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    Here Are 12 "The X Factor" Contestants Who Faded Into Obscurity, And 12 Who Hit The Bigtime

    I genuinely thought G4 was a political summit.

    1. G4 — lowkey disappeared

    4 men standing side-by-side making up the band G4. They are all wearing purple matching suits, and white shirts and are smiling at the camera

    Check out their audition here:

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    2. Shayne Ward — shot to fame

    Shayne Ward in a blue suit performing in The X Factor, with a microphone in his hand

    Here's Shayne's music video for "That's My Goal":

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    3. Andy Abraham — lowkey disappeared

    Andy Abraham in a grey suit, black shirt, and purple tie. He is holding a microphone in one hand with his eyes closed

    Check out Andy at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest:

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    4. Leona Lewis — shot to fame

    Leona Lewis performing on stage in an emerald green dress with match arm length gloves. Her hair is tied back and she's holding the mic with both hands

    Here's her music video for "Bleeding Love":

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    5. Rhydian Roberts — lowkey disappeared

    Rhydian Roberts in a black blazer and white shirt undone, singing. A mic stands in front of him and he has his right hand raised in front of him

    Rhydian showing off his pipes in the video for "Impossible Dream":

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    6. Ray Quinn — shot to fame

    Ray Quinn on stage in a blue suit with a dark red patterned shirt. He has a mic in his hand

    Here's Ray shirtless for some reason on Dancing on Ice:

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    7. Joe McElderry — lowkey disappeared

    Joe McElderry in a grey suit and white shirt, smiling at the camera

    Check out Joe's version of Miley's "The Climb" here:

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    8. Alexandra Burke — shot to fame

    Alexandra Burke perform at London Pride, with a microphone in hand. She is wearing a gold and white bodysuit

    Let's be honest, "Bad Boys" is an underrated bop:

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    9. Matt Cardle — lowkey disappeared

    Matt Cardle sat down, with an acoustic guitar in his hands, while singing into a mic. He is wearing a white shirt and blue jeans

    Here's Matt's music video for "When We Collide":

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    10. JLS — shot to fame

    JLS in dark clothing, on stage with red lights behind them. They are performing to a crowds of people, so they are all holding a microphone

    Here's their music video for "Everybody in Love":

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    11. Rebecca Ferguson — lowkey disappeared

    Rebecca Ferguson in a sparkly dress, holding a microphone up to her mouth singing on stage. Her hair is tied back

    Rebecca killing it on stage on The X Factor:

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    12. Olly Murs — shot to fame

    Olly Murs presenting at the Brit awards. He is wearing a red suit with a matching shirt and he's holding a mic in his hand

    Let's journey back to Olly's first appearance on the show:

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    13. Marcus Collins — lowkey disappeared

    Marcus Collins in a white shirt and green bomber jacket, smiling at the camera

    Check out Marcus's audition here:

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    14. Little Mix — shot to fame

    The band Little Mix on stage in black and white clothes, performing

    Check out the vid for one of my fave Little Mix songs, "Between Us":

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    15. Jahméne Douglas — lowkey disappeared

    Jahméne Douglas in a colourful jumper singing on stage. He has the mic in his hand and his right hand raised slightly

    Here's Jahméne singing his ass off on the show:

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    16. James Arthur — shot to fame

    James Arthur in a red check shirt, holding a microphone in both hands while he sings

    Here's the video for everyone's favourite busking tune, "Say You Won't Let Go":

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    17. Ben Haenow — lowkey disappeared

    Ben Haenow on stage, standing in front of a band, in black jeans and a shirt. He has a microphone in one hand while holding the stand in the other

    Here's the music video for "Second Hand Heart":

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    18. Fleur East — shot to fame

    Fleur East in a pink sparkly suit jacket, with her curly hair tied back. She is smiling at cameras

    The iconic tune that is "Sax" by the one and only Fleur East:

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    19. Matt Terry — lowkey disappeared

    Matt Terry in a brown jacket, jeans and a white top, singing into a microphone which is on a stand

    Here's Matt's video for "When Christmas Comes Around":

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    20. Rylan Clark — shot to fame

    Rylan Clark in a black jacket and white shirt, sat down smiling

    Rylan going to pieces in front of judge Nicole Scherzinger:

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    21. Scarlett Lee — lowkey disappeared

    Scarlett Lee in a pink sparkly dress singing on stage. A mic is on her left hand while her right hand is out to the side

    Check out Scarlett's audition here:

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    22. Jake Quickenden — shot to fame

    Jake Quickenden in front of the 'heat' sig, in a brown jacket and black jumper and jeans. He's smiling at the camera

    Check out Jake on Dancing on Ice:

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    23. Rak-Su — lowkey disappeared

    3 men. making up Rak-Su, in casual clothing. All smiling at the camera

    Here's a fancam of Rak-Su on tour with Olly:

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    24. And finally, One Direction — shot to fame

    One Direction band standing on stage, all in dark clothing looking out at the audience. They all hold a microphone but aren't singing

    Please enjoy the greatest hits of 1D:

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    Are there any contestants we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below!