Sharon Kips (born November 17, 1983 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is the winner of the first edition of X Factor (Netherlands), 24 February 2007. She was constantly praised highly throughout the show, with high compliments from three of Holland's music experts Henk Temming, Marianne van Wijnkoop and Henkjan Smits. She beat contestants such as X6, Richy and Anja to become the eventual winner in February 2007. Her first single Heartbreak Away reached #1 in the Dutch Top 40 in the first week. In 2010 she auditioned as a "mystery"-kandidate for the Dutch version of Popstars and got through to the liveshows. In the liveshows she was one of the favorites. She placed third overall.