018.

The singer appears to have calmed his bad boy ways since becoming a father in 2019.

The couple, who now live in Australia, named their firstborn Frankie Cocozza.


The 2005 runner-up lost out to Shayne Ward, and last month revealed that he has returned to his old line of work as a binman.

Andy revealed that he had been forced to return to his old line of work after showbiz work dried up in the pandemic.

Andy, who was named the Singing Binman on X Factor, says he has returned to help the community.

"I'm literally singing out there as I was during the X Factor show. I'm back to being the official singing binman, which is kind of cool," he told Metro.

"I'm just enjoying keeping my feet on the ground."


Lucy wowed The X Factor judges when she performed her own song in 2012 but came ninth after quitting because of illness.

However, she was signed to Columbia Records and became the first star in the show's history to bag a Top 40 single and album before the live shows had even aired.

The star has overhauled her life in recent years, celebrating 10 months sober with a non-alcoholic beer back in May.

Lucy announced she split from her wife Georgina Gordon after six years in November last year.

Since then she has been working on her fitness, and regularly shares snaps of her dramatic weight loss.

Earlier this week she went topless as she showcased the results of her boob job.


Wagner, who was notoriously known as the oldest finalist, initially didn’t make it to the 2010 live shows, but he was later given the wildcard by his mentor Louis Walsh, subsequently joining the Over 28s.

While he put on a fun-filled performance week-to-week, Wagner had several run-ins with his fellow X Factor contestants, prompting him to leave the house that they shared while on the talent show.

Since then, the former PE teacher has never had the need to return to his old profession because public appearances and sponsorships continue to make Wagner a steady living.

In 2017, Wagner told This Morning that he was the proud father of a three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son, so fatherhood must definitely be keeping the entertainer busy when he’s not working.

Plus in recent years Wagner has taken to encouraging his fans to get in touch with him via his official Facebook page, which he mans himself.

He takes orders for custom made videos, and all you need to do is drop him a message.

They don’t break the bank either. If you want him to wish a pal Happy Birthday for you, it’ll set you back £8.50.


The 40-year-old reached the semi- finals in the 2018 series of the competition but far from a proud runner-up, Danny is now serving a prison sentence for exploiting seven teenage boys.

The singer used his fame to abuse young boys and targeted teens at show events.

He "abused his celebrity status" to groom his victims and force them to send him naked images, a court was told.

Tetley admitted seven charges of causing sexual exploitation of boys aged between 14 and 16, as well as two counts relating to the distribution of indecent images.

The paedo was jailed for nine years as part of a 17-year extended sentence including eight years of close monitoring on licence after his release.

But now his sentence has been slashed following a successful appeal.

At the High Court, Lady Justice Simler said Tetley's original sentence was too lengthy for his crimes.

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