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Olly Murs best selling X Factor act ever

Olly Murs is the best selling 'X Factor' act of all time.

The 'Dear Darlin'' hitmaker has outsold the likes of One Direction, Leona Lewis, Rebecca Ferguson and JLS on Amazon, despite finishing runner-up on the talent show, while Little Mix - who triumphed on the programme in 2011 - are the only group in the top 10 to have won the show.

Olly - who has also co-hosted spin-off show 'The Xtra Factor' - has topped a list of 15 'X Factor' acts who have sold the most albums since appearing on the programme.

The 29-year-old star was pushed close by JLS, who are in the number two spot just days ahead of the release of their final album, 'Goodbye - The Greatest Hits', and third-place One Direction are expected to improve after the release of their hotly-anticipated third album 'Midnight Memories' on November 25.

The record is the fastest selling album of all time on Amazon.co.uk based on day one pre-orders alone.

Olly was mentored by Simon Cowell, who has the highest ranking acts in the top 15 after mentoring three out of the top five, but Cheryl Cole has the most acts in the list with the likes of Rebecca, Alexandra Burke, Cher Lloyd and Diana Vickers.

Steve Bernstein, Director, EU Digital Music, Amazon Media EU, said: '''The X Factor' has become staple weekend viewing across the UK. The top 15 best-selling acts stretch right back to series one, so it's great to see that the show's popularity translates to a lasting fan-base for the contestants.

''Acts from each of the categories, runners-ups and semi-finalists, as well as winners all feature strongly within the chart, showing that 'The X Factor' continues to be a major platform for new and undiscovered talent, whether they take 'The X Factor' title or not.''

Visit Amazon.co.uk www.amazon.co.uk/music to browse releases by the entire back catalogue of X Factor stars.

The top 15 best-selling X Factor artists of all time on Amazon.co.uk based on album sales:

1 Olly Murs

2 JLS

3 One Direction

4 Leona Lewis

5 Rebecca Ferguson

6 Alexandra Burke

7 Joe McElderry

8 Matt Cardle

9 Little Mix

10 G4

11 Shayne Ward

12 Cher Lloyd

13 Rhydian Roberts

14 Diana Vickers

15 Andy Abraham

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