Aspiring singers go on talent shows with dreams of making it big, pouring their heart and soul into their performances, on camera and in the rehearsal studio.
And we watch on tv, or in the audience, and get emotionally involved in their journey.
For the people we're rooting for, the show is often a life-changing experience - Little Mix, One Direction and Olly Murrs all managed to go on to become superstars, perform to sell-out crowds around the world and earn some serious coin.
However, while putting in the ground-work on the show, it's not quite the same story, with Sam Black, who was recently axed from the show, revealing that the show has left him with just £1.25 in his bank account.
That's barely enough for a sausage roll at Greggs. And definitely not enough to support his one year old son, and plan his wedding to his fiancee, who he proposed to on stage at The X Factor.
Sam opened up to The Daily Star: "I'm not going to lie. I have £1.25 in my bank account. Until I earn some money I can't really make wedding plans.
"I'm really broke as I haven't been earning money while I've been on X Factor.
"They do help out but I'm used to working seven days a week and only just getting by then. So it has been tough with no wage coming in."
The 20 year old plasterer from Liverpool proposed to his girlfriend and mother of his son on stage during bootcamp.
"Do you reckon I would get a yes off you?" he asked his girlfriend, Emma Smith, after the judges were about to can him for a wobbly delivery of a song.
The judges were so moved that they brought him back on.
"But hopefully now I'll be able to make a career out of singing which I honestly never thought I would," Sam added. He's excited to start gigs, as well as return to his son and new fiancee.
"I'm going to have an X Factor wedding when I can afford it. The winner is going to sing and Louis can be my best man if he wants for giving me this chance. Emma is the only one for me. We trust each other 100 per cent.
"A million girls could throw themselves at me but I only have eyes for her.
The X Factor told the paper, that they are helping Sam with his expenses.
Words Laura Hamilton
Source: Daily Star
Featured Image Credit: ITV/The X Factor