Rhydian James Roberts (born 14 February 1983), popularly known as Rhydian, is a classically trained Welsh baritone and crossover artist. He rose to fame on The X Factor in 2007. Of his CD albums, the first went platinum, the second included collaborations with Kiri te Kanawa and Bryn Terfel and the third, Waves (Conehead Records, 1 August 2011) marks a shift in style from opera to pop. Rhydian has recorded a television entertainment series, toured the UK and made gala and charity appearances in his native Wales and at the Royal Albert Hall, London. His star musical theatre roles include a European arena tour of The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage! and UK tours of We Will Rock You and Grease.