|The X Factor|
|Presented by||Dermot O'Leary (ITV)|
|Winning mentor||Louis Tomlinson|
|Finals venue||The SSE Arena, Wembley|
|Original release||1 September –|
2 December 2018
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 (credited as Ayda Williams), 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.
On 6 June 2018, it was announced that Sharon Osbourne would return to judge the fifteenth series, but only for the live shows, due to her ongoing work commitments in the United States. The next day, long-serving judge Louis Walsh announced that after thirteen years on the show, he would leave to focus on other projects.Earlier in the year, it was reported that Nicole Scherzinger would not return as a judge for the fifteenth series.
On 30 September 2018, Osbourne announced her decision to no longer appear as a judge during the live shows, stating that she had "seen the new judges finding their rhythm and are doing brilliantly".
Simon Cowell confirmed his return as head judge and Dermot O'Leary’s return as presenter. After much speculation, it was announced on 16 July 2018 that Ayda Field (credited as Ayda Williams), Louis Tomlinson, and Robbie Williams would join Cowell on the series' judging panel to replace Osbourne, Scherzinger, and Walsh.
On 23 August 2018, it was announced that Xtra Bites would return after a first series, presented by Becca Dudley again, and she would be joined by a co-host named Tinea Taylor.
On 2 November 2018, it was revealed that Nile Rodgers would fill in for Williams on the panel during some of the live shows, due to Williams' touring commitments. Rodgers sat alongside Williams on 3 November, before fully substituting for him on 4, 10, 11 & 17 November. In a statement, Rodgers stated: "I had such a great time with Louis at the Judge's House in Ibiza a couple of weeks ago that when the opportunity came to step in for Robbie I could not say ('no')", "From Chic and Sister Sledge to Duran Duran and Daft Punk, I've had great experiences with Groups in my career, so I look forward to giving them as much support as I can while Rob is away!". Williams returned to the panel on 24 November.
Auditions for performers took place only at London's SSE Arena, Wembley, on 18–20, 22–24 and 26–28 July 2018.
Instead of the traditional bootcamp stages, a deliberation stage (similar to that employed by Britain's Got Talent ) was introduced to cut down the number of performers at the six-chair challenge. This took place on 30 July 2018 at the Tobacco Dock in London.[ citation needed ] It was broadcast on a single episode on 23 September 2018 after the final auditions show.
After the "deliberation" and "reveal" stages, but before the start of the "six-chair challenge", the judges found out the categories they are mentoring: Cowell mentored the "Girls", Field mentored the "Over 28s", Williams mentored the "Groups", and Tomlinson mentored the "Boys".
The Six Chair Challenge took place over the course of three days, from 1–3 August 2018, at the SSE Arena in Wembley.[ citation needed ] A new twist was added with the introduction of a golden button, similar to Britain's Got Talent 's Golden Buzzer. When this was pressed, the act in question was guaranteed a 'Safe Seat', and would go straight through to Judges' Houses. The Six Chair Challenge was aired over 3 episodes starting on 29 September 2018 and finished on 6 October 2018.
It was announced by O'Leary during an appearance on This Morning that the Judges' Houses would be filmed in late September 2018, and that three of the judges' houses would be in Los Angeles (Cowell, Field and Williams); Tomlinson's houses would be hosted in Ibiza. Cowell judged from Malibu, while Field and Williams each judged their categories separately from their home in Beverley Hills. The guest judges were announced to be: Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis in assisting Field, David Walliams with Williams, and Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Diane Warren, Babyface, Lewis and Sinitta to assist Cowell, who hosted a house party consisting of various singers, songwriters and record producers for the Girls to perform in front of. Liam Payne and Nile Rodgers were announced to assist Tomlinson.
Maria Laroco was not able to secure the correct visa in time to travel to Malibu with the remaining Girls for this stage of the competition. Unlike similar instances where the affected contestants withdrew from the competition, Laroco sang to Cowell via video link from a London studio.
16 finalists were put through to the live shows at this stage, four from each category. This last-minute change was lobbied by Cowell who was unable to narrow his Girls down to just three; the other judges were then allowed one more act each for their own categories as well.
|Cowell||Girls||Malibu||Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Diane Warren, Babyface, Michelle Visage, Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, Sinitta, Paul Anka, Tricky Stewart and Dallas Austin.||Georgia Burgess, Maria Laroco|
|Field||Over 28s||Beverly Hills||Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis||Ricky John, Louise Setara|
|Tomlinson||Boys||Ibiza||Liam Payne and Nile Rodgers||J-Sol, Thomas Pound|
|Williams||Groups||Beverly Hills||David Walliams||Panda and Burgandy, Sweet Sense|
|Dalton Harris||24||Clarendon, Jamaica||Boys (Tomlinson)||Winner|
|Scarlett Lee||21||Surrey||Girls (Cowell)||Runner-up|
|Anthony Russell||28||Bootle||Boys (Tomlinson)||3rd place|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||15 & 14||Leyland||Groups (Williams)||4th place|
|Brendan Murray||21||Tuam, Republic of Ireland||Boys (Tomlinson)||5th place|
|Danny Tetley||36||Wigan||Over 28s (Field)||6th place|
|Shan Ako||25||Croydon||Girls (Cowell)||7th place|
|Bella Penfold||19||Essex||Girls (Cowell)||8th place|
|Giovanni Spano||33||West London||Over 28s (Field)||9th place|
|Misunderstood||25 & 27||London||Groups (Williams)||10th place|
|Molly Scott||16||County Durham||Girls (Cowell)||11th place|
|United Vibe||17–20||Various||Groups (Williams)||12th place|
|LMA Choir||19–40||Liverpool||Groups (Williams)||13th place|
|Janice Robinson||50||Galveston, United States||Over 28s (Field)||14th place|
|Armstrong Martins||23||Lagos, Nigeria/London||Boys (Tomlinson)||15th place|
|Olatunji Yearwood||32||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Over 28s (Field)||16th place|
The finalists were announced after each category performed at Judges' Houses. There will be 16 finalists (4 from each category) this year. The Live Shows will be broadcast for 7 weeks from 20 October to 2 December.This year the live shows reverts to the previous format of all performances on the Saturday night and the results show on the Sunday night. However, there are 16 finalists and a reduced number of live shows, so almost all of the live result shows had double eliminations.
Nile Rodgers temporarily replaced Williams on the panel, due to touring commitments. Rodgers appeared in Williams's place from 4–18 November.
For the first time since 2008, there was no elimination on the Saturday (1 December 2018). Instead, all 3 finalists progressed the Sunday (2 December 2018) live final results show.
Keala Settle and Rak-Su, the winners of the previous series, performed on the first live results show. Little Mix and Kylie Minogue performed on the second live results show. James Arthur and Jonas Blue, Liam Payne and Lennon Stella performed on the third live results show. Michael Bublé, Olly Murs and Lady Leshurr performed on the fourth live results show. Cheryl and Tom Walker performed on the fifth live results show. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus appeared on the sixth live show (Andersson doing a Masterclass with the semi-finalists and Ulvaeus appearing on the judging panel alongside Williams, Field, Tomlinson and Cowell to judge the performances). Zara Larsson performed on the sixth live results show. The live final featured a performance from Robbie Williams (with Take That) on the live final results show.
Unlike the previous series where the live final was held at The ExCeL Center in London, instead this year's final was held at the normal venue which is The SSE Arena, Wembley in London.
The winners single will be the winning contestant's duet from the Sunday (2 December 2018) result show with all proceeds going to the children's charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. It is the eighth year running that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has waived any VAT on The X Factor's winners single.The winner was announced to be Dalton Harris who performed a duet with James Arthur on "The Power of Love".
Act in team Simon
Act in team Robbie
Act in team Ayda
Act in team Louis
|–||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||Quarter-Final||Semi-Final||Final|
|First Vote||Second Vote||First Vote||Second Vote||First Vote||Second Vote||Saturday Vote||Sunday Vote|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||9th|
|No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone||LMA Choir,|
|Acacia & Aaliyah,|
|No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone||Acacia & Aaliyah,|
|No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone||Acacia & Aaliyah,|
|No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone||Acacia & Aaliyah,|
|No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone|
|Judges voted to||Eliminate||Eliminate||Eliminate||Eliminate||Send Through|
|Rodgers' vote (Groups)||N/A||N/A||Scott||Spano||Ako||N/A|
|Williams' vote (Groups)||Martins||Murray||N/A||N/A||N/A||Acacia & Aaliyah|
|Field's vote (Over 28s)||Martins||LMA Choir||Scott||Acacia & Aaliyah||Ako||Lee|
|Tomlinson's vote (Boys)||Robinson||LMA Choir||Scott||Spano||Acacia & Aaliyah||Lee|
|Cowell's vote (Girls)||Martins||Murray||Acacia & Aaliyah||Spano||Acacia & Aaliyah||Lee|
2 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
|Acacia & Aaliyah|
1 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
This week's results show featured a double elimination. The three acts with the fewest votes were announced as the bottom three, and the act out of the three with the fewest public votes was then automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown for the judges' votes.
|Misunderstood||Groups (Williams)||1||"Chewing Gum" (original song)||Safe|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||2||"Issues"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Danny Tetley||Over 28s (Field)||3||"Hero"||Safe|
|Molly Scott||Girls (Cowell)||4||"Fake Love"||Safe|
|Janice Robinson||Over 28s (Field)||5||"Clarity"||Bottom three|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||6||"Break Free"||Safe|
|Bella Penfold||Girls (Cowell)||7||"Beneath Your Beautiful"||Safe|
|Armstrong Martins||Boys (Tomlinson)||8||"Story of My Life"||Bottom three|
|Giovanni Spano||Over 28s (Field)||9||"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"||Safe|
|United Vibe||Groups (Williams)||10||"Slow Hands"||Safe|
|Shan Ako||Girls (Cowell)||11||"Imagine"||Safe|
|Olatunji Yearwood||Over 28s (Field)||12||"Jiggle It" (original song)||Eliminated|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||13||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Safe|
|LMA Choir||Groups (Williams)||14||"Circle of Life"||Safe|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||15||"Finesse"||Safe|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||16||"Life On Mars?"||Safe|
|Janice Robinson||Over 28s (Field)||1||"The Climb"||Saved|
|Armstrong Martins||Boys (Tomlinson)||2||"True Colors"||Eliminated|
This week's results show featured a double elimination. Lines were frozen on Sunday at 7:30 pm, 30 minutes before the results show, and Janice Robinson was eliminated after the special guest performance from Little Mix after receiving the fewest votes. Lines then reopened and the two acts with the next fewest votes then performed in the sing-off.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Guilty Pleasure||Result|
|LMA Choir||Groups (Williams)||1||"Proud Mary"||Tina Turner||Bottom three|
|Shan Ako||Girls (Cowell)||2||"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Elton John||Safe|
|Danny Tetley||Over 28s (Field)||3||"Crazy for You"||Madonna||Safe|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||4||"Believe"||Cher||Bottom three|
|Misunderstood||Groups (Williams)||5||"Close to You"||Maxi Priest||Safe|
|Molly Scott||Girls (Cowell)||6||"Little Do You Know"||Alex & Sierra||Safe|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||7||"I Have Nothing"||Whitney Houston||Safe (Highest Votes-1st Vote)|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||8||"Always on My Mind"||Elvis Presley||Safe|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||9||"All My Life"/"Shutdown"||K-Ci & JoJo / Skepta||Safe|
|Giovanni Spano||Over 28s (Field)||10||"...Baby One More Time"||Britney Spears||Safe|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||11||"I Want to Know What Love Is"||Foreigner||Safe (Highest Votes-2nd Vote)|
|United Vibe||Groups (Williams)||12||"Party in the U.S.A."||Miley Cyrus||Safe|
|Bella Penfold||Girls (Cowell)||13||"Diamonds Are Forever"/"Diamonds from Sierra Leone"||Shirley Bassey / Kanye West||Safe|
|Janice Robinson||Over 28s (Field)||14||"Show Me Love"||Robin S.||Eliminated|
|LMA Choir||Groups (Williams)||1||"A Change Is Gonna Come"||Eliminated|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||2||"High and Dry"||Saved|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. LMA Choir were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
The live show was pre-recorded during Saturday afternoon to allow Williams to be present before flying to South America for touring commitments. Nile Rodgers appeared as a guest judge, filling in for Williams during the third results show and the fourth & fifth live shows and results shows.
This week's results show featured a double elimination. Lines were originally scheduled to be frozen on Sunday at 7:30 pm, 60 minutes before the results show, the act receiving the fewest votes leaving the competition at the beginning of the show before lines would reopen and the two acts with the next fewest votes would then perform in the sing-off. However, due to a technical issue that affected the sound during Danny Tetley and Anthony Russell's performances, Saturday's public vote was cancelled and lines instead opened in the results show on Sunday. At the start of the live results show, all of the performances were shown in full before the public vote opened for 14 minutes.
|Molly Scott||Girls (Cowell)||1||"Toxic"||Bottom three|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||2||"Creep"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|United Vibe||Groups (Williams)||3||"Bleeding Love"||Eliminated|
|Shan Ako||Girls (Cowell)||4||"The Sound of Silence"||Safe|
|Danny Tetley||Over 28s (Field)||5||"Who Wants to Live Forever"||Safe|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||6||"Demons"||Safe|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||8||"I Put a Spell on You"||Safe|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||9||"Jump"||Bottom three|
|Bella Penfold||Girls (Cowell)||10||"In My Blood"||Safe|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||11||"Youngblood"||Safe|
|Giovanni Spano||Over 28s (Field)||12||"Live and Let Die"||Safe|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||1||"Big for Your Boots"||Saved|
|Molly Scott||Girls (Cowell)||2||"Human"||Eliminated|
This week's results show featured a double elimination. Lines were frozen on Sunday at 7:30 pm, 60 minutes before the results show, and Misunderstood were eliminated after the special guest performance from Bublé after receiving the fewest votes. Lines then reopened and the two acts with the next fewest votes then performed in the sing-off.
|Giovanni Spano||Over 28s (Field)||1||"The Greatest Show"||The Greatest Showman||Bottom three|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||2||"California Dreamin'"||San Andreas||Safe|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||3||"I'll Never Love Again"||A Star is Born||Safe|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||4||"Everybody Hurts"||Bewitched||Safe|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||5||"Survivor"||Tomb Raider||Bottom three|
|Bella Penfold||Girls (Cowell)||6||"A Million Dreams"||The Greatest Showman||Safe|
|Danny Tetley||Over 28s (Field)||8||"My Heart Will Go On"||Titanic||Safe|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||9||"Eye of the Tiger"||Rocky III||Safe (Highest Votes-Both Votes)|
|Shan Ako||Girls (Cowell)||10||"Never Enough"||The Greatest Showman||Safe|
|Giovanni Spano||Over 28s (Field)||1||"Let Me Entertain You"||Eliminated|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||2||"All My Life"/ "Shutdown"||Saved|
This week's results show featured a double elimination. Lines were frozen on Sunday at 7:30 pm, 30 minutes before the results show, and Bella Penfold was eliminated immediately at the beginning of the show. Once that occurred, lines reopened for a few more minutes and the two acts with the next fewest votes performed in the sing off.
During the results show, Cowell originally told the acts that the final six would go on The X Factor Live Tour in 2019. After the elimination of Shan Ako, Cowell stated that he would allow both her and Penfold to join the final six on tour as well. His statement meant that the final eight would perform on the tour rather than the final six.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Big Band Artist||Result|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||1||"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"||Andy Williams||Safe|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||2||"Say Something"||A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera||Safe|
|Shan Ako||Girls (Cowell)||3||"Summertime"||George Gershwin||Bottom three|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||4||"Beyond the Sea"||Bobby Darin||Safe|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||5||"Act Our Age" (original song)||Original||Bottom three|
|Bella Penfold||Girls (Cowell)||6||"Strong"||London Grammar||Eliminated|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||7||"Listen"||Beyoncé||Safe (Highest Votes- both votes)|
|Danny Tetley||Over 28s (Field)||8||"My Way"||Frank Sinatra||Safe|
|Shan Ako||Girls (Cowell)||1||"Rise Up"||Eliminated|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||2||"Bang Bang"||Saved|
With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Shan Ako was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
This week's semi-final featured a triple elimination. During Saturday's show, the lines froze where the two acts with the fewest votes were immediately eliminated. They then re-opened and closed during Sunday's results show ahead of the final sing-off of the series.
In addition, following all of the act's first performance during Saturday's show, each act performed a segment from an ABBA song where Björn Ulvaeus joined the judging panel for the performances.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Brendan Murray||Boys (Tomlinson)||1||"Run"||11||"I Have a Dream"||Eliminated|
|Danny Tetley||Over 28s (Field)||2||"This Is My Life"||12||"Thank You for the Music"||Eliminated|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||3||"Feeling Good"||7||"SOS"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||4||"Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2"/"I Win"||10||"Money, Money, Money"||Safe|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||5||"Livin' on a Prayer"||8||"The Name of the Game"||Safe|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||6||"This Is Me"||9||"The Winner Takes It All"||Safe|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||1||"Clown"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||2||"Big for Your Boots"/"Shutdown"||Bottom two|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||3||"Don't Look Back in Anger"||Safe|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||4||"I Didn't Know My Own Strength"||Bottom two|
|Acacia & Aaliyah||Groups (Williams)||1||"Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2"/"I Win"||Eliminated|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||2||"This Is Me"||Saved|
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||1||"Let It Be"||4||"Leave a Light On" with Tom Walker|
|Dalton Harris||2||"A Song for You"||5||"Beneath Your Beautiful" with Emeli Sandé|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||3||"Your Song"||6||"Angels" with Robbie Williams|
|Anthony Russell||Boys (Tomlinson)||1||"I Predict a Riot" with Kaiser Chiefs||Third Place|
|Scarlett Lee||Girls (Cowell)||2||"One More Sleep" with Leona Lewis||Runner-up|
|Dalton Harris||Boys (Tomlinson)||3||"The Power of Love" with James Arthur||Winner|
As of September 2018, all official ratings include those who watched on demand via the ITV Hub.
|Episode||Air date||Official rating|
|Weekly rank ,2|
|Auditions 1||1 September||7.59||1|
|Auditions 2||2 September||6.43||8|
|Auditions 3||8 September||6.57||9|
|Auditions 4||9 September||6.38||13|
|Auditions 5||15 September||7.08||7|
|Auditions 6||16 September||6.08||15|
|Auditions 7||22 September||6.59||11|
|Auditions 8||23 September||6.34||15|
|Six-chair challenge 1||29 September||6.27||15|
|Six-chair challenge 2||30 September||6.38||12|
|Six-chair challenge 3||6 October||6.38||11|
|Judges Houses 1||7 October||6.19||13|
|Judges Houses 2||13 October||6.88||11|
|Judges Houses 3||14 October||6.26||14|
|Live show 1||20 October||5.55||15|
|Live results 1||21 October||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live show 2||27 October||5.29||15|
|Live results 2||28 October||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live show 3||3 November||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live results 3||4 November||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live show 4||10 November||5.03||15|
|Live results 4||11 November||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live show 5||17 November||4.99||15|
|Live results 5||18 November||5.42||13|
|Live show 6||24 November||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live results 6||25 November||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live final 1||1 December||N/A||Outside top 15|
|Live final 2||2 December||N/A||Outside top 15|
During the audition stage, 20-year-old transgender man Felix Shepherd impressed the judges with his rendition of "All I Want" by Kodaline, and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Before singing, Williams asked him about his background; Shepherd said he was there to prove to people that he was "more than just a transgender guy." Williams responded by asking him: "So when you were born, what was your name?", thus misgendering him. Although many fans of the show were supportive of the representation, many were outraged by Williams' question, though Shepherd stated that he was not offended by Williams.
On 5 September 2018, whilst on Howard Stern's radio show, Osbourne accused Cowell of underpaying her for the new series. She used some offensive language to criticise Cowell and the show's auditionees, which led to a backlash from fans who suggested that Osbourne should be replaced.Osbourne subsequently announced her decision to not participate during the live shows. Various sources reported that Osbourne had been fired over the interview and Stern stated that he believed she had been tipped off to keep quiet. Osbourne later refuted Stern's allegations and stated that her comments were only made in jest and were not to be taken literally, but that they were misappropriated by other people including The X Factor’s production company due to Stern wanting to give Cowell a bad reputation by using his radio show. She added that although the company wanted to fire her, Cowell was not upset with the comments and wanted her to remain on the show, but that it was ultimately her decision to step down out of fear of awkwardness between her and fellow judges Williams and Field, with whom she is close friends, though she did not rule out a return to the show in the future.
During the third week of live shows, sound issues caused the judges, O'Leary and contestants to sound distorted. As the show was not live, O'Leary did not address the sound problems until the following night's live results show, but at the end of the programme, another message said: "Due to a technical issue, tonight's vote has been cancelled. It will open in tomorrow night's show." During the results show all the performances of the night were replayed before the lines opened to make the vote as fair possible for the contestants.
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The X Factor: Battle of the Stars is a UK celebrity special edition of The X Factor, which screened on ITV, started on 29 May 2006 and lasting for eight consecutive nights. Pop Idol was meant to air in its place as Celebrity Pop Idol but was stopped shortly before transmission, when ITV picked The X Factor over it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
X Factor is a Romanian television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions based on The X Factor series. It is broadcast on the Antena 1 channel in Romania.
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.
X Factor is an Italian television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner receives a € 300,000 recording contract with Sony Music. Before the start of the auditions process it was confirmed that Simona Ventura, Morgan, Elio and Arisa would be confirmed as judges and mentors; also Alessandro Cattelan returned as host, whilst Max Novaresi and Brenda Lodigiani return to host Xtra Factor. The sixths season began airing on Sky Uno on 20 September and ended on 7 December 2012.
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 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.
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.