Every British Singer To Top UK Charts This Year Has Been From ‘X Factor’
Although The X Factor UK 2016 is among the most divisive seasons in the history of the series, this has actually been a great year for the franchise, at least as far as proving its viability as a launching pad for future superstars.
According to a report from Telly Mix, X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson is on track to score a No. 1 with her single, “So Good”. If she accomplishes this feat, she’ll be the fourth British singer to score a No. 1 on the UK singles chart. Of the ten unique songs that have topped the UK singles chart in 2016, only three of them come from native British acts. And each one of those three acts come from The X Factor.
It all started when ZAYN topped the chart with his debut “Pillowtalk”. He was followed by James Arthur, who scored his second-ever No. 1 single with “Say You Won’t Let Go”. Completing the trio is Little Mix, who have now scored their latest No. 1 with “Shout Out To My Ex”. This last No. 1 is particularly noteworthy because it now cements Little Mix as the most successful winners in the history of The X Factor franchise, with four No. 1 singles, surpassing the record set by Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, who are tied with three apiece. Little Mix is also tied with Olly Murs and One Direction for the second-most No. 1 singles in the history of the franchise, second only to JLS, who’ve scored five No. 1s.
What’s craziest about all of this is that each of the X Factor No. 1s for 2016 are fantastic. Seriously, I love all three of them, and I’m rooting for Louisa to join James, ZAYN and Little Mix in the winner’s circle before 2016 is out. The X Factor UK is my favorite show on television, and I’m thrilled that the show is still making a play at continued relevance by illustrating that stars of all sorts can be made on a reality show. Even one that allows ridiculous acts like Wagner, Honey G and Bratavio into the live shows.
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