Cole launched her solo career in October 2009 when she released her debut album "3 Words".
It spent two weeks at number 1 and was certified platinum.
She released a follow up album named "Messy Little Raindrops" in November 2010.
In June 2012 she released her third album "A Million Lights".
She won the season with the Girls category (women aged 16-25) contestant Alexandria Burke taking the top prize.
She is the fourth of five children born to Joan Callaghan and Garry Tweedy.However, Tulisa Contostavlos ended up taking her place on the UK X Factor, too, while singer Nicole Scherzinger replaced her place on US X Factor.Cheryl was originally a member of the girl group Girls Aloud, created through the 2002 season of Popstars.For The X Factor's 5th season, she replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge, working alongside singer Dannii Minogue, and music managers Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.She came second in 2010's seventh season, with her finalist Rebecca Ferguson losing out to Matt Cardle.