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Steve Brookstein's Biography

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Steve Brookstein was born in Dulwich to a South African father and an Estonian mother.

Brookstein turned down a football trial for Crystal Palace.

Steve Brookstein donated the proceeds of his debut single to the Asian tsunami relief effort.

Brookstein won the TV talent show, The X Factor in December 2004, beating quartet G4. He was coached by Simon Cowell. Louis Walsh described Brookstein as Mr Average, while Sharon Osbourne, referring to whether Brookstein was an international success stated: "I don't think he made it past Heathrow."

Less than a year after winning The X Factor Brookstein lost his recording contract, and fell out with Simon Cowell, saying: "In the same period last year, prior to The X Factor, I had performed over 200 hours of singing. This year, thanks to Simon Cowell, I've sung for a total of just 35 minutes. It's a joke ..."

Steve Brookstein tries not to mix carbs and protein. He likes going to the gym and cycling; and also enjoys switching off by playing PlayStation.

In June 2007, The Sun reported that Steve Brookstein along with another former The X Factor singer, Chico Slimani, had been hired to sing on a three-night P&O trip from Portsmouth to Bilbao.

In 2008, Steve Brookstein starred in Our House, the musical based on Madness songs.

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