Two early favourites to win X Factor 2018 have already emerged.

As we head towards the grand final, it’s Shan Ako and Brendan Murray who are the bookies’ favourites to go all the way.

There’s still a long way to go, though, with the live final not due until Saturday, December 1st – put it in your diary!

Should X Factor’s Shan make it all the way, however, you probably to know exactly who it is you’re voting for.

From Thames/Syco The X Factor: SR15 on ITV Pictured: Judge's Houses: Shan Smile

From Thames/Syco
The X Factor: SR15 on ITV
Pictured: Judge’s Houses: Shan Smile

What is Shan’s Full Name?

Shan’s full name, including first and middle names, is Shanice Akosua Smith. However, she is more commonly known as Shan or by her stage name, Shan Smile.

She was born in Croydon, London, and has Jamaican heritage.

How Old is Shan Ako?

Shan is 25 years old and competing in the Girls category.

This means that Simon Cowell is her mentor and she is competing against Bella Penfold and Scarlett Lee, with Molly Scott already evicted.

Shan Ako: Audition Song

So, what Shan perform for her opening audition?

Well, she blew away judges Simon, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Ayda Field with her rendition of  Greatest Showman classic Never Enough.

Check it out…

Shan’s Musical Background

Shan is a musician and performer by profession and she even attended the prestigious Brit School between 2007-2011.

She then went on to graduate with a 1st Class Degree in Music Business and Arts Management from Middlesex University.

Her music is often described as inspirational and positive, drawing from a mix of genres such as gospel, soul and reggae.

Although she has already released tracks in the U.K, success on the X Factor will guarantee her far greater success in the music industry.

Shan Ako: Instagram

Shan has over 15,000 followers on Instagram under @shanofficially.

Her life is captured through her bright and imaginative outfits alongside music and travel.