It’s made super stars out of the likes of Leona Lewis, One Direction, and err, Leon Jackson.
And for Ella Eyre, the X Factor looked to be an appealing route to make it as a singer.
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celebrity, the BRIT award winner revealed that while growing up she aspired to take part in the show.
She told us: “I did [consider it] but only when I was too young to audition.
“Before it first started, I loved Pop Idol, I loved Will Young and I got really into it.
“Every year I’d be like ‘the year that I’m old enough I’m going to do this song,’ but when it came around to it [I decided not to] because I’d never thought about being an artist until I was 16 it didn’t really occur to me that I wanted to be a singer because I didn’t know how.
“My mum and dad didn’t come from musical backgrounds, it’s not something I knew how to get into. I think I liked the idea of X Factor and thinking ‘I could do better than that’ but when it actually came around to it I didn’t do it.”
Ella went on to admit that as she got older her interest in the show started to dwindle – especially when she realised how much power was relinquished from the contestants who took part.
She added: “As time got on, X Factor was less enjoyable for me – based on the kind of artists that came out and just the way that it’s run.
“I’m quite a bossy person, I like to run my ship, I run a very f*****g tight ship. I don’t think I could cope with being so restricted. Doing it my way has got me this far. So I’m very pleased about that!”
Well you can’t argue with that.
Ella of course scored a number one and a BRIT award for British Single earlier this year after she provided vocals for Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’.
Her debut solo track ‘If I Go’ later followed with latest single ‘Comeback’ looking to take the charts by storm.
The self penned song, about a cheating ex, is a good indication of Ella’s writing influneces, which all come from life experiences.
She explained: “’Comeback’ I wrote when I was sixteen. I write in quite an honest and brutal way, it’s very related to my life so at that time I was pretty angry.
“I think the thing I love about this song is that a lot of people have felt the way I do. It’s almost an inevitable reaction when you go through something difficult to go through the angry phase. I think that songs like this help people get through hard times by relating to the emotions.”
During the chorus, a ticked off Ella calls for the ex to burn – but don’t worry, no men were harmed in the writing of this single.
She added: “I don’t think people need to take it too literally, I’m not going to burn him at the stake. If anything, it is meant to be a metaphor in terms of ‘let them burn,’ burn as in pain. You want it to hurt them as much as it hurt you. By dismissing them and calling them a m*****f***** you feel better and they’ve also been offended.”
And does the ex know who he is?
“I don’t think he does because he’s a really good friend of mine now! I don’t think he would have put two and two together. I’m gonna tell him actually!”
That’ll make for a fun conversation.
‘Comeback’ is available to download September 28.