04 September 2014 09:15 | By Tammi Tan
The X Factor’s most notable graduates

One Direction, Leona Lewis and more singing stars who got their start on the UK singing competition

The X Factor’s most notable graduates
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American Idol isn’t the only show that has churned out chart-topping alumni. As the new season of singing reality show The X Factor UK premieres tonight, we take a look at some of the most recognised past hopefuls, and see whether they really had “the X factor” to make their mark in the real entertainment world.

Catch The X Factor UK every Thursday and Friday on Ch5 at 10.30pm.

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