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The X Factor (British TV series)

British reality television music competition

The X Factor is a British reality television music competition, created by Simon Cowell. Premiering on 4 September , it was produced by Fremantle'sThames and Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment for ITV,[2] as well as simulcast on Virgin Media One in Ireland. The programme ran for around episodes across fifteen series, each one primarily broadcast between late summer to early winter, until its final episode in December All episodes were presented by Dermot O'Leary, with some exceptions: the first three series were hosted by Kate Thornton; while Caroline Flack and Olly Murs hosted the show for the twelfth series.

Each year of the competition saw contestants of all ages and backgrounds auditioning for a place, in hopes of proving that they had singing talent. Auditionees attempted to do so before a panel of judges, each selected for their background in the music industry &#;&#; these have included Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow, Rita Ora, and Robbie Williams. Those that made it through the auditions entered a bootcamp stage in which the judges each took charge of a category of contestants to mentor, determining who may move on to the live stages of the contest, with a public vote in the live rounds eliminating these contestants one by one. The winner of the live final received a recording contract with record label Syco Music and a cash payment, though the majority was allocated to marketing and recording costs.[3]

At the same time of its premiere, The X Factor was accompanied by spin-off behind-the-scenes show called The Xtra Factor on ITV2, which focused on the recent episode's performances; this was later replaced in with an online spin-off show, Xtra Bites, on ITV Hub.[4] The programme itself proved popular on British television,[5] attracting high viewing figures at its peak &#;&#; over 14 million on average in the seventh series &#;&#; leading to the formation of an international franchise. In addition, many of its acts, including JLS, Diana Vickers, One Direction and Ella Henderson, later went on to release singles that entered number-one in the UK charts.

From , viewing figures began to decline, and Cowell later opted to rest the programme in , assigning two spin-offs as mini-series that year &#;&#; The X Factor: Celebrity and The X Factor: The Band. On 28 July , ITV announced that the programme had been axed.[6]


Simon Cowell, creator of The X Factorand the second longest-serving judge in the programme's history.

The programme's format was devised by Sony Music executive Simon Cowell in [7] The concept for The X Factor stemmed from his involvement as a judge on Pop Idol, another music talent competition that ITV aired from – While the programme had been massively successful in its own right, Cowell disliked the lack of control that he and the judges had on the contestant's progress &#;&#; several individuals, including fellow judge Pete Waterman, agreed with him that a contestant who won the second series of Pop Idol had been unworthy to earn victory compared to others who had participated.[8]

Cowell eventually made plans to devise a new televised competition, in which he would own the television rights and thus maintain control on decisions held on the new programme. In , ITV secured the rights to broadcast The X Factor after Cowell approached them with his concept,[7] despite a legal challenge by Simon Fuller, the creator of Pop Idol, over perceived similarities between the two shows.[9]



Each year's competition begins with auditions round, which consists of three stages held several months prior to the series premiere, and within venues around the United Kingdom; in some series, auditions were also allowed within the Republic of Ireland. Participants are required to provide a performance across each stage, focused on singing a piece from another artist to gauge their musical talent. The first round consists of auditionees performing before production staff &#;&#; either by application and appointment, or at "open" auditions that anyone can attend. Those wishing to apply could do so via postal or online applications,[10] with The X Factor having no upper-age limit, and no restriction on groups participating. If an auditionee passes this stage, they then move on to the second stage in which they perform before a senior production member.[11] Both of these stages are not filmed, but shots of the crowds waiting to audition are later spliced into audition episodes during final editing; the televised version can sometimes misrepresent the process in this fashion by implying that huge crowds all perform before the judges.[11]

Participants that make it to the third stage of auditions then conduct their performance and potential singing talent before the judges for that year's competition. To proceed into the next round of the contest, each participant must secure a majority vote from the judges, otherwise they are eliminated at this point; the judges themselves will usually comment on what they heard first, before they cast their vote. For the majority of series (Series , , and ), the third stage auditions were conducted in a closed room in which performance were done without a backing track, while for other series, they were conducted before a live audience (similar to Britain's Got Talent, with performances either done a cappella or over a backing track. Filming takes place during this stage, with the final edits for audition episodes focusing on the best, the worst and the most bizarre.[12]

Bootcamp and judges' houses

In the second round, participants who reach this stage are sent to a "bootcamp" to refine their performances, while they are organised into categories based on the conditions of their application. The first two category consists of men and women solo acts aged under 24 &#;&#; both categories were conjoined in early series until separated in the fourth series &#;&#; with the minimum age allowed being 16 (except for the fourth to sixth series where it was lowered to 14). The third category consists of men and women solo acts aged over 25 (with the exception of a few series were the minimum age was raised to 28).[13][14][15][16] The final category consists of group acts, which include two or more members within each group. During this time, the producers decide on which judge for that year's competition is assigned to mentoring one of the category of participants. After the judges receive their assigned category, they then oversee two stages of performances from participants in each category, in which they must whittle down the number of participants to around six per category (eight for the seventh and eighth series).[13] The process varies across the programme's history &#;&#; in most cases, their performances during this stage determines whether they move on to the next round or not; in some series, audition tapes are reviewed before the round with the judges making their choices before this stage of the competition.

Once the judges each have their selected participants for their category to mentor, these participants move on to the "judges' home" stage of the competition, which is held in private residences for each judge; according to Louis Walsh, these homes tend to not belong to the judges, but rented out for this purpose.[17] In this stage, the participants each conduct a performance before their category's judge, who must decide which of their group will proceed into the live rounds.[18][19]

Both the bootcamp and the judges' homes stages of the contest are pre-recorded, though in some cases, either between the first and second stages of Bootcamp or prior to judges' houses, judges may look at certain rejected solo artists who they feel have potential but may be better suited in a group, and in an attempt to give them a lifeline, then send these acts into a room to form a number of different groups, each depending on size, height, fashion and chemistry. Lineup changes may also sometimes occur depending on what the judges feel the group is missing or which members they think work well with others. In the tenth series, the bootcamp stage was changed to a new format called "Six-Chair Challenge" in which participants had to secure a majority vote to sit in one of six empty chairs for their category, to move into the next stage; if all six seats were filled, the judge of that category must replace one of these participants with another they wish to see through. This new format, despite some tweaks, was not well received by viewers after its introduction.[20]

Elimination stages and Final

Louis Walsh, longest-serving judge on The X Factor in all but two series.

Sharon Osbourne, a judge for the first three series, and then again in , and

Dermot O'Leary served the longest as the programme's host from , with a one-year break in

Contestants who make it through both the second and third stages eventually enter the live rounds of the competition. By this stage they compete against each other over a series of elimination heats, with those that make it through competition to win in a live final, with these filmed in two parts in a fixed studio venue (except for the final after the eighth series): a performance episode featuring all active participants; and a results episode, which includes a live or pre-recorded performances by celebrity performers. During this time, they move into shared accommodation while involved in the live episodes, sharing this with production staff;[21] filming "behind-the-scenes" within the accommodation is frequently down and used in live episodes for The Xtra Factor. In some series, some additional participants are sometimes selected from the rejects to act as wildcards in these stages, alongside those who progressed to the live episodes.

In these stages, each participant not only performs on live television, but also before the judges and a live studio audience. Their routine is often designed to fully judge their singing talent, appearance, personality and stage presence that may not have been noticeable during auditions, with their routine focusing a performance to a specific song &#;&#; originally a pop or contemporary hit from the charts in early series, before being later assigned based on the musical theme for the episode. Performance may sometimes be accompanied by backing dancers and musicians, and, in some cases, participants may also provide their own music and/or dance routines. At the end of each performance, the judges provide feedback on each performance, with their discussions often regularly adding entertainment value to each live episode. However, success is determined by the public vote in each episode. The system involves the same phone number, with exception for the last two digits which, beginning at "01", is assigned to each participant by order of appearance. The phone number is displayed twice for viewers &#;&#; once after a participant's performance is over, and a second time after all performances are completed and phone lines opened. Voting is conducted over a set time period, and closed before the results episode of each stage of the live rounds is shown, with the public vote results not detailing the actual number of votes or the ranked order (1st to last) the public placed each participant in.[22]

In the elimination heats, the two participants to be the lowest ranked in the public vote are revealed, and thus face off against each other in a "final showdown". This consists of conducting a new performance primarily for the judges &#;&#; while earlier series focused on reprisal of their earlier songs, producers later changed this after the fourth series to allow them to pick new songs to perform to. After their performances are completed, the judges vote on which act to eliminate by a majority vote; though since the fourth series saw the inclusion of a fourth judge, the results in the public vote end the deadlock of a tied vote between the judges. After the number of participants reach a set amount in the final heat, no showdown is involved &#;&#; the participant who polled with the fewest votes in the public vote is automatically eliminated immediately. In the final, the public vote decides the winner, who receives at the end of the competition a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music, in association with Sony Music, which, by the beginning of the fifth series, included a £, cash advance with the balance covering the costs of recording and marketing.[3] Other highly placed contestants may also be offered recording deals, but this is not guaranteed.[3]

Judges and presenters

  1. ^Tulisa returned as a guest judge for a single live episode in She covered for Mel B, who was unable to attend due to illness.
  2. ^Scherzinger was a guest judge in the series.
  3. ^Mel B was a guest judge in the series. She later returned as a guest for a single audition episode in that Scherzinger could not attend due to scheduling conflicts.
  4. ^Friedman was originally recruited to be a permanent judge to replace Walsh, but was later denoted as a guest judge when he was later reassigned as a creative director on the programme and Walsh agreed to return for the fourth series.
  5. ^ abcdStood in for Dannii Minogue during her maternity leave.
  6. ^Only as a stand-in for Rowland in live episodes of this series that she was unable to attend for medical reasons.
  7. ^ abcGuest judge for the auditions.
  8. ^Dixon served as a guest judge on three separate occasions during this series as a stand-in for another judge: for Scherzinger, who could not attend an audition episode due to other commitments; for Osbourne, who could not attend an audition episode due a long-standing back injury; and for Cowell, who could not attend a live episode.
  9. ^Rogers served as guest judge for three live episodes, as a stand-in for Williams, who had other arrangements during each episodes scheduled airdate.

Judging history

For the first three series after the programme began in , the judging panel consisted of music executive and TV producer Simon Cowell, and music managers Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, while it was presented by Kate Thornton. In March , Thornton was dropped from the programme, with Dermot O'Leary offered a two-year contract, worth £1 million, to take over as host,[23] which eventually led to him ending his involvement in the Big Brother franchise later that year to concentrate on his new role.[24] In June that same year, the judging panel was expanded to include a fourth judge, and saw changes in the lineup: Brian Friedman took over from Walsh when he chose to leave the programme,[25] while Australian singer Dannii Minogue joined the panel. However, Friedman later dropped out of the panel during auditions for the fourth series, being later reassigned as a creative director for the programme, while Walsh agreed to return as a result of this situation.[26] Osbourne later left the programme before the fifth series in ,[27] with ITV later replacing her with Cheryl.[28][29] During the seventh series, Minogue went on maternity leave, leaving the production staff to fill her place on the panel with a series of guest judges during auditions &#;&#; these included Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Katy Perry, Pixie Lott and Nicole Scherzinger.

In May , Cowell and Cheryl announced their decision to leave the programme before the eighth series, in order to concentrate on the American edition of the programme.[30] That same month, Minogue also left the programme, citing that her schedule for the live episodes of Australia's Got Talent that year would conflict with her involvement with The X Factor.[31] Several celebrities in the music industry were approached to replace all three,[32][33] before the producers opted for their replacements to be Gary Barlow, Tulisa, and Kelly Rowland.[34][35][36][37][38] During the eighth series, Rowland was unable to attend live episodes due to medical reasons, leading to previous X Factor winner Alexandra Burke standing in for her.[39] After the series concluded, Rowland opted to drop out of the programme due to other commitments,[40][41] leading to a series of guest judges being used during the ninth series,[42] before Nicole Scherzinger was chosen as her replacement.[43][44] In May , Tulisa announced she was leaving The X Factor,[45] with Osbourne revealed to be returning,[46] but later clarifying it was for the tenth series only,[47] with Barlow announcing during its live episodes that he would also be leaving The X Factor after the series' conclusion.[48]

In February , Cowell announced his return as a judge for the eleventh series,[49][50] as he worked to reinvent the programme. The panel saw him bring back Cheryl as Osbourne's replacement,[51][52] while replacing Scherzinger with Spice Girls member Mel B.[53] In March , O'Leary announced that he was quitting the show in order to pursue other projects, and was replaced a month later by both Olly Murs and Caroline Flack as co-presenters,[54] the latter having served as a backstage presenter since [55] Walsh later left the programme in May , after revealing that he had spent enough time on The X Factor.[56] With Mel B not signing up for another series, both judges were replaced by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora.[57]

In February , Murs quit the programme to focus on his music career,[58] with Flack later departing the programme around the same time.[59] The following month, O'Leary rejoined the programme as presenter.[60] Alongside the change in presenters, the judging panel was also changed again &#;&#; after Grimshaw left in February ,[61] Cheryl in April,[62] and Ora in May,[63] Cowell was rejoined by Walsh, Osbourne and Scherzinger,[64] for the next two years,[65] though the latter two cast doubts on this arrangement.[66][67] Cowell was joined on the judging panel by Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson for the fifteenth and final series in [68][69]

Series overview

  • ^1 Winner, runner-up and third place fields include both the participant's name and the category they were placed under in that year's competition.
  • ^2 Viewing figure information is provided by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB)
  • ^3 Roughly one third of the episodes in the fifteenth series failed to gain enough viewers to make it into the top 15 programmes for their respective weeks; thus many figures are unavailable. The actual average value is less than the million figure (which has been calculated using only the figures available).



Graph showing the trend in UK viewership across the fifteen series, with The X Factorreaching its ratings peak by the seventh series.

When the programme initially began in , its viewing figures fell behind those for the BBC's rival talent show Strictly Come Dancing. However, the situation changed in the following year, when the second series began to attract a larger audience share.[71] While the second series attracted an average of over 8 million viewers during its broadcast, consecutive series increased these figures &#;&#; peak audience figures for the fourth series' live final surpassed over million viewers, achieving a share of 55% share of the terrestrial TV audience,[72] while the sixth series achieved a peak audience of million viewers and over 63% of the audience share during its broadcast.[73] Viewing figures reached their peak by , with the seventh series achieving average viewing figures of over 14 million viewers, and its live final achieving a peak audience of million viewers.[74]

In , the eighth series achieved an average viewing figure of million viewers during its broadcast, and was effectively overtaken in the ratings battle by Strictly Come Dancing, especially for its live final.[75] From onwards, ratings of The X Factor went into sharp decline &#;&#; the tenth series achieved an average viewing audience of million viewers, much less than Strictly Come Dancing, with later series proving less popular on Saturday evenings compared to other programmes, such as Michael McIntyre's Big Show and Planet Earth II.

By , ratings for the programme were effectively worse off, with The X Factor achieving low average viewing figures of less than seven million viewers, effectively placing its future in doubt after the fifteenth series, and leading to its eventual cancellation.[6]


At the British Comedy Awards, The X Factor beat Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway to take the award for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme. This prompting Cowell to remark, "We're not a comedy programme, we're a serious factual drama".[76] In both and , The X Factor won the award for "Most Popular Entertainment Programme" at the National Television Awards.[citation needed] At the same awards in , the show also won the award for "Most Popular Talent Show".[citation needed] In it lost out to Strictly Come Dancing at the TV Quick Awards, TRIC Awards and National Television Awards,[clarification needed] despite beating it in the ratings.[citation needed] In , The X Factor won "Best Talent Show" at the National Television Awards.[citation needed]

The show won the Entertainment award at the Royal Television Society Awards, described as "Undeniably a brilliant, genre-defining piece of television; the team behind this show never rest on their laurels and are determined to continually raise the bar and set new standards. Must-see television, which everyone talks about on a Monday morning."[77] At the National Television Awards, The X Factor won the Talent Show award, beating Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing on Ice.[78] At the National Television Awards, The X Factor again beat Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing on Ice to the award. The show also won Best UK TV Show at the Kids' Choice Awards.[79] At the National Television Awards, The X Factor won Best Talent Show for the first time in three years, beating Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Got Talent and The Voice UK.[80]

Controversies and criticism

Main article: Controversy and criticism of The X Factor (British TV series)

From the outset, The X Factor has attracted heavy criticism. Recurring allegations include: that the excessive commercialism of the show detracts from its supposed purpose of unearthing musical talent and even actively damages and distorts the UK music industry;[81] that auditionees at mass auditions are shabbily treated; that controversy is deliberately courted and orchestrated, and supposedly spontaneous scenes are staged and scripted; that problems with phone lines leave members of the public unable to vote for their favourite acts; and that contestants are manipulated and unfairly edited.

This criticism became very public in when a Facebook campaign targeted against The X Factor and its effect on British music took "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine to the Christmas number one spot at the expense of the X Factor winner's single by Joe McElderry.[82]

The X Factor usually has at least one "novelty" or "joke" act in the live shows,[83] which help to boost ratings and add some fun into the live shows, although they tend to be controversial due to the show being primarily a singing competition.[84] Judge Gary Barlow reportedly had an issue with joke acts when asked to mentor the Overs category in the ninth series, because "Gary doesn't like joke acts and the Overs category is often full of novelty acts."[85] Despite controversially being part of the format, their non-involvement in the tenth series drew criticism: "The fact that the joke contestants made it through to the live shows used to be the most gloriously British part of The X Factor. We love an underdog It was a vital part of the format."[86]

International broadcasts


The Xtra Factor (–)

Main article: The Xtra Factor (British TV series)

The Xtra Factor (known as The Xtra Factor Live in ) was a behind-the-scenes companion show that was broadcast on ITV2 in the UK and on TV3 in Ireland, usually on Saturday and Sunday nights after the main show, this aired from 4 September to 11 December On 18 January , it was announced that The Xtra Factor would be axed after 13 years and would be replaced by an online show instead.[91]

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars ()

Main article: The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars was a celebrity special edition of The X Factor, which screened on ITV, starting on 29 May and lasting for eight consecutive nights. Pop Idol was intended to be broadcast in its place as Celebrity Pop Idol but was stopped shortly before transmission, when ITV selected The X Factor instead.

Nine celebrity acts participated, singing live in front of the nation and facing the judges of the previous The X Factor series: Cowell, Osbourne and Walsh. Voting revenues were donated to the celebrities' chosen charities. The contestants were Michelle Marsh, Nikki Sanderson, Matt Stevens, Lucy Benjamin, Gillian McKeith, Chris Moyles, Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, James Hewitt and Rebecca Loos, and "The Chefs", a quartet of celebrity chefs comprising Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli, Paul Rankin and Ross Burden. The winner of the show was Lucy Benjamin, mentored by Walsh.[92]

Xtra Bites (–)

Xtra Bites is the second companion and spin-off show to The X Factor which replaced The Xtra Factor, although Xtra Bites is an online spin-off show which started airing in The show looks at all the action from the show including behind the scenes footage of the judges and interviews with contestants from the show. It is uploaded onto ITV Hub, the show's YouTube channel, and the X Factor page on the Just Eat website. There were 13 episodes uploaded altogether for the first series, all presented by Becca Dudley.[93][94] On 23 August , it was announced that Xtra Bites would return for another series after a successful first series, with new presenters Dudley and Tinea Taylor.[95]Vick Hope took over as host for the celebrity series in [96]

The X Factor: Celebrity ()

Main article: The X Factor: Celebrity

A second edition of Battle of the Stars was confirmed in the latter half of as The X Factor: Celebrity and began in October The show was won by Megan McKenna, with Max and Harvey finishing as runners-up.[97]

The X Factor: The Band ()

Main article: The X Factor: The Band

In November , Cowell announced that The X Factor: The Band would launch on 9 December , with the premise of finding either the biggest male or female group. Each episode lasted for 90 minutes.[98] The show was won by Real Like You, a girl group composed of Jess Folley, Virginia Hampson, Luena Martinèz, Seorsia Jack, Halle Williams and Kellimarie Willis.[99]

Music releases by The X Factor contestants

Main article: The X Factor (British TV series) discography

As of June [update], the show has spawned a total of 35 number-one singles: 10 winners' singles (six of which have been the Christmas number one), four charity singles (one each by the finalists of series 5, 6, 7 and 8), and 21 other number-ones by contestants who have appeared on the show (including winners and runners-up).

By series 6 in , it had seemingly become such a certainty that the X Factor winner would gain the Christmas number one slot every year that bookmakers William Hill were considering withdrawing from the year tradition of betting on the outcome.[] However, hostility to the show's stranglehold on the Christmas number one slot from some quarters had prompted attempts to propel an alternative song to the Christmas number one spot, and in a similar internet-led campaign was successful, taking Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" to Christmas number one at the expense of The X Factor winner Joe McElderry.[] McElderry's single climbed to the top of the chart a week later.

In series 1–2, the winner's debut album would be released a few months after their victory in the show. The album would contain some new material but would consist largely of cover versions. This format changed with series 3 winner Leona Lewis. Cowell, Lewis's X Factor mentor and newly appointed manager, said: "We could have gone into the studio for a month, made the record quick, and thrown it out. It would have been the wrong thing to do."[] The success of Lewis's debut album Spirit ensured that the debut albums of future series winners (such as series 4 winner Leon Jackson) would consist more of new material than of cover versions. Series 10 winner Sam Bailey, however, released her debut album of covers, The Power of Love, in March , just three months after winning – the earliest ever debut album release by an X Factor winner.

Charity singles

During the fifth series of the show, the finalists released a cover of Mariah Carey's "Hero" in aid of Help for Heroes which reached number one in the UK singles charts. Following the success of the song, Cowell announced that a charity single would be released annually (though the process was discontinued in series 9). He is quoted as saying: "Following last year's record we made with the X Factor finalists in aid of Help for Heroes, we decided we wanted to do something annually on the show to help good causes."[]

The finalists released a cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" which was released in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital[] and reached number one.[]

The finalists released a cover of David Bowie's ""Heroes"", with proceeds once again going to the Help for Heroes charity.[]

In , the finalists released Rose Royce's "Wishing on a Star" and the proceeds were donated to Together for Short Lives.[] This song features previous contestants JLS and One Direction.[] In , it was announced that the winner's single would also be the charity single.[]

The charity single was scrapped after series 8, although the winner's singles from series 9 onwards were all released for charity.

The X Factor – The Greatest Hits

In celebration of the show's 10th series, The X Factor – The Greatest Hits was released on 25 November The album features 34 songs from 21 of the show's finalists.[][][]

The X Factor Songbook

The X Factor Songbook is a song compilation album released 24 November []


  • Series 1: The X Factor Revealed: The Greatest Auditions Ever ()
  • Series 2: The X Factor: The Greatest Auditions Ever ()
  • Series 3: The X Factor Revealed ()
  • Series 4: The X Factor – interactive DVD game ()
  • Series 4: The X Factor Sing – karaoke console game ()
  • Series 5: The X Factor: The Board Game ()
  • Series 5: Top Trumps X Factor – card game ()
  • Series 7: The X Factor – karaoke console game ()[citation needed]
  • Series 1–3: The X Factor: Access All Areas ()
  • Series 6: The X Factor Annual ()[]
  • Series 7: The X Factor Annual ()
  • Series 7: The Xtra Factor Annual ()[]
  • Series 8: The X Factor Annual ()
  • X Magazine – weekly publication to accompany the seventh series in []

The X Factor brand has also appeared on clothing, jewellery,[] perfume, make-up, toiletries,[] bedding, gifts, confectionery,[] soft drinks[] and pizzas.[]


While The X Factor had attracted a large degree of mass appeal from among the British public, become a synonymous part of Saturday night television,[][] after its peak in , viewing figures declined by more than 50% over the next decade, with its final series aired in [] Although the programme was put into hiatus by Cowell in , to give the format a break and determine how best to proceed with it, this hiatus continued on throughout , until ITV formally announced in July that it had 'no current plans' for another series. At the time of its cancellation, the programme's overall format and presentation was described as having gone 'slightly stale' towards the end,[] with no major appeal to television audience.[]


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Twenty. There have been twenty judges on The X Factor over the years - that's if you count the odd guest judge here and there, anyway. It's fair to say some have been more loved than others, but the big question is: who is the best ever?


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Look, we love Leona Lewis. One of the best X Factor winners ever? Undoubtedly. But one of the reasons that we love her is that she's just so damn sweet, and that doesn't really work when you're telling every act: "That was so good." Leona belongs on the stage, not behind the judges' desk.


One thing you must have when you're an X Factor judge is conviction. Perhaps this is something that Pixie would have developed had she been a full-time mentor, but she just didn't show enough backbone during her guest stint. In fact, she gave one (forgettable, not very good) act a nervous no - only to change her mind after being badgered by Louis Walsh. By Louis Walsh. If you can't stand up to Louis Walsh, you're toast.


We have undying love for each and every single member of the Spice Girls. Unfortunately, fans weren't exactly impressed with Geri's guest judging, and even she has since admitted that she looks back and cringes. Whether it was the audience booing her decisions or the show itself making fun of her by mocking her chatterbox status, it just didn't quite work out for Geri. We still think she's iconic, though.


Natalie could have been the worst guest judge in the world and it wouldn't have mattered - she presided over the auditions of a) Cher Lloyd and b) Ablisa, and for that she has most definitely gone down in X Factor history.


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Oh dear, this is awkward. Brian was hired in something of a media circus after Simon Cowell was impressed with his performance on Grease Is The Word (all we'll say is that Sinitta was also a judge on Grease Is The Word, so where's her X Factor job?). Unfortunately, Si quickly realised he'd made a mistake getting rid of Louis and relegated Brian to the role of creative director. We can't help wonder whether some of his more, er, elaborate staging of performances since has been a way to get revenge on his boss…


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Anastacia revealed after her guest judging role that she turned down a permanent seat on the X Factor panel - but what a shame, as she completely nailed it when she did appear. Emotional when she needed to be; blunt when she needed to be; joyful when she needed to be; and all with some serious talent to back it up, Anastacia fit in perfectly. Fans clamoured for her to join the show full time, but now rumours have suggested that she could end up on Strictly. We'd be up for it.


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After going through weeks of live shows as a contestant, Alexandra had clearly picked up some tips about this judging thing and slid in nicely to the panel when Kelly Rowland was off sick. You can say what you want about her efforts, but you can't deny that people still today have a little smile when they think about her yell of "OK.com". And surely that's all that matters.   


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Pro tip: don't revisit Katy Perry's X Factor guest judging on YouTube because you will just get sad that she's never had that chair permanently. Katy's the perfect X Factor judge, really; funny, sweet, and with a wealth of knowledge behind her, she felt like a complete natural and had us howling. From swooning over attractive hopefuls to being witty about the ones that failed to impress her, she's only this low because she doesn't have a long enough X Factor tenure to back it up. 


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If there's one word to describe Grimmy's time on The X Factor, it's probably "divisive". We actually think he was like the Chris Evans of TXF - never really given a fair shot, not praised enough for his humour and spark. But the public never really took to him, questioning his credentials (as if hosting the breakfast show on Radio 1 isn't enough), and it took its toll on Nick, who noticeably deflated as the series went on. It's a shame - we think he deserved better.


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As with Nick, Mel is a bit of a Marmite judge, because let's be honest, she doesn't hold back. Blunt, sarcastic and dry, she always adds a welcome dollop of Tabasco to the X Factor Bloody Mary, but the question is what happens when she goes a bit too far. Still, Simon must think she impressed enough during her time on the show to invite her back to fill in for Nicole during an audition session this year - so strap yourselves in, because we can't imagine she'll be holding back…



Rita did well during her X Factor guest-judging stint, but as with Grimmy, she struggled to really make her mark on the show as a permanent mentor last year. It didn't help that scheduling conflicts forced her to miss some auditions, but honestly she just never quite settled - though, of course, she did win the show with her act Louisa Johnson in a seriously gif-able moment. Perhaps we're being unfair, but we just thought Rita was more at home on The Voice.


"You were aaaaaabsolutely fantaaaaaastic." If there's one thing a good X Factor judge needs, it's a catchphrase - and Gary certainly had one of those. But he could never quite shake the "boring" tag, partly thanks to his refusal to play along with Rylan. And when he did try to spice things up, it didn't exactly go that well ("fag ash breath", anyone?). The problem was that Gary had the difficult task of filling Simon Cowell's "grumpy" chair, and that probably held him back a little bit. Now, we're looking forward to seeing his own show Let It Shine - will he be a different style of mentor?


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Iconic if only for the time she missed a live show because she was unwell and Skype-d in spluttering just like the classic Mean Girls "cough cough I'm sick" moment. But Kelly was much more than that - she was funny and sparky, and brought some brilliant facial expressions to the table. And we remember her fondly even though she only lasted for one series, and even though she wasn't exactly dealt a great hand with her category. Who knows what would have happened if she'd been in charge of the Groups… and therefore Little Mix?


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It's almost bizarre now thinking about how Tulisa was plucked from N-Dubz to appear as a judge on the biggest show in the country, but boy, we're glad she was. Tulisa quickly became something of a favourite among viewers, because The Female Boss stood up for herself and her acts. And she knew what she was doing, too, shepherding her "little muffins" Little Mix to the win and setting them up for some serious success. But mostly we'll always love her for the moment she banged the desk at a rude auditionee and yelled: "I worked my way up from Camden Town and THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TODAY." Classic.


As with Mel, Sharon has always walked a fine line between being "honest" and being, um, "rude". She deserves a high ranking, though, because she is a) a classic X Factor judge who's popped back and forth to the show, b) shepherded Sam Bailey to the win, and c) most importantly, is absolutely bonkers. If Sharon's sole contribution to The X Factor was laughing so hard she walked into that door, she'd probably still be ranked this highly because it has given us such joy. That's without even mentioning her frequent swilling of her fellow judges and the time she cracked up so much at a Busted song's lyrics that she fell off her chair. Basically, if we're feeling blue, we know that Sharon on The X Factor can cheer us up.  


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We love Cheryl. If it was completely down to us, we'd consider popping her right up there at number one, but as with many X Factor judges, she's kind of divided viewers. We think Cheryl was actually a brilliant judge who knew how to bring the drama, rocked her big performances, and was a dab hand at mentoring her acts - plus her facial expressions on the show have always been a joy. Especially when she forgets how to use a straw.



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If there's one returning judge that has got people excited about the new series, it's probably Nicole Scherzinger. When she first joined as a guest judge she got the credit for putting together One Direction; when she returned full-time, she was glorious. Still today we use her catchphrases - "No, baby, no" and "Inappropriate" being two of our personal favourites - and we frequently giggle about the time she was so eccentric during the live show that people wondered if she was drunk (she was just full of "disco spirit", apparently). Nicole brought us Rylan; she snatched the mic from Jahmene; she won the show with James Arthur… Now we can't wait to see what she's going to do next. 


Do you know what's difficult? Pleasing X Factor viewers. And do you know who has managed to do that consistently? Dannii Minogue. Dannii is probably the judge that fans want back the most, because she was brilliant at it - kind and sweet, sure, but also honest when she needed to be. She was fiery and fierce; heartwarming and lovely - and she didn't even have an easy time of it, with clashes with her fellow judges. Heck, she even managed to take Matt Cardle to the win over One Direction. She has to come back one day, right?


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YEAH, WE WENT THERE. People might moan about Louis Walsh, and sure, on the face of it he's everything you'd think would be bad about The X Factor - he begs for votes, he has stock catchphrases which he recycles over and over, and he has a penchant for novelty acts (in all his time on the show, he's only won once, with Shayne Ward back in series two). But while you might moan about Louis, you all bloody missed him when he was gone last year, didn't you? Louis is a part of the X Factor furniture now, and after bringing us iconic moments like inadvertently killing off Berry Gordy, we frankly feel like he should have earned lifetime job security.


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Could it be anyone else? The man behind The X Factor is really the man who keeps the show going. Sure, The X Factor survived without Cowell, but it never really thrived - and the sense of relief among fans when he chose to return was palpable. You can say what you want about Simon (who has, incidentally, softened since becoming a father), but he knows what he's doing. An expert television producer as well as a man with some serious musical knowledge behind him (even if it's not quite to everyone's taste), he's got a habit of spotting a star - and being ridiculous while he's doing it. The X Factor would be nothing without Simon - he just has to be our number one.

The X Factor will return to ITV later this year.

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The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a £1&#;million recording contract with the Syco Music record label. The first series

was broadcast from 4 September to 11 December The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp and live shows, with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell as judges. Kate Thornton presented the show on ITV, whilst Ben Shephard presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.

Auditions were held in Dublin, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow.

The series was won by Steve Brookstein,&#;with Cowell as the winning mentor. Brookstein went on to have minor chart success, with runners-up G4 achieving two platinum albums before splitting up in

The judging panel consisted of Irish music manager Louis Walsh, music manager and television personality Sharon Osbourne and label head Simon Cowell, who conceived the idea to create a new talent show with a broader range of auditionees to its predecessor Pop Idol.

Kate Thornton presented the show on ITV, whilst Ben Shephard presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.




Auditions: The audition age for this series was 16 and older and unlike its predecessor, groups could also audition. &#;Auditions were held in Dublin, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow. &#;Live Shows: In Week 6, each act performed twice in the first show (with the judges offering their opinions after the second songs), and reprised one of their songs in the results show. The act with the fewest public votes was eliminated at the end of the second show, with the judges no longer having a say in who left.


Act Category Finish Elimination
The X Factor Live Tour
Robertahowettmini.pngRoberta Howett
23, Dublin, Ireland
s 9th
week one
Majority vote
Veritykeayesmini.pngVerity Keays
51, Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Over 25s 8th
week two
Majority vote
2togomini.png2 to Go
, Notts
Groups 7th
week three
Majority vote
Voiceswithsoulmini.pngVoices with Soul
, Luton
Groups 6th
week four
Majority vote
Cassiecomptonmini.pngCassie Compton
17, North London
s 5th
week five
Majority vote
Rowettasatchell.pngRowetta Satchell
38, Manchester
Over 25s 4th
Fewest public votes
Tabbycallaghanmini.pngTabby Callaghan
23, Sligo, Ireland
s 3rd
Fewest public votes
, London
Groups Runner-up
Fewest public votes
Stevebrooksteinmini.pngSteve Brookstein
35, London
Over 25s Winner
Most public votes

Selection process


See: List of The X Factor UK auditionees (series 1)

Prior to the audition phase, advertisements appeared on ITV, in newspapers, and trade magazines, promising that the new show would encourage groups, and while the emphasis was on singing, would welcome those who played instruments and wrote their own songs. Thus the show would differentiate itself from its predecessor, Pop Idol.

Auditions were held in Dublin, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow.


See: Bootcamp (UK series 1)

After the initial auditions, each judge was randomly allocated a category:

  • Simon Cowell: Over 25s
  • Sharon Osbourne: s
  • Louis Walsh: Groups

Each judge chose twelve acts from their category to go through to round two of bootcamp. After bootcamp, each judge selected five acts to progress to "judges' homes".

Judges' Houses

See: Judges' Houses (UK series 1)

Live Shows

Results Summary

  • In Week 3, Cowell did not need to vote as there was already a majority.

Live show details

Week 1 (23 October)

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Roberta Howett – backed his own act, Voices with Soul.
  • Osbourne: Voices with Soul – backed her own act, Roberta Howett.
  • Cowell: Roberta Howett – based on the final showdown performance, but felt that neither act deserved to be in the bottom two.

Week 2 (30 October)

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Verity Keays – backed his own act, 2 to Go.
  • Cowell: 2 to Go – backed his own act, Verity Keays.
  • Osbourne: Verity Keays – gave no reason.

Week 3 (6 November)

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: 2 to Go – gave no reason.
  • Walsh: 2 to Go – said he did not want to send either of his acts home. He asked to vote last but Thornton pressed him for his decision.
  • Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Week 4 (13 November)

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: Voices with Soul – based on the final showdown performance, and believed that G4 had a future in a recording career.
  • Cowell: G4 – gave no reason.
  • Walsh: Voices with Soul – said he did not want to send either of his acts home, saying the result was worse than last week; he tried to back out but Thornton forced him for his decision.

Week 5 (20 November)

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Cassie Compton – believed Callaghan could win the competition.
  • Osbourne abstained from voting as both acts were in her category. Thornton tried to remind her of her duty to vote between her acts as Walsh did in the previous two results shows, but Osbourne still refused to send home either of her acts, citing her loyalty to both of them. Following this, Thornton warned Cowell that if he chose to send home Callaghan, the result would immediately revert to the public vote to decide who would be eliminated.
  • Cowell: Cassie Compton – wanted to win the competition and believed Callaghan was his biggest threat but after deliberating on whether to send home either Callaghan or Compton, who he felt was the weakest, opted to send Compton home.

Week 6: Quarter-Final (27 November)

The quarter-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Rowetta Satchell, was automatically eliminated

Week 7: Semi-Final (4 December)

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Tabby Callaghan, was automatically eliminated.

Week 8: Final (11 December)


This series achieved an average of million viewers per episode. The lowest of and The X Factor UK series so far

Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating (millions) Weekly rank (millions)
Auditions 1 4 September21
Auditions 2 11 September17
Auditions 3 18 September14
Auditions 4 25 September16
Auditions 5 2 October18
Bootcamp 1 9 October21
Bootcamp 2 17
Judges' houses 16 October17
Live show 1 23 October17
Live results 1 15
Live show 2 30 October20
Live results 2 17
Live show 3 6 November19
Live results 3 18
Live show 4 13 November15
Live results 4 18
Live show 5 20 November16
Live results 5 14
Live show 6 27 November22
Live results 6 23
Live semi-final 4 December20
Live results 7 23
Final 11 December15
Final results 8


It was reported in tabloid newspapers that the show's audition process was unfair after Walsh was accused of cheating. He was thought to have advised the group Co-Ed on things such as song choices, which caused controversy after it was revealed that he had actually previously managed Co-Ed after they appeared on the Irish version of Popstars in Around the same time, footage of Cowell and Osbourne coaching contestants to argue back to the judges was being auctioned over the Internet.

Prior to the first live show, Osbourne accused Cowell of "rigging" the show by editing footage to make the contestants in his category more appealing to viewers. Osbourne attracted criticism again following the final in December when she was forced to make an apology after attracting what Cowell referred to as "record complaints" over an outburst by Osbourne in which she criticised eventual winner Steve Brookstein. This left her place on the show uncertain, although she returned for the second series in

Despite finishing as runners-up, G4 have since referred to The X Factor&#;as "just panto".


  • Both the winning act and runner-up performed different potential winner's singles. This would not happen again until the series.
  • This was the only series to include nine acts in the live shows (excluding X Factor: Battle Of The Stars)
  • All three judges had their last surviving act in the final three.
  • This is the only series where every single act on the live shows performed on The X Factor Live Tour.
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X Factor's back on our screens - and there are some familiar faces in the judges' seats. Here's your guide to every single judge on the show since it started.

The original Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell, was a judge on the X Factor when it first started back in And he's been in the judges seat for every series apart from series eight, nine and 10, when he left to concentrate on the American version of X Factor. He came back with a bang in , mentoring the eventual winner Ben Haenow.
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Music manager Sharon Osbourne judged alongside Simon from the first series and continued for four series, until Cheryl Fernandez-Versini took her place. Like all good X Factor judges, she returned a few years later in series 10, and once again for the latest series.
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Louis Walsh was one of the original panel members, alongside Simon and Sharon, and has only missed one series - the 12th. He's back this year and he'll be hoping for more success than before - he's only ever mentored one winning act, Shane Ward.
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Dannii Minogue joined the judging line up back in series two but left after series seven, to be replaced by Tulisa. She backed a couple of winners during her time on the X Factor - Matt Cardle in and Leon Jackson in
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Cheryl Cole (Fernandez-Versini) replaced Sharon Osbourne in - and she won the competition on her very first series, by mentoring Alexandra Burke. She left with Simon Cowell after series seven to concentrate on the American X Factor, but came back again in She's not judging this year - but it's probably not the last time we'll be seeing Cheryl on the X Factor.
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Gary Barlow had big boots to fill when he replaced Simon Cowell in for three series. Poor Gary never managed to mentor a winner!
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US singer Kelly Rowland joined for just one series in and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.
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Tulisa joined at the same time as Kelly Rowland in , but stayed as a judge for two series. While she was there, she mentored Little Mix, who won in
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Former member of the band the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger became a judge in , after she'd been a guest judge a couple of years earlier. She stayed for a couple of years - but returns this year with Simon, Louis and Sharon.
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Mel B, who used to be in the Spice Girls, replaced Sharon Osbourne for the 11th series, and will also be guest judging in this series.
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Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw judged for one series in , where he mentored the boys - with his act Che Chesterman finishing in third place.
Pop star Rita Ora joined Nick Grimshaw in the judging line up last year, winning with her act Louisa Johnson w. Rita's a one hit wonder on the X Factor though - only staying for one series.
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The X Factor: A complete history of the show

The TV talent show last aired in

Author: Alex RossPublished 27th Jul
Last updated 29th Jul

With the news that The X Factor is on an indefinite hiatus, we've decided to look back on the last 15 series, from the winners, the judges, the presenters, and of course, the best bits from the ITV show.

As the dust settles following the news that ITV have "no plans" for future series of the show, there's no denying the fact this show has brought us some AMAZING talent and entertainment since

Check out the history of The X Factor below

When did The X Factor first start?

The X Factor first aired on ITV in September , with the show being produced by FremantleMedia's Thames and Simon Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment.

After a number of changes in judges, presenters and the overall format of the competition, it was announced in that the show would be taking a break.

Who has won The X Factor?

To date there has been an incredible 15 winners of The X Factor! They are:

Steve Brookstein -

Shayne Ward -

Leona Lewis -

Leon Jackson -

Alexandra Burke -

Joe McElderry -

Matt Cardle -

Little Mix -

James Arthur -

Sam Bailey -

Ben Haenow -

Louisa Johnson -

Matt Terry -

Rak-Su -

Dalton Harris -

The X Factor winners' singles

All 15 winners of The X Factor have released winners' singles, some more successful than others, with a lot going on to take the all-important Christmas Number 1 spot.

Steve Brookstein - 'Against All Odds' (Over 25s)

Steve Brookstein's winning single debuted at Number 2 in the UK charts behind Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas', the following week it went to Number 1.

Shayne Ward - 'That's My Goal' (16–24s)

Shayne Ward was the second winner of the competition and released an original song - whereas most winners released the covers. 'That's My Goal' became the fastest-selling song of !

Leona Lewis - 'A Moment Like This' (16–24s)

According to reports, 1 million copies of the single were pre-ordered by stores and it was downloaded 50, times within 30 minutes of being available online! It reached Number 1 in both the UK singles and download charts.

Leon Jackson - 'When You Believe' (Boys)

The single was another successful winners' single getting to Number 1 in the UK and becoming a Christmas Number 1.

Alexandra Burke - 'Hallelujah' (Girls)

Alexandra's 'Hallelujah' became a Christmas Number 1 for the fifth X Factor winner.

Joe McElderry - 'The Climb' (Boys)

After winning the competition, Joe McElderry's version of 'The Climb' went to Number 1 in the UK. The song was a cover of the Miley Cyrus song which was also released in the same year and featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Matt Cardle - 'When We Collide' (Boys)

Matt Cardle won the seventh series of The X Factor and released his cover of 'When We Collide' (original title - 'Many of Horror'). The song reached Number 1 in the UK and became the second bestselling single of

Little Mix - 'Cannonball' (Groups)

They might be releasing Number 1 songs here, there and everywhere, but back in Little Mix won The X Factor and released 'Cannonball'. Unlike past winner's singles, the song wasn't released during the week of the popular Christmas Number 1 battle. The song debuted at Number 1 becoming the fastest-selling single of the year.

James Arthur - 'Impossible' (Boys)

James Arthur's cover of 'Impossible' was released immediately after he won the ninth series of The X Factor. The single became the fastest-selling winning single from The X Factor!

Sam Bailey - 'Skyscraper' (Over 25s)

'Skyscraper', originally sung by Demi Lovato was released by 's X Factor winner, Sam Bailey. The song became a Christmas Number 1 with all proceeds from the single going to Great Ormond Street Hospital and Together for Short Lives.

Ben Haenow - 'Something I Need' (Over 25s)

Once again The X Factor winner hit the top spot for Christmas in

Louisa Johnson - 'Forever Young' (Girls)

Louisa Johnson released her version of 'Forever Young' however, unlike many of the previous winners' singles it didn't make the top spot, only reaching Number 9 in the UK.

Matt Terry - 'When Christmas Comes Around' (Boys)

Written by none-other than Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge, 'When Christmas Comes Around' was The X Factor's second ever original song to be released as the winner's single. It debuted at Number 3 in the UK.

Rak-Su - 'Dimelo' (Groups)

'Dimelo' was yet another original single to be released as an X Factor winners' single. It reached Number 2 in the UK, being kept off the top spot by Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect'.

Dalton Harris featuring James Arthur - 'The Power of Love'

Who has been a judge on The X Factor?

Since The X Factor first started in , the show has had a massive 15 different judges.

The original panel was made up of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, before the likes of Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Tweedy and Gary Barlow took over, with even more changes coming later down the line.

See the full list of X Factor judges below:

Simon Cowell: ,

Sharon Osbourne: , ,

Louis Walsh: ,

Dannii Minogue:

Cheryl Tweedy: ,

Gary Barlow:

Kelly Rowland:


Nicole Scherzinger: ,

Mel B:

Nick Grimshaw:

Rita Ora:

Ayda Field:

Robbie WIlliams:

Louis Tomlinson:

Who has presented The X Factor?

The X Factor has had a number of different presenters over its 15 year series, but most popular is perhaps the legend that is Mr Dermot O'Leary.

Series one-three were presented by Kate Thornton.

Dermot O'Leary then took over the show in , presenting for six years before announcing he was quitting in

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs took over for the series, before Dermot announced his return just one year later, presenting the show for the final two series.

When is The X Factor coming back?

was the first year in more than 15 years that The X Factor did not grace our TV screens! After a number of spin-off series in , head judge Simon Cowell made the decision to give the show a break.

He said in , "I thought, since it is , a new decade, we have to rest it for a year. "We have to come back with a show that is relevant, different, a show that takes into account all the different things kids are watching and being influenced by."

ITV then confirmed in July that there are "no plans" to bring The X Factor back any time soon - and besides, Simon Cowell now has Walk The Line in the pipeline, a brand new ITV talent show.

Which artists found fame on The X Factor?

Although the likes of Leona Lewis, James Arthur, Little Mix and Shayne Ward all won The X Factor and went on to enjoy MASSIVE careers, there's also a lot of other artists who have appeared on the show, that went on to become major superstars.

One Direction, one of the most successful bands on the planet, actually finished in third place back in After Zayn Malik left the band in , Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson all went onto amazing solo success.

During the same year, Cher Lloyd finished in fourth place, but she still went on to sign a record deal with Syco Music, seeing success in both the UK and the USA.

Another boy band to appear on The X Factor but not win the show was JLS! Marvin, Aston, JB and Oritsé finished in second place behind Alexandra Burke in After a number of successful years, the boys went on a hiatus to focus on their solo carers, before reuniting in

Believe it or not, Olly Murs also didn't win the show, finishing in second place behind Geordie lad Joe McElderry in Olly has since become one of the most successful male artists in the UK, enjoying Number 1 singles, albums and sold-out tours. As if that wasn't enough, he also returned to the show to host in , and is now a coach on The Voice UK.

Fleur East was pipped to the top spot by Ben Haenow in , but with hits such as 'Sax', 'Favourite Thing', and 'Lucky', and an appearance on I'm A Celebrity, Fleur has gone on to enjoy a great career!

The X Factor spin-off shows

As well as the amazing main show, The X Factor has also enjoyed a number of great spin-off shows over the years.

The Xtra Factor

Perhaps the most successful and most memorable X Factor spin-off show was The Xtra Factor, which aired on ITV2 between alongside the main show on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The series had a number of different presenters throughout the years, including Ben Shephard, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Konnie Huq, Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom, and lastly Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Richardson.

The Xtra Factor was very popular with viewers, showing behind the scenes footage from all different stages of the competition, as well as backstage interviews with the judges and fun games with celebrity guests.

In , ITV announced an online show would replace The Xtra Factor after 13 years.

The X Factor: Celebrity

In , Simon Cowell announced a revamped version of show The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, which featured well-known celebrities showing off their singing careers.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, usual faces Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh were on the judging panel as celebs such as Vinnie Jones, Jenny Ryan, Martin Bashir, Kevin McHale and Ricki Lake all took part.

But it was TOWIE star Megan McKenna who won the show, landing a record deal after picking up % of the vote.

The X Factor: The Band

As well as The X Factor: Celebrity, also saw the launch of another X Factor spin-off show, The X Factor: The Band.

Airing in December , the show was a replacement for the preciously announced The X Factor: All Stars, and featured solo artists auditioning for a place in a boy band and a girl band.

Dermot O'Leary once again hosted the show, with Leona Lewis joining both Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel.

With just four episodes in the entire series, girl band Real Like You were crowned the winners ahead of boy band Unwritten Rule, with their winners' single 'Be Like Them'.

When did Louis Walsh quit The X Factor?

After a massive 13 years on the show, it was announced in that veteran judge Louis Walsh would be leaving The X Factor.

Speaking about his decision to leave the show he said, "I've had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I'm ready to leave."

What channel is The X Factor on?

All 15 series of The X Factor aired on ITV.

How can I apply to be on The X Factor?

As the show is taking a break right now, no auditions are open.

How many acts have won The X Factor?

To date, a massive 15 different people have won The X Factor. From Steve Brookstein back in , to the likes of Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle and Little Mix, the show has produced some incredible talent.

Who is the most successful winner of The X Factor?

It's very hard to establish who is the most successful winner of The X Factor, as a huge majority of them have enjoyed success in their own ways. In terms of the winning single's popularity, series two winner Shayne Ward is the most successful X Factor winner to date, and he also went on to appear in Coronation Street.

But the likes of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and James Arthur have also enjoyed incredible success since appearing on the show.

And of course we can't forget about Little Mix! After becoming the first ever group to win the show in , they've gone on to achieve worldwide success, with a number of sold-out tours, Number 1 singles and major advertising deals.

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The X Factor (American TV series)

Former American television series

The X Factor is an Americanreality television music competition show created by Simon Cowell and produced by FremantleMedia North America and SYCOtv, a partnership between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, which aired on Fox.[2] Based on the original UK show, and an addition to The X Factor franchise, the series found new singing talent (solo artists and groups ages 12 and over), drawn from public auditions, and they competed against each other for votes. The winner is determined by the show's viewers via telephone, the Internet, and SMS text voting, and is awarded a recording contract with Cowell's record label Syco Music, worth $5 million in seasons one and two, and $1 million in season three. America voted for the following winners: Melanie Amaro, Tate Stevens, and Alex & Sierra, respectively.

The show began airing on September 21, ,[3] and aired annually from September through December. The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. Each contestant is assigned to one of four categories. The group acts are one category and the others are based on age or gender. For example, in season 1 the categories were girls, boys, groups, and over 30s. Each judge was assigned to one of the categories,[4] and acted as a mentor to the contestants in his or her category, helping with song choices, styling, and staging, while also judging contestants from the other categories after each of the live performances. They competed with each other to try to get one of the contestants in their category to win the competition, thus making them the winning judge.

The most successful act to emerge from the series is Fifth Harmony, with all members launching solo careers.[5]

The original judging panel consisted of Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole, and L.A. Reid, with Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones as co-hosts. Scherzinger later replaced Cole on the panel after two audition sites. Demi Lovato and Britney Spears joined the panel in the second season as replacements for Abdul and Scherzinger, while Khloé Kardashian and Mario Lopez replaced Jones as co-hosts. Reid and Spears did not return for the third season and were replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, while Lopez became sole host after Kardashian was not asked to come back.

Announcement and launch[edit]

On January 11, , News Corporation (via Fox News in the U.S. and The Times in the UK) reported that Cowell would leave American Idol after season nine in order to bring The X Factor to the United States in September Cowell told the Television Critics Association that he was leaving American Idol so that he could judge and act as executive producer of the U.S. version of The X Factor.[6] Additionally, Cowell signed a long-term contract with Sony Music, who already supported Syco Music artists in the UK, under which he was involved with the production of the U.S. version of the show and also worked with the artists who won recording contracts.[2]

In November , Fox began airing short commercials for the program, which displayed the text "Coming to America Fall ".[7][8]The New York Times described the commercials as efforts by the network to set up the launch of The X Factor as a television "event."[7] In February , during Super Bowl XLV, Fox unveiled the official logo for the show in a promo starring Cowell.[9] A second promo was shown during the course of that evening, featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Lady Gaga, the Pussycat Dolls, and Madonna. This promo gave rise to speculation about who would join Cowell on the X Factor judging panel.[10]

In November , it was reported that Cowell was considering re-launching the American version in , though this was proved untrue.[11] However, Cowell has said he was more than willing to give the American version another go, and that they received offers to bring it back on other networks, though he said he would bring it back when there is less competition in the TV talent show landscape.



The show is primarily concerned with identifying singing talent, though appearance, personality, stage presence and dance routines are also an important element of many performances. Each judge is assigned one of four categories, to use their experience to help the artists. For season one, these categories were: "Boys" (aged 12–29 males), "Girls" (aged 12–29 females), "Over 30s" (solo acts aged 30 and over), and "Groups" (including duos). Season two's categories and age group boundaries were changed, with the "Boys" and "Girls" categories becoming "Teens" (solo acts aged 12–17) and "Young Adults" (solo acts aged 18–24), and the "Over 30s" became "Over 25s" (solo acts aged 25 and over). For both seasons, some groups were formed from soloists and other groups rejected after the audition process.[4] Through the live shows, the judges act as mentors to their category, helping to decide song choices, styling, and staging, while judging contestants from other categories.

Stages for seasons 1 and 2[edit]

There are five stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: Producers' auditions (these auditions decide who will sing in front of the judges)
  • Stage 2: Judges' auditions
  • Stage 3: Boot camp
  • Stage 4: Judges' houses
  • Stage 5: Live shows (finals)

Stages for season 3[edit]

There are four stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: Producers' audition (these auditions decide who will sing in front of the judges)
  • Stage 2: Judges' auditions
  • Stage 3: Four-chair challenge
  • Stage 4: Live shows (finals)


The show is open to solo artists and vocal groups aged 12 and above, with no upper age limit.[12][13] Applicants are given an opportunity to apply by uploading a video audition to the Internet. The show's producers also send a "mobile audition van" to various locations throughout the U.S. to audition singers who are unable to attend the arena auditions. A round of first auditions is held in front of producers months before the show is aired, some by application and appointment, and others in "open" auditions that anyone can attend. These auditions, held at various venues around the U.S., attract very large crowds. The producers' auditions are not televised, but shots of crowds waving and "judges' cars" arriving are filmed and later spliced in with the televised auditions shot later in the year. After waiting at the venue for hours (during which crews film more shots of crowds screaming and waving), each candidate is given a brief audition by someone from the production team. If they pass that audition (either because of their talent or because the producers think they will make entertaining television), they are given a "golden ticket" that allows them to audition for a more senior member of the production team. Only candidates who successfully pass this second audition (and then a third along similar lines) are invited to perform in front of the judges. (The televised version misleadingly gives the impression that everyone in the huge crowds shown is waiting for a chance to perform for the judges.)

A selection of the auditions in front of the judges – usually the best, the worst and the most bizarre – are broadcast during the first few weeks of the show. The judges' auditions are held in front of a live audience, and the acts sing over a backing track. If a majority of the judges (in this case, at least three judges) have to say "yes" then the act goes through to the next stage, otherwise, they are sent home.

Boot camp and judges' houses[edit]

In the first two seasons, The contestants selected at the auditions were further refined through a series of performances at "boot camp", and then at the "judges' houses", until a small number eventually progressed to the live finals (seventeen in season 1, and sixteen in season 2).

At boot camp, the judges collaboratively chose a small number of acts (32 in season 1 with eight in each category; 24 in season 2 with six in each category) for the next round, "judges' houses". The producers then assigned each of the judges a category to mentor, and the judges split up for the "judges' houses" round, in which each of them hosted the contestants in their assigned category at a luxurious residence, often scattered around the globe. The houses the contestants visited did not in every case actually belong to the judges, some were rented for the occasion.

The contestants did not know who their mentor would be until they arrived at that judge's house.

During this round, each judge held another round of auditions on location, and then further reduced the number of acts with the help of a celebrity guest.

In season three, these stages of the competition are being replaced by a new stage called "The Six-Chair Challenge", first introduced in the Dutch version of the series.[14]

Live shows[edit]

The selected finalists (either 16 or 17 acts) move into shared accommodation at the Hollywood Hills to take part in the show. The mansion is also notably used for housing the finalists from American Idol.[15]

The finals consist of a series of two live shows, the first featuring the contestants' performances and the second revealing the results of the public voting, culminating in one or more acts being eliminated. Celebrity guest performers also feature regularly. These live shows are filmed at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California. The performance shows are broadcast on Wednesday nights and the results show on Thursday nights. In season one, seventeen acts were put through to the live shows, and sixteen acts were put through in season two.

In addition to the live broadcast on Fox, Sony and SYCOtv created a completely integrated second-screen experience and a Pepsi sponsored live digital pre-show known as The X Factor Digital Experience. In addition to watching the program live on television, the audience was now able to participate on multiple platforms in real-time.[16][17]


The show is primarily concerned with identifying a potential pop star or star group, and singing talent, appearance, personality, stage presence and dance routines are all important elements of the contestants' performances. In the initial live shows, each act performs once in the first show in front of a studio audience and the judges, usually singing over a pre-recorded backing track. Dancers are also commonly featured. Acts occasionally accompany themselves on guitar or piano. Each live show has had a different theme; each contestant's song is chosen according to the theme. After each act has performed, the judges comment on their performance. Heated disagreements, usually involving judges defending their contestants against criticism, are a regular feature of the show. Once all the acts have appeared, the phone lines open and the viewing public vote on which act they want to keep. Once the number of contestants has been reduced to five (season 1), or six (season 2), each act would perform twice in the performances show. This continues until only three acts remain. These acts go on to appear in the grand final which decides the overall winner by public vote.


Before the results are announced, the results show occasionally begins with a group performance from the remaining contestants. However, the song is pre-recorded and the contestants mime, due to problems with the number of microphones.[citation needed] The two acts polling the fewest votes are revealed. Both these acts perform again in a "final showdown", and the judges vote on which of the two to send home. They were able to pick new songs to perform in the "final showdown". "Double elimination" took place in some of the results show, where the bottom three acts were revealed and the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated, and the two with the next fewest votes performed in the "final showdown" as normal. In season two, at the end of each result show, the rankings of the acts based on the public votes were announced.

Ties are possible as there are four judges voting on which of the two to send home. In the event of a tie, the result goes to deadlock, and the act who finished last in the public vote is sent home. The actual number of votes cast for each act is not revealed, nor even the order until after the season's conclusion. However, a twist occurred in season two where the rankings of the acts based on the public vote for the week were revealed after the eliminations on the show. Once the number of contestants has been reduced to four, the act which received the lowest number votes is automatically eliminated from the competition (the judges do not have a vote; their only role is to comment on the performances).


Season Twist
OneAt the end of judges' houses, it was announced that Cowell would bring back one further act from his "Girls" category that he had eliminated at the judges' houses. He believed that he had made "a huge mistake" at judges' houses by not choosing the act for the live shows. The act was later revealed to be Melanie Amaro and therefore season one had a final 17 instead of a final On the first live show, there was no public vote. Instead, each of the judges selected one of their own acts to eliminate. Cowell had to eliminate two acts because he included Amaro as a fifth contestant in his category.
TwoSimilar to season one, there was no public vote on the first live show and each of the mentors selected one of their own acts to eliminate. However, prior to the elimination of each category, each mentor selected two finalists from their own category as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in the "final showdown" and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance. At the start of the second live show, it was announced that all judges agreed to bring back one further act whom they felt should not have been eliminated on the first live show by the mentor. The act was later revealed to be Diamond White.
ThreeJust like the previous two seasons, there was no public vote or final showdown during the first live show. Instead, each of the judges selected one of their own acts to eliminate. At the start of the second live show, it was announced that all judges agreed to bring back one further act whom they felt should not have been eliminated on the first live show by the mentor. The act was later revealed to be Josh Levi.

After The X Factor[edit]

The winner of the competition is awarded a recording contract with Syco Music in association with Sony Music Entertainment, which would include cash payments totaling $5 million.[12][13] A press release on behalf of the show on February 7, called the recording contract "the largest guaranteed prize in television history."[18] Unlike the British version of the show,[19] the costs of recording and marketing the winning artist will be paid for separately from the $5&#; million initial contract payment. The $5 million will be paid directly to the winner in five annual installments of $1 million. Cowell said in a conference call with reporters on February 7, "I think it should be a life-changing prize and just to be clear, this isn't a dressed-up $5 million, this is a guaranteed $5 million payable to the winner. The recording, marketing, and video costs are completely separate to that. It will be paid over five years at $1 million a year."[20] Cowell said in the same conference call that the specific music label within the Sony family that the winner signs with depends on which label could provide the best support to the winner with regard to the type of music the winner chooses to perform.

Series overview[edit]

To date, three seasons have been broadcast, as summarized below.

&#; Act mentored by Simon Cowel
&#; Act mentored by L.A. Reid
&#; Act mentored by Nicole Scherzinger
&#; Act mentored by Britney Spears
&#; Act mentored by Kelly Rowland
&#; Act mentored by Paulina Rubio

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-Up Third Place Fourth Place Winning Mentor Host(s) Sponsors Judges Guest Judges
1September 21, December 22, Melanie Amaro
Josh Krajcik
Over 30s
Chris Rene
Marcus Canty
Simon CowellSteve JonesPepsi
L.A. Reid Nicole Scherzinger Paula Abdul Simon Cowell Cheryl Cole1
2September 12, December 20, Tate Stevens
Over 25s
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Fifth Harmony
L.A. ReidKhloé Kardashian
Mario Lopez
Best Buy
Britney Spears Demi Lovato Louis Walsh2
3September 11, December 19, Alex & Sierra
Jeff Gutt
Over 25s
Carlito Olivero
Restless Road
Simon Cowell Mario Lopez CoverGirl
Herbal Essences
Paulina Rubio Kelly Rowland N/A
  1. ^ Cheryl Cole originally served as a permanent judge for the Los Angeles and Chicago auditions but was dropped and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger who was originally a co-host.
  2. ^ Louis Walsh served as a guest judge for only the Kansas City auditions to replace Simon Cowell who was ill.

Judges and hosts[edit]


At the time of announcing the U.S. version of The X Factor, Simon Cowell was the only confirmed judge for the show.[21] He later said that he was taking the choices of whom to join him on the show very seriously, saying, "It's pointless hiring judges who don't know anything about the music business. I'll probably go and find someone who did what I did for a living. I was an A&R guy for 20 years."[22] Eventually, Grammy Award-winning record executive, songwriter, and record producerL.A. Reid,[23][24] former The X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole,[25][26] and Cowell's former American Idol colleague Paula Abdul[27] were confirmed to join Cowell in the judging panel. Cole was dropped from the show after two sets of auditions and was replaced by co-host Nicole Scherzinger from the Newark auditions.

After season one, the show's producers had said that they would undergo some changes which resulted in, what media outlets called, an "X Factor Shake-up". On January 30, , it was announced that neither Abdul nor Scherzinger would return as a judge for season two with Scherzinger transferring to the UK show for the UK series to replace Kelly Rowland.[28] When searching for replacements, Cowell sought to hire pop star Britney Spears as Scherzinger's replacement. After months of negotiations, Cowell and Spears came to an agreement for season two. Following the employment of Spears, Cowell was looking for a young superstar, in order to bring in a younger audience. On May 14, it was confirmed that Demi Lovato was one of the new judges.

On December 13, , Reid announced that he would not be returning as a judge for a third season, instead opting to focus on Epic Records. Spears announced on January 11, , that she would not be renewing her contract for another season, opting to focus on recording her eighth studio album. In March , Lovato was announced to be joining Cowell on the panel again for season three. In April , it was reported that former judge on The X Factor UKKelly Rowland was the front-runner to replace Reid. In May, it was officially confirmed that Rowland and Paulina Rubio would join Cowell and Lovato for season three.[29]


Cowell initially indicated that The X Factor may have two hosts.[30][31] Numerous people were speculated to host the series, including High School Musical star Corbin Bleu, model Marisa Miller,[32] and Dermot O'Leary, host of the UK version.[33] On May 8, , Nicole Scherzinger and Welsh presenter Steve Jones were announced as co-hosts of the show.[34][35] However, following the departure of judge Cheryl in season one, Scherzinger took her place and Jones became sole host.

After season one, Jones followed Scherzinger and judge Paula Abdul out the door as they were all dismissed from their duties on the show. Reports on who was going to replace Jones as the host circulated for months. Reality star Khloé Kardashian and Extra host Mario Lopez were confirmed as the two hosts hired. The season two auditions, boot camp, and judges' houses phases of the show went on without hosts as they were not yet confirmed. On April 22, , Fox announced that Lopez would return as sole host for season three after Kardashian was not asked back as co-host.[36]

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

In each season, each judge is allocated a category to mentor and chooses a small number of acts (four or five, depending on the season) to progress to the live finals. This table shows, for each season, which category each judge was allocated and which acts he or she put through to the live finals.

&#; – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.


The Pepsi Pre-show Live is a podcast, sponsored by Pepsi, that is broadcast through the X Factor website one hour before every episode in the live rounds of the show. This program features behind-the-scenes looks backstage, acoustic performances, and interviews with celebrities, judges, contestants, and X Factor alumni. This program is hosted by Jesse Giddings, Adrienne Bailon, and Jim Cantiello.


Television ratings[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of The X Factor on Fox.

Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

The show was also broadcast on itv 2 in the united Kingdom, season 1 proved popular launching just 1 day after the American launch date

Awards and nominations[edit]

At the Teen Choice Awards, The X Factor beat rival shows American Idol and The Voice to take the award for Reality Competition Show. The X Factor also won the award for Breakout Show, and Simon Cowell won the Male Personality award.

Teen Choice AwardsReality Competition Show The X FactorWon
Breakout ShowThe X FactorWon
Male Personality Simon Cowell Won
Female Reality Star Melanie AmaroNominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite TV Competition Show The X FactorWon
Favorite Celebrity Judge Demi Lovato Won
Britney SpearsNominated
Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Villain Simon Cowell Won
Teen Choice AwardsReality Competition Show The X FactorWon
Female Artist Demi Lovato Won
Female Hottie Demi Lovato Nominated
Smile Demi Lovato Nominated
Male Personality Simon Cowell Won
Female Personality Demi Lovato Won
Breakout Group Emblem3Won
Choice Style Icon Demi Lovato Won
Choice Single: Female Artist Demi Lovato Won


On February 7, , Fox announced that The X Factor would not be renewed for a fourth season, following Cowell's decision to return to the UK show a day earlier.[42] Cowell later said he would consider rebooting the show if the reality TV singing competition landscape became less competitive.[43]


In the quarter-final of season one, Scherzinger voted to eliminate contestant Rachel Crow from the show over Marcus Canty; this sent the result to deadlock. Following this, Crow was eliminated and Scherzinger was booed off the stage and her future on the show was put in jeopardy.[44] She subsequently received death threats from some viewers.[45] Scherzinger was let go at the end of the season and later transferred to London to replace Kelly Rowland as a judge on the UK show for the UK series. On the UK show, Scherzinger became a more popular and successful judge.

The airing of the season two judges' houses episode on October 17, was cut short abruptly in the middle of Lovato's selection for the top 16 to return to MLB on Fox coverage of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, which had been in a lengthy rain delay and restarted (the game started at 4 p.m. ET so that Fox could run their primetime lineup upon the game's completion).[46] After viewer complaints and a Twitter message from Cowell that consisted of his reaction being "It's what's known as a total f up," the episode was re-aired the next week in full.

In season three, due to graphics errors made in the top 13 round of the live shows regarding voting, all voting results posted in that episode were invalidated, and the contestants sang once more in November 7, , show, with the results revealed on November [47]

Music releases by The X Factor contestants[edit]

Main article: The X Factor (U.S.) discography

International broadcasts[edit]

Following the announcement of the show coming to America, several other broadcasters around the world expressed interest in acquiring the rights to show the American version of the show in their country. The below-mentioned countries may have their own version of The X Factor, dubbed equally or under another name.

  • Brazil: Premiered on October 11, on Canal Sony
  • Bulgaria: Season one premiered Saturday, November 3, on FOX
  • Canada: Simultaneously broadcast with the Fox broadcast on CTV (on Wednesday) or CTV Two (on Thursday).[48] (for the third season, shown only on CTV Two)
  • Cyprus: Premiered on September 30, on RIK 1
  • Czech Republic: Season two premiered on September 15, on Prima Love
  • Denmark: Premiered on October 1, on DR HD
  • Estonia: Premiered on October 9, , and is broadcast on every Sunday on TV3[49]
  • Finland: Premiered on October 4, , and is broadcast on Tuesday and Friday on Sub
  • Greece: Premiered on October 1, on ANT1[50]
  • Hungary: Premiered on October 1, , and is broadcast on every Sunday and Saturday on RTL Klub[51]
  • India: Premiered on September 22, and is simulcast on Big CBS Prime, Love and Spark.
  • Indonesia: A group of local TV networks is airing the shows the same week it is aired in America; in Jakarta it airs on B Channel (now RTV) on Thursday and Friday, with repeats on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Ireland: Premiered on September 13, on TV3 and is broadcast every Friday. Also airs on ITV2 (see UK section).
  • Israel: Premiered on September 14, , and is broadcast on Friday and Saturday on Hot 3
  • Iran: Premiered on December 20, , and is broadcast on Thursday and Friday on GEM TV
  • Japan: Premiered on October 1, on FOX bs
  • Latin America: Premiered on October 12, on Sony Channel. Season 2 premiered on October 26, also on Sony Channel.
  • Latvia: Premiered on December 1, on Channel 2
  • Malaysia: Premiered on September 23, on 8TV
  • Middle East: Premiered on September 24, on OSN First
  • New Zealand: Broadcast 6 hours and 30 minutes after it is aired in the U.S, on TV3[52]
  • Philippines: Premiered on September 22, on Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action).
  • Poland: Premiered on October 11, on Fox Life and is broadcast every Tuesday[53]
  • Portugal: Airs on SIC Mulher
  • Russia: Premiered on January 2, , and is broadcast on Monday to Friday on MTV
  • Singapore: Same day telecast as the U.S. on MediaCorp Channel 5[54]
  • Serbia: Premiered on November 2, on FOX Serbia.
  • Slovakia: Premiered on September 23, on JOJ Plus; season two premiered September 14, on TV JOJ (broadcast in Slovakia 24 hours after it is aired in the U.S.)
  • South Africa: Broadcast on SABC 1
  • Thailand: Broadcast on Workpoint TV (Season 1), RTL CBS Entertainment
  • Turkey: Broadcast on Dizimax Entertainment
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Airs on CNC3
  • United Kingdom and Ireland: As part of Cowell's contract, it was agreed that ITV2, the sister channel to the ITV network (which airs the original British version of The X Factor), would have rights to air the U.S. version. The first season was broadcast in the UK 18 hours after the U.S. airing&#;– it premiered on September 22, in the UK and airs on Thursday and Friday nights. The second season premiered on September 27, , meaning there was initially a delay of two weeks after the U.S. airing. From the live shows onwards, this gap has again reduced to 48 hours. Season 3 premiered on September 20, , 9 days after the U.S. premiere.


On January 7, , Fox, SYCOtv and FremantleMedia North America announced that Pepsi would be the official sponsor of The X Factor.[4][7] The sponsorship included an extensive multi-platform on and off-air marketing partnership.[4] On June 9, Chevrolet was announced as the second official sponsor of the show. Chevrolet's sponsorship would also include an extensive multi-platform on and off-air marketing partnership.[55]Sony was confirmed as the third official sponsor on July Sony's sponsorship of The X Factor would also include an extensive multi-platform on and off-air marketing partnership.[56]Verizon also sponsored the show; they were the official wireless sponsor.[57]

In , the show was the second-highest revenue earning show of the year, with US$ million ad revenue per half-hour, behind American Idol.[58]

For the third season, Honda and Procter & Gamble replaced the previous major sponsors of the show, with Procter & Gamble using it as a platform to promote its CoverGirl, Herbal Essences and Secretpersonal care brands.[59]


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The X Factor UK

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The X Factor UKis the original version of The X Factor. It began in August of and is currently on indefinite hiatus as of February On 27 August , it was suggested by ITV bosses that the show's hiatus may be indefinite; pending Cowell's decision on when to recommence the competition. On 28 July it was announced that The X Factor has been axed after 17 years.

Main Series

Series 1

Main article:Series 1

Series 1 began in September 4, with a judging lineup of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne and hosted by Kate Thornton . This season was eventually won by year-old Steve Brookstein who was mentored by Simon Cowell in the Over 25s category.

Series 2

Main article:Series 2

Series 2 started in August 20, , and utilised the same panel from the first season, as well as the host, Kate Thornton. This season was eventually won by year-old Shayne Ward who was mentored by Louis Walsh in the s category.

Series 3

Main article:Series 3

Series 3 started in August 19, , and utilised the same panel from the first two seasons, as well as the host, Kate Thornton. This season was eventually won by year-old Leona Lewis who was mentored by&#;Simon Cowell in the s category.

Series 4

Main article:Series 4

Series 4 started in August 18, , and utilised the same panel from the first two seasons and added a fourth judge, Dannii Minogue. &#;Dermot O'Leary replaced Kate Thornton as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Leon Jackson who was mentored by&#;Dannii Minogue in the Boys category.

Series 5

Main article:Series 5

Series 5 started in August 16, , and utilised the same panel from the previous season with the exception of Sharon Osbourne who was replaced by Cheryl Cole. &#;Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Alexandra Burke who was mentored by&#;Cheryl Cole in the Girls category.

Series 6

Main article:Series 6

Series 6 started in August 22, , and utilised the same panel from the previous season. &#;Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Joe McElderry who was mentored by&#;Cheryl Cole in the Boys category. Until , he was the youngest winner of the original series.

Series 7

Main article:Series 7

Series 7 started in August 21, , and utilised the same panel from the previous season. &#;Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Matt Cardle who was mentored by&#;Dannii Minogue in the Boys category.

Series 8

Main article:Series 8

Series 8 started in August 20, , and marked the departures of Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole while Louis Walsh remained. Their replacements were Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. &#;Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by four-member female vocal group&#;Little Mix who were mentored by&#;Tulisa in the Groups category. &#;They were the first and so far only girl group to win the original series.

Series 9

Main article:Series 9

Series 9 started in August 18, , and utilised the same panel from the previous season with the exception of Kelly Rowland who was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. &#;Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old James Arthur who was mentored by&#;Nicole Scherzinger in the Boys category. He was the first-ever act to win the original show after surviving being in the Bottom 2 and as of is the first-ever participant to have had two singles sell over a million copies in his homeland. As of October , he has the two biggest-selling singles in the original show's history.

Series 10

Main article:Series 10

Series 10 started in August 31, , and utilised the same panel from the previous season with the exception of Sharon Osbourne who replaced Tulisa. &#;Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Sam Bailey who was mentored by&#;Sharon Osbourne in the Over 25s category.

Series 11

Main article:Series 11

Series 11 started in August 30, , and saw the return of Louis Walsh as judge and the departures of Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger who were replaced by Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B. Dermot O'Leary returned as host. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Ben Haenow who was mentored by&#;Simon Cowell in the Over 25s category.

Series 12

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Series 12 started in August 29, and saw the departures of Louis Walsh and Mel B who were replaced by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Olly Murs and Caroline Flack replaced Dermot O'Leary as presenters. This season was eventually won by&#;year-old Louisa Johnson who was mentored by&#;Rita Ora in the Girls category. She overtook Joe McElderry as the show's youngest winner.

Series 13

Main article:Series 13

Series 13 started in August 27, and saw the return of Simon Cowell from the previous season and the departures of Olly Murs, Caroline Flack,&#;Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora who were replaced by Dermot O'Leary,&#;Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.&#;This season was eventually won by year-old Matt Terry who was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger in the Boys category.

Series 14

Main article: Series 14

Series 14 started in September 2, , with the full panel of; Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger, returning to the judging panel. Dermot O'Leary also returned as the host of the show.&#; This was the first series since to premiere in September rather than August and it was won four-member male vocal group Rak-Su, who were the second group and first boyband to win the original series. They were part of the Groups category, mentored by Simon Cowell.

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Series 15

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Series 15 started on September 1, Although it was initially rumoured that Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh would be returning to the judging panel, they both confirmed their departures and in June the final line-up was confirmed as Simon Cowell and new judges Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and ex-One Direction star Louis Tomlinson. Sharon Osbourne&#;was originally&#;set to return for the live shows as an impartial judge but announced on September 30 that she would no longer be taking part. This season was eventually won by year-old Dalton Harris who was mentored by Louis Tomlinson in the Boys category. He was the first-ever foreigner to win the original series.

The Xtra Factor

Main article: The Xtra Factor UK

The Xtra Factor was a tv program that premiered in It showed unreleased footage of the the show. The program ended in and was replaced by Xtra Bites UK.

Xtra Bites

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Spin Offs

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

Main article: The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars was a celebrity version of The X Factor which aired from the 29th of May to the 5th of June. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne returned as judges with Kate Thornton returning as the host. The competition was eventually won by actress Lucy Benjamin.

The X Factor: Celebrity

Main article: The X Factor: Celebrity

The X Factor: Celebrity&#;is a British celebrity special edition of&#;The X Factor, which premiered from 12 October to 30 November on&#;ITV.

The X Factor: The Band

Main article: &#;The X Factor: The Band&#;

The X Factor: The Band is a upcoming Band version of the X Factor. The series will premiere on 9 December&#;&#;

Cancelled Series

The X Factor: All Stars

Main article: The X Factor: All Stars

The X Factor: All Stars was a planned All Stars soon off series that was going to air near the end of The series was axed and replaced by The X Factor: The Band. Read more

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