The X Factor (British series 14)

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The X Factor
Series 14
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary
Judges
Winner Rak-Su
Winning mentor Simon Cowell
Runner-up Grace Davies
Finals venue ExCeL London [1]
Release
Original network
  • ITV
  • ITV Hub (Xtra Bites)
Original release2 September (2017-09-02) 
3 December 2017 (2017-12-03)
Series chronology
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List of The X Factor episodes

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fourteenth series began airing on ITV on 2 September 2017, presented by Dermot O'Leary. For the first time in seven years, the judging panel remained the same as the previous series, with Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh returning. [2] This is the first series not to include companion show The Xtra Factor , after it was cancelled in January 2017. [3] Its replacement is a programme called Xtra Bites presented by Becca Dudley on the ITV Hub. This is also the first series to be sponsored by Just Eat, with the show having been sponsored by TalkTalk since 2009, [4] as well as the second time the show has premiered in September, rather than August, since the first series in 2004. [5] Rak-Su won the competition on 3 December 2017 and they became the second group to win the competition and Simon Cowell became the winning mentor for the fourth time.

Contents

Judges and presenters

In December 2016, Louis Walsh confirmed he would continue to judge the series through 2018, stating he had signed through "the next two years". [6] That same month, both Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger cast doubt on their return, with Osbourne citing her dual-work on The Talk , and Scherzinger stating: "I can't confirm that I'm going to [be back] but I think if I did return it would have to be with this panel because I'm really close with this panel. [...] I've really enjoyed myself and we're really close." [7] [8] On 13 April 2017, Cowell announced his intentions to retain the same judging panel for the fourteenth series. [9] In June 2017, it was announced that the judging panel would remain the same as the previous series. [2]

Dermot O'Leary returned for his tenth series as presenter. On 23 June 2017, it was announced that Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon would appear as a guest judge for the first day of Manchester auditions, due to Scherzinger having a "previous diary commitment". [10] Five days later, on 28 June, it was announced that Dixon would once again appear as a guest judge, this time for Osbourne, who was unavailable due to a long-standing back injury. [11] Cowell arrived late to the London auditions on 4 July 2017, due to an illness. [12] On 29 October 2017, Dixon reappeared as a guest judge on the Sunday live show, this time filling in for Cowell, who was absent recovering from an injury during the weekend.

Selection process

On 4 July, it was reported that there would be major changes to the show this year. Auditions were taking place in Thorpe Park, bootcamp would take place in front of an audience and there would be six weeks of live shows instead of the usual ten. Additionally, acts would be sent home on both Saturday and Sunday, as "tedious" Saturday nights received lower viewing figures than Sunday. [13]

Auditions

The minimum age to audition this year was 14 after being reduced down from 16 the previous year. [14] Contestants needed a "yes" from at least three of the four judges to progress to Bootcamp.

Mobile auditions

The mobile auditions began on 11 May 2017, in Belfast and concluded on 23 May 2017, in Yeovil.[ citation needed ]

Summary of mobile auditions
LocationDate(s)Venue
Belfast 11 May 2017 Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Bangor 12 May 2017Deninol Shopping Centre
Southampton 13 May 2017West Quay Shopping Centre
Douglas 14 May 2017The Strand Shopping Centre
Swansea Bambuu Nightclub
Blackpool 16 May 2017 Houndshill Shopping Centre
Bournemouth Obscura Cafe
Bristol Cabot Circus
Carlisle 17 May 2017The Lanes Shopping Centre
Brighton Churchill Square Shopping Centre
Truro The Boat
Newport 19 May 2017 Quay Arts Centre
Wigan The Grand Arcade Shopping Centre
Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
Margate 20 May 2017 Westwood Cross
21 May 2017
Stoke on Trent 22 May 2017Victoria Hall
Exeter Princesshay Centre
Thurrock 23 May 2017 Lakeside Shopping Centre
Yeovil Quedam Centre

Judges' auditions

The auditions began on 20 June 2017, in Liverpool and concluded on 10 July 2017, in Surrey. [ citation needed ]

Summary of judges' auditions
CityDate(s)VenueChanges to judging line-up
Liverpool 20–21 June 2017Titanic HotelN/A
Manchester 24 June 2017 Old Trafford Cricket Ground Alesha Dixon (in lieu of Nicole Scherzinger)
25 June 2017N/A
Edinburgh 28 June 2017 Assembly Rooms Alesha Dixon (in lieu of Sharon Osbourne)
London4–6 July 2017 Tobacco Dock N/A
Surrey 9–10 July 2017 Thorpe Park

Bootcamp

Bootcamp was filmed live at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a studio audience. [15] Following the filming of bootcamp and prior to the filming of the six-chair challenge, the judges' categories were revealed. Cowell was given the Groups, Scherzinger was given the Overs, Osbourne was given the Girls and Walsh was given the Boys. [16] There are two different stages to Bootcamp: Wall of Songs, where a list of 35 songs appeared on a wall 4 times, and the four acts who pick the same song would perform it together, and the judges would decide instantly who would make to the 2nd stage of bootcamp: the Boot camp audition, in front of the judges and a live audience, where after an act performance the judges will instantly decide whether or not they'll make it through to the 6-Chair Challenge. The categories were all revealed in Wembley Stadium, and revealed on TV on 7 October.

Six-chair challenge

The six-chair challenge took place over the course of three days, from 26 to 28 July 2017, at The SSE Arena, Wembley. [17] Unlike previous years, where all four judges sat together, each judge was secluded on their own while their respective category performed. The three remaining judges sat together and gave their own critiques of the performance, before allowing the category's judge to make the final decision. [16] [18] It was broadcast over three episodes; Osbourne choosing in the first, Cowell and Scherzinger choosing in the second, with later portions of her decisions shown, alongside Walsh's, in the third. [19]

Judges' houses

The judges' categories were announced in July 2017, [16] with additional details of the judges' houses announced in October 2017. [20] [21] [22] Anthony Russell withdrew after the pre-recorded sections of the show and was replaced by Sam Black who was knocked out of the competition at the Bootcamp stage. Black was in Walsh's Boys category. [23] In a statement, Walsh stated, "Anthony has been fantastic across the series, a great singer and performer who we are really sad to see go. I had to think for a long time who could take the place. Sam had a great reaction from the British public when his Audition aired. So I re-watched it and realised we missed a trick not putting him through at Boot Camp. He has that retro 60s style viewers will love. He's really likeable and talented and I can't wait to hear more." [24] At the end of judges' houses, it was announced that the public could vote for a wildcard from each category bringing the total number of contestants for the live shows to 16. [25]

Summary of judges' houses
JudgeCategoryLocationAssistantsContestants eliminatedWildcards
CowellGroups Southern France Cheryl Lemonade, New Girl BandJack and Joel
OsbourneGirls San Francisco Jack and Kelly Osbourne Deanna Mussington, Georgina Panton Alisah Bonaobra
ScherzingerOver 28s South Africa Stormzy Slavko Kalezić, Berget LewisTalia Dean
WalshBoys Istanbul Mika Aidan Martin, Jack MasonLeon Mallett

Finalists

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
Playing card club A.svg – Wildcard (Live shows)
ActAge(s)HometownCategory (Mentor)Result
Rak-Su 25–26 Watford Groups (Cowell)Winner
Grace Davies 21 Blackburn Girls (Osbourne)Runner-up
Kevin Davy White29Paris, FranceOver 28s (Scherzinger)3rd place
Lloyd Macey23 Ynyshir Boys (Walsh)4th place
The Cutkelvins20–24 Lanark Groups (Cowell)5th place
Matt Linnen28 Southend-on-Sea Over 28s (Scherzinger)6th place
Holly Tandy16 Barnsley Girls (Osbourne)7th place
Rai-Elle Williams Croydon 8th place
Sean and Conor Price17 & 15 Blessington, IrelandGroups (Cowell)9th place
Sam Black27 Isle of Man Boys (Walsh)10th place
Alisah Bonaobra Playing card club A.svg 22 Manila, PhilippinesGirls (Osbourne)11th place
Jack and Joel Playing card club A.svg 23 & 22 Lincolnshire & London Groups (Cowell)12th place
Tracyleanne Jefford34 Sunbury-on-Thames Over 28s (Scherzinger)13th place
Leon Mallett Playing card club A.svg 22 Norwich Boys (Walsh)14th place
Talia Dean Playing card club A.svg 32 Hounslow Over 28s (Scherzinger)15th place
Spencer Sutherland 25 Pickerington, United StatesBoys (Walsh)16th place

Live shows

The finalists for the live shows were announced during the episode broadcast on 22 October 2017. However, at the end of the episode, it was announced by Dermot O'Leary that there would be a wildcard vote for each category. The winners of the wildcard vote were revealed on 28 October at the start of the first live show. [26]

For the first time since series six, a major overhaul of the set layout was made as live shows debuted in a new filming location, LH2 Studios in London, following the closure of Fountain Studios. Numerous other changes were introduced for this series' live shows. This included contestant and musical guest performances on both Saturday and Sunday shows, and the removal of the final showdowns, deadlocks and judges' votes on the Sunday show. Each show, two of the categories would sing and immediately after the performances, the public vote would open for a short amount of time. At the end of each show, the contestant with the fewest votes is automatically eliminated from the competition. In addition, the contestant with the highest votes for that night would also be announced. [27] The two acts who won their respective public vote would then sing against each other in a new element of the show called the prize fight. After another public vote, the winner of the prize fight would win a special weekly prize. [28] For the first time ever the live final was broadcast from the Excel Centre, London and not Wembley Arena as part of the show's drastic changes this series. [29]

Musical guests

Liam Payne performed on the first live show, while Stormzy performed on the second live show. [30] Tokio Myers performed on the third live show, while Rita Ora performed on the fourth. [31] Harry Styles performed on the fifth live show and Paloma Faith performed on the sixth. [32] Matt Terry performed on the seventh live show and Fergie performed on the eighth. [33] James Arthur performed on the first semi-final and Ed Sheeran performed on the second. [34] PrettyMuch [35] and Louis Tomlinson [36] performed on Saturday's final, while P!NK, Sam Smith, [37] CNCO and Little Mix [38] performed during the Sunday final.

Results summary

Colour key

  Act in team Simon

  Act in team Sharon

  Act in team Louis

  Act in team Nicole

 Act received the fewest public votes and was eliminated
 Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant [39]
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday
Rak-SuN/A1st
22.2%
1st
32.3%
N/A2nd
25.7%
N/A1st
36.7%
N/A1st
26.1%
1st
27.3%
1st
41.7%
Winner
51.7% 1
Grace Davies1st
21.9%
N/AN/A2nd
18.5%
N/A2nd
20.1%
N/A1st
26.1%
2nd
19.5%
2nd
26.0%
2nd
35.4%
Runner-up
40.1% 1
Kevin Davy WhiteN/A4th
11.1%
N/A1st
21.9%
1st
25.8%
N/AN/A2nd
22.5%
3rd
19.2%
3rd
22.5%
3rd
22.9%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Lloyd Macey3rd
15.0%
N/A3rd
14.4%
N/AN/A1st
26.4%
2nd
22.8%
N/A4th
17.5%
4th
18.2%
Eliminated
(week 5)
The CutkelvinsN/A2nd
17.3%
2nd
15.1%
N/A4th
13.5%
N/A3rd
18.9%
N/A5th
10.1%
5th
9.6%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Matt LinnenN/A3rd
11.9%
N/A5th
13.6%
3rd
14.1%
N/AN/A3rd
21.4%
6th
7.9%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Holly Tandy2nd
15.9%
N/AN/A3rd
15.4%
N/A3rd
19.7%
N/A4th
16.1%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Rai-Elle Williams5th
11.5%
N/AN/A4th
14.3%
N/A4th
14.4%
N/A5th
13.9%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Sean and Conor PriceN/A5th
10.6%
4th
12.5%
N/A5th
11.2%
N/A4th
15.4%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Sam Black7th
8.5%
N/A5th
10.6%
N/AN/A5th
11.1%
5th
6.2%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Alisah Bonaobra4th
11.8%
N/AN/A6th
9.5%
N/A6th
8.3%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Jack and JoelN/A7th
9.2%
6th
8.6%
N/A6th
9.7%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Tracyleanne JeffordN/A6th
10.3%
N/A7th
6.8%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Leon Mallett6th
9.3%
N/A7th
6.5%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Talia DeanN/A8th
7.4%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Spencer Sutherland8th
6.1%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Prize fightWinnerGrace Davies
53.5% to win
Kevin Davy White
53.6% to win
Lloyd Macey
64.3% to win
Rak-Su
61.5% to win
No prize fight
Runner-upRak-Su
46.5% to win
Rak-Su
46.4% to win
Kevin Davy White
35.7% to win
Grace Davies
38.5% to win
EliminatedSpencer Sutherland
6.1%
to save
Talia Dean
7.4%
to save
Leon Mallett
6.5%
to save
Tracyleanne Jefford
6.8%
to save
Jack and Joel
9.7%
to save
Alisah Bonaobra
8.3%
to save
Sam Black
6.2%
to save
Rai-Elle Williams
13.9%
to save
Matt Linnen
7.9%
to save
The Cutkelvins
9.6%
to save
Kevin Davy White
22.9%
to win
Grace Davies
40.1%
to win
Sean and Conor Price
15.4%
to save
Holly Tandy
16.1%
to save
Lloyd Macey
18.2%
to save
Reference(s) [40] [41] [42] [43] [44] [45] [46] [47] [48] [49] [50] [51]

Live show details

Week 1 (28/29 October)

The wildcards were revealed at the start of Saturday's show. [53]

Cowell missed the Saturday and Sunday show, due to recovery from falling down the stairs the morning before. [54] Alesha Dixon filled in as a guest judge on Sunday. [55]

Contestants' performances on the first and second live shows
28 October
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [52] Result
Rai-Elle WilliamsGirls (Osbourne)1"Doo Wop (That Thing)"/"Lost Ones"/"No"Safe
Spencer SutherlandBoys (Walsh)2"Who You Are"Eliminated
Holly TandyGirls (Osbourne)3"Hollow"Safe
Leon MallettBoys (Walsh)4"Stay"Safe
Alisah BonaobraGirls (Osbourne)5"This Is My Now"Safe
Sam BlackBoys (Walsh)6"Faith"Safe
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)7"Too Young" (original song)Won public vote
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)8"City of Stars"Safe
29 October
The CutkelvinsGroups (Cowell)1"What About Us"Safe
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)2"Stay"Safe
Talia Dean3"What Makes You Beautiful"Eliminated
Jack and JoelGroups (Cowell)4"New Rules"Safe
Matt LinnenOver 28s (Scherzinger)5"Scars to Your Beautiful"Safe
Sean and Conor PriceGroups (Cowell)6"Strong"Safe
Tracyleanne JeffordOver 28s (Scherzinger)7"Written in the Water"Safe
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)8"Mamacita" (original song)Won public vote
Prize fight details
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)1"Too Young"Winner
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)2"Mamacita"Runners-up

Week 2 (4/5 November)

Contestants' performances on the third and fourth live shows
4 November
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [56] Latin ArtistResult
Jack and JoelGroups (Cowell)1"Havana"/"Hasta el Amanecer" Camila Cabello /Nicky Jam Safe
Leon MallettBoys (Walsh)2"Get Lucky" Daft Punk Eliminated
Sean and Conor PriceGroups (Cowell)3"Cheap Thrills" Sia Safe
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)4"Hero" Enrique Iglesias Safe
The CutkelvinsGroups (Cowell)5"Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)" Little Mix Safe
Rak-Su 6"Dimelo" (original song)OriginalWon public vote
Sam BlackBoys (Walsh)7"La Bamba"/"Twist and Shout" Ritchie Valens / The Beatles Safe
5 November
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)1"Ciao Adios" Anne-Marie Safe
Tracyleanne JeffordOver 28s (Scherzinger)2"Ain't Your Mama" Jennifer Lopez Eliminated
Rai-Elle WilliamsGirls (Osbourne)3"Bailando" Enrique Iglesias Safe
Holly Tandy4"Despacito" Luis Fonsi Safe
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)5"Smooth" Santana Won public vote
Alisah BonaobraGirls (Osbourne)6"Let's Get Loud" Jennifer Lopez Safe
Matt LinnenOver 28s (Scherzinger)7"Livin' la Vida Loca" Ricky Martin Safe
Prize fight details
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)1"Dimelo"Runners-up
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)2"Smooth"Winner

Week 3 (11/12 November)

Contestants' performances on the fifth and sixth live shows
11 November
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [57] Result
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)1"Faith"Safe
Matt LinnenOver 28s (Scherzinger)2"Careless Whisper"Safe
Jack and JoelGroups (Cowell)3"The Edge of Heaven"Eliminated
The CutkelvinsGroups (Cowell)4"Killer/ Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"Safe
Sean and Conor Price5"Freedom! '90"Safe
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)6"Fastlove, Pt. 1"Won public vote
12 November
Alisah BonaobraGirls (Osbourne)1"Praying for Time"Eliminated
Sam BlackBoys (Walsh)2"I'm Your Man"Safe
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)3"I Can't Make You Love Me"Safe
Rai-Elle Williams4"They Won't Go When I Go"Safe
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)5"A Different Corner"Won public vote
Holly TandyGirls (Osbourne)6"One More Try"Safe
Prize fight details
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)1"Fastlove, Pt. 1"Runner-up
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)2"A Different Corner"Winner

Week 4: Quarter-Final (18/19 November)

Contestants' performances on the seventh and eighth live shows
18 November
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [58] Result
Sam BlackBoys (Walsh)1"Oops"Eliminated
Sean and Conor PriceGroups (Cowell)2"Issues"
The Cutkelvins3"Saved Me From Myself" (original song)Safe
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)4"From This Moment On"
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)5"Mona Lisa" (original song)Won public vote
19 November
Rai-Elle WilliamsGirls (Osbourne)1"Mr. Big Stuff"Eliminated
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)2"I Will Always Love You"Safe
Matt Linnen3"Fallin'"Safe
Holly TandyGirls (Osbourne)4"Love Me Harder"Eliminated
Grace Davies5"Hesitate" (original song)Won public vote
Prize fight details
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)1"Mona Lisa"Winner
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)2"Hesitate"Runner-up

Week 5: Semi-Final (25/26 November)

O'Leary confirmed that there would not be a Prize fight from this week onwards and all the categories would perform on the same night for first time this series. [59]

25 November
Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongBritish ArtistResult
The CutkelvinsGroups (Cowell)1"Nothing Like You" (original song)OriginalSafe
Matt LinnenOver 28s (Scherzinger)2"Gimme Shelter" The Rolling Stones Eliminated
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)3"Life on Mars?" David Bowie Safe
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)4"Flowers" Sweet Female Attitude Safe
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)5"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Elton John & George Michael Safe
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)6"Come Together" The Beatles Safe
26 November
Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongResult
Lloyd MaceyBoys (Walsh)1"Fix You"Eliminated
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)2"I'm Feeling You" (original song)Safe
The CutkelvinsGroups (Cowell)3"Show Me Love"Eliminated
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)4"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"Safe
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)5"Wolves" (original song)Safe

Week 6: Final (2/3 December)

It was revealed on 2 December that the winners' single this year would be the contestants' duet. [62]

2 December
Contestants' performances on the eleventh live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst song [63] OrderSecond song [62] Result
Kevin Davy WhiteOver 28s (Scherzinger)1"Whole Lotta Love"4"Fastlove, Pt. 1" (with Tokio Myers)Eliminated
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)2"Live and Let Die"5"Roots" (original song) (with Paloma Faith)Safe
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)3"Mamacita" (original song)6"Dimelo" (original song) (with Naughty Boy & Wyclef Jean)Safe

Kevin Davy White received the fewest public votes and was automatically eliminated. [50]

3 December
Contestants' performances on the final live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst song [65] OrderSecond song [65] Result
Grace DaviesGirls (Osbourne)1"Nothing But Words" (original song)3"Too Young" (original song)Runner-up
Rak-SuGroups (Cowell)2"Touché" (original song)4"Mona Lisa" (original song)Winner

Winner's single

All proceeds from the winner's single are in aid of children's hospice charities, Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. Simco Limited will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each download and in respect of all audio streaming of the single, and the Chancellor has also agreed to donate the VAT, in each case to be shared equally by the charities. This donation will be at least 20p plus VAT for each download sold in the UK. FremantleMedia, ITV and all performers featuring on the single have also agreed to forgo any master royalties due to them in connection with downloads and all audio streaming of the single. [62]

Reception

Ratings

EpisodeAir dateOfficial rating
(millions) [66] ,1
Official rating
(millions inc. HD) [66] ,2
Official rating
(millions inc. HD & +1) [66] ,3
Weekly rank [66] ,4
Auditions 12 September5.767.387.925
Auditions 23 September5.737.468.044
Auditions 39 September5.156.607.2311
Auditions 410 September5.527.107.576
Auditions 516 September5.787.577.878
Auditions 617 September5.407.077.5012
Auditions 723 September4.535.996.4821
Auditions 824 September5.427.097.3912
Bootcamp 130 September4.926.416.8316
Bootcamp 21 October4.676.116.3424
Bootcamp 37 October4.585.836.1825
Six-chair challenge 18 October5.346.977.3611
Six-chair challenge 214 October5.106.677.0513
Six-chair challenge 315 October4.546.276.6625
Judges' houses 121 October5.296.957.2512
Judges' houses 222 October4.425.586.2626
Live show 128 October4.776.456.6321
Live show 229 October3.775.275.5827
Live show 34 November4.405.836.0824
Live show 45 November3.374.615.0336
Live show 511 November3.965.465.7122
Live show 612 November3.684.975.3826
Live show 718 November3.975.335.4728
Live show 819 November3.835.175.3429
Live show 925 November3.604.935.1836
Live show 1026 November3.665.135.3133
Live final 12 December3.614.895.2834
Live final 23 December4.175.565.8330
^1 The ratings over a 28-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV and streaming through ITV Hub.
^2 The ratings over a 28-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV, ITV HD and streaming through ITV Hub.
^3 The ratings over a 28-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV, ITV HD, ITV+1 and streaming through ITV Hub.
^4 The rank for the combined ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1 broadcasts, compared with all channels for that week, from Monday to Sunday.

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The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fourth series was broadcast on ITV from 18 August 2007 and was won by Leon Jackson on 15 December 2007, with Rhydian Roberts finishing as the runner-up and Dannii Minogue emerging as the winning mentor. Dermot O'Leary presented for the first time, replacing Kate Thornton, who had been presenting the show since series 1 in 2004. Fearne Cotton replaced Ben Shephard as presenter on the spin-off show The Xtra Factor. The original judging panel consisted of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Brian Friedman and Minogue. Friedman left the panel halfway through the first audition episode and was replaced by former judge Louis Walsh.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British TV series) British reality television music competition

The X Factor was a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began broadcasting on 4 September 2004 with 445 episodes broadcast over fifteen series with the final episode airing on 2 December 2018. The show was produced by Fremantle's Thames and Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment. It was broadcast on ITV in the UK and simulcast on Virgin Media One in Ireland. "X Factor" refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. The first three series were presented by Kate Thornton. Since series four, with the exception of series twelve, the show has been presented by Dermot O'Leary. The X Factor previously had a spin-off behind-the-scenes show called The Xtra Factor. This aired until 2016. It was replaced by an online spin-off show Xtra Bites exclusively on the ITV Hub. The main show was rested in 2019, with Cowell and ITV opting to broadcast The X Factor: Celebrity and The X Factor: The Band as mini-series instead. On 7 February 2020, it was announced that the show would be placed on hiatus during 2020. On 27 August 2020, 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 2021 it was announced that The X Factor has been axed after 17 years.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 5) British TV series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fifth series was broadcast on ITV from 16 August 2008 until 13 December 2008. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV, while Fearne Cotton was replaced by Holly Willoughby as presenter of spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Dannii Minogue returned to the judging panel. Sharon Osbourne left after four series and was replaced by Cheryl Cole. The series was won by Alexandra Burke, with Cole emerging as the winning mentor. Auditions in front of producers were held in April and May, with callbacks in front of the judges in June. The number of applicants for series 5 reached an all-time high with a reported 182,000 people auditioning. A number of well-established music acts from around the world, such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Girls Aloud, Take That, Il Divo, and series 3 winner Leona Lewis, performed during the live stages of the show.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 6) British TV series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The sixth series started on ITV on 22 August 2009 and was won by Joe McElderry on 13 December 2009. Cheryl Cole emerged as the winning mentor for the second consecutive year, the first time in the show's history that a mentor has won back-to-back series. The show was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Holly Willoughby on ITV2. McElderry's winner's single was a cover version of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb". Public auditions by aspiring singers began in June 2009 and were held in five cities across the UK. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cole returned as judges. This season was the first to be sponsored by TalkTalk after they took over the sponsorship from The Carphone Warehouse. For the first time, auditions were held in front of a live audience. Following initial auditions, the "bootcamp" stage took place in August 2009, where the number of contestants was narrowed down to 24. The 24 contestants were split into their categories, Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups, and given a judge to mentor them at the "judges' houses" stage and throughout the finals.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 7) Season of television series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The seventh series started on ITV on 21 August 2010 and ended on 12 December 2010. The series saw the creation of the boy band One Direction, from boys who entered the competition as individuals. The winner of the competition was Matt Cardle. Cardle was mentored throughout the show by Dannii Minogue. After the victory, he released his debut single "When We Collide". A total of 15,448,019 votes were cast throughout the series. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Konnie Huq on ITV2, who took over from Holly Willoughby.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 8) British TV competition

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series commenced airing on ITV on 20 August 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011. The winner was Little Mix, a four-piece girlband known earlier in the series as Rhythmix, consisting of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall are the series saw the creation entered the competition as individuals. They became the first act in the groups category to win in the UK show's history with new judge Tulisa emerging as their winning mentor. Dermot O'Leary presented the main show on ITV, while Caroline Flack and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs co-presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Konnie Huq from the previous year. Louis Walsh returned to the judging panel and was joined by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. Barlow, Rowland and Tulisa joined the panel as replacements for former judges, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Series 5 winner Alexandra Burke served as a guest judge for week 4 of the live shows due to Rowland having a throat infection.

<i>The X Factor</i> (American TV series) Former American television series

The X Factor is an American reality 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. Based on the original UK show, and an addition to The X Factor franchise, the series found new singing talent, 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.

<i>The X Factor</i> (American season 1) Season of television series

The first season of the American version of the music competition show The X Factor began airing on Fox on September 21, 2011.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 9) British TV competition

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The ninth series began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012 and ended on 9 December 2012. Dermot O'Leary returned as presenter of the main show on ITV, whilst Caroline Flack and Olly Murs returned to co-present The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa returned as judges. Nicole Scherzinger was confirmed as the fourth permanent judge after Geri Halliwell, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Mel B, Anastacia and Scherzinger herself stood in as guest judges for the vacant position left by Kelly Rowland. After the show of 8 December, two of Scherzinger's acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas, became the top two, meaning that Scherzinger was guaranteed to win. Arthur was announced as the winner on 9 December, and released a cover of Shontelle's "Impossible" as his winner's song. As of 2016, it is the most successful winner's single in the show's history.

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The tenth series began airing on ITV on 31 August, and finished on 15 December 2013. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV and Caroline Flack was back to present spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, along with comedian Matt Richardson, who replaced Olly Murs. Flack also presented backstage segments during the live shows. Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger returned as judges for their respective tenth, third and second series, with Sharon Osbourne returning to replace Tulisa after five series away. This was Barlow's final series as a judge. Osbourne and Scherzinger also departed the series, but reprised their roles as judges with Walsh again in series 13 and series 14.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 11) British TV competition

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.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 12) British TV competition

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The twelfth series began airing on ITV on 29 August 2015 and ended on 13 December 2015. The judges were Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who returned for their respective ninth and fifth series as judges, series 9 guest judge and former The Voice UK coach Rita Ora, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, with Grimshaw and Ora replacing Louis Walsh, the only judge who had been on the show from its inception in 2004, and Mel B. It was presented by the late Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, who had both previously co-presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2 and replaced Dermot O'Leary, who left after eight series. Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom presented The Xtra Factor, replacing Sarah-Jane Crawford. Louisa Johnson was announced as the winner on 13 December 2015, making Ora the winning mentor.

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The thirteenth series began airing on ITV on Saturday 27 August 2016 and ended on Sunday 11 December 2016. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV for the ninth time to replace Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, who left after series 12. Simon Cowell was the only judge from the 12th series to return; Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh all returned, replacing Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw. Matt Edmondson and Rylan Clark-Neal replaced Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom as hosts of The Xtra Factor, which was rebranded as The Xtra Factor Live and was broadcast live twice every week, with Roman Kemp making appearances as a digital presenter and social media reporter. Matt Terry was announced the winner on 11 December 2016, making Scherzinger the winning mentor for the second time. Saara Aalto finished second.

The fifteenth and final series of the British television music competition The X Factor began airing on ITV on 1 September 2018, presented by Dermot O'Leary. Simon Cowell returned alongside new judges Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Field, and Robbie Williams who replace departing judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, and Louis Walsh. Nile Rodgers filled in for Williams while he was away on his tour for weeks 3–5 of the live shows. On 2 December, Jamaican-born singer Dalton Harris won the series making him the first and only foreign contender to win the UK show. This was the only series that featured Tomlinson, Field, and Williams as judges.

<i>The X Factor: Celebrity</i> Celebrity edition of The X Factor

The X Factor: Celebrity was a British celebrity special edition of The X Factor which premiered on 12 October 2019 on ITV. It is a revamped version of the 2006 celebrity format The X Factor: Battle of the Stars. Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh judged this series, with Dermot O'Leary presenting the series and Vick Hope hosting Xtra Bites on YouTube.

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