As Ben Haenow is DROPPED from Syco, 11 forgotten X Factor stars

Destined to become another addition to the long lost and forgotten hopefuls of the X Factor, Ben Haenow has been dropped from Syco following disappointing debut album sales. 

With his album only released in November last, the 31-year-old took to Twitter to graciously announce the news. 

"Working with The X Factor and Syco has been the most amazing time of my life and has given me the best possible platform for the start of my career.

"However, after discussions with the Syco team we both felt it was the right time to move on."

In other words, they told him to GTFO. 

Don't worry Ben, you are not the first and will not be the last to be forgotten by the official reality show of musical doom. 

1) Eoghan Quigg

What can we say about the fresh-faced little Eoghan who once melted our hearts with one puppy dog glance. 

Well, after releasing the "worst album in the history of recorded sound" according to the Guardian, Eoghan has since been seen getting his kit off for various celebrity gossip magazines.

He did however go up for Ireland's Eurosong contest in 2014! Alas, he didn't win that either. 

2) Diana Vickers

Thankfully, Eoghan's love interest from that particularly memorable year, has fared better. 

You may not have heard much from Diana music-wise since her debut album Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree. 

While she did release a second album in 2013,  the formerly frizzy-haired songstress went on to do well in other ventures including starring in numerous West End shoes and producing her own fashion line. 

3) James Arthur

Everything looked good for James when he won the X Factor. With his voice of gold and his single Impossible remaining the fastest selling winner's single to date. 

What could possibly go wrong? Well, James' big mouth it would seem. 

James became embroiled in a homophobic Twitter scandal and after releasing his debut album around that time, he quicklyparted ways with Syco. 

Don't worry though! The musician has since been signed to Columbia Records and we shall be seeing a second album from him at some point this year. 

4) Aiden Grimshaw 

If you miss Aiden's brooding good looks as much as we do, then you will be glad to hear he has not completely disappeared off the face of the earth. 

While having not heard much since his X Factor follow-up album, the 24-year-old went out and produced his own self-titled EP in 2013. 

After a year long break from music, Aiden released two singles last year AND is reportedly working with Zayn on his upcoming solo album. Get you, Aiden! 

5) Steve Brookstein 

Remember the winner of the very first season of X Factor ever? 

Well, poor Steve was swiftly dropped from Syco following a disappointing sales for his debut album. He has since been engaged in a very bitter public feud with Simon. 

Steve released an album tragically titled Forgotten Man in 2014. 

6) Matt Cardle 

Another talented vocalist won in 2011 but you have probably since forgotten about him. After a successful winners single, Matt's second single didn't fare as well and… you've guessed it! Syco gave him the axe. 

While the star has released two other albums since, the 32-year-old has gone on to find success in the West End and is currently starring in musical drama Memphis. 

Oh and he has a new album coming out this year. What a busy bee! 

7) Katie Waissel 

Katie was bonkers on the X Factor, so we can only hazard a guess as to watch she could be up to know. 

It turns out that she does not seem to have been up to much since but she did release an album in 2011 and is currently reinventing herself as part of a new band called Red Velvet. 

They're working on a debut album. 

8) Rebecca Ferguson 

Rebecca may not be out in the charts or in the papers, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been working. 

Rebecca has carved a career for herself away from pop music having released two critically acclaimed albums since competing in the show. 

She also released a covers album last year. 

9) Chico 

It's Chico time! 

Well, no we reckon it was never really Chico time. 

Apparently, Chico has done everything from hosting online gaming sessions for a company called Bingocams UK to producing songs for England in the 2010 World Cup

As for today, we have no idea what this firecracker is up to nowadays but he does have a wife and daughter so we reckon he has his hands full. 

10) Janet Devlin 

Janet was booted out of the X Factor for being just that bit too unique for Syco's interests. 

The Northern-Irish songstress did however land her own record deal and has since released two albums. 

She still gigs around the world. 

11) One Direction 

Never amounted to much sadly.