The X Factor (British series 1)

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The X Factor
Series 1
Presented by Kate Thornton (ITV)
Judges
Winner Steve Brookstein
Winning mentor Simon Cowell
Runner-up G4
Release
Original network
Original release4 September 
11 December 2004
Series chronology
Next 
Series 2
List of The X Factor episodes

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 2004. The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, judges' homes and live shows, with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell as judges. Kate Thornton presented the show on ITV, whilst Ben Shephard presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.

Contents

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

Steve Brookstein won the series, with Cowell as the winning mentor. [1] Brookstein went on to have some chart success, with runner-up group G4 achieving two platinum albums before splitting up in 2007, but reuniting in 2014.

Selection process

Applications and auditions

Before the auditions, advertisements appeared on ITV, newspapers, and trade magazines, promising that the new show would encourage groups to join, and while the emphasis was on singing, would welcome those who played musical instruments and wrote their own songs. The show would differentiate itself from its predecessor, Pop Idol .

For the first episode of auditions, which aired on 4 September 2004, the judges visited Leeds and London. The second episode aired on 11 September 2004 in which the judges visited Newcastle. The third aired on 18 September 2004, the fourth on 25 September 2004 and the fifth on 2 October 2004.

Bootcamp and judges' homes

After the auditions, each judge was allocated a category at random:

Each judge chose 12 acts from their category to go through to round two. After bootcamp, each judge selected five acts to progress to the judges' homes round. The bootcamp episodes aired on 9 and 16 October 2004.

In judges' homes, the 15 acts went to the homes of their respective judges, where they were interviewed and performed again. Each judge then chose three acts to go through to the live shows, making a total of nine finalists.

Bootcamp Tasks per Category

16-24s:


Location: Hackney Empire

Task 1: Perform "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder in lines of 10.

Task 2: Giving a solo performance of one of these two chosen songs below:

Task 3: Interviews in front of the press and talking about their personal lives.

Task 4: Choose one song from The Beatles back-catalogue and perform it in front of their competitors and Sharon.

Groups:

Location: Angel Recording Studios


Task 1: Perform an song of their own choosing in front of Louis and his team.

Task 2: Write an original song entitled "Right Now" that must contain all these five words:

Task 3: Learn a new song overnight

Task 4: Sing a song that they think that showcases all of their members voices to the best of their ability.

Over 25s:

Location: The Landmark London

Task 1: Both the females and males perform one song of their choice separately one at a time with the opposite gender watching their performance.

Task 2: Learn a new song overnight with another member of the category to perform as an duo.

Task 3: Perform an song that will convince Simon and his panel that they are capable of moving on to the next round.

Judges Houses Performances (Groups and 16-24s)

Groups:

16-24s:

Summary of judges' homes
JudgeCategoryLocationAssistantsContestants eliminated
CowellOver 25sLondonAnnie Skates, Sinitta Odis Palmer, Lloyd Wade
Osbourne16-24s Buckinghamshire Mark Hudson, Terry Longden, Jack Osbourne Megan Ramsay, Andy Steed
WalshGroups Dublin Linda Martin, Faye Sawyer, David Laudat 4Tune, Advance

Finalists

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
ActAge(s)HometownCategory (Mentor)Result
Steve Brookstein 35 London Over 25s (Cowell)Winner
G4 22-24VariousGroups (Walsh)Runner-up
Tabby Callaghan 23 County Sligo, Ireland16-24s (Osbourne)3rd place
Rowetta Satchell 38 Manchester Over 25s (Cowell)4th place
Cassie Compton17 North London 16-24s (Osbourne)5th place
Voices with Soul25-42 Luton Groups (Walsh)6th place
2 to Go23-24 Notts 7th place
Verity Keays51 Grimsby, Lincolnshire Over 25s (Cowell)8th place
Roberta Howett 23 Dublin, Ireland16-24s (Osbourne)9th place

Live shows

Format

Two live shows were broadcast each Saturday evening during the competition. Until week 5, each act performed once in the first show, then the public voted for the act that they wanted to remain in the show. In the other results show, the two acts with the fewest votes were revealed. These two acts then had to sing again before the three judges decided whom to eliminate.

The format changed in the sixth week: each act performed twice in the first show and performed one of their songs in the results show. The act with the fewest votes was eliminated at the end of the second show.

The live shows started on 23 October 2004 and ended on 11 December 2004.

Results summary

Colour key

  Act in team Simon

  Act in team Sharon

  Act in team Louis


  Act was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
  Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
  Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per act
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
Steve BrooksteinSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeWinner
G4SafeSafeSafeBottom TwoSafeSafeSafeRunner-up
Tabby CallaghanSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom TwoSafe3rdEliminated
(semi-final)
Rowetta SatchellSafeSafeSafeSafeSafe4thEliminated
(quarter-final)
Cassie ComptonSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom TwoEliminated
(week 5)
Voices with SoulBottom TwoSafeBottom TwoBottom TwoEliminated
(week 4)
2 to GoSafeBottom TwoBottom TwoEliminated
(week 3)
Verity KeaysSafeBottom TwoEliminated
(week 2)
Roberta HowettBottom TwoEliminated
(week 1)
Final ShowdownHowett,
Voices with Soul
2 to Go,
Keays
2 to Go,
Voices with Soul
G4,
Voices with Soul
Callaghan,
Compton
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate (Groups)HowettKeays2 to GoVoices with SoulCompton
Osbourne's vote to eliminate (16-24s)Voices with SoulKeays2 to GoVoices with SoulNone (abstained)
Cowell's vote to eliminate (Over 25s)Howett2 to GoN/A 1 G4Compton
EliminatedRoberta Howett
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Verity Keays
2 of 3 votes
Majority
2 to Go
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Voices with Soul
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Cassie Compton
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Rowetta Satchell
Public vote
to save
Tabby Callaghan
Public vote
to save
G4
Public vote
to win

^1 Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Live show details

Week 1 (23 October)

Contestants' performances on the first live show
ActOrderSong (Original artist)Result
Voices with Soul1"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"(Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson)Bottom two
Verity Keays2"I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton)Safe
Roberta Howett3"Superstar" (Carpenters)Eliminated
2 to Go4"Don't Know Much" (Linda Ronstadt)Safe
Steve Brookstein5"When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge)Safe
Cassie Compton6"Alfie" (Cilla Black) Safe
G47"Everybody Hurts" (R.E.M)Safe
Rowetta Satchell8"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (Dusty Springfield)Safe
Tabby Callaghan9"You Really Got Me" (The Kinks)Safe
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)

Contestants' performances on the second live show
ActOrderSongResult
Rowetta Satchell1"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (U2)Safe
2 to Go2"Always" (Atlantic Starr)Bottom two
Cassie Compton3"Without You" (Mariah Carey)Safe
Verity Keays4"Wind Beneath My Wings" (Bette Midler)Eliminated
G45"Don't Look Back in Anger" (Oasis)Safe
Tabby Callaghan6"My Oh My" (Slade)Safe
Steve Brookstein7"If You Don't Know Me by Now" (Simply Red)Safe
Voices with Soul8"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin)Safe
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)

Contestants' performances on the third live show
ActOrderSongResult
Tabby Callaghan1"Addicted to Love" (Robert Palmer)Safe
Voices with Soul2"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)Bottom two
Steve Brookstein3"Smile" (Charlie Chaplin)Safe
2 to Go4"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"(from Dirty Dancing )Eliminated
Cassie Compton5"I Say a Little Prayer" (Dionne Warwick)Safe
Rowetta Satchell6"Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland)Safe
G47"...Baby One More Time" (Britney Spears)Safe
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)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
ActOrderSongResult
G41"Circle of Life" (Elton John)Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell2"MacArthur Park" (Donna Summer)Safe
Tabby Callaghan3"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"(Aerosmith)Safe
Voices With Soul4"Lady Marmalade" (Labelle)Eliminated
Cassie Compton5"Hero" (Mariah Carey)Safe
Steve Brookstein6"Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Kris Kristofferson)Safe
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)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
ActOrderSongResult
Steve Brookstein1"Let's Stay Together" (Al Green)Safe
Cassie Compton2"All by Myself"(Eric Carmen)Eliminated
G43"My Way" (Frank Sinatra)Safe
Tabby Callaghan4"Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns N' Roses)Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell5"Somewhere" (from West Side Story )Safe
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 voted to send Compton through to the quarter-final, the result would 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)

  • Best bits song: "She"
Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Rowetta Satchell1"River Deep - Mountain High" (Tina Turner)5"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Diana Ross)Eliminated
G42"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel )6"Somebody to Love" (Queen)Safe
Steve Brookstein3"I Get the Sweetest Feeling" (Jackie Wilson)7"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (R.Kelly)Safe
Tabby Callaghan4"More Than Words" (Extreme)8"Livin' on a Prayer" (Bon Jovi)Safe

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)

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Tabby Callaghan1"Pride (In the Name of Love)" (U2)4"Sailing" (Rod Stewart)Eliminated
Steve Brookstein2"Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison)5"Greatest Love of All" (George Benson)Safe
G43"O Holy Night" (Traditional)6"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen)Safe

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)

Contestants' performances on the final live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond song (song of the series)Originally performed in....OrderThird song (winner's single)Result
Steve Brookstein1"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"3"Smile"Live Show 35"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"Winner
G42"Nessun Dorma"4"Bohemian Rhapsody"Live Show 76"Creep"Runner-up

Reception

Ratings

This series achieved an average of 7.4 million viewers per episode.

EpisodeAir dateOfficial ITV1 rating [2]
(millions)
Weekly rank [2]
(millions)
Auditions 14 September5.2521
Auditions 211 September6.5317
Auditions 318 September7.0814
Auditions 425 September7.2416
Auditions 52 October6.7118
Bootcamp 19 October6.6921
Bootcamp 27.8917
Judges' houses16 October7.3217
Live show 123 October7.1817
Live results 17.8315
Live show 230 October6.5320
Live results 27.2617
Live show 36 November6.8919
Live results 37.0218
Live show 413 November7.4215
Live results 46.8818
Live show 520 November7.9116
Live results 57.9814
Live show 627 November8.0622
Live results 68.0123
Live semi-final4 December7.7920
Live results 77.5223
Final11 December8.6215
Final results9.968

Controversies

Cheating

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 2001. Also, footage of Cowell and Osbourne coaching contestants to argue back to the judges was being auctioned over the Internet. [3]

Claims of Rigging

Before 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. [4] Osbourne attracted criticism again following the final in December 2004 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, [5] although she returned for the second series in 2005.

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