Former "X Factor" U.K. contestant Ella Henderson is set to make her U.S. TV debut on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Aug. 6, 2014. She will perform her first single, "Ghost," which was released in the U.S. on July 29, 2014.
Henderson came in sixth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012. Henderson is signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music. Cowell is a creator/executive producer of "X Factor" and "Got Talent" shows around the world.
According to the Official Charts Company, "Ghost" debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. in June 2014, with about 132,000 copies sold in the U.K. in the song's first week, making it one of the fastest-selling U.K. singles so far in 2014. "Ghost" was co-written by Henderson, OneRepublic leader Ryan Tedder and producer Noel Zancanella. Tedder and Zancanella produced the song, which was reportedly recorded at Tedder's recording studio in Denver on Jan. 12, 2014, Henderson's 18th birthday. "Ghost" was No. 1 in the U.K. for two weeks.
Henderson's first album, "Chapter One," will be released on a date to be announced.(Click here to watch Henderson's Official Charts interview in which she talks about to "Ghost" being No. 1 in the U.K., writing the song with Tedder and her collaborators on "Chapter One.")
Henderson's first single going to No. 1 in the U.K. was widely predicted by those who saw her as a contestant on "The X Factor" U.K. back in 2012. Her "X Factor" elimination on Nov. 18, 2012, was one of the most controversial in "X Factor" U.K. history. In the show's voting results, it was revealed that Henderson and James Arthur were in the bottom two. When the show's four judges deadlocked on which contestant to eliminated, the elimination was based on which contestants got the lowest number of votes from the public. That contestant was Henderson, whom many people had believed was a frontrunner in the competition, due to Henderson getting consistently high praise from the show's judges.
In the end, Arthur won on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012, and he got a record deal with Syco Music as part of "The X Factor" prize. "The X Factor" U.K. weekly voting results of 2012 that ITV revealed after Arthur was named the winner showed that Henderson was never in the top two of getting votes. The highest she placed in getting votes was third place. However, many people correctly predicted that Henderson (who has been compared to Adele) would end up with a major record deal, regardless of where she placed in "The X Factor" competition.
Ironically, in the same week that Henderson's "Ghost" went to No. 1 in the U.K., Arthur confirmed reports that he has been dropped by Syco. An unnamed source told the Daily Mirror that although Syco was satisfied with Arthur's music sales (he had hits and successful concerts in numerous countries), he had become a "liability" due to his controversial behavior, including several feuds on Twitter and his reported "meltdown" in November 2013, which resulted in him cancelling public appearances for a few weeks. Before Arthur was dropped from Syco, he was openly critical and insulting of Syco and "The X Factor."
Henderson doesn't seem to be having any of those problems, as she gives the impression that she is grateful for the opportunities that have come her way because of "The X Factor." In a Sony Music press release, Henderson commented: “There are lots of times I can’t believe what’s happening to me. But when it comes to my music I just completely found myself. This is the album I’ve always wanted to make — and I’ve made it.”