The most successful X Factor bands from One Direction to Fifth Harmony


Since they found fame on The X Factor USA back in 2012, 5H have had a pretty successful career. Their first single ‘Miss Movin’ On’ charted in the Hot 100 and has been certified gold in the US. Their latest single ‘Work From Home’ from their album ‘7/27’ was their first top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100, making them one of the most successful X Factor US bands ever. The 5 piece have recently revealed their new video for upcoming single ‘That’s My Girl’.

The band will soon be coming to Europe for their tour. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?

X Factor has been an awesome platform for a number of artists. As one of the most popular singing competitions in television history, nobody can question the amount of talent that has come from the show. What I love about it is that you don’t necessarily have to win the show to have worldwide success. Fifth Harmony were formed on the show back in 2012 and finished in third place. Not only have there been successful bands formed on the show, but quite a few who’ve auditioned as bands have also had great success. I had a look at just some that have made it in the US and in the UK.

US X Factor Bands

Emblem3 (2012)

Auditioning the same year as 5H, Emblem3 stood out – mainly because they’re a rock band. They finished fourth on the second season of the show and went on to release their debut album ‘Nothing To Lose’. They even got to open for Selena Gomez on tour, which is pretty sweet. Despite initially having 3 members in the band (assuming that’s why they have a 3 after their name), they are now down to 2 members following Drew Chadwick’s departure. It’s been reported that the duo are working on a new album, so watch this space.

Alex & Sierra (2o13)

Ok, not necessarily a group as such – but this duo had several iTunes hits with their recordings of their performances on the show. They both went on to win , however, this ended up being the third and final series of the show that aired in the U.S. Their new EP titled ‘As Seen On TV’ officially comes out September 30th, but you can pre-order it now.

UK X Factor Bands

JLS (2008)

The 4-piece band auditioned together and were extremely successful during their career following the show. Members Aston Merrygold, Ortise Williams, Marvin Humes and JB Grill were runners-up on the show after coming second to Alexandra Burke. Their first two singles ‘Beat Again’ and ‘Everybody In Love’ reached Number 1 in the UK singles chart. Between 2009 and 2012 they released 4 albums before announcing their breakup in 2013.

One Direction (2010)

Definitely, the most successful act to have come from the show, the band have gained international stardom. Even though they’re currently on a well-earned break, they are still very much a thing despite having to dismiss rumours that they’ve split up. As we know, Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn (sob) auditioned initially as solo artists. They were then formed as a group and it was the best idea ever. It definitely ‘all worked out’.

Little Mix  (2011)

The following year after the success of forming 1D on the show, the ‘let’s get solo artists together and make a band’ idea was again rolled out. Unlike 1D, the girls went on to win the show becoming the first group ever to do so in the UK. Their career continues to grow from strength to strength and they’ve replicated pretty much what the Spice Girls achieved, and that is total ‘Girl Power’.

Stereokicks (2014)

The largest group ever formed on the show consisted of 8 members, all of which auditioned as solo artists. Made up of James Graham, Reece Bibby, Tom Mann, Casey Johnson, Jake Sims, Charlie Jones, Barclay Beales and Chris Leonard, the band had a relatively short career. Following their debut single ‘Love Me So’, they split due to not being able to secure a record deal.

Fifth Harmony’s new single ‘That’s my Girl’ from their album ‘7/27’ is available to download, here.

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