Television talent show The X Factor has become an international phenomenon. Initially the brainchild of music mogul Simon Cowell, it has now gone global with X Factor competitions all over the world. What started in the United States and Great Britain can now be seen in Australia, Japan and other places.
Although the winner is guaranteed a record deal you do not have to win the competition to become big stars. One Direction never won the British X Factor but they have become the most popular boy band ever taking America by storm. The X Factor has seen some remarkable acts over the years. Below is a list of the best ever contestants on X Factor USA.
10 Fifth Harmony
9 Carly Rose Sonenclar
Carly received a standing ovation from all four judges in her first audition, above, and when she sang the Judy Garland song “Over the Rainbow” in week four and they said she was the strongest ever contestant on the show. Syco Music took out a recording option on her and she later signed for Columbia Records and is currently working on her debut album.
8 Alex and Sierra
7 Rachel Crow
But Simon Cowell told the audience they would be hearing a lot more about her and he was right. Shortly afterwards she signed a deal with Columbia Records and with Nickelodeon for her own TV show. In April 2012 she was invited by President Obama to sing the National Anthem at the White House to kick off the annual Easter Egg Roll and her EP was released including songs written by herself. She is currently working on her debut album.
6 Chris Rene
He was another one who failed to win the competition but he finished third and immediately signed a recording contract with the show’s mentor L.A. Reid and Epic Records. On October 2nd 2012 he released his debut album “I’m Right Here”. He is popular all over the world especially in New Zealand where his single “Young Homie” went straight to Number One.
5 Melanie Amaro
Her debut album should have been released in 2012 but was pushed back to 2013 but when her singles failed to be be popular they never released her album and Epic Records dropped her. But Melanie’s obvious talent shone through and on October 4, 2013, she made her Broadway debut in the musical You’llNever Walk Alone.
4 Josh Levi
When he was eliminated he came out with a whole new fan base called Levi Nation. By the time he auditioned he was already a seasoned performer having started singing at the age of five years old and acting at the age of nine. He now has his own website where you can read all about him and hear him singing.
3 Drew Ryniewicz
2 Josh Krajcik
He performed At Last at his audition and it has received more than 15 million hits on YouTube. As soon as the show ended he started working on his first album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely which was released on April 2, 2013. He continues to tour performing at sell-out shows.
1 Vino Alan
Refusing to blame the switch endeared him to fans who felt he had been robbed and he has become a very successful artist. His debut album Painting Sunshine is due to be released this year.
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