Shayne Ward
Shayne Ward
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 16 October 1984
Age 34
Hometown Tameside, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Former shop assistant


Category 16-24s
Mentor Louis Walsh
Placement Winner (1/12)
Shayne Thomas Ward (born 16 October 1984) is an English pop singer. He auditioned for Series 2 of The X Factor UK and made it all the way to the final as part of the 16-24s category mentored by Louis Walsh.

Due to the eliminations of Phillip Magee, Chenai Zinyuku and Nicholas Dorsett, Ward was the only act left in his category. He was crowned the winner defeating Andy Abraham from the Over 25s category mentored by Sharon Osbourne.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition 1 Free choice "Sacrifice" Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Solo performance "Unchained Melody" Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance " I'll Be There" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "The Air That I Breathe" Advanced
Week 1 "Right Here Waiting" Safe
Week 2 "If You're Not the One" Safe
Week 3 "Summer of '69" Safe
Week 4 "You Make Me Feel Brand New" Safe
Week 5 "Cry Me a River" Safe
Week 6 "A Million Love Songs" Safe
Week 7 "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" Safe
Week 8 "Take Your Mama" Safe
"Careless Whisper"
Week 9: Semi final "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Safe
"Unchained Melody"
Week 10: Final Favourite performance "If You're Not the One" Winner
Christmas songs "When a Child Is Born"
"Over the Rainbow"
Winner's single "That's My Goal"
That's My Goal

"That's My Goal" cover

Post-The X Factor

Following his win, his winner's single was released and went on to claim the Christmas #1 spot, spending a total of four weeks at the summit. As of 2018, it remains the fastest-selling winner's single as well as third fastest-selling single of all time.

Over a music career spanning nine years, he released four studio albums, which peaked in the UK Top 20, including one #1 album. In 2011, he was officially dropped by Syco Music.

In 2015, he signed on to star in long-running soap opera Coronation Street before leaving in May 2018.


UK Series 2 Finalists
Addictiv LadiesAndy AbrahamBrenda EdwardsChenai ZinyukuChico Slimani4TuneJourney SouthMaria LawsonNicholas DorsettPhillip MageeShayne WardThe Conway Sisters
The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-SuDalton Harris