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The X Factor stars who left fame to return to normal lives – from working on a building site to being a bin man


X Factor has produced a few of Britain’s greatest stars over time, from One Direction and Little Mix’s international stardom to at present’s TV personalities similar to Stacey Solomon and Olly Murs.

From the contestants’ coronary heart warming and sometimes unhappy actual-life tales to Simon Cowell’s notoriously harsh criticisms, there’s a good purpose why hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in to the truth present each Saturday night time – it was the most popular ticket on the town.

But not all these who make it to the coveted stay reveals stay within the highlight without end, and a few have even had to return to their day job after their singing profession flopped. How gloomy.

Here’s a number of the X Factor contestants who returned to their normal lives after the present, and what they’re up to now.

Frankie Cocozza

If you have been an avid X Factor viewer again in 2011, you might keep in mind teen rock and roll star Frankie Cocozza.

Brighton born Frankie auditioned for the present when he was 18, inflicting fairly the stir when he revealed his bum is tattooed with the names of seven women he slept with.

In one of many present’s greatest scandals, the star was booted off the present after boasting about utilizing cocaine in entrance of manufacturing employees, saying his life has “gone uncontrolled”.

He admitted he’d blown £200,000 of his fortune on booze and left fame to work on a building site for simply £7.50 an hour.

Frankie seems to stay a calmer and quieter life these days and married Bianca Murphy in May 2018, and the pair stay in Australia.

He turned a father in 2019, naming his first born little one Frankie Cocozza after his personal father and grandfather (and likewise himself!).

Katie Waissel

Katie Waissel featured within the 2010 collection of the X Factor, making it to the stay reveals and ending in seventh place.

The now 35-yr-outdated from Harefield in London deserted her singing goals to grow to be a well being and health specialist and psychological well being campaigner, after starring in Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.

Same Difference

Original X Factor followers will keep in mind tacky pop duo Same Difference, who completed in third place within the present in 2007.

Siblings Sean Smith and Sarah Smith from Portsmouth had a transient and profitable music profession, saying they might be disbanding in 2014.

While Sean went on to have a solo profession and even appeared on ITV Loose Women, Sarah took a step again from the highlight and opened a performing arts college in her hometown of Portsmouth.

Same Difference completed third within the 2007 collection of the X Factor

Andy Abraham

Andy was the runner-up of the X Factor when the present was in its infancy, dropping to Shayne Ward.

After representing the United Kingdom within the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 (and ending in final place), he revealed he had returned to his pre-X Factor day job in the course of the pandemic of being a bin man in North London.

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Andy has returned to accumulating the bins of North London.

He stated he had returned to assist the neighborhood, telling Metro: “I’m actually singing on the market as I used to be in the course of the X Factor present. I’m again to being the official singing binman, which is sort of cool.

“I’m simply having fun with retaining my toes on the bottom.”

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