So X Factor has been on for the past few weeks, and only started watching it because the girlfriend likes it. But this got me thinking what are the chances that the winner will actually go on to have a successful career?

The best example is Alexandra Burke and JLS. Alexandra Burke came first in the 2008 series of X Factor, while JLS came second. So in theory Alexandra Burke should be way more successful than the group, however this is not the case as JLS have been awarded many more awards than she has. Olly Murs also came second and has done better than the winner Joe McElderry.

Many over X Factor winners have disappeared off the face of the earth, such as Steve Brookstein and Leon Jackson.

So is there any point to X Factor other than just entertainment when some of the winners never get a successful career?

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