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OriginWatford, Hertfordshire, England
Years active2016–present
  • Ashley Fongho
  • Jamaal Shurland
  • Myles Stephenson
  • Mustafa Rahimtulla

Rak-Su are a British boy band, formed in Watford. They rose to fame when they won the fourteenth series of The X Factor UK in 2017 mentored by Simon Cowell.[1] The group is made up of Ashley Fongho, Jamaal Shurland, Mustafa Rahimtulla and Myles Stephenson. "Dimelo", which featured Naughty Boy and Wyclef Jean, was released as their winner's single; its release marked the first time a winner's single was written by the winning competitor. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number two, behind Ed Sheeran's "Perfect". Their self-titled debut extended play, Rak-Su, was released on 16 February 2018 and features four songs performed on The X Factor, "I'm Feeling You", "Mamacita", "Mona Lisa" and "Dimelo".


2017: The X Factor[edit]

Rak-Su are a four-piece group consisting of childhood friends Ashley, Jamaal, Myles, and Mustafa, from Watford.[2] In 2017 they auditioned for The X Factor, they performed an original song called "I'm Feeling You", and received four votes from the judges. They were voted the final winners of the Prize Fight in week 4 against Grace Davies, leading to a songwriting session with American songwriter Ali Tamposi as the reward. With the eliminations of Jack & Joel in week 3, Sean and Conor Price in week 4 and The Cutkelvins in week 5, Rak-Su became Cowell's remaining act in the competition. They made it to the final on the weekend of 2 December 2017, alongside Kevin Davy White and Grace Davies. After Kevin Davy White was eliminated on Saturday's show, they were in the top two with Grace and finished as the winners with over 50% of the public vote.

Rak-Su are the second group to win the show after Little Mix in 2011, and the first male group to win the show. On 3 December 2017, their winners single was added to streaming services as well as being available for download immediately after the final, with profits going towards the charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. It placed at number 6 on the Official Singles Chart Update two days after the final. Four of their songs topped the iTunes chart during their run on the X Factor — "Mamacita", "Dimelo", "Mona Lisa" and "I'm Feeling You" - but were ineligible for the Official Chart and were not available on streaming services at that time. After the voting stats were revealed Rak-Su were the clear winners. They won every week except for week 3 on Saturday where they came 2nd when Kevin Davy White overtook them by a tight edge of 1% percent of the votes.

The X Factor performances and results
Show Song choice Theme Result
Auditions "I'm Feeling You" – Original song N/A Through to bootcamp round 1
Bootcamp Round 1 "24K Magic" – Bruno Mars (with Charlie Cammish, Riley Peters, Jack Morgan & New Dynamixx) Through to bootcamp round 2
Bootcamp Round 2 "Knock, Knock" – Original song Through to six-chair challenge
Six-chair challenge "Change Your Mind" - Original Song[3] Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses "Palm Tree" – Original song Through to live shows
Live show 1 "Mamacita" – Original song Express Yourself Safe (1st)
Live show 2 "Dimelo" – Original song Viva Latino Safe (1st)
Live show 3 "Faith" – George Michael George Michael Safe (2nd)
Live show 4 "Mona Lisa" – Original song Crazy in Love Safe (1st)
Semi-final "Flowers" – Sweet Female Attitude Cool Britannia Safe (1st)
"I'm Feeling You" – Original song Get Me to the Final Safe (1st)
Final "Mamacita" – Original song No Theme Safe (1st)
"Dimelo" – Original song (with Naughty Boy & Wyclef Jean) Celebrity Duet/ Winners Single
"Touché" – Original song Song to Win Winners (51.7%)
"Mona Lisa" – Original song Song of the Series

2018-present: Rak-Su EP and upcoming debut studio album[edit]

On 16 February 2018, they released a self-tilted EP including the songs - "Mamacita", "Dimelo", "Mona Lisa" and "I'm Feeling You"

On 30 March 2018 they performed live on The X Factor Denmark with their single "Dimelo"[4]

On 23 May 2018, it was announced that Rak-Su will support Little Mix on their Summer Hits Tour 2018.

On 29 June 2018, they released "Pyro Ting" with Banx & Ranx.

On 28 September 2018, Rak-Su released their new single "I Want You To Freak", with the official video released on 5th October 2018.

On 6 October 2018, it was announced that Rak-Su will support Olly Murs on his You Know, I Know Tour in 2019.

On 21 October 2018, Rak-Su returned to The X Factor UK. They performed their new single I Want You To Freak on the first results show.

On November 10, it was announced that both Rak-Su and Little Mix have parted ways with Syco Music, with the label stating that they will no longer work with Modest! Management, who manages both acts. They are now signed to RCA Records.[5]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Flights"[9] 2016 Non-album singles
"Last Night"[10]
(with Charles Dixon)
(featuring Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy)
2017 2 29 2 TBA
"Pyro Ting"[12]
(with Banx & Ranx)
"I Want You to Freak"[13] 39 82
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Concert tours[edit]


Meaning of Rak-Su[edit]

The band's name is the acronym of "Tracks v. Suits", i.e. "music and fun vs. adult life."[17]


  1. ^ "Rak-Su: Boy band beat Grace Davies to win X Factor 2017". BBC News. 3 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ Bley Griffiths, Eleanor. "Who are Rak-Su? Meet The X Factor 2017 group who are killing it with their original songs". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/the-x-factor/news/a840636/x-factor-2017-six-chair-challenge-groups/
  4. ^ "De hitter verden over: X Factor får besøg af britiske superstjerner".
  5. ^ "Little Mix split from X Factor boss Simon Cowell's record label days before new album release". Digital Spy. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Rak-Su | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  7. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts, Week Ending 15 Dec 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Scotland:
  9. ^ "Flights - Single by Rak-Su on Apple Music". iTunes (UK). 2 March 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Last Night - Single by Charles Dixon & Rak-Su on Apple Music". iTunes (UK). 24 November 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  11. ^ "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Rak-Su" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Pyron Ting - Single by Rak-Su & Banx & Ranx on Apple Music". iTunes (UK). 29 June 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  13. ^ "I Want You to Freak - Single by Rak-Su on Apple Music". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  14. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  15. ^ Houghton, Rianne (5 March 2018). "X Factor Winners Rak-Su Will Support Little Mix On Their Summer Hits Tour Later This Year". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/ollyofficial/status/1050679841341808640
  17. ^ https://www.raksumusic.com/about/

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Terry
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by
Dalton Harris
Preceded by
When Christmas Comes Around
Winner's singles of The X Factor
Succeeded by
The Power of Love