The single mum from Liverpool set out on a mission to regain her confidence during The X Factor. She did more than that.
Rebecca’s stunning voice saw her ease through to the live stages of the competition, with judge Louis Walsh calling her “a class act” and she was soon installed as a hot favourite to win the competition.
Her popularity grew week by week and eventually finished as runner-up following a memorable duet with Christina Aguilera.
Since her time on the show Rebecca has gone on to perform alongside her fellow finalists in the UK X Factor Arena Tour.
With a writing skill that belies her years, Rebecca Ferguson’s debut album does not pander to fashion. It’s not a hybrid of every current hip musical genre, shaken around a bit and mixed into an amorphous lump. This is soul; raw emotion pours out of every fibre of every note making the others sound… ordinary. Fiercely proud of her working class Liverpool roots, Rebecca’s route here hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s given her a dignified fighting spirit, which bursts through her lyrics and informs the path she hopes her career will follow. Basically, she is a true artist, in it for the long haul.