|The X Factor|
|Hosted by||Dermot O'Leary (ITV)|
|Winning mentor||Simon Cowell|
|Finals venue||Fountain Studios (Live Shows) The SSE Arena, Wembley (Final)|
|Original release||30 August –|
14 December 2014
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eleventh series began airing on ITV on 30 August 2014 and finished on 14 December 2014.Dermot O'Leary presented his eighth series of the main show on ITV and Sarah-Jane Crawford presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson. Louis Walsh was the only judge from series 10 to return and was joined by former judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, and new judge Mel B, who replaced Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger. Former judge Tulisa returned as a guest judge for the final on 13 December due to Mel B being ill. The series also saw the lower age limit decreased from 16 to 14, as it was in series 4 and 5. This was Walsh's final series as a judge before returning in series 13. It was O'Leary's final series as presenter on the main show, as he announced on 27 March 2015 that he was leaving to pursue other projects, before returning in series 13. On 11 May, Crawford also confirmed via Twitter that she would leave her position as The Xtra Factor presenter.
Room auditions took place in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh from 16 June to 1 July, followed by arena auditions in London, that were held between 1 and 4 August. Bootcamp was held in London in August and judges' houses around Nice, Los Angeles, Bermuda and Cancún in September. The live shows began on 11 October. Fernandez-Versini mentored the Girls, Mel B mentored the Boys, Walsh mentored the Groups and Cowell mentored the Over 25s. Ben Haenow won the series against Fleur East on 14 December 2014 with 57.2% of the votes.
During the tenth series, Sharon Osbourne stated that she was only back for one series, to "go out on a high".Also, during the first live show of series 10, Gary Barlow revealed that it would be his last series on the show. Louis Walsh, who had also been on the show from its first series, announced his intention to quit as well, although he later backtracked and said that he "might come back" if Simon Cowell returned. Midway throughout the live shows, Walsh said "I'm having so much fun this year, I might stay".
On 7 February 2014, Cowell, who left the UK show after series 7 to launch and judge the U.S. version, announced his return for Gary Barlow's replacement.He said, "I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. It's been three years since I last judged the competition and I'm excited to find a global superstar again. On 13 February, it was reported that Nicole Scherzinger had departed the show, On 14 February, Cowell announced that Scherzinger would not be returning by tweeting, "Nicole will always be a part of the X factor family. Now signed to Sony as an artist. Thank you Nicole for everything. On 24 February, former judge, Dannii Minogue confirmed she would remain on The X Factor Australia judging panel for the 2014 Australian series, rather than return as a judge for the UK show to replace Scherzinger, after Minogue joined the Australian show the year before, despite popular demand in the UK for her to return to the 2014 UK series. On 10 March, former judge Cheryl Cole announced on her Instagram that she will be returning for the eleventh series to replace Osbourne, posting an image of herself and Cowell, accompanied by the caption: "GUESS WHAT!!.. I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!!" On 30 May, Walsh confirmed he would be returning as a judge for his eleventh series. On 11 June, it was confirmed that series 9 guest judge Mel B, who has also previously judged the Australian version, would join the panel as the fourth permanent judge for Scherzinger's replacement. Following Cole's wedding to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on 7 July, it was announced by producers that she would be known throughout the series as her new married name, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. On 13 December 2014, it was announced that former judge Tulisa would return as a guest judge for the final due to Mel B being ill.
Dermot O'Leary confirmed his return for his eighth series as presenter of the main show on ITV.On 3 February 2014, it was reported that Matt Richardson would not return as co-presenter on The Xtra Factor on ITV2. This was later denied, but it was confirmed on 4 June that Richardson would not return. On 11 June, Caroline Flack confirmed on Twitter that she will not be returning as presenter of The Xtra Factor. The next day, it was confirmed that Sarah-Jane Crawford will be the new presenter. Following her departure, Flack began competing as a contestant in the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. Brian Friedman, who served as creative director from series 4-7 before returning to work on the first three live shows of series 9, returned to replace Jerry Reeve and Mark "Swany" Swanhart.
Series 11 was originally O'Leary's final series hosting The X Factor, as he announced in March 2015 his decision to exit the series to pursue other projects. He was later replaced by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, the latter of whom was a contestant during the competition's sixth series.This was also originally the last series to feature Louis Walsh as a judge after 11 years, as he quit in May 2015 to return to full-time management. It was also the only series to feature new judge spice girls star Mel B. They were replaced by BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw and The Voice UK coach, Rita Ora. Osbourne, Walsh, Scherzinger (who collectively replaced Cheryl, Grimshaw and Ora) and O'Leary returned to the show alongside Cowell for the 13th and 14th series, with O'Leary remaining for series 15.
On 12 March 2014, Cowell and Cole, the only confirmed judges at the time, appeared in a Daybreak interview together to promote the eleventh series for the first time. They discussed the upcoming series, their individual returns, Cole's departure from The X Factor USA and their subsequent feud; with Cowell admitting, "I made a mistake" (in relation to Cole's sudden departure). Two advertisements subsequently began to air on ITV featuring Cole and Cowell separately, to encourage potential contestants to audition.Previous contestants Olly Murs, Shayne Ward, One Direction, Jahméne Douglas and Little Mix also appeared in videos encouraging potential applicants to audition.
Rumored judges for the series included Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith, Rita Ora, Kesha, and Murs.
On 12 June, during ITV's coverage of the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a teaser trailer with the caption "Things Are About to Get Loud" first aired. The full trailer, featuring all four of the judges, was unveiled on ITV's YouTube channel on 1 August, and received its first TV airing the following evening.
On 11 March 2014, Cowell confirmed at a press conference in London that closed room auditions would return for series 11, as well as the six-seat challenge at bootcamp.It was also revealed that the minimum age was being lowered from 16 to 14, as it was in series 4 and 5.
In addition to the producers' auditions, the "Mobile Audition Tour" took place up and down the UK and Ireland throughout March and April. Auditions began to open on 24 March, and visited Cork, Belfast, Newquay, Exeter, Bournemouth, Southampton, Bristol, Newport, Barry, Swansea, Romford, Leicester, Brighton, Norwich, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, South Shields, Durham, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Ayr, Solihull, Dudley, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Warrington, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bolton and Widnes by 28 April.
Producers auditions commenced on 5 April in Dublin and ended on 5 May in Liverpool.For the first time, nine open auditions were held, instead of the usual six, and the five in series 6 and 10. This series marked the first time that auditions had visited Ireland since series 7. It was also the first time open auditions were held in Plymouth and Edinburgh.
|Audition city||Open audition date||Open audition venue|
|Dublin||5 April 2014||Convention Centre Dublin|
|Plymouth||8 April 2014||Holiday Inn Plymouth|
|Cardiff||10 April 2014||Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa|
|London||13 April 2014||Emirates Stadium|
|Birmingham||23 April 2014||St. Andrew's|
|Edinburgh||27 April 2014||Murrayfield Stadium|
|Gateshead||30 April 2014||Sage Gateshead|
|Manchester||3 May 2014||Old Trafford Cricket Ground|
|Liverpool||5 May 2014||Liverpool Convention Centre|
Continuing from the format from the last series, both room auditions and arena auditions were held for the judges. In this series four locations were used for the judges auditions, the fewest used in a series at the time (series 12 used two).The auditions started in Manchester (Old Trafford Cricket Ground) on 16 and 17 June. The London auditions (Emirates Stadium) took place on 20 June and from 22–24 June, and were followed by Newcastle (St. James' Park) on 26 June, before concluding in Edinburgh (Assembly Rooms) on 1 July. The only judge missing from an audition day was Mel B, whose absence occurred during one of the arena audition days, due to commitments with America's Got Talent.
The first room audition episode aired on 30 August, and featured Manchester, London and Edinburgh. More room auditions from London, Edinburgh and Manchester, along with those from Newcastle, were shown in 31 August episode.
Notable returning auditionees included Fleur East who reached the live shows in series 2 in the girl group Addictiv Ladies; Chloe Jasmine, who was rejected by the judges at her audition in series 3; Amy Connelly, who reached judges' houses in series 5; Jake Quickenden, who reached judges' houses in series 9; Lydia Lucy, who reached bootcamp in series 10; Tom Mann, who reached bootcamp in series 10; Barclay Beales, who reached bootcamp in series 10; and Paul Akister, who reached judges houses in series 10.Mann and Beales were both eventually put into the eight-piece boy band Stereo Kicks.
|City||Room auditions||Arena auditions|
|Manchester||16–17 June 2014||Old Trafford Cricket Ground||N/A|
|London||20 June 2014||Emirates Stadium||1–4 August 2014||The SSE Arena, Wembley|
|22–24 June 2014|
|Newcastle||26 June 2014||St James' Park||N/A|
|Edinburgh||1 July 2014||Assembly Rooms|
It was reported in March 2014 that Cowell was considering axing the bootcamp stage in favour of the "six-seat challenge" from series 10, whereby judges were assigned their categories at the start of bootcamp and contestants took it in turns to perform for their judge.The six-seat challenge involves successful contestants being offered one of "six seats", representing places at the judges' houses stage of the competition. However, if a judge had already chosen six acts for their category, they could replace them if they preferred a later act. This was a controversial input to the series as many were disappointed to see acts sent home in such a harsh way.
Despite the reports, both bootcamp and the six-seat challenge took place. Mel B's commitments to America's Got Talent delayed her re-entry to the UK until the end of the boot camp stage, after Cowell, Fernandez-Versini and Walsh had finished deliberating on the remaining contestants earlier that day. It was only then that all four judges learned their categories: Walsh was given the Groups category, Mel B was given the Boys, Fernandez-Versini was given the Girls and Cowell was given the Over 25s.The six-seat challenge took place at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 9 and 10 August. A total of 114 acts successfully reached the bootcamp this year. They were put into groups and took part in a sing-off, where the judges cut half of the acts, leaving only 57 acts to compete for the "six-seat challenge". Any contestant under 16 could not be swapped out if they were given a seat.
For judges' houses, Walsh took the Groups to Bermuda and was assisted by former judge Tulisa Contostavlos; Mel B took the Boys to Cancún, with assistance from fellow Spice Girls member Emma Bunton; Fernandez-Versini took the Girls to Nice and was assisted by Tinie Tempah;and Cowell took the Over 25s to Los Angeles, where he was assisted by Sinitta.
|Judge||Category||Location||Guest mentor(s)||Contestants eliminated||Wildcard[ citation needed ]|
|Cowell||Over 25s||Los Angeles||Sinitta||Helen Fulthorpe, Lizzy Pattinson||Stevi Ritchie|
|Fernandez Versini||Girls||Nice||Tinie Tempah||Kerrianne Covell, Emily Middlemas||Lola Saunders|
|Mel B||Boys||Cancún||Emma Bunton||Danny Dearden, Jordan Morris||Jack Walton|
|Walsh||Groups||Bermuda||Tulisa||Concept, New Girl Group, The Brooks||Overload Generation*|
Overload Generation were originally eliminated during Boot Camp after being switched out in the six chair challenge. Despite this, Mel B chose them as Walsh's Wildcard act over the three groups that had been eliminated during the Judges Houses round.
|Ben Haenow||29||Croydon||Over 25s (Cowell)||Winner|
|Fleur East||27||Walthamstow||Over 25s (Cowell)||Runner-up|
|Andrea Faustini||20||Rome, Italy||Boys (Mel B)||3rd place|
|Lauren Platt||17||Billericay||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||4th place|
|Stereo Kicks||15–21||Various||Groups (Walsh)||5th place|
|Stevi Ritchie||34||Colchester||Over 25s (Cowell)||6th place|
|Only The Young||17–21||Various||Groups (Walsh)||7th place|
|Jay James||31||Saundersfoot||Over 25s (Cowell)||8th place|
|Paul Akister||25||Lancaster||Boys (Mel B)||9th place|
|Lola Saunders||20||East Boldon||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||10th place|
|Jack Walton||18||Castleford||Boys (Mel B)||11th place|
|Jake Quickenden||26||Scunthorpe||12th place|
|Chloe Jasmine||24||Surrey||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||13th place|
|Stephanie Nala||20||Cheshunt||14th place|
|Overload Generation||18–20||Various||Groups (Walsh)||15th place|
|Blonde Electra||22 & 24||Düsseldorf, Germany / London||16th place|
It was announced on 24 September 2014 that there would be a wildcard twist on the live show. However, in a change to previous years, the judges selected the wildcard acts for each other's categories.Fernandez-Versini chose Stevi Ritchie for the Over 25s; Mel B chose Overload Generation for the Groups; Cowell chose Jack Walton for the Boys; and Walsh chose Lola Saunders for the Girls. This meant that there would be 16 finalists, and there would be double eliminations like in series 7 and 8.
For the first time in the show's history, all votes via the official app will be free of charge. Mark Brittain, Global Head of Commercial at Syco Entertainment, announced, "We are constantly looking to innovate around the show. Giving the viewers the ability to vote free through the app will allow viewers, we believe, an even greater opportunity to interact with their favourite show and, of course, play the hugely important role in deciding the ultimate winner of the series."
The live shows began on 11 October 2014. Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift performed on the first live results show,whilst Jessie J and Maroon 5 performed on the second live results show. The third live results show featured performances from OneRepublic and Ed Sheeran. The Script performed on the fourth live show, whilst John Legend and The X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini performed on the following results show. The fifth live results show featured performances from Sam Smith and 2010 finalists One Direction, and the sixth live results show featured performances from former judge Nicole Scherzinger and 2009 runner-up Olly Murs. In addition, this results show had the world premiere of the official music video for Band Aid 30. The seventh live show included a performance from David Guetta featuring Emeli Sandé, while Labrinth and Take That performed on the following results show. Queen + Adam Lambert, series 9 semi-finalists Union J and series 9 contestant Ella Henderson performed on the eighth live results show on 30 November. 2012 US X Factor finalists Fifth Harmony, 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey, and Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé performed on the semi-final live results show on 7 December 2014. Take That, Meghan Trainor and Ed Sheeran performed on the live final on Saturday 13 December 2014, while Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato, One Direction featuring Ronnie Wood and Sam Smith performed on the live final results show on Sunday 14 December 2014.
Act mentored by Simon Cowell
Act mentored by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Act mentored by Louis Walsh
Act mentored by Mel B
|–||Act was in the bottom two/three and had to perform again in the sing-off|
|–||Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated|
|–||Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no sing-off)|
|–||Act received the most public votes|
|Act||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Quarter-Final||Semi-Final||Final|
|Saturday Vote||Sunday Vote|
|Only The Young||13th|
|Only The Young,|
|James, Ritchie||Faustini, Ritchie||Platt,|
|No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone|
|Walsh's vote |
to eliminate (Groups)
|Mel B's vote |
to eliminate (Boys)
|Nala||Jasmine||Only The Young||Saunders||James||James||Ritchie||Platt||Platt|
|Fernandez-Versini's vote |
to eliminate (Girls)
|Overload Generation||Stereo Kicks||Quickenden||Stereo Kicks||James||James||Ritchie||Stereo Kicks||Faustini|
|Cowell's vote |
to eliminate (Over 25s)
|Overload Generation||Jasmine||Quickenden||Stereo Kicks||Akister||Ritchie||Faustini||Stereo Kicks||Platt|
3 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
|Only The Young|
2 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
The wildcard acts were announced at the beginning of the show with Jack Walton chosen by Cowell for the Boys, Lola Saunders was chosen by Walsh for the Girls, Stevi Ritchie was chosen by Fernandez-Versini for the Over 25s, and Overload Generation were chosen by Mel B for the groups.
|Paul Akister||Boys (Mel B)||1||"Ghost"||Safe|
|Lola Saunders (Wildcard Girls)||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||2||"Stay with Me"||Safe|
|Overload Generation (Wildcard Groups)||Groups (Walsh)||3||"I Kissed a Girl"||Bottom three|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||4||"Changing"||Safe|
|Stephanie Nala||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||5||"Everything I Own"||Bottom three|
|Jack Walton (Wildcard Boys)||Boys (Mel B)||6||"Only Girl (In the World)"||Safe|
|Chloe Jasmine||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||7||"Toxic"||Safe|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||8||"Roar"||Safe|
|Stevi Ritchie (Wildcard Over 25s)||Over 25s (Cowell)||9||"Livin' la Vida Loca"||Safe|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||10||"Happy"||Safe|
|Blonde Electra||Groups (Walsh)||11||"Kids in America"||Eliminated|
|Ben Haenow||Overs 25s (Cowell)||12||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Safe|
|Jake Quickenden||Boys (Mel B)||13||"She's the One"||Safe|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||14||"All About That Bass"||Safe|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||15||"Jailhouse Rock"/"Twist and Shout"||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||16||"Earth Song"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Overload Generation||Groups (Walsh)||1||"A Thousand Years"||Eliminated|
|Stephanie Nala||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||2||"Have You Ever?"||Safe|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Overload Generation were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
|Jack Walton||1||1988||"Straight Up"||Safe|
|Stephanie Nala||2||1980||"Call Me"||Eliminated|
|Andrea Faustini||3||1988||"One Moment in Time"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Lauren Platt||4||1983||"Flashdance... What a Feeling"||Safe|
|Ben Haenow||5||1985||"Jealous Guy"||Safe|
|Fleur East||6||1990||"It's a Shame (My Sister)"||Safe|
|Stereo Kicks||7||1984||"The Boys of Summer"||Bottom three|
|Jake Quickenden||9||1983||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||Safe|
|Chloe Jasmine||10||1980||"Fame"||Bottom three|
|Paul Akister||11||1980||"If You Don't Know Me by Now"||Safe|
|Stevi Ritchie||12||1987||"Never Gonna Give You Up"||Safe|
|Only The Young||13||1982||"Come On Eileen"||Safe|
|Jay James||14||1988||"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"||Safe|
|Chloe Jasmine||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||1||"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"||Eliminated|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||2||"I'll Stand by You"||Safe|
|Jake Quickenden||Boys (Mel B)||1||"She's Like the Wind"||Dirty Dancing||Bottom two|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||2||"Boom Clap"||The Fault in Our Stars||Bottom two|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Skyfall"||Skyfall||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||4||"Listen"||Dreamgirls||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Lola Saunders||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||5||"When You Believe"||The Prince of Egypt||Safe|
|Paul Akister||Boys (Mel B)||6||"Try a Little Tenderness"||The Commitments||Safe|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||7||"Let It Go"||Frozen||Safe|
|Jack Walton||Boys (Mel B)||8||"Eye of the Tiger"||Rocky III||Safe|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||9||"Lady Marmalade"||Moulin Rouge!||Safe|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||11||"Let It Be"/"Hey Jude"||Across the Universe||Safe|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||12||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Armageddon||Safe|
|Jake Quickenden||Boys (Mel B)||1||"Red"||Eliminated|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||2||"The Winner Takes It All"||Safe|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Highway to Hell"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Lola Saunders||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||2||"Crazy"||Bottom two|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Thriller"||Safe|
|Jack Walton||Boys (Mel B)||4||"Bleeding Love"||Eliminated|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||5||"Mad World"||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||6||"Relight My Fire"||Safe|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||7||"Dark Horse"||Safe|
|Paul Akister||Boys (Mel B)||8||"Bat Out of Hell"||Safe|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||9||"Monster Mash"||Safe|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||10||"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"||Bottom two|
|Stevi Ritchie||Over 25s (Cowell)||11||"The Music of the Night"||Safe|
|Lola Saunders||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||1||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Eliminated|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||2||"Perfect"||Safe|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Saunders was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
|Paul Akister||Boys (Mel B)||1||"Don't Stop Me Now"||Queen||Bottom two|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"The Show Must Go On"||Bottom two|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||3||"I'll Be There"||Michael Jackson||Safe|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||4||"Blame It on the Boogie"||Safe|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||5||"Man in the Mirror"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Stevi Ritchie||6||"Bohemian Rhapsody"||Queen||Safe|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||7||"You Are Not Alone"||Michael Jackson||Safe|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||8||"Will You Be There"||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||9||"Somebody to Love"||Queen||Safe|
|Paul Akister||Boys (Mel B)||1||"Clown"||Eliminated|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"Tears in Heaven"||Safe|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Akister was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
Musical guests: Nicole Scherzinger ("Run") and Olly Murs ("Wrapped Up")The world premiere play and official video of the Band Aid 30 track "Do They Know It's Christmas?" were aired during the results show. Bob Geldof appeared on the results show to talk about the recording and promote the single.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Big Band Artist||Result|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||1||"Summertime"||George Gershwin||Safe|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||2||"Smile"||Charlie Chaplin||Safe|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Empire State of Mind"/"Theme from New York, New York"||Alicia Keys / Frank Sinatra||Bottom two|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||4||"Mack the Knife"||Bobby Darin||Safe|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||5||"Cry Me a River"||Michael Bublé||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||6||"I Wan'na Be Like You"||Louis Prima||Safe|
|Stevi Ritchie||Over 25s (Cowell)||7||"Mambo No. 5"/"She Bangs"||Lou Bega / Ricky Martin||Bottom two|
|Fleur East||8||"Bang Bang"||Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj||Safe|
|Jay James||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Somewhere Only We Know"||Eliminated|
|Stevi Ritchie||2||"Somebody to Love"||Safe|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. James was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||1||"How Will I Know"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"I Will Always Love You"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Only The Young||Groups (Walsh)||3||"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"||Elton John||Eliminated|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||4||"I Have Nothing"||Whitney Houston||Bottom two|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||5||"I'm Every Woman"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Stevi Ritchie||Over 25s (Cowell)||6||"I'm Still Standing"||Elton John||Bottom two|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||7||"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"||Elton John||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||1||"Stop!"||Safe|
|Stevi Ritchie||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"This Is the Moment"||Eliminated|
For the first time this series, contestants performed two songs each. One song was chosen by a public vote via the official The X Factor app.The second song was chosen by various music artists.
|"If I Ain't Got You"||Chosen|
|"Family Portrait"||Not chosen|
|"If You Love Me"||Not chosen|
|Andrea Faustini||"Respect"||Not chosen|
|"Thinking Out Loud"||Chosen|
|"You Are So Beautiful"||Not chosen|
|"With a Little Help from My Friends"||Not chosen|
|Lauren Platt||"Ain't Nobody"||Not chosen|
|"Don't You Worry Child"||Chosen|
|"Story of My Life"||Not chosen|
|"Fix You"||Not chosen|
|"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"||Not chosen|
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Chosen by||Order||Second song||Chosen by||Result|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Come Together"||One Direction||7||"Thinking Out Loud"||Public vote||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||2||"Clarity"||Little Mix||6||"Don't You Worry Child"||Public vote||Bottom two|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||3||"Just the Way You Are"||Tulisa||8||"Run"||Public vote||Bottom two|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||4||"A Fool in Love"||Emeli Sandé||9||"If I Ain't Got You"||Public vote||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||5||"Chandelier"||Sam Smith||10||"Hero"||Public vote||Safe|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||1||"I Know Where I've Been"||Safe|
|Stereo Kicks||Groups (Walsh)||2||"I Won't Give Up"||Eliminated|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Stereo Kicks were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"All I Want for Christmas Is You"||6||"Uptown Funk"||Safe|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||2||"Stay Another Day"||5||"Story of My Life"||Bottom two|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Please Come Home for Christmas"||8||"Hallelujah"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||4||"O Holy Night"||7||"Wrecking Ball"||Bottom two|
|Lauren Platt||Girls (Fernandez-Versini)||1||"There You'll Be"||Eliminated|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||2||"Who You Are"||Safe|
Mel B did not appear on the judging panel on Saturday's show due to illness and was replaced by former judge Tulisa.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||New song||Order||Duet song||Partner||Result|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Demons"||4||"Thinking Out Loud"||Ed Sheeran||Safe|
|Andrea Faustini||Boys (Mel B)||2||"Feeling Good"||5||"Ghost"||Ella Henderson||Eliminated|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Can't Hold Us"||6||"Beneath Your Beautiful"||Labrinth||Safe|
Andrea Faustini received the fewest public votes and was automatically eliminated.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Favourite song||Originally Performed in..||Order||Winner's song||Result|
|Ben Haenow||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Man in the Mirror"||Live Show 5||3||"Something I Need"||Winner|
|Fleur East||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"Uptown Funk"||Live Show 9||4||"Something I Need"||Runner-up|
|Episode||Air date||Duration (minutes) 1||Share (%)||Official ITV rating|
|Official ITV HD rating|
|Weekly rank 3|
|Auditions 1||30 August||85||40.9||8.33||1.76||10.09||2|
|Auditions 2||31 August||60||32.2||7.48||1.36||8.84||3|
|Auditions 3||6 September||80||39.4||8.08||1.52||9.60||2|
|Auditions 4||7 September||65||28.4||7.03||1.46||8.49||4|
|Auditions 5||13 September||80||38.9||8.09||1.62||9.71||2|
|Auditions 6||14 September||60||32.9||7.61||1.47||9.08||3|
|Auditions 7||20 September||80||39.2||8.13||1.57||9.70||3|
|Auditions 8||21 September||60||35.2||7.72||1.63||9.35||4|
|Bootcamp 1||26 September||60||23.3||5.62||1.19||6.81||17|
|Bootcamp 2||27 September||80||32.3||7.16||1.31||8.47||5|
|Bootcamp 3||28 September||60||35.4||8.16||1.42||9.58||2|
|Judges' houses 1||3 October||60||27.7||6.08||1.20||7.28||17|
|Judges' houses 2||4 October||80||30.4||6.76||1.40||8.16||7|
|Judges' houses 3||5 October||60||33.9||7.78||1.80||9.58||4|
|Live show 1||11 October||150||31.3||6.74||1.57||8.31||8|
|Live results 1||12 October||60||33.7||7.57||1.75||9.32||4|
|Live show 2||18 October||140||33.2||6.74||1.65||8.39||8|
|Live results 2||19 October||60||33.6||7.45||1.52||8.97||4|
|Live show 3||25 October||130||31.6||6.49||1.53||8.02||9|
|Live results 3||26 October||60||31.1||6.82||1.39||8.21||8|
|Live show 4||1 November||135||31.7||6.83||1.34||8.17||8|
|Live results 4||2 November||60||28.9||6.69||1.42||8.11||9|
|Live show 5||8 November||105||33.2||7.01||1.57||8.58||7|
|Live results 5||9 November||60||27.6||6.54||1.31||7.85||10|
|Live show 6||15 November||100||32.6||6.74||1.54||8.28||9|
|Live results 6||16 November||60||31.9||7.22||1.64||8.86||6|
|Live show 7||22 November||100||32.4||6.84||1.39||8.23||9|
|Live results 7||23 November||60||30.4||6.84||1.43||8.27||8|
|Live show 8||29 November||105||33.1||6.96||1.42||8.38||11|
|Live results 8||30 November||60||30.4||6.84||1.46||8.30||12|
|Live show 9||6 December||90||31.0||6.25||1.48||7.73||15|
|Live results 9||7 December||60||31.4||7.12||1.53||8.65||11|
|Live final||13 December||125||35.8||7.34||1.59||8.93||4|
|Live final results||14 December||125||35.2||8.03||1.85||9.88||3|
^1 Includes advert breaks
^2 Excludes ITV+1
^3 The rank for the ITV broadcast, compared with all channels for that week, from Monday to Sunday.
In July 2014, it was reported that auditionee Adam Miller was suing producers of the show for "cruel" treatment, claiming that they urged him to audition and persuaded him that he "wouldn't be embarrassing" himself, but he was then laughed at by Cowell during his audition which caused much controversy. Miller reportedly required counselling, and said, "I've been lied to, manipulated and used by the show and I can't be the only one. It might be Simon Cowell and it might be The X Factor, but that's wrong and I'm not going to let them get away with it. They approached me. They gave me a bit of self-confidence, then cruelly and deliberately stripped it away to make good TV." A spokesperson confirmed that Miller's audition would not be broadcast.
There were allegations of favouritism after Chloe Jasmine was allowed to audition twice. She apparently fluffed her arena audition by forgetting her words and bursting into tears, but none of this was shown on television. Instead, viewers saw Jasmine sail through to bootcamp after wowing the judges on a different night and singing the song "Why Don't You Do Right", tricking them into thinking that that had been her only audition. However, a show insider claimed that Chloe was given a second chance because she was going through a rough time: "Chloe was given a second chance as she was upset during her first performance. She had recently split up with her boyfriend so she wasn't in a fit state to perform. We gave her the chance to go away and compose herself. This does happen and the only reason it wasn't seen on the show was that there wasn't enough time to fit all of this into one episode."
During The Xtra Factor after the second results show, in which Stereo Kicks took part in the sing-off, Crawford asked Walsh, their mentor, about them. He said, live on television, that he "never wanted eight boys in the band", "Simon put them together" and generally insinuated that he wanted to cut several members from the band.During several interviews between the week 2 results and the week 3 performance, Stereo Kicks mentioned how disappointed they were that their mentor didn't seem to want them, and there were rumours that the band would be split up during the week 3 live performances. These rumours turned out to be false, and Cowell made Walsh apologise to the band after their week 3 performance. Cowell also offered Stereo Kicks the opportunity to be mentored by him, although it is not certain whether he was serious.
Stereo Kicks announced they had split up on 18 July 2015.[ citation needed ] Stereo Kicks member Reece Bibby joined a new band, New Hope Club, that November.
After Fleur East completed her performance in week 2, Mel B commented that East had allowed the backing vocals of the track to drown out her own, and accused her of "cheating." This caused a massive uproar backstage after the live show had ended, especially between Mel B and Cowell, East's mentor.
Also, as the semi-finals approached, the other semi-finalists, Andrea Faustini, Ben Haenow and Lauren Platt, were reported to have complained about the judges apparently setting East up to win, with a source saying "It's beginning to look obvious the judges want her to win. It may as well be called The F Factor – it's very unfair."Haenow later stated in an interview that the rumours were false, and that their mentor Cowell is not biased towards any of his acts.
During the fourth live show, Fernandez-Versini said that her act, Lola Saunders, kept to the theme of Halloween by having dancers dressed in straitjackets behind her, while performing the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy". This caused problems[ clarification needed ] to charities that help mental health suffers that felt that the performance and comments helped to normalise the stereotype that mental health sufferers are dangerous. No public apology was issued.
During the results show of the semi-final, Idina Menzel and Michael Buble were invited to perform Baby, It's Cold Outside from Menzel's latest album. After the performance had finished Cowell and Walsh gave the duo a standing ovation while Mel B and Fernandez-Versini remained seated without applauding. Many viewers or the show and fans of the artists critiqued the judges as being "disrespectful" of the guests and ignoring common decency.The day after, Fernandez-Versini issued a statement saying that her and Mel B were too focused on their acts being in the bottom two to applaud and her dress made it difficult to stand.
During The Xtra Factor after the semi-final results show, Mel B scolded Walsh for grabbing her bottom during an interview. Visibly irritated she moved away from Walsh, who said he was only looking after her. Crawford and the other judges, Cowell and Fernandez-Versini, tried to reassure her that she was "safe" while laughing off the gesture. After resurfacing on social media in July 2018, the clip sparked outrage around the normalcy of sexual harassment. The video caused a debate among users with some defending Walsh based on his alleged homosexuality and the justification that he was unaware of what he was doing. Others pointed out if it can happen so openly in a public setting there is a correlation to how frequently it may happen behind closed doors.Walsh stated on 21 July that he grabbed Mel B's bottom as a joke, but conceded that the gesture was no longer politically correct due to social media reaction.
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