As a nation known for its love of song it's no surprise that Wales has produced its fair share of X Factor talent over the years.
From Rhydian to drag queen performer Thomas Pound there have been the divas, the desperate, and occasionally some so good their first audition went on to guarantee a career for life.
For those thrust into the limelight overnight, however, it can also be a daunting experience that nothing can prepare you for.
We've caught up with contestants old and new to see what happens once the X Factor cameras stop rolling.
Teenage Lloyd stole the heart of the nation back in 2009 when he battled against the likes of Jedward and Olly Murs to reach fifth place.
So it's little surprise that 10 years later the Treharris star is still recognised out and about – although he looks slightly different nowadays.
Now 26, Lloyd made the decision last year to move away from the stage after a decade touring on the road.
Today he spends weekdays as a regional development officer for an optical company before returning to the microphone at weekends. And he hasn't looked back since.
Lloyd, who lives in Peterborough with his partner, said: "I wanted to start working in a health sector that has helped me and to work with people one to one and train them up to be the best they can be.
"I’ve loved [performing] but after 10 years doing the same thing in life you start losing the love for it.
"If you want that lifestyle that’s great but if you want to see your partner at the end of every day and be able to go on holiday and see your family you have got to think of what works for you."
After his sudden rise to fame Lloyd took the decision to leave school after his GCSEs and pursue his musical career.
At only 16 years old he found himself living in London with fellow X Factor contestant Lucie Jones for six months before moving away from the city to stay in Windsor.
For him one of the hardest things was being so far away from family – prompting worries from his mum and grandmother that they would "lose him to the industry".
He said: "It was like a different world. I did find it quite intimidating.
"When I was 16 my stepfather auditioned. They saw me and said I had the look they were looking for and asked me if I could sing. I did my audition not expecting anything. I hadn’t even taken music at GCSE.
"When you’re 16 you don’t necessarily think about what are you are doing. It was as much to do with what I thought I was capable of, not what I was actually capable of."
Overwhelmed at first by his own success, Lloyd turned down opportunities to work in theatre in order to focus on strengthening his vocals and prepare himself mentally.
Since finding his own voice he has toured with the X Factor, on his own, and as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Overall the performer guesses he has performed in around 1,000 different venues in the last 10 years – not counting all his touring.
Lloyd said: "I love intimate gigs. Normally I go out in front of 500 people but to have 100 people surround you in those moments, it really makes everything so grounded and everyone is so emotional. It’s so nice when you have command of the room."
Thomas Pound is definitely a contestant that those who were watching last year won't forget.
After making an entrance with a rendition of Simply the Best, the 20-year-old came back and auditioned all over again as his drag queen alter-ego, Lady Freida Wylde.
In fact he got all the way to the Louis Tomlinson's house in Ibiza with his mantra of inspiring others to be themselves before failing to make the last four boys.
A year down the line Thomas, from Bridgend, has now left behind his old cleaning job to run the popular Llyndfi Arms in Tondu with his business partner.
When he's not behind the bar, or in the kitchen of the bustling pub, he can be found belting his heart out microphone in hand. But, despite his success, it hasn't been all plain sailing since his TV debut.
Thomas, 22, said: "I had some really bad trolling on social media [after X Factor] and I had a lot of sick death threats about me doing drag. It got to the point where I became unwell emotionally after the show so I took a short break from social media.
"People just want a reaction and I didn’t go back to them and respond. I’m not about that. I knew some people would love me and some people wouldn’t love me. You can’t be everyone’s cup of tea."
According to Thomas, Lady Freida Wylde has gone into temporary retirement for the time being. But the drag queen will be making her return for a one-off appearance on New Year's Eve – and continues to inspire others.
Thomas said: "Still to this day people message me. When I came off the show I had messages from all over the world from people who can’t be accepted for being gay and who have seen my father's relationship with me and how accepting he was.
"It opened so many corridors and opened people’s minds just with a few seconds of TV."
Beyoncé fan Thomas, who says he has been described as the 'Robbie Williams of Bridgend', said his rise to fame has also made him mature faster than others his age.
But that hasn't put him off – in fact he's looking to back into TV.
He said: "I would go back to TV but on a different route, on reality TV.
"I'm planning on doing reality TV but you've got to know which are good and which are wrong for you."
Pentrych-born Lucie made her way all the way to finals of the live shows back in 2009 thanks to her emotional performance of Whitney's I Will Always Love You.
Perhaps one of the X Factor's most successful alumni, since then she has become a familiar face on the West End after taking on lead roles in Les Misérables, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, Rent, and Ghost.
In 2017 the Welsh singer took on her biggest challenge yet by representing the UK in Eurovision with her performance of Never Give Up On You.
And while she may have ended up 15th she gained herself an army of fans with her cheeky tweets throughout the night.
As well as gaining herself a glamorous career on the stage the X Factor also proved to be a huge hit for Lucie when it comes to love.
Two years ago she tied the knot with X Factor contestant sweetheard Ethan Boroian after the couple bonded at boot camp togehter.
Nowadays she is taking on the role of Jenna in the hit musical Waitress in London.
In 2016 Clydach waitress Kayleigh Morgan battled it out to make it through to the judges' houses stage of the competition.
Three years later her dream of becoming a full-time performer has become a reality.
Kayleigh, 23, said: "I’ve always loved singing and it was always a dream of mine to sing in front of Simon. That was the third time I had tried out for the show.
"They always say to people to never give up as you never know what they are looking for and it was third time lucky."
Today a typical week for Kayleigh might see her perform between two and five gigs around the UK – usually accompanied by her partner or friends to help with equipment.
Last year also saw her take to the stage in a touring production of Aladdin for three months – her first time in a pantomime.
But at only 19 years old and appearing on the small screen the former X Factor contestant found herself in a very different place.
She said: "The whole world changes in 24 hours.
"When it did air I couldn’t leave the house for a few days – it was mental. There was no going down the shop – you could go down and instead of 20 minutes it would take an hour just to grab something.
"People would ask for pictures which was really nice but it did mean I would have to wear make-up or take care of my image. If someone wanted a photo I felt like I had to make sure I looked okay."
"I was the type to read everything everyone commented. I think about three comments out of everything were negative but those three count more than anything else. It’s just changing your mindset about what sticks with you."
For University of South Wales student Kayleigh her newfound success meant she faced a difficult decision once her time on the show was up.
She said: "I did the first year [of university] and I had to take a year out to do the X Factor.
"I wasn’t going to go back, I was going to move to London and try do West End shows, but my dad advised me to have a back-up plan. Then we lost my dad. So I went back to uni and I could just hear his voice in my head.
"I was going to university in the week and performing at the weekend but I couldn’t not do university and I couldn’t not sing and perform."
The second Lloyd to take the X Factor by storm, 23-year-old Lloyd Macey managed to make it all the way to the show's semi-finals.
And who can forget what can only be described as the world's proudest parents supporting him back home in Wattstown?
Since his appearance in 2017 Lloyd has continued to take his musical career from strength to strength.
Last year he headlined a three-day music festival at the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park.
And the University of Wales Trinity St David graduate added another feather to his cap after being invested as an honorary member of the Gorsedd of Bards during the 2019 Eisteddfod.
Plus he supported Little Mix on their Glory Days Tour and has performed live to more than 150,000 people across the UK and Ireland.
This Christmas Lloyd is launching his festive single Mewn Un Nos.
Probably the most iconic Welsh X Factor contestant, Rhydian became as well-known for his platinum blond hair as his baritone voice.
Back in 2007 he found himself runner-up on the show to Leon Jackson, treading a thin line between his portrayal as a pantomime villain and classical showman.
Since then the Brecon-born classically trained singer has released five albums and three singles and saw his first album reach number three in the charts.
He's also taken on a number of West End roles including Khashoggi in We Will Rock You, Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show, and Pontius Pilate in the touring musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
And if Rhydian's Twitter profile is anything to go by he's living life happily with his South African girlfriend by his side – despite the result of the Rugby World Cup.
This Christmas Rhydian is in Chesterfield panto starring as Prince Charming.
Port Talbot singer Jacqueline made quite the impression in last year's auditions with her powerful rendition of the Cilla Black hit You're My World.
And so did her peacocks Chas and Dave after getting their own mention on the hit series.
Now living in Oxfordshire, Jacqueline first took to the stage as a young girl in the working men's clubs when the steelworkers strike hit Port Talbot. And she hasn't stopped since.
Jacqueline, 55, said: "I was one of six and my father was a steelworker and my mother worked in the canteen in the steelworks so neither had any work. I thought: 'I better get my finger out'.
"At the time the men who weren’t working were in the social clubs, unfortunately, so I would sing there."
From there Jacqueline made her way to London's West End before spending 15 years as the headline act of the London Showboat on the Thames with her husband Bobby as the captain.
Nowadays, though, her audiences are a little bit different.
She said: "I go to five or six care homes a week, sometimes two a day, and I’m still doing restaurants, theatres. Weekends I cherry pick a bit.
"When Bobby retired I get so royally bored I said I would do anything no matter where it was. That’s when I got into singing for the elderly at care homes.
"I’ve realised at this age of the life how important music is to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Sometimes, someone who has lost the power of speech will sing a song from their childhood.
"You see there’s still a spirit in there – the songs will find a piece of who they were."
For Jacqueline a lifetime in show business saw her take a rather cynical view towards her X Factor audition.
But she was nicely surprised when she got called to say her audition tape was set to be broadcast on ITV's Loose Women.
The singer said: "The X Factor was always on my bucket list. I know these things are very orchestrated and after 40-odd years in the business I know that. Who would want a fat 50-year-old? But I always wanted to sing in front of Simon Cowell and I wanted him to tell me I was good.
"I gave the most appalling audition and was there expecting absolutely nothing but they were interested in the fact that I lived on a farm and that Dave was my peacock.
"I swear that’s the reason I got on the X Factor. I thought I would make people smile so I told them about the quirky things. They made me look a bit more eccentric than I am but I didn’t mind. It made good TV.
"My kids are 27 and 30 and finally they think I’m cool now I’ve got eight million hits on YouTube."
When she's not travelling from venue to venue Jacqueline has also enjoyed her fair share of fame. But that hasn't stopped her from going on with everyday life.
She joked: "I couldn’t go to Tesco without spending 45 minutes trying to buy a pint of milk. I thought I would go one day without any make-up and stinking of horse p**s thinking people wouldn’t recognise me but people were asking for selfies. I nearly died."
Five years ago Helen Fulthorpe came very close to realising her dream.
She had made it through to the penultimate judges' houses stage and found herself in Simon Cowell's Los Angeles home. She'd become a firm favourite of Cowell's and a star of the audition process so far, particularly after her rendition of Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness.
But her hopes were dashed when she didn't quite make that final step from the judges' houses stage to the live X Factor finals of 2014.
Now 39, Helen from Ely, Cardiff been on quite a journey.
It's not all been positive – at one stage she had to move house due to the attention she attracted and was trolled regularly.
But it's all looking up as mother-of-two has a new album and single coming out and is appearing on a bill with acts including Boney M at London's Indigo at The O2.
You can read her full story here.