The X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson

Everything you need to know about this year's red-hot favourite to win

Age: 16


From: Tetney, Lincolnshire

Category: Girls

Mentor: Tulisa Contostavlos

Bio: Teenage Ella almost missed out on her chance for stardom, as her initial X Factor audition clashed with her GCSEs. But she became an early favourite after being called back for a second audition, in which she wowed the judges with an original song.

Performing at the judges’ houses over the weekend, Ella made quite an impression with her rendition of the Jason Mraz song I Won’t Give Up, which left Tulisa feeling rather emotional.

Displaying a maturity beyond her years, Ella revealed in August that she’s gunning for both academic and showbiz success with equal determination. She said: “If I want the best of both worlds I’ve just got to get my head down and do it. And now my GCSEs are done, and I’m sat here waiting for results now, so I’ll see how they come out and have this on the side. It’s all really exciting”.


What we said: “Ella had channelled her feelings about the loss of her grandfather into something half-decent: a self-penned, piano-based torch song that was performed with searing clarity and had unbelievable emotional maturity and songwriting nous for a 16-year-old – especially if you’re not familiar with Someone Like You by Adele, its obvious inspiration. Put your house on her to win.” (Week one)


RT predicts: Probably the hottest favourite The X Factor has ever had – people have won easily in the past (Leona Lewis, Matt Cardle) but they hadn’t emerged so early. Her strength is song interpretation, which is what you have to do every week, and viewers will love her for being so young and so unpretentious. 1st