X Factor Final 2010: Rebecca Ferguson is runner-up

Rebecca Ferguson is runner-up of The X Factor 2010.

The 24-year-old yummy mummy had been widely tipped for the top on this year’s X Factor after impressing the judges and audience with her soulful, diva-like voice, week after week.

But as her time on the show came to an end tonight, she looked delighted to have come so far.

Rebecca was, as always, dignified in defeat and told Dermot she had loved her time on the show.

Tonight she received nothing but praise for her performances of Sweet Dreams and Duffy’s moving hit, Distant Dreamer.

Louis Walsh said: “When we started out we were looking for an original, authentic recording voice and you are it.”

Last night viewers watched as she wowed with a beautiful performance of Corinne Bailey Rae’s Just like a Star.

With her model looks and unique tone, Simon Cowell said: “Can I just say you look absolutely beautiful. You used the word magical in your film and that performance was magical. There’s something about you, you’ve done it your own way from beginning to end. You are one of nicest contestants we’ve ever had on this show. You represent Liverpool brilliantly, actually you represent the whole country. Most of all, you have one heck of a recording voice. I think you would be a fantastic winner.” Sadly, it wasn’t quite to be.

Rebecca won many fans with her stunning vocal talent, humble nature and distinctive dress sense, however she was criticised for singing mainly ballads and not dancing or moving as much as other contestants. This lead to accusations that the young mum was a ‘one trick pony’ but that didn’t stop her reaching the final.

The shy Liverpudlian impressed the judges with her audition, in which she sang A Change is Going to Come by Sam Cooke for Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and guest judge Nicole Scherzinger. She also wowed with this song again tonight.

Rebecca really began to shine at Judges’ Houses when she admitted: “The comments that the judges said have started to sink in and I’m starting to believe in myself.”

After performing a beautiful version of Owl City’s Fireflies, Cheryl Cole said of the young hopeful: “I love the tone of her voice”, and picked her for the live shows.

Over the weeks we have seen the former law student grow more confident and make more eye contact while remaining true to her roots. From week one where she sang Teardrops by Womack & Womack, to week two’s Feeling Good by Nina Simone as well as other hits such as Why Don’t You Do It Right, Make You Feel My Love, and Candle In The Wind.

Louis paid the singer the biggest compliment he could last week, telling her: “I think you’re my favourite contestant ever, you’ve got star quality.”

Tonight, as her X Factor journey came to an end, Rebecca bowed out with a smile knowing that she has done herself, and her family proud. Mentor Cheryl Cole, wiped away tears of pride as she said goodbye to her girl and farewell to the chance of making show history by becoming the first judge to win three series in a row.

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