But it seems the most recent X Factor winner, Dalton Harris, may have changed the show’s fortunes, after his debut duet with James Arthur reached the top of official Vodafone Big Top 40 just seven days after he took the win for his mentor, Louis Tomlinson.
Dalton Harris, X Factor (Thames/Syco)
Harris’s chart-topping single comes after he performed the duet with Arthur at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola, performing to 15,000 fans at the O2.
The 24-year-old, who previously won a similar-style singing competition in his home country of Jamaica, said winning the X Factor was his chance to “change his life”, after growing up in poverty.
“It was poverty,” he told The Sun Online. “My mum had seven of us. I grew up with two older sisters. Everybody else was spread out. It was impoverished. It was poverty.
“Everybody needs a start. If you were lucky you would get a present for your birthday. We knew we didn’t have money.”
However, despite his success on the reality show, Harris adds that he didn’t want to just be known as another ‘X Factor’ winner, insisting he wanted to be “a real artist.”
“I want to be taken seriously as an artist. Coming off of X Factor, which is such an awesome thing, I don’t want to just be The X Factor guy,” he told the Mail.
“I want to be a real artist. I want to have a career. I am ready to work. I want to make an album.