From: Stanford-le-Hope, Essex
Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger
Bio: Male model Ryan got some experience of performing before his debut on The X Factor as a member of Take That and Westlife tribute bands. Having divided the judges at his audition, Ryan's acoustic version of Rihanna's We Found Love earned him a place in the finals.
While Ne-Yo didn't rate him too highly as a vocalist, Nicole praised the Essex lad for having a "little sparkle" about him.
Rylan earned more even more attention after learning of his progress to the live shows, collapsing to the floor and emitting sobs in one of the most OTT displays in X Factor history.
What we said: "Rylan arrived from the most Essexy part of Essex with a personal beautician in tow. She worked hard at the last minute to make him look more like a laminated lion, with his manicured beard and dead-straight blonde extensions. Rylan was funny and self-deprecating, and brilliant at bantering with the judges. He's the TOWIE cast member you don't want to repeatedly reverse over with a Range Rover. He can't sing at all but let's hope they find a way round that." (week two)
RT predicts: This year's novelty contestant. There's a clear arc for the panto acts now: in all the papers for several weeks until they either run out of steam or the producers deliberately give them awful songs to get shot of them. 5th