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Stevi Ritchie in his penultimate X Factor performance

Stevi Ritchie in his penultimate X Factor performance

A crying shame: Contestant Rylan Clarke lets his emotions get the better of him on 'The X Factor'

A crying shame: Contestant Rylan Clarke lets his emotions get the better of him on 'The X Factor'

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Rylan Clark joined The X Factor tour after his CBB win

Rylan Clark joined The X Factor tour after his CBB win

Jedward appeared on The X Factor in 2009

Jedward appeared on The X Factor in 2009

Jedward claim to have 'reinvented' The X Factor

Jedward claim to have 'reinvented' The X Factor

Chico Slimani <br/>

When Sharon and Louis voted for Chico, Simon theatrically walked out in disgust. As the rounds rolled onwards our revulsion to the weazel voiced Welsh warbler lessened and by the end we couldn't wait to get our weekly fix of Chico Time. <br/>

Not since Peter Andre's pop masterpiece Insania has a bad catchphrase so whetted the public appetite for a bad song. In 2006 Chico's self penned hit went to number 1 but by the time he followed it up with 'Curvy Cola Bottle Body' the gig was up. Our affections had moved on. <br/>

After guest appearances on TV's Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Chico faded into obscurity and after stints performing in a Butlins holiday camp he might have asked could things get any worse. Luckily for Chico the answer was no. Time and distance heal all wounds. <br/>

We mocked him, we loved him and then we dumped him but having just taken 2nd place on Total Celebrity Wipeout, it seems we might be ready to make more time for Chico. Some laughed. Some cried. Most mocked. Yet the X Factor joke that was Chico Slimani once knocked Madonna from the top of the charts. Not many artists can lay claim to that. <br/>

Chances of a comeback: 6 out of 10

Chico Slimani <br/> When Sharon and Louis voted for Chico, Simon theatrically walked out in disgust. As the rounds rolled onwards our revulsion to the weazel voiced Welsh warbler lessened and by the end we couldn't wait to get our weekly fix of Chico Time. <br/> Not since Peter Andre's pop masterpiece Insania has a bad catchphrase so whetted the public appetite for a bad song. In 2006 Chico's self penned hit went to number 1 but by the time he followed it up with 'Curvy Cola Bottle Body' the gig was up. Our affections had moved on. <br/> After guest appearances on TV's Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Chico faded into obscurity and after stints performing in a Butlins holiday camp he might have asked could things get any worse. Luckily for Chico the answer was no. Time and distance heal all wounds. <br/> We mocked him, we loved him and then we dumped him but having just taken 2nd place on Total Celebrity Wipeout, it seems we might be ready to make more time for Chico. Some laughed. Some cried. Most mocked. Yet the X Factor joke that was Chico Slimani once knocked Madonna from the top of the charts. Not many artists can lay claim to that. <br/> Chances of a comeback: 6 out of 10

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Steve Brookstein

Steve Brookstein

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Wagner performs on the X Factor

Wagner performs on the X Factor

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Stevi Ritchie in his penultimate X Factor performance

Last night the X Factor’s token novelty act, Stevi Ritchie, was finally booted off the show having gone head to head in the sing-off with Andreas Faustini, arguably the best vocalist on the show.

Essex boy Stevi (34) managed to last a whopping seven weeks on the live shows thanks to an endearing earnestness and ability to, well, give it socks like his life depended on it on stage.

Before X Factor, Stevi worked in a call centre, but it’s unlikely he’ll be returning to manning the phones any day soon.

Undoubtedly, winning X Factor isn’t the only way to land a showbiz career.  In fact, sometimes winning is a poison chalice, eh Steve Brookstein?

One Direction, the biggest boyband on earth, only came third. JLS were finalists but didn’t win.  Olly Murs was beaten by Joe McElderry.   Remember Joe?  No?

Of course, Stevi isn’t quite cut from the same cloth as One Direction or Olly Murs and a careers as a serious music artist probably isn’t on the cards. 

However, as novelty acts go, he has massive potential to earn big bucks. 

Stevi lasted to the same point in the competition as Jedward, probably the most successful X Factor novelty act of all time, having reportedly raked in €6m by September last  year, making them the fifth most financially successful former contestants – novelty or not.

The Dublin twins( John and Edward Grimes) were championed by mentor Louis Walsh following the show and went on to release nine singles, represent Ireland at Eurovision, and have their own reality show.

And the gigs just keep on coming.  This weekend saw them appearing on TV3’s Christmas Toy Show.  It’s been five years and they’re still working the circuit. 

Similarly, Rylan Clark, the flamboyant X Factor novelty act of 2012 who made it to week eight in the competition, has become a household name.

After X Factor he went on to win Celebrity Big Brother before landing a co-hosting role with AJ Odudu on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.  He also pops up on ITV’s Daybreak and This Morning as guest showbiz reporter.

Rylan bagged an estimated £250,000 for his Celeb BB appearance and £35,000 for his X Factor tour fee.  Given the number of guest presenting and personal appearances he has had since then it’s fair to say Rylan has probably easily cleared £1m.

Chico Slimai, who also managed to battle through to week 8 of the X Factor in 2005, claimed to have made more than £1m by early 2009. 

He assaulted the charts with ‘It’s Chico Time’ and ‘D.I.S.C.O’ before appearing on CelebAir and Dancing on Ice.

The latter show reportedly saved him from losing his home, however, since he admitted that from 2009 and 2012 the work dried up and he didn’t have the cash to pay his mortgage.

Not every novelty act makes it work.  Johnny Robinson and Wagner failed to gain any momentum post X-Factor. 

Whether Stevi capitalises on his five minutes a la Jedward and Rylan, or fades into obscurity like Robinson or Wagner remains to be seen.  However, a stint on Celeb BB or a suitably chart-friendly novelty record could give him the momentum to make that million.

Online Editors