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Birth nameAiden Samuel Grimshaw
Born (1991-12-04) 4 December 1991 (age 29)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, actor
Years active2010–present
LabelsRCA, Sony, Syco (2010–12)
Associated actsThe X Factor finalists 2010

Aiden Samuel Grimshaw (born 4 December 1991) is an English singer, songwriter and actor who is better known by his stage name Butterjack. He successfully made it to the live shows in the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010 and finished ninth. After his elimination, Grimshaw was signed by RCA Records.

On 3 June 2012, he released his debut single "Is This Love", which debuted at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart. His debut album Misty Eye was released on 20 August 2012 and reached number 19 on the UK Albums Chart.


Early life[edit]

Grimshaw was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England and studied at the Michael Hall Theatre School in North Shore, Blackpool.[1] He played Tom Holmes in an episode of CBBC show Half Moon Investigations.[2][3]

2010: The X Factor[edit]

He auditioned with "Gold Digger",[4] prompting Simon Cowell to say, "Now that's what I call a pop star!".[4] He then auditioned with "This Year's Love" during Bootcamp, and "Cannonball" at Judge's Houses.[5] Dannii Minogue selected Grimshaw as one of her three contestants to continue in the competition for the live shows. For the first live show he sang "Mad World", which the judges praised. In the second live show he sang "Jealous Guy". In the third live show, his performance of "Diamonds Are Forever" was praised by the judges. In live show 4 he sang a slower rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Grimshaw sang "Nothing Compares 2 U" in week 5, and in week 6, Grimshaw sang "Rocket Man". Grimshaw ended up in the final showdown that week, along with Katie Waissel. Cowell and Cheryl Cole voted to save Waissel, Minogue and Louis Walsh voted to save Grimshaw and the result went to deadlock. Grimshaw received the fewest public votes and he was eliminated. His exit is considered one of the most shocking in the history of the show[6] and weekly results show he had been far from the bottom two in all previous weeks, always in the top 6.[7]

Also during Grimshaw's tenure on The X Factor, he and his fellow series seventh contestants released a cover of David Bowie's "'Heroes'" in aid of Help for Heroes. The song, said to have been recorded in the week beginning 18 October 2010, was released as a charity single in aid of Help for Heroes, a charity which supports injured servicemen and women.[8] The music video for the charity single was filmed on 2 November[9] at Three Mills Studios.[10] All sixteen finalists performed the song on 20 November's results show.[11] The single entered both the Irish Singles Chart on 25 November 2010 and the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 2010 at number 1.[12][13]

Despite previous years only including the final 8, the X Factor Live Tour 2011 was extended to add Aiden to the set.[citation needed]

2011–2013: Misty Eye and Aiden[edit]

In April 2012, "Is This Love", his debut single premiered on the Request Show on BBC Radio 1 by Matt Edmondson, who was at the time covering for Jameela Jamil.The track marks Grimshaw's first material since his participation in the 2010 series of The X Factor, where he lost out to act Katie Waissel in the sixth week of the live finals. Speaking of his time on the ITV1 series, Grimshaw stated: "I didn't really know what I wanted from it. I love music, and I knew I could sing, but I didn't think I was X Factor material. I'd been given this opportunity and I didn't want to waste it. But I had no idea what sort of music was really me. Everyone else had their own ideas, but all I knew was what I didn't want." Since his time on the show, Grimshaw has relocated from Blackpool to London, and has spent two years writing and recording demos with various writers and producers. The album has been recorded with songwriter/producer Jarrad Rogers, who has previously worked with the likes of Lana Del Rey and Tinchy Stryder.[14]

On 3 June 2012, he released "Is This Love", which debuted at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart. His debut album Misty Eye was released on 20 August, debuting and peaking at number 19 on the UK Album Chart dated.

In early 2013, Grimshaw stated he was currently in the studio recording the follow up to Misty Eye. On 10 August 2013, he tweeted "I think its nearly time for Round two!!! Music coming soon!! Contenders are you ready, #TheWayWeAre". Two days later he released a free download track entitled "The Way We Are".[15] On 28 October, his Twitter account was wiped and a new one created, dropping his surname and revealing new artwork for his forthcoming EP. He also premiered a new song called "Satisfy Me".[16] On 7 November, another track called "The Cleaner" appeared online.[17] On 18 November, the track "Fire & Ice" was unveiled.[18] "Better Man" was unveiled on 24 November 2013.[19] The Aiden extended play featuring all four tracks was released for free download on 26 November 2013.[20]

2015–16: Return to Music and Second EP[edit]

After a year long absence from Music following the Aiden EP, Grimshaw uploaded an image to his Twitter page with the caption 'New Music',[21] On 30 July 2015, he unveiled a new track called Virtually Married under his original name of Aiden Grimshaw.[22] The track was written by Grimshaw, Dan Dare, Paul Harris & MEMEB, the latter was also producer of the track, Virtually Married was met with positive reviews from fans and many of them believe that this is Grimshaws 'come back' track. Several weeks later, Grimshaw posted another image to his Twitter with the caption "#GivingItUp", prompting speculation that it would be his next single.[23] On 1 September, he uploaded the new song entitled Giving It Up, which he again collaborated with producer MEMEB on.[24] Later that month, he unveiled the third song from his 4-song EP, called Animal,[25] It was also announced that he was writing and collaborating with former One Direction singer Zayn Malik on his upcoming solo album.[26]

2017–: Butterjack[edit]

On 14 November 2018, he announced that he has been releasing music under the alias 'Butterjack’ for the last year.

TV appearances[edit]

As well as appearing on music channels to promote his debut album, Grimshaw has also featured on several game shows including Unzipped, alongside Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Russell Kane. On 29 October 2012 he appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.


Studio albums[edit]

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Misty Eye 19 45

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
  • Release date: 26 November 2013
  • Format(s): Free digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Is This Love" 35 87 39 Misty Eye
"Curtain Call" 49
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Heroes" (as part of The X Factor finalists) 1 1 1 Non-album single



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Half Moon Investigations Tom Holmes
2010 The X Factor Contestant Seventh series, came ninth in the competition.
2012 Unzipped Guest Named Weirdo of the Week.
2012 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Guest Won on Noel's team with 9 points


  1. ^ "Our Aiden really has the X Factor". Blackpool Gazette. 3 October 2010.
  2. ^ "CBBC – Half Moon Investigations, The Curse of the Emerald Phoenix". Bbc.co.uk.
  3. ^ Aiden Grimshaw at IMDb
  4. ^ a b M. Gosho Oakes (19 September 2010). "Aiden Grimshaw Wows X Factor Judges With Kanye West's "Gold Digger"". Soul Culture.
  5. ^ Paul Millar (5 October 2010). "Recap – 'The X Factor': Judges' Houses". Digital Spy.
  6. ^ "The X Factor: Shock Exits". Yahoo. 5 September 2012.
  7. ^ "In Full: 'X Factor' weekly voting results". Digital Spy. 13 December 2010.
  8. ^ "X Factor: finalists cover David Bowie for charity". Newsbeat. BBC Online. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  9. ^ Nissim, Mayer (3 November 2010). "Katie 'could be asked to leave X Factor'". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  10. ^ "The making of 'Heroes'" (video). The X Factor. itv.com. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Katie 'could be asked to leave X Factor' – X Factor News – Reality TV – Digital Spy". Digitalspy.co.uk. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Top 50 singles, week ending 25 November 2010". Chart-Track. GFK. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Singles archive – 4th December 2010". Official Charts Company. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  14. ^ "X Factor's Aiden Grimshaw Reveals Debut Single". Mtv.co.uk.
  15. ^ Lewis Corner (7 November 2013). "Aiden Grimshaw premieres new song 'The Cleaner' – listen". Digital Spy.
  16. ^ "WONDERLAND PREMIERE: AIDEN – 'SATISFY ME'". 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Aiden Grimshaw premieres new song 'The Cleaner' – listen". 7 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Aiden Grimshaw unveils new song 'Fire & Ice' – listen". 7 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Better Man by AIDEN". SoundCloud. 24 November 2013.
  20. ^ Aiden Grimshaw [@Aiden] (26 November 2013). "'Aiden' EP Free Download -" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Aiden Grimshaw [@Aiden] (30 July 2015). "#NEWMUSIC RT PLS 😘 x" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ Aiden Grimshaw [@Aiden] (26 August 2015). "Who's ready? #GivingItUp" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Aiden Grimshaw [@Aiden] (1 September 2015). "NEW MUSIC ALERT" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ Aiden Grimshaw [@Aiden] (24 September 2015). "NEW MUSIC. RT SHARE X Listen to Aiden Grimshaw – Animal by Aiden Grimshaw #np on #SoundCloud …" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Merriman, Rebecca (24 September 2015). "Zayn Malik working with fellow X Factor star Aiden Grimshaw on solo album". Mirror.co.uk.
  27. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Aiden Grimshaw". The Official Charts Company. 3 May 2013.
  28. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  29. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  30. ^ Peak chart positions for the featured singles in Ireland:

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