Finishing ninth on The X Factor rarely results in a record deal with a major label and a headline UK tour.
However, due to resounding popularity and plenty of hard work, 2010 contestant Aiden Grimshaw has defied the odds and will release his debut album Misty Eye later this month.
Digital Spy caught up with the star to talk about his new material, as well as getting his thoughts on the success of his fellow contestants One Direction and Cher Lloyd.
Aiden Grimshaw's new single 'Curtain Call' will be available to download from August 12, while his debut album Misty Eye follows on August 20 and is available to pre-order now.
Watch the music video for Aiden Grimshaw's 'Curtain Call' below: