Series four is in full swing so what better way to celebrate than to cast our eyes on past winners?

Can you name any of the winners of The Voice? No, neither can we. While it’s easy to roll off a handful of past X Factor winners and runners up,the show has so far struggled to create a star we can remember.

As the programme returns for a third episode this year on Saturday with Ricky Wilson, Will.i.am, Tom Jones and Rita Ora taking their seats, could this be the year they discover the next Leona Lewis, Olly Murs or even One Direction?

Now takes a look back at three series of the show and where the winners have ended up.

Leanne Mitchell 2012
The first year of the BBC’s brand new entertainment show didn’t exactly go off with a bang.

Viewers were eager to witness the discovery of the UK’s next superstar, but crowning Leanne Mitchell left viewers dissapointed.

Her self-titled debut record sold fewer than 1,000 copies in its first week – only 895 in the first few days – and failed to make it into the Top 100. Poor Leanne!

But her public criticism of the show didn’t exactly help her case either. She Tweeted: ‘Ever get the feeling you’ve been used as the scapegoat? I have had to read and listen to so much about me recently, and so far have kept quiet.’

She added: ‘For the record, I’d written and finished the majority of my album by the end of last summer, around September time… I don’t know why it was decided to wait so long to release it, but unfortunately, being very new to all this and probably too naive, I had to trust the people around me in making the right decisions.’

Leanne has since been dropped from her label and according to reports is back working at holiday parks, though she denies the claims.

Andrea Begley 2013

Poor Andrea‘s career didn’t start off on the best foot after Will.i.am Tweeted saying his act Leah McFall should have won.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman wrote: ‘You should feel the audience’s vibration in the room tonight after the public’s vote… its unexplainable… so sad… perplexed.’

Following a bitter backlash, he quickly replied:Andrea is amazing… don’t get me wrong… but we know who has the incredible voice.’

But for Andrea the damage had already been done. Although her album faired slightly better than 2012’s Leanne,it only peaked at no.7 in the charts. She is still signed to Capitol Records.

Jermain Jackman 2014

It took The X Factor three series to generate its first superstar Leona Lewis, so fingers crossed for Jermain Jackman.

His debut album is out on 23 March and Jermain has said he wants to be the first singing Prime Minister of the UK.

A source told Now: ‘Jermain has been working really hard on the album and every song is original. He doesn’t just want to sell an album, he wants a career.’

Jermain says: ‘The process to making this album has been one of the best experiences of my life. It’s been educational, challenging and at times very emotional. I was privileged to work with world-renowned producers and well respected songwriters such as; Jack Splash, Element, Andrea Martin (from across the pond) plus Michael Angelo and Ali Tennant from the UK, and others.‘

Watch this space…

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Benjamin Potter