|The X Factor: Battle of the Stars|
|Hosted by||Kate Thornton|
|Original release||29 May –|
5 June 2006
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars is a UK celebrity special edition of The X Factor , which screened on ITV, started on 29 May 2006 and lasting for eight consecutive nights. Pop Idol was meant to air in its place as Celebrity Pop Idol but was stopped shortly before transmission, when ITV picked The X Factor over it.
Nine celebrity acts participated, singing live in front of the nation and facing the judges of the previous The X Factor series, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. Voting revenues were donated to the celebrities' chosen charities.
Cowell originally axed the format after its first airing, describing as "pointless", however, a revamped variation of the format aired in 2019, titled The X Factor: Celebrity with Cowell and Walsh reprising their roles as judges and Nicole Scherzinger replacing Osbourne on the panel as well as Dermot O'Leary taking over from Kate Thornton as host.
|Act(s)||Age(s)||Category (Mentor)||Known For||Result|
|Lucy Benjamin||35||Over 25s (Walsh)||Former EastEnders actress||Winner|
|Matt Stevens||23||16-24s (Osbourne)||Rugby union player||Runner-up|
|Chris Moyles||32||Over 25s (Walsh)||Television & radio presenter||Third place|
|The Chefs||37–50||Groups (Cowell)||Celebrity chefs||4th place|
|Nikki Sanderson||22||16-24s (Osbourne)||Former Coronation Street actress||5th place|
|James & Rebecca||48 & 28||Groups (Cowell)||Former British Army cavalry officer (Hewitt)|
Media personality & glamour model (Loos)
|Michelle Marsh||23||16-24s (Osbourne)||Page 3 girl & glamour model||7th place|
|Gillian McKeith||46||Over 25s (Walsh)||Nutritionist, author & television presenter||8th place|
|Paul & Debbie||68 & 47||Groups (Cowell)||Magician & television presenter (Daniels)|
Magician's assistant (McGee)
|–||Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown|
|–||Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)|
|Act||Show 1||Show 2||Show 3||Show 4||Show 5||Quarter-Final||Semi-Final||Final|
|Lucy Benjamin||Safe||Safe||Bottom Two||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Winner|
|The Chefs||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom Two||4th||Eliminated|
|Nikki Sanderson||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom Two||Bottom Two||Eliminated|
|James & Rebecca||Safe||Safe||Safe||Bottom Two||Eliminated|
|Michelle Marsh||Safe||Bottom Two||Bottom Two||Eliminated|
|Gillian McKeith||Bottom Two||Bottom Two||Eliminated|
|Paul & Debbie||Bottom Two||Eliminated|
Paul & Debbie
|James & Rebecca,|
|No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone|
|Walsh's vote to eliminate (Over 25s)||Paul & Debbie||Marsh||Marsh||James & Rebecca||Sanderson|
|Osbourne's vote to eliminate (16-24s)||Paul & Debbie||McKeith||Benjamin||James & Rebecca||The Chefs|
|Cowell's vote to eliminate (Groups)||McKeith||McKeith||Marsh||Sanderson||Sanderson|
|Eliminated||Paul & Debbie|
2 of 3 votes
2 of 3 votes
2 of 3 votes
|James & Rebecca|
2 of 3 votes
2 of 3 votes
|Paul & Debbie||1||"Let Me Entertain You"||Eliminated|
|Nikki Sanderson||2||"I've Got the Music in Me"||Safe|
|Gillian McKeith||3||"I Just Want to Make Love to You"||Bottom two|
|The Chefs||4||"Uptown Girl"||Safe|
|Matt Stevens||5||"Mack the Knife"||Safe|
|Lucy Benjamin||6||"Put Your Records On"||Safe|
|James & Rebecca||7||"Addicted to Love"||Safe|
|Michelle Marsh||8||"River Deep – Mountain High"||Safe|
|Chris Moyles||9||"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"||Safe|
|Chris Moyles||1||"You Really Got Me"||Safe|
|Michelle Marsh||2||"Eternal Flame"||Bottom two|
|Lucy Benjamin||4||"Walking on Sunshine"||Safe|
|Gillian McKeith||5||"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"||Eliminated|
|James & Rebecca||6||"Baby, It's Cold Outside"||Safe|
|Lucy Benjamin||1||"Get the Party Started"||Bottom two|
|Nikki Sanderson||2||"The Voice Within"||Safe|
|Chris Moyles||3||"What a Wonderful World"||Safe|
|The Chefs||5||"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"||Safe|
|Matt Stevens||6||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Safe|
|James & Rebecca||7||"Rock DJ"||Safe|
|Nikki Sanderson||1||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"||Bottom two|
|Chris Moyles||2||"Beautiful Day"||Safe|
|James & Rebecca||3||"The Way You Make Me Feel"||Eliminated|
|Matt Stevens||4||"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"||Safe|
|Lucy Benjamin||5||"See the Day" (Girls Aloud)||Safe|
|The Chefs||6||"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"||Safe|
|Act||Order||First Song||Order||Second song||Result|
|The Chefs||1||"Get Back"||6||"That's Amore"||Bottom two|
|Nikki Sanderson||2||"Run to You"||7||"Shackles (Praise You)"||Eliminated|
|Chris Moyles||3||"Achilles Heel"||8||"Avenues and Alleyways"||Safe|
|Lucy Benjamin||4||"Call Me"||9||"Killing Me Softly with His Song"||Safe|
|Matt Stevens||5||"Nobody Knows"||10||"Piano Man"||Safe|
|Act||Order||First Song||Order||Second song||Result|
|The Chefs||2||"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"||6||"Livin' la Vida Loca"||Eliminated|
|Chris Moyles||3||"That's My Goal"||7||"Burning Love"||Safe|
|Lucy Benjamin||4||"If I Ain't Got You"||8||"Maybe"||Safe|
For the first time in the series, there was no bottom two. The act with the fewest votes was eliminated.
All the contestants appeared to perform "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and Shayne Ward performed "Stand by Me".
It was reported on 26 August 2006 that Cowell had axed the show, describing it as "pointless" and adding "we are never going to do it again."However, in 2018, he stated in an interview with The Sun on 30 November 2018 that he would consider reviving the show for a second series as a charity special.
The show's format was reported to return in 2019, along with a separate series for former contestants with a similar format, as the regular series is being put on hiatus due to declining ratings.On 7 July 2019, Walsh spoke about the return of the series, stating, "I go to Los Angeles on Tuesday, I go to Simon's house in Malibu, it's me Simon and Nicole [Scherzinger] and we're doing the celebrity one."
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