Rebecca Caroline Ferguson (born 21 July 1986)  is a British singer and songwriter. She came to prominence in 2010 when she became the runner-up of the seventh series of The X Factor , losing to the winner that year, Matt Cardle . She subsequently signed a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records in the UK. She later signed to Columbia Records in the US.
Ferguson is a Scottish surname and given name , a patronymic form of the personal name Fergus which translates as son of the angry (one) from Scots Gaelic.