Marcus Collins Biography
Prior to his solo audition in 2011, Collins was a member of five-piece boyband Eton Road, who rose to fame on the third series of The X Factor. Collins did not appear on The X Factor that year, but joined the band after original member Anthony Hannah decided to quit the band following their exit from the show.
The X Factor (2011)
In 2011, Collins chose to audition as a solo artist for the eighth series of The X Factor. Despite reaching the grand final, and beating over 200,000 other contestants to earn his place, he came runner-up to four-piece girlband Little Mix, who became the first group ever to win the series.
2012–present: Marcus Collins
Following the final of The X Factor, Collins entered the recording studio with mentor Gary Barlow to work on material to pitch to a record label. In January 2012, Collins signed a record deal with RCA Records and was set to release his debut studio album in March of that year. On 21 January, it was announced that Collins' debut single would be a cover of The White Stripes' 2003 hit single, "Seven Nation Army". The single was released on March 4, 2012 and reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart. Reception to the song was generally negative, with most listeners comparing the song in unfavorable light to the original. The eponymous debut studio album saw an official release on March 12, 2012 and debuted at #7 on the UK Albums Chart. It was revealed that "Mercy" will be released as the second single from the album, making it Collins' first original single. The music video for Mercy was released on the 24th April 2012, the release date for this is the 3rd June. He also made a programme on 4Music named 'Marcus Collins: Old School VS Cool'. He picked a selection of songs and artists like 'Modjo' and 'Backstreet Boys'.