Not only did Diana Vickers not win X Factor, she didn’t even come second… or third!
And yet she’s gone on to become one of the most successful popstars to emerge from the show after a fantastic 2010.
At the start of January, Diana Vickers finished her run as the title role in the West End show The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, for which she won the award for “London Newcomer of the Year” at the Theatregoers’ Choice Awards.
After performing in this show, she decided to focus on her solo music career and in April she released her debut single Once.
The single was incredibly successful, going right to number one in the UK Singles Chart and number five in the European Hot 100. After selling over 70,000 copies in the first week of its release, Once has gone on to sell over 200,000 copies in the UK.
On the back of this success she went on to release her debut album in May called Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree. Just like the title single, Diana’s album went straight to number one on the UK Album Chart and number four in the European Top 100 Albums Chart, eventually certified as a gold release!
With two more singles released over the course of 2010, The Boy Who Murdered Love and My Wicked Heart, Diana Vickers has not sold over 500,000 records in the UK alone.
And 2011 seems to be just as exciting for Diana Vickers as she’s stated she has already written enough songs for a second album – watch this space!
So has Diana Vicker’s unique journey from X Factor loser to theatrical and musical success convinced you that she should be Popstar of the Year? Let us know!