Fleur East finishes second place in The X Factor 2014 final

Anyone expect that?


by Owen Tonks |
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Well, we didn't see that coming! Fleur East came runner-up in tonight's X Factor final.

Her mentor Simon Cowell insisted he was a big fan of both her and his other finalist Ben Haenow but Croydon boy Ben pipped her to the post when it came to being named the winner.

Hearing the news, a happy Fleur congratulated Ben, saying: "I’m so grateful. I’m so grateful. Well done Ben. This is unbelievable!”

Fleur was the hot favourite to win the contest and earlier in the evening received brilliant comments from the judges about her performance of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.

Louis Walsh said: "It just doesn’t get any better than that performance... You’ve entertained us, you sing , you dance. I think a star is born"


Mel B said: "I mean, what can I say. There’s no doubt about it. You just came out here and killed it tonight, killed it.

"I could head that your voice was a little bit tired but you still just went for it and gave us that Fleur performance everyone just loves."

Simon concluded: "Oh my God! You know what, I’ve gotta say this, of all the finalists I’ve ever had on any of these shows, in a final, that was the greatest performance I’ve ever witnessed. I’m torn because I’d actually like to split the prize and give both of you The X Factor."

You don't have to win to have an amazing career, Fleur! Err, hello One Direction...

GALLERY: The 24 finalists of X Factor 2014 from judges' houses


X Factor 2014 24 finalists

The Boys - Andrea Faustini1 of 24

The Boys - Andrea Faustini

Age: 20From: Rome, Italy

Danny Dearden2 of 24

Danny Dearden

Age 23From: Rochdale

Paul Akister3 of 24

Paul Akister

Age: 25From: Lancashire

Jordan Morris4 of 24

Jordan Morris

Age: 20From: London

Jake Quickenden5 of 24

Jake Quickenden

Age: 26From: Scunthorpe

Jack Walton6 of 24

Jack Walton

Age 18From: Townville

The Girls - Lola Saunders7 of 24

The Girls - Lola Saunders

Age: 20From: Southshields

Stephanie Nala8 of 24

Stephanie Nala

Age: 20From: Hertfordshire

Emily Middlemas9 of 24

Emily Middlemas

Age: 15From: Glasgow

Chloe Jasmine10 of 24

Chloe Jasmine

Age: 24From: West London

Lauren Platt11 of 24

Lauren Platt

Age: 16From: Essex

Kerrianne Covell12 of 24

Kerrianne Covell

Age: 23From: Teeside

The Overs - Helen Fulthorpe13 of 24

The Overs - Helen Fulthorpe

Age: 33From: Cardiff

Fleur East14 of 24

Fleur East

Age: 26From: East London

Lizzy Pattinson15 of 24

Lizzy Pattinson

Age: 31From: Barnes

Jay James16 of 24

Jay James

Age: 31From: Sandersfoot, Wales

Stevi Ritchie17 of 24

Stevi Ritchie

Age: 34From: Essex

Ben Haenow18 of 24

Ben Haenow

Age: 29From: Croydon

The Groups - Only The Young19 of 24

The Groups - Only The Young

Concept20 of 24


New Girl Band21 of 24

New Girl Band

The Brooks22 of 24

The Brooks

New Boy Band23 of 24

New Boy Band

Blonde Electric24 of 24

Blonde Electric

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