West Lothian star Leon Jackson’s life after X Factor – songwriting, life in LA and more
West Lothian star Leon Jackson suddenly shot to fame after beating all the competition to win The X Factor in 2007, aged just 20.
The local West Lothian lad has gone from digitizing shopping in Iceland and folding clothes at GAP to international stardom – but what is he doing now?
The 32-year-old won the fourth season of the hit ITV competition 15 years ago.
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Below is everything we know about what Leon is like so far, having experienced his first musical career high at such a young age.
From scanning vegetables to singing thousands
Leon was a fresh-faced 20-year-old when he appeared on The X Factor in 2007, and was mentored by the stunning Dannii Minogue in the boys category.
The Scottish lad impressed not only the judges but the hordes of fans every week on the show as he sang his little heart out on national television.
The singer swooned in front of the panel with his version of Michael Buble’s Home during his first audition and ended up making it to the final – where he took home the grand prize by beating fellow band contender Rhydian Roberts.
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Its winner’s single “When You Believe” went to number one on the UK charts and sold 400,000 copies.
Her debut album Right Now also fared well, with second single “Don’t Call This Love” peaking in the top three of the charts.
However, the Creative and Stargazing singles fell in terms of chart performance, and the young singer was subsequently dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco label.
After this disappointment, Leon opted for a more acoustic sound in his music and started recording on his own.
The star has played a number of smaller festivals and gigs across the UK and also helped Vince Kidd of The Voice write his song Sick Love in 2016.
In 2016, Leon also decided to move to Los Angeles, where he had written and recorded a new album – which had yet to be released.
He now divides his time between Los Angeles and Scotland, where he remains alone.
Leon is a star ambassador for the Scottish charity Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.
He shared his support in 2019 on Instagram telling fans: “Today is the last day of my fundraising for Glasgow Children’s Hospital.
“If you are inclined to make a contribution, you can find the link in my bio, it would go a long way to help some disadvantaged young people.”
You can still find all of Leon’s music online, and who knows, maybe he’ll come back to Scotland to make more music one day!