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It was the stuff dreams were made of. It became the ultimate nightmare. Being the first winner of the X Factor in 2004, Steve Brookstein should have had it all. Instead, he tells a story of a man sold down the river by his own record label as they championed the runner-up, G4, and forced him into an album of cover songs.

This is the story of what really happened, from vic
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published November 21st 2014 by Matador
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Book Addict Shaun
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I've read comments on Twitter about the relevance of this book in 2014, I feel there's never been a better time for Steve to share his story. The interest is still there, the press still contact him every year a new series starts, and with the truth about how the press really operate coming out in recent years, and Steve himself being erased from X Factor history, it's no wonder he wants to get his story out there, now he finally feels in the right place to do so.

The X Factor does appeal to all
I remember watching Pop Idol and Pop Stars when I was still in high school, and being swept along in Will Young vs. Gareth Gates and the formation of the long since defunct Hear'Say. I suppose I probably followed the first series of X Factor, although I don't remember it with any real clarity. Since then, I've never been a regular viewer and have long since taken to actively avoiding it. Bland artists, manufactured drama, contrived and repeated scenarios year on year just don't hold any interest ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read,revealing the flip side of fame, and what really happens behind the glitz and glamour of the X Factor.

If what Steve Brookstein says is true about Sharon Osbourne's treatment of him,then she should be ashamed of herself,absolutely appalling behaviour.

Whilst the turn of events completely altered his life,I admire him for staying true to his beliefs and continuing with his love of music.

Chris Tinson
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Like millions of us I was glued to x factor in the first series. But even then some things were just not right about the Cowell juggernaut. For me the show was meant to be about singing, unfortunately anything to do with Cowell is just that, its all about Cowell. I can no longer watch anything that is remotely Cowell orientated. The same lines dished out year after year, and I bet if you're honest you probably can't remember many of the winners names at all, and if you can where are th
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best written book and I am unsurprised a ghostwriter is to take credit. It was interesting to hear about Steve’s experience with the show; I didn’t watch the first series but it sounds like he was treated awfully. It’s something we all know now though and nothing screamed ‘new’ to me. We all know Max Clifford was a terrible man and Simon Cowell has no loyalty to anyone bar his own success.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has heard of Steve Brookstein, unless you were living on Mars when he won the X Factor, before sinking into oblivion.

It doesn't take a mastermind to see that his career was very badly managed following the win. I can remember wondering why he wasn't being promoted at the time. So I was quite interested to read this book and get the gossip from his perspective - especially on the kindle for one pound no less! Bargain!

The book is a candid read and Brookstein successfully serves to demon
In 2004, Steve Brookstein won the first series of the Xfactor. He had a number one single, successful debut album, then seemed to disappear amidst a plethora of "he's difficult to work with" articles. In this book, Steve doesn't mince words, but he doesn't put a spin on the events before and after the Xfactor.

It's very clear that he was branded with the "Pub Singer" image from the get-go - in fact, he had turned down a job supporting Lionel Richie to appear on the Xfactor and had just finished
Graham Gillespie
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really did not know what to expect with this one. I don't read life stories as a rule but seeing how the x-factor have treated my daughter this week I took to social media to hit out. I seen that Steve was helping other people that had been shafted by the x-factor and was sharing their stories on Twitter. I did not expect this as the press always describe him as being an arse, yet there he was being nice. I don't know Steve. like most people I had read the stories in the papers and I too was g ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was firmly Team G4 during the first series of The X Factor, and many an argument was had between my Mother and I as to whether Steve was any good or not. Now I can see he is a good singer of a genre I'm not a huge fan of and that was swaying my views... ANYWAY. The sections on The X Factor and the year or so afterward are really interesting, but I felt this book dwindled as it went on and Steve became more estranged from Simon Cowell et. all. That could well be a ghostwriting issue, as well as ...more
Tim Worley live
Having read so many positive reviews on this book, I still feel that Steve Brookstein is a tortured soul. This exposé does make you think twice about how manipulative the media can be and it was interesting to read how Max Clifford was once such a powerful influence, however most of the revelations are nothing new. Yes with hindsight we know reality talent shows are 'fixed', but I was left thinking this book should have been written sooner. I'm suprised that certain stories within this book have ...more
John Wright
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My preconceptions of Steve Brookstein were the obvious: bitter, could not let go, a has been etc.My opinions were shaped by newspaper columns. To be fair, X Factor passed me by because I love music and X Factor has nothing to do with music. The antics of the judges devalue music to me.

So I was very happy to have my prejudices of these sort of talent shows confirmed. The book does seem to be a list at times, stating the various wrongdoings by PR people and journalists. But how could it not be th
Ruth Saville
Sep 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A truly terrible book. Badly written and poorly put together. An unbalanced and uninformative account of the X Factor process and it's fall out.

However Brookstein was undoubtedly treated badly, so it is unfortunate that a lot of people who read this book will still watch the X Factor, vote and continue to feed the culture of gladiatorial popularity contests.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read about something that everyone probably knows goes on in the music, tv and media business but chooses to get sucked into or overlook. A great voice that never got the chance to shine. Hopefully there will be more than his three albums to date.
Gillian Cutting
This was an interesting read. Some disturbing details of the appalling treatment Steve Brookstein received during his time on the X Factor and for years after. I can't say I found all of it enjoyable to read, but it was certainly informative and eye opening. ...more
Rebecca Cooper
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad, soul destroying but ultimately the fascinating story of one man's lonely battle against the juggernaut of media and power. A new found respect for Steve Brookstein, singer and songwriter. ...more
Luis Adriano
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting and not as bitter as you'd think. An interesting story from someone close to how that 'orrible Saturday night singing show actually works. ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Craig Hannington
Now I know what your thinking...Oh god it's that bloke who won First X Factor.....It is a superb read and it is a very interesting read,Trust me you will change your point of view on Brookstein ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
I do feel for Steve and think the X Factor treated him unfairly, but from reading this I get the impression that Steve isn't the easiest person to work with and his tone is incredibly bitter. ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tv, biographies
A new found respect for Steve and a further intensified hatred of X Factor, Cowell and the press.
Michael Mckechnie
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable book, quite surreal at times but it shows the power of media and allows Steve to get his side of the story across in a cathartic, charming way.
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