Today we look at a musician that won the first ever season of the X Factor but sadly missed out on a shining career like some of the later contestants – Steve Brookstein. Back in 2004 Steve Brookstein from London auditioned for the new talent show called The X Factor, he failed to impress Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh however Simon Cowell told him to return the next day to sing again. In the second audition he was put through to the next round as he impressed them all.

Throughout the show he was mentored by Simon Cowell and ended up winning gaining the highest votes received in a final with 6 million votes (this record was broken by Joe McElderry in season 6).

After winning the X Factor he was signed to Sony BMG and released his first single a cover of ‘Against All Odds’ debuting at number 2 and then climbing to number one on the 5th january 2005.

In May 2005 he released his debit album Heart and Soul and he performed album songs on shows like CD:UK but a second single never materialized. He was dropped from the record label apparently because he refused to go back on the X Factor the next season and also because he didn’t want to release another album of covers. He has had many public feuds with Simon Cowell saying he felt bitter how he was treated on the show.

Since the X Factor has he has had a musical hiatus and released a new album in 2013 called Forgotten Man as well as a book called ‘Getting Over the X’ that describes his journey on the X Factor and the music industry. So lets spend this afternoon remembering Steve Brookstein.

Against All Odds

Fighting Butterflies