Let’s rewind a year and 4 months to December 6th 2008, where former front-runner of the competition Diana Vickers was voted out of the UK singing competition The X Factor. Bookies and producers of the show alike were shocked when it was revealed that Vickers had received the least amount of votes, and would not participate in the final of the show. With a unique sound like hers, it wasn’t surprising she was signed up – after turning down a place on Simon Cowell’s personal record label Syco – to RCA Records. There, she would be alongside the likes of Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Natasha Bedingfield. Artists, not necessarily, she wanted to be, but the success they’ve had is undeniable.

Vickers put her music career on hold to star in the West End, in London, landing the main role in Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, playing Little Voice. Little Voice is a shy girl who, as part of her grieving process for her father, locks herself in her room listening to old records, and impersonating ‘Divas’ such as Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield and Marilyn Monroe.

The plays stint in the West End is over, and Vickers has been concentrating on her debut album, titled ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree‘. Her single premiered on Radio 1 in January, and the video was released just 6 days ago on March 11th. If you haven’t seen it yet, shame on you. The song is light, breezy, everything that made us fall in love with Vickers, but she’s not all sugar-coated sweetness. She’s got some fire, and her voice is perfect for recording. One of the singles of the year so far.

Vickers is back, Alexandra Burke and JLS shouldn’t get too comfy.