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14th Dec 2015

Former X Factor Contestants – Where Are They Now?

Ciara Knight

The life of an X Factor contestant is often short-lived in the spotlight. People eventually move on to the next best thing, usually assorted pick-n-mix cheeses from their local supermarkets. 

I often find myself daydreaming about former X Factor contestants, wondering are they daydreaming about me at all. Unlikely. So I’ve done a bit of research into the whereabouts of these chosen ones, to see where life has led them.

Rachel Adedeji

Rachel appeared on series 6 of the show and finished ninth. As the contestant with the absolute best name of all time, I expected big things to happen for Rachel and I was exactly right. Shortly after the series ended, Rachel moved to Kuala Lumpur to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming an alpaca farmer. In the past six years, Rachel has successfully farmed over six alpacas and shows no signs of slowing down. In her spare time, Rachel likes to reminisce about her time on X Factor, alongside her personal favourite alpaca, Simon.

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 13: Alpaca farmer Khanikhah Guy poses with one of her Alpacas at her country farm near the village of Pickmere, Knutsford, England on 12 December, 2007, Knutsford, England. Alpacas are part of the camelids family and originate from the Andes. They are much sought after for their wool and coats which make high quality clothes and garments. Khanikhah's products and animals have become popular with the affluent and celebrity set of Cheshire with Alpacas becoming the latest new designer pet and costing up to GBP 5000. Socks made from the wool are her top selling Christmas present from her Artemis Alpacas Farm Shop. Shearing of the animals wool is done annually by a skilled shearer who flies to the Uk from New Zealand. None of her animals are slaughtered for their fleeces and are only used after a natural death. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Leona Lewis

It’s unlikely this update is even necessary because Leona has become a household name since she deservedly won the third series of X Factor. Hailed as a national hero, Leona has single-handedly improved the standard of transport around Dublin since she took over from her brother, Daniel Day. Countless commuters sing her praises on a daily basis, describing her as ‘handy’, ‘decent’ and ‘much nicer on the south side’. You go girl!

Leona Luas

Ruth Lorenzo

Our Ruth came fifth in the fifth series of X Factor. Five really was her lucky number, until exactly five weeks after her departure from the show when disaster struck and Ruth was involved in a frozen yoghurt accident. Ruth was innocently writing ‘Frozen yoghurt’ on her shopping list when the paper slipped and gave her a deep and potentially life-threatening paper cut. She was rushed to the hospital, ironically 5ive were playing on the radio, and Ruth received exactly five plasters to stop the bleeding. The road to recovery has been long and hard but Ruth is finally getting back to her old self.

young injured patient man lying in bed hospital room resting from pain looking in bad health condition after suffering accident in health care concept


The lads came second in the first series and wasted no time in launching their careers as vitamin salesmen. Any doubters soon had their negativity silenced when the guys signed a lucrative deal with a health shop on Wicklow Street. G4 never revealed the monetary value of the deal but it is thought to be well up into the tens of Euro. The boys have since extended their range of vitamins to O’ Connell Street and a quaint little hut in Bangladesh.

G4 Vitamins

Treyc Cohen

Another household name, it was second time lucky for Treyc as she was the wildcard on series 7, finishing in tenth place. Life has most certainly been in the fast lane for Treyc ever since, as she’s gone on the start a family. Blessed with three beautiful children called Mayc, Treyc 2 and Stayc, she’s said that motherhood is by far her second biggest accomplishment in life, after being the ‘Fastest Finger First’ in an episode of Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Unfortunately, Treyc was found to be on finger dexterity enhancing drugs shortly after, which, it transpired, were sold to her by none other than G4.


If you’ve any queries about other former X Factor contestants, feel free to get in touch with us at @Herdotie on Twitter.