The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

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The X Factor: Battle of the Stars
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Hosted by Kate Thornton
Judges
Winner Lucy Benjamin
Runner-up Matt Stevens
Release
Original network ITV
Original release29 May (2006-05-29) 
5 June 2006 (2006-06-05)

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.

Contents

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.

Contestants

Key:

  Winner
  Runner-up
  Third place
Act(s)Age(s)Category (Mentor)Known ForResult
Lucy Benjamin 35Over 25s (Walsh)Former EastEnders actressWinner
Matt Stevens 2316-24s (Osbourne) Rugby union playerRunner-up
Chris Moyles 32Over 25s (Walsh)Television & radio presenterThird place
The Chefs [lower-alpha 1] 37–50Groups (Cowell) Celebrity chefs 4th place
Nikki Sanderson 2216-24s (Osbourne)Former Coronation Street actress5th place
James & Rebecca [lower-alpha 2] 48 & 28Groups (Cowell)Former British Army cavalry officer (Hewitt)
Media personality & glamour model (Loos)
6th place
Michelle Marsh 2316-24s (Osbourne) Page 3 girl & glamour model7th place
Gillian McKeith 46Over 25s (Walsh)Nutritionist, author & television presenter8th place
Paul & Debbie 68 & 47Groups (Cowell)Magician & television presenter (Daniels)
Magician's assistant (McGee)
9th place
  1. The Chefs consists of Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli, Paul Rankin and Ross Burden.
  2. Loos replaced Andrea Catherwood, who was originally scheduled to appear as James Hewitt's singing partner, but was not allowed to appear after ITV News bosses refused to give her permission. [1]

Live shows

Results summary

Colour key
  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)
ActShow 1Show 2Show 3Show 4Show 5Quarter-FinalSemi-FinalFinal
Lucy BenjaminSafeSafeBottom TwoSafeSafeSafeSafeWinner
(day 8)
Matt StevensSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeRunner-up
(day 8)
Chris MoylesSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafe3rdEliminated
(day 7)
The ChefsSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom Two4thEliminated
(day 6)
Nikki SandersonSafeSafeSafeBottom TwoBottom TwoEliminated
(day 5)
James & RebeccaSafeSafeSafeBottom TwoEliminated
(day 4)
Michelle MarshSafeBottom TwoBottom TwoEliminated
(day 3)
Gillian McKeithBottom TwoBottom TwoEliminated
(day 2)
Paul & DebbieBottom TwoEliminated
(day 1)
Final showdownMcKeith,
Paul & Debbie
McKeith,
Marsh
Benjamin,
Marsh
James & Rebecca,
Sanderson
The Chefs,
Sanderson
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate (Over 25s)Paul & DebbieMarshMarshJames & RebeccaSanderson
Osbourne's vote to eliminate (16-24s)Paul & DebbieMcKeithBenjaminJames & RebeccaThe Chefs
Cowell's vote to eliminate (Groups)McKeithMcKeithMarshSandersonSanderson
EliminatedPaul & Debbie
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Gillian McKeith
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Michelle Marsh
2 of 3 votes
Majority
James & Rebecca
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Nikki Sanderson
2 of 3 votes
Majority
The Chefs
Public vote
to save
Chris Moyles
Public vote
to save
Matt Stevens
Public vote
to win

Live show details

Show 1 (29 May 2006)

Contestants' performances on the first live show
ActOrderSongResult
Paul & Debbie1"Let Me Entertain You"Eliminated
Nikki Sanderson2"I've Got the Music in Me"Safe
Gillian McKeith3"I Just Want to Make Love to You"Bottom two
The Chefs4"Uptown Girl"Safe
Matt Stevens5"Mack the Knife"Safe
Lucy Benjamin6"Put Your Records On"Safe
James & Rebecca7"Addicted to Love"Safe
Michelle Marsh8"River Deep – Mountain High"Safe
Chris Moyles9"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Gillian McKeith - backed his own act, Paul & Debbie.
  • Walsh: Paul & Debbie - backed his own act, Gillian McKeith.
  • Osbourne: Paul & Debbie - based on the final showdown performance.

Show 2 (30 May 2006)

Contestants' performances on the second live show
ActOrderSongResult
Chris Moyles1"You Really Got Me"Safe
Michelle Marsh2"Eternal Flame"Bottom two
The Chefs3"Volare"Safe
Lucy Benjamin4"Walking on Sunshine"Safe
Gillian McKeith5"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"Eliminated
James & Rebecca6"Baby, It's Cold Outside"Safe
Nikki Sanderson7"Emotion"Safe
Matt Stevens8"Smooth"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Michelle Marsh - backed his own act, Gillian McKeith.
  • Osbourne: Gillian McKeith - backed her own act, Michelle Marsh.
  • Cowell: Gillian McKeith - based on the final showdown performance.

Show 3 (31 May 2006)

Contestants' performances on the third live show
ActOrderSongResult
Lucy Benjamin1"Get the Party Started"Bottom two
Nikki Sanderson2"The Voice Within"Safe
Chris Moyles3"What a Wonderful World"Safe
Michelle Marsh4"Ironic"Eliminated
The Chefs5"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"Safe
Matt Stevens6"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"Safe
James & Rebecca7"Rock DJ"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: Lucy Benjamin - backed her own act, Michelle Marsh.
  • Walsh: Michelle Marsh - backed his own act, Lucy Benjamin.
  • Cowell: Michelle Marsh - based on the final showdown performance.

Show 4 (1 June 2006)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
ActOrderSongResult
Nikki Sanderson1"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"Bottom two
Chris Moyles2"Beautiful Day"Safe
James & Rebecca3"The Way You Make Me Feel"Eliminated
Matt Stevens4"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"Safe
Lucy Benjamin5"See the Day" (Girls Aloud)Safe
The Chefs6"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Nikki Sanderson - backed his own act, James & Rebecca.
  • Osbourne: James & Rebecca - backed her own act, Nikki Sanderson
  • Walsh: James & Rebecca - based on the final showdown performance.

Show 5 (2 June 2006)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
ActOrderFirst SongOrderSecond songResult
The Chefs1"Get Back"6"That's Amore"Bottom two
Nikki Sanderson2"Run to You"7"Shackles (Praise You)"Eliminated
Chris Moyles3"Achilles Heel"8"Avenues and Alleyways"Safe
Lucy Benjamin4"Call Me"9"Killing Me Softly with His Song"Safe
Matt Stevens5"Nobody Knows"10"Piano Man"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: The Chefs - backed her own act, Nikki Sanderson.
  • Cowell: Nikki Sanderson - backed his own act, The Chefs.
  • Walsh: Nikki Sanderson - based on the final showdown performance.

Show 6: Quarter-final (3 June 2006)

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActOrderFirst SongOrderSecond songResult
Matt Stevens1"Moondance"5"Desperado"Safe
The Chefs2"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"6"Livin' la Vida Loca"Eliminated
Chris Moyles3"That's My Goal"7"Burning Love"Safe
Lucy Benjamin4"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.

Show 7: Semi-final (4 June 2006)

Show 8: Final (5 June 2006)

Contestants' performances on the Final
ActOrderResult
Chris Moyles13rd
Lucy Benjamin2Winner
Matt Stevens3Runner-up

All the contestants appeared to perform "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and Shayne Ward performed "Stand by Me".

Axing and revival

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." [2] 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. [3]

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. [4] [5] 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." [6]

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