When the judging panel for the 2013 edition of X Factor were announced, everyone expected Lizzy Pattinson to return for a second season on the show. No one more so than Simon Cowell, who described her as “the original X Factor.” After six years, he could finally redeem himself.

While there’s no denying that Lizzy is one of the most controversial contestants to ever appear on the show, she is also one of the most talented. With a reputation as a bit of a wild child, she took her singing career seriously, establishing herself as a rising star. She released five albums throughout her career, the most recent of which, All Things Possible, was released earlier this year.

The Making Of A Controversial Star

Anyone who knows Lizzy will tell you that she’s not one to follow the rules. She broke them all in the process of becoming a success. This is apparent in every aspect of her life, and it made her an interesting prospect for the X Factor. She was previously given a golden opportunity by Sharon Osbourne, when she appeared on her Reality TV show and performed well enough to secure a spot on the X Factor. This could have been the boost she needed to finally make it big, but she turned it down.

Instead, she flouted the rules, and the public loved it. When it came to the judges’ auditions, she did the same. She arrived late, and barely sang a note. She refused to dance, even when commanded to by Cowell. When she failed to impress the judges even more, Cowell was quick to take a swipe at her.

“That was the worst performance I’ve ever heard,” he said. “All you had to do was sing… you didn’t even have to pretend to be a human being.”

However, it was Sharon who took the most aggressive stance toward Lizzy, launching into a scathing monologue. While the comments were mostly directed at Lizzy, Sharon took the opportunity to lambaste the show as a whole. This was the final blow to Lizzy’s X Factor dream. She refused to return for a second season, citing irreconcilable differences. While this was a blow to her career, it wasn’t long before she established herself as one of the most sought-after vocal coaches in the world. She currently works with the likes of Adele, and previously worked with Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis.

The Return Of The Prodigal Daughter

Lizzy has always been a bit of a free spirit. She rebelled against the parental guidance she was given as a child, and found her own way in the world. Now that she’s in her 30s, she’s returned to her parents with a clear conscience. She’s ready to settle down and start a family, while also pursuing her dreams professionally. This dual nature was the main draw for the X Factor, which recognized that she was the ideal contestant for its revival. Now, with a new series set to premiere next month, many are wondering if she’ll change her mind about taking the plunge into parenthood.

The Difference In Quality

In her six years away from the spotlight, Lizzy has grown immensely as a vocalist and performer. Her voice is richer, deeper, and more mature. She’s also developed as a person, maturing into an interesting, and sometimes controversial, 36-year-old. This is evident in her music videos, which often show her in extreme or revealing situations. While this may not be the case all of the time, it’s certainly worth mentioning. It’s clear that Lizzy is now ready for the big time. After a shaky start, she finally made it to the show she’s always wanted to be on. Will she pull off a coronette and become the next great British pop star? Or will she shock everyone and return to her wild ways? We’ll have to wait until next month to find out.