The X Factor's Diana Vickers looks completely different 13 years after the show as she returns to the studio

THE X Factor's Diana Vickers looked completely different as she returned to the studio – 13 years after appearing on the talent show.

There was no sign of the back-combed "bird nest" hairstyle that Diana, now 29, once favoured.

The singer looked super stylish with her natural hair flowing down her back and wearing a long faux-leather trench coat, white polo neck jumper, tweed trousers and large sunglasses.

Diana, who competed against JLS and Alexandra Burke who won the series in 2008, teamed the look with red boots.

Having sung from the age of 11, she auditioned for The X Factor singing The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice and regularly performed barefoot during the live shows.

Simon Cowell branded her performance style "Marmite" and her unusual dancing led her to be labelled "The Claw".

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But Diana was popular with the public. During the series she also dated fellow contestant, Northern Irish Eoghan Quigg, who came third on the show.

After coming fourth on the series herself, she bagged the lead role in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice in the West End.

She also released two albums, Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree in 2010, and Music To Make Boys Cry in 2013.

Since then she's appeared in 2014 indie movie The Perfect Wave – about surfing – with Clint Eastwood's son, and a Sky sitcom called Give Out Girls.

Her stage show credits include comedy play The Duck House, and the Rocky Horror Show UK tour.

Now she's bagged the lead in brand new musical Son Of A Preacher Man, inspired by the Dusty Springfield song of the same name.

Diana unveiled her own fashion line in 2011, released through

She was also in a relationship with the lead singer of One Night Only, George Craig – who'd previously dated Emma Watson – from 2011 to 2015.

She's also worked with anti-bullying campaigns, and helped raise money for Oxfam and young cancer sufferers.

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