It was the year that gave us One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle, but the breakout star of the 2010 X Factor had to be Wagner.
The Brazilian former PE teacher – whose full name is Wagner Fiuza-Carillho – was 54 when he took to the stage and slithered his hips.
He initially didn’t make it to the live shows but was brought back as a wildcard by mentor Louis Walsh – who famously loves a novelty act – and joined the Over 28s.
The twice-married star made it through to the quarter finals but ruffled more than a few feathers along the way, quitting the seven-bedroom X Factor share house in Hertfordshire after clashing with the other contestants.
Appearing on This Morning, then X Factor host Jeff Brazier told how Wagner didn’t ‘get on with anybody’, especially fellow singer John Adeleye.
“He went round spraying deodorant everywhere and saying there was a funny smell in the house,” Jeff said.
“But John stuck up for everybody else and accused him of sabotaging their throats. So he’s moved out.”
Two years after the show, Wagner revealed his then 20-year-old girlfriend Lydia Longville was expecting their first child together.
Wagner told love it! magazine that he was already father to a five year old from a previous relationship, but that they’d become estranged.
And despite the 36-year age gap between himself and Lydia – he said he couldn’t wait to be a father again.
“Chances are, I have 20 or 30 years left, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said of his advancing years. “If I didn’t do karate, I may as well step into a coffin now, though.”
The couple met in 2010 when one of his former students brought Lydia to one of his gigs.
And Lydia said the attraction was instant. “He was better-looking in person, and had lovely eyes,” she said in the 2012 interview.
“Let’s just say his experience has paid off. He didn’t serenade me with a song in the bedroom, but there’s always been lots of sexual chemistry.”
Wagner ruled out marrying for a third time, insisting, ‘I’ve done my time’, but said they’d stopped using contraception early on in their romance.
“We’d stopped using contraception so it was inevitable, because she’s young and fertile. I’m like a vampire – I only like young blood,” he joked.
Their children Leon and Lillian are now aged eight and six respectively and are a chip off the old block.
Wagner, now 64, regularly shares proud updates of the adorable duo on Lillian’s first day at school or on family holidays.
And the kids are regulars at The Bonsai Black Belt Academy in their native Kingswinford, West Midlands, which their karate-teacher mum owns.
Meanwhile, Wagner has never had to return to teaching himself, having raked in enough money from public appearances and sponsorships.
For the reasonable price of £20 he records personalised videos for fans, and for £30 he’ll give you a live call.
That’s on top of appearing at weddings and special events and back in 2018, the business-minded star was even offering fans a chance to get up-close and personal with him on a drive around his neighbourhood.
“Fancy meeting me in person and going for a spin in my Mercedes?” he wrote on Facebook, plugging his latest business venture.
“Now you can come and meet me at a local historic tourist attraction in the Black Country, on your own or with friends! I’ll take each of you for a spin in the car as well!
“Take as many selfies and live videos as you like and I’ll even throw in a few shout out videos from the car!” he continued.