X Factor: Fleur East – from audition to the 2014 finals

Finalist Fleur’s Judges’ Houses performance put her on the map and ever since she’s been one heck of a force to be reckoned with

She’s done it, Fleur East is in the running to be crowned this year’s X Factor champion 2014. As she prepares to do battle in the final showdown, we look back over her journey from first audition to the Wembley Arena stage…

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Fleur East has had a taste of X Factor before, making it to the live shows with girl band Addictive Ladies in 2005.

But this year she came back as a solo artist, ready to rock it on her own. Fleur cruised through her original audition and onto the arena, without too much ceremony (but a whole lot of abs to make us all jealous). 

Fleur effortlessly scooped a seat at Bootcamp with this performance of M.I.A’s Paper Planes

http://www.youtube.com/v/DzDG44Jmfow&hl=en&fs=1

But it was Judges’ Houses that saw Fleur East show everyone what she was made of. This performance of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s Bang Bang blasted everyone else out of the water:

http://www.youtube.com/v/u_hFscWzP20&hl=en&fs=1

And despite Mel B stirring up a bit of trouble, suggesting Fleur was “cheating” with her overpowering backing vocals, the 27-year-old has dazzled as a ready-made chart star.

Here she is stunning with a rendition of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass:

http://www.youtube.com/v/g2qeV2p524c&hl=en&fs=1

But of course, it’s Fleur’s performance of that previously unknown Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars track Uptown Funk that blasted her from contestant to iTunes-topping star:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ofxiA48Ex0w&hl=en&fs=1

Can Fleur win it this weekend? Tune in Saturday (8:30pm) and Sunday (8:00pm) on ITV

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