It has been 17 years since X Factor first revolutionised the talent show genre.
But on Wednesday, ITV confirmed that the show would not be returning to our screens for another season.
It may be a “No” from the producers, but the show will always live on in our memories for the talent that it brought us (just look at the impact One Direction have had), as well as for all the laughs, tears and heart-warming stories along the way.
As we say goodbye to it, we decided to look back on some of the Northern Irish acts who had a massive impact on the show – as well as looking at where they are now.
See if you can remember them all:
The X Factor tv programme October 2008 Finalist Eoghan Quigg
Eoghan Quigg was all of 16 years old when he appeared on the fifth season of X Factor.
He finished in a respectable 3rd place, just behind behind JLS and winner Alexandra Burke.
Since appearing on the X Factor, talented Eoghan has added a number of strings to his bow, branching out into acting and football.
In 2009, he penned his debut album after signing with RCA records.
The Dungiven man then went on to try to contest the 2014 Eurovision for Ireland, but came second.
Since then, Eoghan has added several strings to his bow – both in his career and personal life. He landed his own radio show on Q Radio, and also had stints playing football for Coagh F.C. and Portstewart F.C.
Earlier this year, Eoghan announced that he had a baby on the way, with his girlfriend Amy.
Janet Devlin Copyright: TALKBACK THAMES
Tyrone star Janet Devlin absolutely wowed audiences and judges alike when she appeared on the X Factor in 2011, finishing in fifth place and being beaten by now-internationally famous act Little Mix.
In the ten years that followed, Janet has faced massive personal and professional upheavals in her life. She has released three studio albums, Hide & Seek, Running With Scissor and Confessional, as well as her first book, a memoir also titled ‘Confessional’.
Alongside that, Janet has bravely spoken up about her battles with alcohol addiction and suicide attempts.
She is still a tireless performer and entertainer. Janet regularly streams gigs online and built up a dedicated fanbase on platforms like YouTube, Tik Tok and Instagram.
(Image: Phillip Magee/Facebook)
Phillip Magee was a promising finalist in the second series of X Factor, under the tutelage of Louise Walsh in the 16-24 year olds category.
Since then, the Larne singer Phillip Magee has continued to pursue music. He appeared on Glór Tíre, Irish language channel TG4’s search for vocal talent, in spring 2020.
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