|The X Factor|
|Hosted by||Dermot O'Leary|
|Winning mentor||Simon Cowell|
|Finals venue||ExCeL London|
|Original release||2 September –|
3 December 2017
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.This is the first series not to include companion show The Xtra Factor , after it was cancelled in January 2017. 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, as well as the second time the show has premiered in September, rather than August, since the first series in 2004. 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.
In December 2016, Louis Walsh confirmed he would continue to judge the series through 2018, stating he had signed through "the next two years".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." On 13 April 2017, Cowell announced his intentions to retain the same judging panel for the fourteenth series. In June 2017, it was announced that the judging panel would remain the same as the previous series.
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".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. Cowell arrived late to the London auditions on 4 July 2017, due to an illness. 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.
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.
The minimum age to audition this year was 14 after being reduced down from 16 the previous year.Contestants needed a "yes" from at least three of the four judges to progress to Bootcamp.
The mobile auditions began on 11 May 2017, in Belfast and concluded on 23 May 2017, in Yeovil.[ citation needed ]
|Belfast||11 May 2017||Victoria Square Shopping Centre|
|Bangor||12 May 2017||Deninol Shopping Centre|
|Southampton||13 May 2017||West Quay Shopping Centre|
|Douglas||14 May 2017||The Strand Shopping Centre|
|Blackpool||16 May 2017||Houndshill Shopping Centre|
|Carlisle||17 May 2017||The Lanes Shopping Centre|
|Brighton||Churchill Square Shopping Centre|
|Newport||19 May 2017||Quay Arts Centre|
|Wigan||The Grand Arcade Shopping Centre|
|Margate||20 May 2017||Westwood Cross|
|21 May 2017|
|Stoke on Trent||22 May 2017||Victoria Hall|
|Thurrock||23 May 2017||Lakeside Shopping Centre|
The auditions began on 20 June 2017, in Liverpool and concluded on 10 July 2017, in Surrey. [ citation needed ]
|City||Date(s)||Venue||Changes to judging line-up|
|Liverpool||20–21 June 2017||Titanic Hotel||N/A|
|Manchester||24 June 2017||Old Trafford Cricket Ground||Alesha Dixon (in lieu of Nicole Scherzinger)|
|25 June 2017||N/A|
|Edinburgh||28 June 2017||Assembly Rooms||Alesha Dixon (in lieu of Sharon Osbourne)|
|London||4–6 July 2017||Tobacco Dock||N/A|
|Surrey||9–10 July 2017||Thorpe Park|
Bootcamp was filmed live at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a studio audience.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. 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.
The six-chair challenge took place over the course of three days, from 26 to 28 July 2017, at The SSE Arena, Wembley.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. 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.
The judges' categories were announced in July 2017,with additional details of the judges' houses announced in October 2017. 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. 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." 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.
|Cowell||Groups||Southern France||Cheryl||Lemonade, New Girl Band||Jack and Joel|
|Osbourne||Girls||San Francisco||Jack and Kelly Osbourne||Deanna Mussington, Georgina Panton||Alisah Bonaobra|
|Scherzinger||Over 28s||South Africa||Stormzy||Slavko Kalezić, Berget Lewis||Talia Dean|
|Walsh||Boys||Istanbul||Mika||Aidan Martin, Jack Mason||Leon Mallett|
|Grace Davies||21||Blackburn||Girls (Osbourne)||Runner-up|
|Kevin Davy White||29||Paris, France||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||3rd place|
|Lloyd Macey||23||Ynyshir||Boys (Walsh)||4th place|
|The Cutkelvins||20–24||Lanark||Groups (Cowell)||5th place|
|Matt Linnen||28||Southend-on-Sea||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||6th place|
|Holly Tandy||16||Barnsley||Girls (Osbourne)||7th place|
|Rai-Elle Williams||Croydon||8th place|
|Sean and Conor Price||17 & 15||Blessington, Ireland||Groups (Cowell)||9th place|
|Sam Black||27||Isle of Man||Boys (Walsh)||10th place|
|Alisah Bonaobra||22||Manila, Philippines||Girls (Osbourne)||11th place|
|Jack and Joel||23 & 22||Lincolnshire & London||Groups (Cowell)||12th place|
|Tracyleanne Jefford||34||Sunbury-on-Thames||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||13th place|
|Leon Mallett||22||Norwich||Boys (Walsh)||14th place|
|Talia Dean||32||Hounslow||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||15th place|
|Spencer Sutherland||25||Pickerington, United States||Boys (Walsh)||16th place|
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.
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.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. 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.
Liam Payne performed on the first live show, while Stormzy performed on the second live show.Tokio Myers performed on the third live show, while Rita Ora performed on the fourth. Harry Styles performed on the fifth live show and Paloma Faith performed on the sixth. Matt Terry performed on the seventh live show and Fergie performed on the eighth. James Arthur performed on the first semi-final and Ed Sheeran performed on the second. PrettyMuch and Louis Tomlinson performed on Saturday's final, while P!NK, Sam Smith, CNCO and Little Mix performed during the Sunday final.
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|
|Contestant||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6|
|Kevin Davy White||N/A||4th|
|Sean and Conor Price||N/A||5th|
|Jack and Joel||N/A||7th|
|Prize fight||Winner||Grace Davies|
53.5% to win
|Kevin Davy White|
53.6% to win
64.3% to win
61.5% to win
|No prize fight|
46.5% to win
46.4% to win
|Kevin Davy White|
35.7% to win
38.5% to win
|Jack and Joel|
|Kevin Davy White|
|Sean and Conor Price|
The wildcards were revealed at the start of Saturday's show.
Cowell missed the Saturday and Sunday show, due to recovery from falling down the stairs the morning before.Alesha Dixon filled in as a guest judge on Sunday.
|Rai-Elle Williams||Girls (Osbourne)||1||"Doo Wop (That Thing)"/"Lost Ones"/"No"||Safe|
|Spencer Sutherland||Boys (Walsh)||2||"Who You Are"||Eliminated|
|Holly Tandy||Girls (Osbourne)||3||"Hollow"||Safe|
|Leon Mallett||Boys (Walsh)||4||"Stay"||Safe|
|Alisah Bonaobra||Girls (Osbourne)||5||"This Is My Now"||Safe|
|Sam Black||Boys (Walsh)||6||"Faith"||Safe|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||7||"Too Young" (original song)||Won public vote|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||8||"City of Stars"||Safe|
|The Cutkelvins||Groups (Cowell)||1||"What About Us"||Safe|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||2||"Stay"||Safe|
|Talia Dean||3||"What Makes You Beautiful"||Eliminated|
|Jack and Joel||Groups (Cowell)||4||"New Rules"||Safe|
|Matt Linnen||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||5||"Scars to Your Beautiful"||Safe|
|Sean and Conor Price||Groups (Cowell)||6||"Strong"||Safe|
|Tracyleanne Jefford||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||7||"Written in the Water"||Safe|
|Rak-Su||Groups (Cowell)||8||"Mamacita" (original song)||Won public vote|
|Prize fight details|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||1||"Too Young"||Winner|
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Latin Artist||Result|
|Jack and Joel||Groups (Cowell)||1||"Havana"/"Hasta el Amanecer"||Camila Cabello /Nicky Jam||Safe|
|Leon Mallett||Boys (Walsh)||2||"Get Lucky"||Daft Punk||Eliminated|
|Sean and Conor Price||Groups (Cowell)||3||"Cheap Thrills"||Sia||Safe|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||4||"Hero"||Enrique Iglesias||Safe|
|The Cutkelvins||Groups (Cowell)||5||"Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)"||Little Mix||Safe|
|Rak-Su||6||"Dimelo" (original song)||Original||Won public vote|
|Sam Black||Boys (Walsh)||7||"La Bamba"/"Twist and Shout"||Ritchie Valens / The Beatles||Safe|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||1||"Ciao Adios"||Anne-Marie||Safe|
|Tracyleanne Jefford||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||2||"Ain't Your Mama"||Jennifer Lopez||Eliminated|
|Rai-Elle Williams||Girls (Osbourne)||3||"Bailando"||Enrique Iglesias||Safe|
|Holly Tandy||4||"Despacito"||Luis Fonsi||Safe|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||5||"Smooth"||Santana||Won public vote|
|Alisah Bonaobra||Girls (Osbourne)||6||"Let's Get Loud"||Jennifer Lopez||Safe|
|Matt Linnen||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||7||"Livin' la Vida Loca"||Ricky Martin||Safe|
|Prize fight details|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||2||"Smooth"||Winner|
|Matt Linnen||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||2||"Careless Whisper"||Safe|
|Jack and Joel||Groups (Cowell)||3||"The Edge of Heaven"||Eliminated|
|The Cutkelvins||Groups (Cowell)||4||"Killer/ Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"||Safe|
|Sean and Conor Price||5||"Freedom! '90"||Safe|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||6||"Fastlove, Pt. 1"||Won public vote|
|Alisah Bonaobra||Girls (Osbourne)||1||"Praying for Time"||Eliminated|
|Sam Black||Boys (Walsh)||2||"I'm Your Man"||Safe|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||3||"I Can't Make You Love Me"||Safe|
|Rai-Elle Williams||4||"They Won't Go When I Go"||Safe|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||5||"A Different Corner"||Won public vote|
|Holly Tandy||Girls (Osbourne)||6||"One More Try"||Safe|
|Prize fight details|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||1||"Fastlove, Pt. 1"||Runner-up|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||2||"A Different Corner"||Winner|
|Sam Black||Boys (Walsh)||1||"Oops"||Eliminated|
|Sean and Conor Price||Groups (Cowell)||2||"Issues"|
|The Cutkelvins||3||"Saved Me From Myself" (original song)||Safe|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||4||"From This Moment On"|
|Rak-Su||Groups (Cowell)||5||"Mona Lisa" (original song)||Won public vote|
|Rai-Elle Williams||Girls (Osbourne)||1||"Mr. Big Stuff"||Eliminated|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||2||"I Will Always Love You"||Safe|
|Holly Tandy||Girls (Osbourne)||4||"Love Me Harder"||Eliminated|
|Grace Davies||5||"Hesitate" (original song)||Won public vote|
|Prize fight details|
|Rak-Su||Groups (Cowell)||1||"Mona Lisa"||Winner|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||2||"Hesitate"||Runner-up|
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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||British Artist||Result|
|The Cutkelvins||Groups (Cowell)||1||"Nothing Like You" (original song)||Original||Safe|
|Matt Linnen||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||2||"Gimme Shelter"||The Rolling Stones||Eliminated|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||3||"Life on Mars?"||David Bowie||Safe|
|Rak-Su||Groups (Cowell)||4||"Flowers"||Sweet Female Attitude||Safe|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||5||"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"||Elton John & George Michael||Safe|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||6||"Come Together"||The Beatles||Safe|
|Lloyd Macey||Boys (Walsh)||1||"Fix You"||Eliminated|
|Rak-Su||Groups (Cowell)||2||"I'm Feeling You" (original song)||Safe|
|The Cutkelvins||Groups (Cowell)||3||"Show Me Love"||Eliminated|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||4||"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"||Safe|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||5||"Wolves" (original song)||Safe|
It was revealed on 2 December that the winners' single this year would be the contestants' duet.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Kevin Davy White||Over 28s (Scherzinger)||1||"Whole Lotta Love"||4||"Fastlove, Pt. 1" (with Tokio Myers)||Eliminated|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||2||"Live and Let Die"||5||"Roots" (original song) (with Paloma Faith)||Safe|
|Rak-Su||Groups (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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Grace Davies||Girls (Osbourne)||1||"Nothing But Words" (original song)||3||"Too Young" (original song)||Runner-up|
|Rak-Su||Groups (Cowell)||2||"Touché" (original song)||4||"Mona Lisa" (original song)||Winner|
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.
|Episode||Air date||Official rating|
(millions inc. HD) ,2
(millions inc. HD & +1) ,3
|Weekly rank ,4|
|Auditions 1||2 September||5.76||7.38||7.92||5|
|Auditions 2||3 September||5.73||7.46||8.04||4|
|Auditions 3||9 September||5.15||6.60||7.23||11|
|Auditions 4||10 September||5.52||7.10||7.57||6|
|Auditions 5||16 September||5.78||7.57||7.87||8|
|Auditions 6||17 September||5.40||7.07||7.50||12|
|Auditions 7||23 September||4.53||5.99||6.48||21|
|Auditions 8||24 September||5.42||7.09||7.39||12|
|Bootcamp 1||30 September||4.92||6.41||6.83||16|
|Bootcamp 2||1 October||4.67||6.11||6.34||24|
|Bootcamp 3||7 October||4.58||5.83||6.18||25|
|Six-chair challenge 1||8 October||5.34||6.97||7.36||11|
|Six-chair challenge 2||14 October||5.10||6.67||7.05||13|
|Six-chair challenge 3||15 October||4.54||6.27||6.66||25|
|Judges' houses 1||21 October||5.29||6.95||7.25||12|
|Judges' houses 2||22 October||4.42||5.58||6.26||26|
|Live show 1||28 October||4.77||6.45||6.63||21|
|Live show 2||29 October||3.77||5.27||5.58||27|
|Live show 3||4 November||4.40||5.83||6.08||24|
|Live show 4||5 November||3.37||4.61||5.03||36|
|Live show 5||11 November||3.96||5.46||5.71||22|
|Live show 6||12 November||3.68||4.97||5.38||26|
|Live show 7||18 November||3.97||5.33||5.47||28|
|Live show 8||19 November||3.83||5.17||5.34||29|
|Live show 9||25 November||3.60||4.93||5.18||36|
|Live show 10||26 November||3.66||5.13||5.31||33|
|Live final 1||2 December||3.61||4.89||5.28||34|
|Live final 2||3 December||4.17||5.56||5.83||30|
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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.
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.
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.
The first season of the American version of the music competition show The X Factor began airing on Fox on September 21, 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.