Ben Haenow wins 2014 X Factor
15 Dec 2014
Ben Haenow was crowned the winner of The X Factor 2014 during star-studded final featuring performances from 1D and Take That.
The 2014 series of The X Factor came to a close last night (Sunday 14 December) with 29-year-old Ben Haenow taking the crown.
The previous van driver earned the title with his rendition of OneRepublic’s Something I Need. The track has since entered the charts in a race to become this year’s Christmas No.1.
In the last eight years six Christmas No.1s have come from The X Factor stars. Haenow is up against an eclectic number of acts including Band Aid 30, Tom Odell’s cover of John Lennon’s Real Love that features in the John Lewis Christmas advert and Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beats.
Ben Haenow, who was mentored by Simon Cowell, faced competition from Fleur East and Andrea Faustini. East was named runner-up while Faustini came in third place.
During the final, that took place over two days at London’s SSE Wembley Arena, he performed with current album chart leader, Ed Sheeran. While the weekend’s show saw performances from the biggest names in pop including Take That and Olly Murs who performed a duet with X Factor USA judge Demi Lovato.
The X Factor’s biggest export, One Direction, also performed on the final show. They were joined on stage by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
The finalists, who reunited on stage during the final to sing Black Eyed Peas’ The Time (Dirty Bit), will hit the road in spring 2015 as part of The X Factor live tour. The tour will visit the biggest arenas around the country throughout February and March with tickets on sale here.
X Factor tour dates 2015
Odyssey Arena, Belfast (13)
3Arena , Dublin (15)
BIC, Bournemouth (18, 19)
Phones 4u Arena, Manchester (20)
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (22)
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (26)
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (27)
GE Arena, Aberdeen (1)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (5)
First Direct Arena, Leeds (7)
Echo Arena, Liverpool (8)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (9, 10)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London (12)
LG Arena, Birmingham (14)
Brighton Centre (16)
The O2, London (20)