There was a time when performing on The X Factor was seen as a poisoned chalice for already established musicians.
But has the reality show has continued to blossom, attracting huge viewing figures, debuting your new single or album on The X Factor has become the done thing to do.
As Coldplay closed this weekend’s final at Wembley, Gigwise has taken a look at other artists who have sold out to the X Factor over recent years.
From Lady Gaga to Sir Paul McCartney this is a selection of the stars you would (and wouldn’t) expect to take a turn on The X Factor.
Can you think of any others? What do you think of The X Factor? Post your thoughts in the comment box below.
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