Like so many runners-up before her, Rebecca Ferguson has probably learnt by now that finishing second place on The X Factor is no bad thing. Not only are you almost certain to pick up a record deal anyway, but the public's love for an underdog means the pressure is off from the media to ensure you have time to make a decent go of it.
Judging by her debut release, it's been time well spent. "No money, no house, no car/ Is like love," she calmly ponders over gentle acoustics, allowing nothing but her voice to do the talking - one that is just as raw and shaky as it was this time last year but now with an added hint of diva ambition. Like a bottle of Gentleman Jack, the result is smooth, premium and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside immediately after.
Watch the music video for 'Nothing's Real But Love' below: