8 X Factor stars currently rocking our world (and everyone else's)

We can’t thank The X Factor enough for churning out tons of crazy amazing talented artists over the years. The USA version of the show may have recently been cancelled, but there’s no stopping the careers of the contestants who have already graced the X Factor stage. From London to LA, these are the stars who are taking over the world…and some who will be soon enough.



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    One Direction

    You already know all about these cuties and their rise to superstardom, which means you’re well aware that The X Factor UK is what brought them together. The band finished third on season 7 of the show and has since released three completely awesome albums that their fans (us included!) just can’t stop jamming to. What’s next for Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall and Zayn? The mastermind behind 1D, Simon Cowell (aka Uncle Si), confirmed that they’ll be releasing their fourth album at the end of this year. Swoon!

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    Emblem 3

    These boys are just as cute as 1D, but have a totally different sound. Think of summer vibes and cheeky lyrics with edge. Emblem 3 came in fourth on the second season of The X Factor USA and kept audiences on their toes with their serious swagger. Since then, the boys released their first album last July 2013 and then toured with one of our faves, Selena Gomez. Currently, they’re putting on amazing show in cities across the US as part of their #bandlife Tour. Who knows what’s next for E3 on their path to world domination, but we’re excited to find out.

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    Bea Miller

    At just 13, Bea was a standout in the second season of The X Factor USA with her unique voice and quirky style. Unfortunately, she only placed ninth in the competition. But even Harry Styles tweeted about how fantastically talented she is, so you know Bea is ah-mazing. Post X Factor, Bea has taken to the YouTube community to share her music with the world, posting covers of faves like Aviicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”—and they’re just as good as the originals.

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    Carly Rose Sonenclar

    Just like Bea Miller, Carly Rose Sonenclar was a young standout on the second season of The X Factor USA, singing her heart out to songs like Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby.” Carly may have placed second in the competition, but there’s nothing stopping her from reaching the top of our playlists. She is currently working on her debut album, performing shows to crazy crowds and has even appeared on TV in shows like Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Look out world, Carly Rose Sonenclar is here to take over!

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    Fifth Harmony

    Isn’t Fifth Harmony just the cutest? With their hair bows, high heels and flouncy skirts, these five girls have their adoring fans in the palm of their hands. Just like One Direction, Lauren, Camila, Normani, Dinah and Ally were put together on the spot during the bootcamp stage of The X Factor USA’s season 2 and went on to place third. After the show, the quintet did a few collabs with the band Boyce Avenue and released their very first EP titled Better Together. Right now, they’re having a blast performing their killer tunes as an opener on former X Factor judge Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights Tour. With an audience like Demi’s Lovatics, these girls are well on their way to superstardom.

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    Little Mix

    Speaking of the Neon Lights Tour, have you gotten a chance to see GL’s October/November 2013 cover girls rocking the stage, too? Little Mix has already conquered the UK by winning The X Factor UK’s season 8 and are now winning over our American hearts. Fans around the world have fallen for their latest album Salute and we can’t stop listening to their catchy single “Move.” With their sick dance moves and killer vocals, anything is possible for LM. 

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    Nicholas McDonald

    Nicholas came oh-so-close to winning the season 10 of The X Factor UK, but unfortunately this Scottish cutie was the runner up. Thanks to his perfect voice and captivating stage presence, Nicholas will finally release his first debut album, In the Arms of an Angel, this March. We just can’t wait to watch this sweetie grow into an even better artist than he already his.

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    Union J

    With a fanbase like Union J’s JCats, we have a hunch these guys are here to stay. After coming in fourth on the ninth season of The X Factor UK, the guys released their self-titled debut album last year and have plans to release a second album soon. Fingers crossed these Brits bring their music—and cute accents—to the US soon because we just can’t get enough of them.

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by Sydney Adamson | 2/1/2016