Marcus Collins
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 15 May 1988
Age 30
Hometown Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Occupation Singer
Theater actor


Category Boys
Mentor Gary Barlow
Placement Runner-up (2/16)
Marcus Collins (born 15 May 1988) is an English singer. He auditioned for Series 8 of The X Factor UK and made it all the way to the final as part of the Boys category mentored by Gary Barlow.

Due to the eliminations of James Michael and Craig Colton and the disqualification of Frankie Cocozza, Collins was the only act left in his category. He finished as runner-up to Little Mix from the Groups category mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Group performance Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance "Kiss from a Rose" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "One Big Family" Advanced
Week 1 Britain vs. America "Moves like Jagger" Saved
Week 2 Love and heartbreak "Russian Roulette" Safe
Week 3 Rock "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Safe
Week 4 Halloween "Superstition" / "Need You Tonight" Safe
Week 5 Club classics "Reet Petite" Safe
Week 6 Lady Gaga vs. Queen "Another One Bites the Dust" Safe
Week 7 Movie week "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" Safe
Week 8 Guilty pleasures "I'm Your Man" Safe
Musical heroes "Lately"
Week 9: Semi-final Motown "My Girl" Safe
Songs to get you to the final "Can You Feel It"
Week 10: Final Free choice "Hey Ya" Runner-up
Mentor duets "She's Always a Woman" (with Gary Barlow)
Final results Song of the series "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
Christmas songs "Last Christmas"
Winner's single "Cannonball"

Post The X Factor



  • Prior to auditioning for the show, he was a member of five-piece boyband Eton Road who finished in 5th place in Series 3 of The X Factor.  He joined the band after original member Anthony Hannah left following their elimination.
UK Series 8 Finalists
Amelia LilyCraig ColtonFrankie CocozzaJames MichaelJanet DevlinJohnny RobinsonJonjo KerrKitty BrucknellLittle MixMarcus CollinsMisha BNu VibeSami BrookesSophie HabibisThe Risk2 Shoes