Lauren Platt

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Lauren Platt
Lauren Nicole Platt

(1997-10-07) 7 October 1997 (age 22)
Billericay, England
  • Singer
  • presenter
TelevisionThe X Factor
Got What It Takes?
Musical career
  • Vocals
Years active2014–present

Lauren Nicole Platt[1] (born 7 October 1997)[2] is an English singer and presenter, who rose to fame after she finished fourth in the eleventh series of The X Factor.[3] From 2016 to 2018, she presented the CBBC children's talent series Got What It Takes?.[4]

Early life[edit]

Platt was born on 7 October 1997 in Billericay, Essex, but spent ten years living in Spain. In 2010, she auditioned for the role of Louise Mitchell on EastEnders, but lost out to Brittany Papple.[5] In 2011, she was the runner-up of the local talent contest The Essex Factor[6] and in 2012, competed in Open Mic UK.[7] Platt attended The Billericay School, a comprehensive school in Billericay, where she sat her GCSEs.[8]


2014: The X Factor[edit]

Platt auditioned for The X Factor in 2014, and became the youngest solo contestant to reach the live finals.[9] With the eliminations of Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine in week two and Lola Saunders in week four, Platt was Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's last remaining act in the competition. In the quarter-final, Platt was in the bottom two with Stereo Kicks, but advanced to the semi-final after Cowell sent the result to the deadlock and Stereo Kicks were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[10] However, in the semi-final, Platt was in the bottom two with Andrea Faustini and was eliminated with only her mentor, Fernandez-Versini voting to send Platt through to the final, finishing in fourth place. After the series finished, voting statistics revealed that Platt had received more votes than Faustini. This meant that if there was not a Final Showdown, or if Walsh or Cowell voted to send Platt through to the final or if the result to deadlock, Platt would've advanced to the final and Faustini would've been eliminated.[11]

Performances during the show[edit]

After The X Factor[edit]

On 24 April 2015, Platt's cover of "King" by Years & Years was released on iTunes.[12]

On 19 October 2015, Platt posted on her Instagram a sneak peek of her second cover song called "Young Blood".[13] On 8 November 2015, Platt uploaded her new cover on her YouTube channel and got over four thousand views in the first 24 hours. On 25 December 2015, she uploaded her cover called "Pray" on her YouTube channel. On 3 March 2016, Platt uploaded her cover called "Love Yourself" onto her YouTube channel.

On 4 July 2016, Platt uploaded her cover of "Style" on iTunes.[14] On 11 November 2016, Platt did a cover called "Starving" on her friend's YouTube channel. On 20 November 2016, Platt uploaded her cover of "Say You Won't Let Go" on her YouTube channel. On 22 February 2017, Platt uploaded her cover of "Rockabye" to iTunes.[15]

As of September 2018, Platt has over 39,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel.[16]

2016–2018: Got What It Takes?[edit]

In August 2015, Platt announced she would present the CBBC kids talent show Got What It Takes?.[4] The first series began airing on 6 January 2016 and the second series began on 7 February 2017. Platt's final series as presenter began airing on 14 February 2018.


  1. ^ "Lauren Nicole Platt". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ "X Factor's Lauren Platt flashes a smile heading to live show rehearsals". Reveal.
  3. ^ Roberts, Edward (7 December 2014). "X Factor 2014: Lauren Platt ELIMINATED after losing sing-off to Andrea Faustini". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b Agius, Nicola (26 August 2015). "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini 'so proud' of Lauren Platt after X Factor star confirms she's giving up singing". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ Gordon, Naomi (6 October 2014). "X Factor finalists: What did the contestants do before the show?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ Norris, Michelle (4 September 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: "She's wanted this since she was eight-years-old" – Lauren Platt's dad backs teenager's X Factor dream". National Enquirer. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  7. ^ Lauren Platt – Open Mic UK, retrieved 27 February 2015
  8. ^ "X Factor star Lauren Platt goes back to school". Echo.
  9. ^ Storey, Katie (7 October 2014). "X Factor's Lauren Platt flashes a smile heading to live show rehearsals". Reveal. Nat Mags. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  10. ^ Willis, Tania (30 November 2014). "Stereo Kicks are the latest act to be voted off X Factor... after losing out to Lauren Platt in sing-off". David Mail. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  11. ^ Woods, Alan (15 December 2014). "Revealed: Deadlock would have seen Lauren Platt in X Factor final". Brentwood Gazette. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  12. ^ "King Years and Years Cover - Single by Lauren Platt". 22 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Instagram". Instagram.
  14. ^ Style – Single by Lauren Platt
  15. ^ "Rockabye - Single by Lauren Platt". 21 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Lauren Platt". YouTube.

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