★★★★ | The X Factor Album

Did you know X Factor is ten years old and that the programme, whether you’re a fan or a hater has generated millions of sales and brought about a new era in music.

If you think that every X Factor winner or entrant sounds the same, then all you have to do is pop this 34 track album on to hear the full breadth of talent the juggernaut reality talent show has delivered to the UK music scene.

The album has it all, from the omnipresent One Direction to the seraphic tones of Diana Vickers, the power belt of Leona to the genuine intonations of Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson. This album delivers 18 Number Ones and the veritable soundtrack to Christmases since 2004.

Despite the controversies that often surrounds X Factor contestants and winners, this album brings together the good and the better.

An interesting and potentially political mix of tracks and some very obvious omissions including Steve Brookstein and Leon Jackson, but tracks from artists that didn’t do well or even complete the series such as Lucy Spraggan and Aiden Grimshaw also feature.

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The album is out on the 25th November and is bound to notch another Number 1 for the team at Syco.