REBECCA FERGUSON (X factor)

REBECCA FERGUSON (X factor)

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Follow Rebecca Ferguson's journey from X Factor runner up to successful recording artist and songwriter with this unofficial fan app.
Rebecca Ferguson (born 21 July 1986) is a British singer and songwriter from Liverpool. Ferguson came to prominence in 2010 when she became the runner-up of the seventh series of The X Factor. She subsequently signed a joint record deal with Syco and Epic Records in the UK. She later signed in the United States to Columbia Records.

Ferguson's debut album, Heaven, was released in 2011 to commercial and critical success. It was co-written by Ferguson. The album is certified platinum in the UK and Ireland. She cites Aretha Franklin, Kings of Leon and Amy Winehouse among her influences. She has endorsements with Nescafé and Walkers.

Ferguson had previously unsuccessfully auditioned for The X Factor and for P. Diddy's Starmaker in New York. She later commented “I went to other auditions, I was invited to New York to audition for P Diddy’s Starmaker and I was told ‘no’. It was really upsetting because I spent money to get there. I also tried out for The X Factor but it did not turn out too well, maybe because I did not have the confidence. I thought I would try Britain's Got Talent or The X Factor again and if that did not work out, I would have to think about what I was going to do."

Ferguson was mentored by Cheryl Cole during her time on The X Factor UK. For the first live show she sang "Teardrops" and in the second live show she sang "Feeling Good". In the third live show she sang "Why Don't You Do Right?" and in the fourth live show she sang "Wicked Game". In the fifth live show, Rebecca received a standing ovation from Simon Cowel and Cheryl following her performance of "Make You Feel My Love". In the following episode, Rebecca received another standing ovation from Dannii and Cheryl after singing "Candle in the Wind". In the final, she performed a duet with Christina Aguilera, performing Aguilera's hit single "Beautiful". Ferguson's winner's song was a cover of Duffy's "Distant Dreamer", but she finished as the runner-up to Matt Cardle, making her the first female runner-up on The X Factor.

Rebecca and nine other contestants participated in the X Factor Live Tour in 2011. Ferguson previously dated fellow The X Factor contestant and One Direction member Zayn Malik, which caused controversy due to the six-year age difference. The relationship ended after four months together. In 2011, Zayn Malik commented, " We're still friends and talk all the time."

Ferguson released her debut single "Nothing's Real but Love" on 20 November 2011, which was written by Ferguson and Eg White.Her debut album Heaven followed and was released 5 December 2011 in the UK.

Ferguson dueted with Lionel Richie on a ITV1 special entitled This Is Lionel Richie, in which she performed "Endless Love". Starting in February 2012, an excerpt from Ferguson's "Nothing's Real but Love" was used in a television advertisement campaign for Nescafé Gold Blend coffee. "Glitter & Gold" was confirmed via Ferguson's official website to be the third single taken from the album which was released on 29 April 2012.

On 29 May 2012, Rebecca made her American television debut when she sang "Nothing's Real but Love" on The Today Show. She also performed the song on The View.

In an interview in March 2012, Ferguson stated that she expected to release her second studio album in 2014, Ferguson said that she would start writing the album in 2013, once promotion for Heaven had finished and that she expected to take a more up-beat approach to the album. On 23 August 2012, Rebecca announced she will release a deluxe version of Heaven on 15 October 2012, and she will also release her fourth single "Backtrack". Ferguson peformed Backtrack on the X Factor results show on 14 October.

On 16 September, Ferguson released her debut EP, iTunes Festival, which featured 5 tracks including 'Nothing's Real But Love'.

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