Liverpool-based legal secretary turned sensation Rebecca Ferguson is best known for being the runner-up in the British televised singing competition The X Factor, the first woman to reach that level in the show's then seven-year run. Ferguson first auditioned for The X Factor in 2004, but was thwarted by shyness and lack of confidence. In 2010, she tried again, impressing X Factor judges with her smoky, poignant voice and diverse song selections. Though she fell short of competitor Matt Cardle, Ferguson was signed to the Sony Music venture Syco. The single "Nothing's Real But Love" reached the British Top Ten in 2011, and her album Heaven hit number three and charted well throughout much of Europe.