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Old 15-10-2010, 01:24
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Leona Lewis is the most successful, right?
Granted she's probably also the most talented person to ever appear on the show.

Then also JLS and Alexandra Burke?

Is that accurate? All the black ones? lool
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Old 15-10-2010, 01:41
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Old 15-10-2010, 01:43
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It depends how you quantify 'success'. G4 were successful for quite a while, and several contestants (Ray Quinn, Niki Evans, & Lucie Jones) have done well on the West End. Plus, Rhydian did (is doing?) very well for himself.
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Old 15-10-2010, 01:51
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Diana is doing alright for herself she's foraying into pop and folktronica so a sister act of sorts to Ellie Goulding to fill up that music scene niche.
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Old 15-10-2010, 01:53
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Leona
Alex
JLS

big gap

Olly
Joe
Rhydian
Jedward
Diana Vickers
Shayne Ward
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Old 15-10-2010, 02:02
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That Eoghan Quigg's doing well for himself isn't he........... *tumbleweed*
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Old 15-10-2010, 03:22
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Most successful: Leona, Alexandra and JLS.

Good success but future unknown/dodgy/looking more likely to fail/fading away: Shayne, Joe and Rhydian.

Very low success but managing to cling on: Same Difference.

Career just kicking off but looking bright: Diana and Olly.

Everyone else have pretty much gone. G4 had a good run but, obviously, not any more...

I think that's about them all covered in terms of any acts being successful at one point or another.

Some will disagree with the categories I put some acts in but that's how I see them all at the minute.
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Old 15-10-2010, 03:42
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I think we have to try and support the most obviously talented...

This was brought home to me really by Jennifer Hudsons success post American Idol.. when questioned by Oprah that she had "fallen thru his net" on idol he replied that she hadn't.. he had put her in the live sing offs to gain a place in the final 12.. but she didnt get enough votes and didnt make it. america let her down not him
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Old 15-10-2010, 05:42
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How much genuine success have these talent shows ever produced? I can remember back to the 1960s when we had Opportunity Knocks with Hughie Green and his clapometer. The only winner who comes to my mind is Mary Hopkin, and her star status was hardly stratospheric.

The X Factor is a far more professional and high profile programme than Opportunity Knocks ever was, and the success factor seems correspondingly higher. Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and JLS seem to have solid enough careers. Ditto Rhydian (although not really as a pop star). Joe and Ollie may yet do so. When you think of the legends of pop music, however, names like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Madonna come to mind. None of the winners and runners-up listed above is in the same league success-wise and for a very good reason: they are all still far too young. The only real test of a pop star's true success is time. The vast majority of pop singers (products of talent shows or not) enjoy sadly brief careers. They work in a ruthless industry, which supplies a fickle market. It takes someone truly exceptional to develop a career that spans decades.
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Old 15-10-2010, 07:16
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How much genuine success have these talent shows ever produced?
Will Young is still doing well. Granted he may not be a singles artist any more but his albums have all gone multi-platinum. He regularly sells out his gigs, particularly the summer shows, and is currently filming a television series in Manchester (Bedlam). It is nearly nine years since he won Pop Idol so I think he can be counted as a success.
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Old 15-10-2010, 07:45
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define success?
Global super star or still working in the entertainment biz and earning a living?
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Old 15-10-2010, 07:49
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define success?
Global super star or still working in the entertainment biz and earning a living?
There's the crux of it. There will be quite a few who consider what they are doing to be successful.
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Old 15-10-2010, 08:11
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Ray Quinn has been a huge success. He is a man of many talents and has never stopped working.
Rhydian is an exceptional talent. I love all his songs.
Journey South have been successful. Their version of The First Time Ever I Saw You're Face is a favourite of mine.
Same Difference have just got better and better, love them too.
Diana Vickers has done well. She took a lot of stick on this forum although I am not keen on her pop songs. But she was excellent in Little Voice.

Sorry but Leona's style of singing is not my taste. I am glad that she has done so well though.
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Old 15-10-2010, 08:23
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Will Young is still doing well. Granted he may not be a singles artist any more but his albums have all gone multi-platinum. He regularly sells out his gigs, particularly the summer shows, and is currently filming a television series in Manchester (Bedlam). It is nearly nine years since he won Pop Idol so I think he can be counted as a success.

I would agree with your comments on Will Young , if you add up the sales from ALLhis albums , singles and that massive Charity single a few years ago I would guess he has sold the most in total . His shows stil sellout when he tours and he's done a few films to boot . Fairly sure he co-wrote most if thxtracks on the albums .
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Old 15-10-2010, 08:33
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How much genuine success have these talent shows ever produced? I can remember back to the 1960s when we had Opportunity Knocks with Hughie Green and his clapometer. The only winner who comes to my mind is Mary Hopkin, and her star status was hardly stratospheric.

The X Factor is a far more professional and high profile programme than Opportunity Knocks ever was, and the success factor seems correspondingly higher. Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and JLS seem to have solid enough careers. Ditto Rhydian (although not really as a pop star). Joe and Ollie may yet do so. When you think of the legends of pop music, however, names like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Madonna come to mind. None of the winners and runners-up listed above is in the same league success-wise and for a very good reason: they are all still far too young. The only real test of a pop star's true success is time. The vast majority of pop singers (products of talent shows or not) enjoy sadly brief careers. They work in a ruthless industry, which supplies a fickle market. It takes someone truly exceptional to develop a career that spans decades.
Good post.

I have loved Stevie Wonder for decades. He was one of my first musical influences (and I was very young then). I still have my vinyls of Innervision and Songs from the Key of Life. I was in Asda the other day and Uptight, Everything is all right was playing. First released 1966! This guy's career has spanned decades. His music never dates imo. Where have all these great singer/musicians gone? Respect to the man.

Admittedly it is very difficult for truely musical people to break into the market today. X Factor attempts to platform one or two of the truely talented, the rest are novelty, spending a minute amount of time with music, only to go onto potential other careers in TV, etc.

I know there was Ben and Journey South before who were all round musicians, but Matt is the only person that springs to mind who fits this profile this year.

Lots of Wannabes and not all of them will have the staying power.
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Old 15-10-2010, 08:40
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I would agree with your comments on Will Young , if you add up the sales from ALLhis albums , singles and that massive Charity single a few years ago I would guess he has sold the most in total . His shows stil sellout when he tours and he's done a few films to boot . Fairly sure he co-wrote most if thxtracks on the albums .
I think we forget that the forerunner to XFactor which WIll won was called Pop Idol.
He has a unique voice. I always thought it incredible that he won after being the very last auditionee to perform. Will was also really good in the film Mrs Henderson Presents.
I preferred Pop Idol. Although it was only two series, it had a better format with a really a good Big Band week and Christmas week.
The song choices were good, there was less interference from choreographers, few silly wardrobe decisions, very few if any on stage dancers, less extravagant garish stage lighting effects and a well behaved audience.
Best of all were that David and Carrie Grant worked with the contestants on their vocals and it showed.
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Old 15-10-2010, 09:08
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Steve Brookestein, G4, Tabby, Rowetta, Voices with Soul, 2 to Go, Verity, Roberta, Shayne Ward, Andy Abraham, Journey South, Chico, The Conway Sisters, Maria Lawson, Chenai (?), Leona Lewis, Ray Quinn, Ben Mills, Macdonald Brothers, Eton Road(?), The Unconventionals, Leon Jackson, Rhydian Roberts, Same Difference, Niki Evans, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Eoghan Quigg, Diana Vickers, Daniel Evans, Laura White, Joe McElderry, Ollie Murs and Jedward have all released material at some stage to various degrees of success.

Brenda Edwards, Miss Frank and Ruth Lorenzo are due to release material soon.
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Old 15-10-2010, 09:21
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I think Diana Vickers is actually in some ways one of the biggest successes from the X Factor. She's managed to become a fairly credible act, and not in a straight pop / R & B / diva style which is what these shows usually throw up.

You can easily imagine her turning up on something like Later, which you never could with any of the others. She's already played some of the music festivals.

And I really didn't like her on the show.

With all of them though, they're still to prove they'll have much lasting success. Leona's second album was a bit of a flop. And the others have only released one so far....
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Old 15-10-2010, 09:25
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Yep. Brenda Edwards is doing very well for herself in the West End Theatre world and is releasing her debut single.
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Old 15-10-2010, 11:37
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The most succesful X Factor contestants are Leona Lewis, JLS and Alexandra Burke.

Dianna Vickers has done a bit for herself and I would put her in the middle along with Rhydian and Jedward.

Olly and Joe await judgement. It is too early to tell.

The flops in order would read Steve Brookstein, Leon, Eoghan Quigg, Same Difference, Chico whoever else.

Overall not that many have done well for themselves really!
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Old 15-10-2010, 11:48
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Out of those who have had any success from the X Factor (from most successful to least successful)

Leona
JLS
Alexanda

BIG GAP

Shayne Ward (was successful)
Diana
Olly

GAP

G4
Ray Quinn
Andy Abraham
Brenda Edwards
Journey South
Jedward
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Old 15-10-2010, 11:54
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Define success? Success to some is making money, being very well-known, having a happy life. Whatever!

Will is successful because he enjoys his life, has made money, sells out his concerts and loves singing.
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Old 15-10-2010, 12:03
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Leona Lewis is the most successful, right?
Granted she's probably also the most talented person to ever appear on the show.
This is possibly the funniest thing I have ever read on this forum.
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Old 15-10-2010, 12:28
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John and Edward and JLS.
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