Katie Waissel
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 24 January 1986
Age 33
Hometown Harefield, Middlesex, England
Occupation Singer


Category Girls
Mentor Cheryl Cole
Placement 7/16
Katie Waissel (born 24 January 1986) is an English singer. She auditioned for Series 7 of The X Factor and made it all the way to the quarter final as part of the Girls category mentored by Cheryl Cole.

She was eliminated in the quarter final, finishing in 7th place after receiving the fewest public votes.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "We Are the Champions" Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Group performance "If I Were a Boy" Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance "Make You Feel My Love" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "Smile" Advanced
Week 1 Number one singles "We Are the Champions" Bottom three
Save Me songs "Don't Let Me Down" Saved
Week 2 Heroes "I'd Rather Go Blind" Safe
Week 3 Guilty Pleasures "I Wanna Be Like You" Safe
Week 4 Halloween "Bewitched" Bottom two
Save Me songs "Trust in Me" Saved
Week 5 American anthems "Don't Speak" Bottom two
Save Me songs "Don't Give Up on Me" Saved
Week 6 Songs by Elton John "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" Bottom two
Save Me songs "Save Me from Myself" Saved
Week 7 Songs by The Beatles "Help!" Safe
Week 8 Rock "Sex on Fire" Eliminated (7th)
"Everybody Hurts"

Post-The X Factor

In March 2012, she released her self-titled debut album and the following year she became the lead singer of band Red Velvet.

In 2016, she appeared on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother, finishing in 8th place.


  • She is good friends with fellow Series 7 finalist and ex-One Direction member Liam Payne.
  • She holds the record for the amount of appearances in the sing-off with four, being saved each time.
UK Series 7 Finalists
Aiden GrimshawBelle AmieCher LloydDiva FeverF.Y.D.Katie WaisselMary ByrneMatt CardleNicolò FestaOne DirectionPaije RichardsonRebecca FergusonStorm LeeTreyc CohenWagner