13 December 1972|
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Pop, house, electronic|
|Labels||Gotham, Rollover, RCA|
|Leon Jackson, Rhydian|
Niki Evans (born 13 December 1972) is an English singer. She finished fourth on the fourth series of The X Factor in 2007. In 2009, she released her debut album By Request. Evans appeared as Mrs Johnstone in the UK national tour of Blood Brothers.
Born in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth, Niki Evans has sung with bands since the age of 12. At the age of 16 she was signed to Libido Records, an offshoot of Pete Waterman's PWL label. "Of R Timez", a single released with Ball Parc Playerz, did not achieve chart success.
Evans was selected for the final phase of the competition as one of three contestants in the Over 25s category mentored by competition judge Louis Walsh. The others in this category were Beverley Trotman and Daniel de Bourg. Her performance of "Nothing Compares 2 U" in the first week of the live shows brought a standing ovation from the audience and acclaim from the four judges. Judge Sharon Osbourne told Evans that she was "in a class of her own". Each week Evans took on new challenges, both singing and performing, and was never placed in the bottom two, until she was eliminated at the semi-final stage.
|Round||Song choice||Theme (if any)||Result|
|Week 1||"Nothing Compares 2 U"||Number One Hits||Safe|
|Week 2||"My Heart Will Go On"||Songs from the movies||Safe|
|Week 3||"All That Jazz"||Big band||Safe|
|Week 4||"Because of You"||21st century hits||Safe|
|Week 5||"Hot Stuff"||Disco||Safe|
|Week 6||"The Power of Love"||Love songs||Safe|
|Week 7||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||Best of British||Safe|
|"Fields of Gold"|
|Week 8||"Songbird"||Contestant's choice||Eliminated|
|"One Moment in Time"||Mentor's choice|
Since appearing on The X Factor and the subsequent X Factor arena tour, Evans has sung with John Barrowman at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and alongside Kim Wilde and Heather Small in Dubai. She appeared as a special guest of Jasper Carrott on his Christmas Rock With Laughter show at the NEC. Other appearances on TV include spots on LK Today with Lorraine Kelly and ITV's This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton.
In 2012, Evans joined the UK tour of Legally Blonde: the Musical in the role of Paulette.
In 2018, Evans joined the UK tour of Kinky Boots in the ensemble role of Trish.
|Year||Album details||Chart peak positions||Certifications|
|2008||"Love Me No More"||-||-||Non-album single|
|2009||"I Feel Love"||-||-||By Request|
|"Walk in the Silence"||-||-||TBA|