A plucky 18-year-old supermarket worker managed to charm the nastiest X Factor judge before he even started singing! That’s right – Simon Cowell, better known as “Mr. Nasty”, actually turned nice for this young singer. X Factor sure manages to pull a surprise, even after 12 seasons’ worth of screen time. No wonder, then, that it remains one of the highest rated shows on television.
A whopping 1,194 performances have graced the X Factor live stage, with 155 finalists battling it out to be crowned show champions. That outstanding number includes the likes of One Direction, Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, Little Mix, and Ella Henderson, all of whom have now become world-famous musicians.
There’s no doubt the show has uncovered some of the finest talent and this supermarket worker is proof that you can find that talent in the most unlikely places.
Interestingly enough, the majority of these performers came from humble beginnings. Take Harry Styles of One Direction for example; he once worked in a bakery in his countryside hometown. His fellow band member Niall Horan had a similar upbringing too. Growing up in a sleepy little town in Ireland, it was probably hard for him to believe that he would one day be in one of the most chart-busting bands of all time!