REVIEW: The X Factor 10th birthday album – a well-rounded showcase of the past 10 years!

by Nick Barnes

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The brand new album from The X Factor to celebrate its 10th birthday shows us all what the reality TV giant is really capable of.

Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, you can’t dispute that The X Factor has churned out some pretty big stars over the last 10 years and they’ve subsequently gone on to release some globally successful singles – all of which are showcased on the new album.

However, with this being The X Factor, we also have to put up with the docile tones of the likes of Leon Jackson and Steve Brookstein. Unfortunately, the guys over at SyCo snubbed Chico and Same Difference… shame!

The album opens with the insanely popular Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis which went to number 1 in 33 countries when it was released. Let’s face it, Leona is the only act that could open the album as she’s the most talented artist to come from The X Factor. There are of course the likes of Alexandra Burke and One Direction who’re also talented, but they’re not a patch on Miss Lewis.

Moving on down the album we have What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction which again, was another big hit and we’ve also got Heart Skips a Beat by Olly Murs within the first three singles.

Leona Lewis

What is immediately noticeable is that some of the bigger and more noticable songs on the album are by those contestants who didn’t win the show. Putting such an album together and having the contestants feature side by side makes you realise that some of the biggest stars from the show haven’t gone on to win – with the exception of maybe Leona Lewis. One Direction, JLS, Cher Lloyd and Olly Murs did not win The X Factor but, all of which have enjoyed such successful careers so far. The album also accentuates the fact that we’ve had some crap male contestants as well.

However, on saying that, the album really does showcase the best of the past 10 years with a diverse range of voices from the powerful tones of Leona Lewis to Cher Lloyd and even Diana Vickers. The album also delivers 18 number ones which shows you that even though The X Factor may have slowed down slightly over the past few years, its past contestants still know how to impact the charts.

The 34-track album takes its toll slightly if you listen in linear mode. As is the problem with any compilation album, some rubbish is shoved on there to pad out the album. Seven Nation Army by Marcus Collins, No Promises by Shayne Ward, Joe McElderry’s Ambitions – I think I’ll pass. But, other than that it’s a great, cohesive album that showcases the best of The X Factor and will possibly even make you fall in love all over again with an artist, or two…

The question is: Who will be next? Who is the next big star to emerge from The X Factor? Could we find another artist as well-rounded as Leona Lewis? Could there another Little Mix out there? Only time will tell and with the power of the format, it’s anyone’s guess…

The X Factor is on sale now and is available to download from iTunes!

Rating: 3/5

Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes