The X Factor (British series 2)

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The X Factor
Series 2
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Winner Shayne Ward in Korea
Hosted by Kate Thornton (ITV)
Judges
Winner Shayne Ward
Winning mentor Louis Walsh
Runner-up Andy Abraham
Release
Original network
Original release20 August 
17 December 2005
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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 second series ran from 20 August to 17 December 2005. [1] Shayne Ward became the winner and Louis Walsh emerged as the winning mentor. The second series was longer than the first, with seven acts in each of the three categories going to the judges' homes, and 12 acts in the finals instead of 9. Kate Thornton returned as presenter of the main show on ITV and Ben Shepherd presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, while Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Walsh returned as judges. 75,000 people auditioned for the series.

Contents

On the back of their performances and popularity in the competition, Ward (winner), Andy Abraham (runner-up), Journey South (third place) and Maria Lawson (8th place) landed recording contracts. Chico Slimani (5th place) also released a single which topped the UK Singles Chart.

Aired on 24 September 2005, the mentoring selection was made, with Cowell in charge of Groups, Osbourne with the 25 and overs and Walsh managing the 16–24s. The bootcamp stages were shown on 1 October 2005, and those who got through were taken to the "judges' homes".[ citation needed ]

Judges, presenters and other personnel

Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh returned as judges, quashing rumours that Osbourne and Walsh might not return for financial reasons. Kate Thornton also returned as presenter of the main show on ITV and Ben Shephard returned as presenter of spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Yvie Burnett joined the show as vocal coach.

Selection process

The auditions episodes were broadcast on 20 August 27 August 3 September 10 September 17 and 24 September 2005. The first two episodes of Bootcamp aired on 1 October 2005 and the last two the following week on 8 October 2005.


Bootcamp Tasks per Category

16-24s:

Location: artsdepot

Task 1 Songs:

Task 2 Songs: The 21 remaining contestants in the 16-24s category were divided into three groups of 7 with one song in each of the groups. Each contestant then performed their chosen song solo in front of Louis and his team. The songs were.

Groups:

Location: An Manor House within the Oxfordshire countryside.

Task 1: Perform both an uptempo and a slow song to show versatility.

Task 2: Learn one song of their choice within an hour and then perform it to Simon and his team.

Over 25s:

Location: Café de Paris

Task 1: Perform a song of their choice to Sharon and the rest of the contestants.

Task 2: Choose a song from an list of five and learn it overnight to perform for a place in Judges Houses. The songs performed during this round were:



Judges Houses Performances

Over 25s:


16-24s

Groups:

Summary of judges' houses[ citation needed ]
JudgeCategoryLocationContestants eliminated
CowellGroups Marbella 4th Base
Eskimo Blonde
The Brothers
OsbourneOver 25s Beverly Hills Richie Glynn
Joanne Hindley
Haifa Kayali
Walsh16-24s Dublin James Bellamy
Alexandra Burke
Trevor Hodgson

Finalists

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
ActAge(s)HometownCategory (Mentor)Result
Shayne Ward 21 Manchester 16-24s (Walsh)Winner
Andy Abraham 41 North London Over 25s (Osbourne)Runner-up
Journey South 25 & 30 Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire Groups (Cowell)3rd place
Brenda Edwards 36 Luton Over 25s (Osbourne)4th place
Chico Slimani 34 Bridgend 5th place
The Conway Sisters 17-28 County Sligo, IrelandGroups (Cowell)6th place
Nicholas Dorsett18 London Borough of Enfield 16-24s (Walsh)7th place
Maria Lawson 26 London Over 25s (Osbourne)8th place
Chenai Zinyuku19 Bradford 16-24s (Walsh)9th place
Phillip Magee21 Larne 10th place
4Tune18-21 Southampton Groups (Cowell)11th place
Addictiv Ladies16-17London12th place

Live shows

The live shows began on 15 October 2005, and the final was broadcast live on 17 December 2005.

Results summary

Colour key

  Act in team Simon

  Act in team Sharon

  Act in team Louis

  Act was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
  Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
  Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per act
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
First VoteSecond Vote
Shayne WardSafe1st 5 SafeSafeSafe2nd 5 SafeSafeSafeSafeWinner
Andy Abraham1st 5 Safe1st 5 SafeSafe1st 5 SafeSafeSafeSafeRunner-up
Journey SouthSafeSafeSafeSafe2nd 5 4th 5 SafeSafeSafe3rdEliminated
(final)
Brenda EdwardsSafeSafeSafeSafe3rd 5 5th 5 SafeSafe4thEliminated
(semi-final)
Chico SlimaniBottom TwoSafeBottom TwoSafeSafe3rd 5 Bottom Two5thEliminated
(quarter-final)
The Conway SistersSafeSafeSafeSafe8th 4 7th 5 Bottom TwoEliminated
(week 7)
Nicholas DorsettSafeSafeSafeBottom Two1st 5 6th 5 Eliminated
(week 6)
Maria LawsonSafeSafeSafe1st 3 7th 4 Eliminated
(week 5)
Chenai ZinyukuSafeBottom TwoSafeBottom TwoEliminated
(week 4)
Phillip MageeSafeSafeBottom TwoEliminated
(week 3)
4TuneSafeBottom TwoEliminated
(week 2)
Addictiv LadiesBottom TwoEliminated
(week 1)
Final ShowdownAddictiv Ladies,
Slimani
4Tune,
Zinyuku
Magee,
Slimani
Dorsett,
Zinyuku
The Conway Sisters,
Lawson
The Conway Sisters,
Dorsett
The Conway Sisters,
Slimani
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate (16-24s)Addictiv Ladies4TuneSlimaniZinyukuLawsonThe Conway SistersN/A 2
Osbourne's vote to eliminate (Over 25s)Addictiv Ladies4TuneMageeDorsettThe Conway SistersDorsettThe Conway Sisters
Cowell's vote to eliminate (Groups)SlimaniZinyukuMageeZinyukuLawsonDorsettThe Conway Sisters 1
EliminatedAddictiv Ladies
2 of 3 votes
Majority
4Tune
2 of 3 Votes
Majority
Phillip Magee
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Chenai Zinyuku
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Maria Lawson
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Nicholas Dorsett
2 of 3 votes
Majority
The Conway Sisters
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Chico Slimani
Public vote
to save
Brenda Edwards
Public vote
to save
Journey South
Public vote
to save
Andy Abraham
Public vote
to win

^1 For the only time in The X Factor history, a judge made an unforced decision to eliminate one of their own acts over another judge's act.
^2 Walsh was not required to vote as there was a majority.
^3 In Lawson's 2008 autobiography, Life Starts Now, she revealed she had topped the vote the week before her elimination.
^4 According to voting figures published in the Sunday Mirror, Lawson turned out to have received twice as many public votes as the Conway Sisters. ^5 Some of the voting results were also published in the same edition of the Sunday Mirror, the full voting results of the sixth week, Dorsett turned out to have topped the fifth week, Abraham the first, third and sixth weeks and Ward topped the second week.

Live show details

Week 1 (15 October)

Contestants' performances on the first live show
ActOrderSongResult
Addictiv Ladies1"Superstar" (Jamelia) Eliminated
Shayne Ward2"Right Here Waiting" (Richard Marx)Safe
Chico Slimani3"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (Rod Stewart)Bottom two
Journey South4"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (Elton John)Safe
Phillip Magee5"Amazed" (Lonestar)Safe
Brenda Edwards6"Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield)Safe
The Conway Sisters7"SOS" (ABBA)Safe
Nicholas Dorsett8"On the Wings of Love" (Jeffrey Osborne)Safe
Maria Lawson9"Emotion" (Bee Gees)Safe
4Tune10"I Want It That Way" (Backstreet Boys)Safe
Chenai Zinyuku11"The Closest Thing to Crazy" (Katie Melua)Safe
Andy Abraham12"Greatest Love of All" (George Benson)Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Chico Slimani – said that the judges had to pick the real talent over a "joke act", effectively backing his own act, Addictiv Ladies.
  • Osbourne: Addictiv Ladies – backed her own act, Chico Slimani, whose performance she said was more exciting.
  • Walsh: Addictiv Ladies – said that Slimani had the all-round entertainment package.

Week 2 (22 October)

Contestants' performances on the second live show
ActOrderSongResult
Andy Abraham1"You to Me Are Everything" (The Real Thing)Safe
Chenai Zinyuku2"Young Hearts Run Free" (Candi Staton)Bottom two
4Tune3"I'll Be There" (Jackson 5)Eliminated
Chico Slimani4"Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry)Safe
Nicholas Dorsett5"Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)Safe
The Conway Sisters6"You Raise Me Up" (Westlife)Safe
Maria Lawson7"The Way You Make Me Feel" (Michael Jackson)Safe
Phillip Magee8"Wind Beneath My Wings" (Roger Whittaker)Safe
Journey South9"Desperado" (Eagles)Safe
Brenda Edwards10"Rescue Me" (Fontella Bass)Safe
Shayne Ward11"If You're Not the One" (Daniel Bedingfield)Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Chenai Zinyuku – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, 4Tune.
  • Walsh: 4Tune – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Chenai Zinyuku.
  • Osbourne: 4Tune – said that Zinyuku had a better chance of selling records.

Week 3 (29 October)

Contestants' performances on the third live show
ActOrderSongResult
Phillip Magee1"Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry)Eliminated
Brenda Edwards2"Midnight Train to Georgia" (Gladys Knight & the Pips)Safe
Shayne Ward3"Summer of '69" (Bryan Adams)Safe
Chico Slimani4"Livin' la Vida Loca" (Ricky Martin)Bottom two
The Conway Sisters5"Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler)Safe
Chenai Zinyuku6"Hero" (Mariah Carey)Safe
Andy Abraham7"Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole)Safe
Journey South8"Angel of Harlem" (U2)Safe
Nicholas Dorsett9"Let's Stay Together" (Al Green)Safe
Maria Lawson10"Piece of My Heart" (Janis Joplin)Safe

Where is love

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: Phillip Magee – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Chico Slimani.
  • Walsh: Chico Slimani – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Phillip Magee.
  • Cowell: Phillip Magee – said that he was gradually getting used to Slimani's "entertainment factor".

Week 4 (5 November)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
ActOrderSongResult
Brenda Edwards1"Somebody Else's Guy" (Jocelyn Brown)Safe
Nicholas Dorsett2"I Want You Back" (Jackson 5)Bottom two
Andy Abraham3"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Andy Williams)Safe
Chenai Zinyuku4"Always on My Mind" (Elvis Presley)Eliminated
Chico Slimani5"Kiss" (Prince)Safe
Journey South6"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Roberta Flack)Safe
Maria Lawson7"You're Beautiful" (James Blunt)Safe (Highest Votes)
Shayne Ward8"You Make Me Feel Brand New" (Simply Red)Safe
The Conway Sisters9"One Voice" (Barry Manilow)Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: Nicholas Dorsett – said that Zinyku deserved her place in the competition more.
  • Cowell: Chenai Zinyuku – said that Dorsett had not been in the bottom two previously and deserved a second chance.
  • Walsh: Chenai Zinyuku – said that it was a tough decision to choose between his own acts.

Week 5 (12 November)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
ActOrderSongResult
Shayne Ward1"Cry Me a River" (Justin Timberlake)Safe
Maria Lawson2"Brown Sugar" (The Rolling Stones)Eliminated
The Conway Sisters3"Hold On" (Wilson Phillips)Bottom two
Andy Abraham4"I'll Make Love to You" (Boyz II Men)Safe
Journey South5"Livin' on a Prayer" (Bon Jovi)Safe
Chico Slimani6"Hero" (Enrique Iglesias)Safe
Nicholas Dorsett7"I Believe I Can Fly" (R.Kelly)Safe
Brenda Edwards8"Heartbreaker" (Dionne Warwick)Safe


Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: The Conway Sisters – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Maria Lawson.
  • Cowell: Maria Lawson – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, The Conway Sisters.
  • Walsh: Maria Lawson – went with his heart.

Walsh's decision to eliminate Lawson caused controversy when Osbourne accused Walsh of being part of the "Irish Mafia", since both he and The Conway Sisters are Irish. Cowell, though backed his own act to eliminate Lawson, said that if he had to go with his heart, he would have sent his own act home. He felt they would not have a chance to win, and that Lawson had more talent and her elimination would be the first one that the public would disagree with.

Week 6 (19 November)

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActOrderSongResult
The Conway Sisters1"One Moment in Time" (Whitney Houston)Bottom two
Andy Abraham2"Me and Mrs. Jones" (Billy Paul)Safe
Nicholas Dorsett3"If I Ever Fall in Love" (East 17)Eliminated
Journey South4"Angels" (Robbie Williams)Safe
Brenda Edwards5"Last Dance" (Donna Summer)Safe
Shayne Ward6"A Million Love Songs" (Take That)Safe
Chico Slimani7"It's Chico Time" (original song)Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: The Conway Sisters – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Nicholas Dorsett.
  • Cowell: Nicholas Dorsett – backed his own act, The Conway Sisters.
  • Osbourne: Nicholas Dorsett – gave no reason.

Week 7 (26 November)

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
ActOrderSongResult
Chico Slimani1"Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson)Bottom two
The Conway Sisters2"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (Starship)Eliminated
Andy Abraham3"I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston)Safe
Shayne Ward4"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (The Darkness)Safe
Brenda Edwards5"I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston)Safe
Journey South6"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (U2)Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: The Conway Sisters – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Chico Slimani.
  • Cowell: The Conway Sisters – said that both acts deserved to be in the bottom two, but felt Slimani had an entertainment value and voted to eliminate The Conway Sisters despite them being his own act. This became the first time ever in the history of the show that a mentor decided to eliminate his own act over the act from another category.
  • Walsh was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Week 8: Quarter-Final (3 December)

  • Best bits song: "Hero"
Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Journey South1"Bad Day" (Daniel Powter)6"Candle in the Wind" (Elton John)Safe
Chico Slimani2"I Got You (I Feel Good)" (James Brown)7"Time Warp" (from The Rocky Horror Show )Eliminated
Brenda Edwards3"I'm Outta Love" (Anastacia)8"I'll Never Love This Way Again" (Dionne Warwick)Safe
Shayne Ward4"Take Your Mama" (Scissor Sisters)9"Careless Whisper" (Wham!)Safe
Andy Abraham5"Easy Lover" (Phil Collins)10"When I Fall in Love" (Nat King Cole)Safe

The quarter-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Chico Slimani, was automatically eliminated. After his elimination, Slimani reprised his performance of "Time Warp" as his exit song.

Week 9: Semi-Final (10 December)

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Andy Abraham1"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams)5"Lately" (Stevie Wonder)Safe
Journey South2"You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" (Rod Stewart)6"Let It Be" (The Beatles)Safe
Brenda Edwards3"Respect" (Otis Redding)7"Without You" (Badfinger)Eliminated
Shayne Ward4"If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Ronan Keating)8"Unchained Melody" (Todd Duncan)Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Brenda Edwards, was automatically eliminated. After her elimination, Edwards reprised her performance of "Without You" as her exit song.

Week 10: Final (17 December)

  • Themes: No theme; Christmas songs; song of the series; winner's single
  • Musical guest: The X Factor rejex ("My Way")[ citation needed ]
Contestants' performances on the final live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songOrderThird songOrderFourth songResult
Journey South1"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John)4"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon)7"Let It Be" (live show 9)N/AN/A (already eliminated)3rd place
Andy Abraham2"When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge)5"O Holy Night" (Traditional)8"Me and Mrs. Jones" (live show 6)10"That's My Goal"Runner-up
Shayne Ward3"If You're Not the One" (live show 2)6"When a Child Is Born" (Johnny Mathis)9"Over the Rainbow" (Judy Garland)11"That's My Goal"Winner

Reception

Ratings

EpisodeAir dateOfficial ITV1 rating [2] Weekly rank [2]
Auditions 120 August6.7213
Auditions 227 August7.4810
Auditions 33 September7.759
Auditions 410 September7.2912
Auditions 517 September9.795
Auditions 624 September10.048
Bootcamp 11 October8.939
Bootcamp 28.968
Judges' houses 18 October9.0910
Judges' houses 29.967
Live show 115 October7.8714
Live results 18.9611
Live show 222 October8.4712
Live results 29.028
Live show 329 October8.609
Live results 39.526
Live show 45 November7.7613
Live results 47.5114
Live show 512 November9.0910
Live results 58.9912
Live show 619 November8.9512
Live results 68.7613
Live show 726 November8.4521
Live results 79.1314
Live show 83 December10.009
Live results 88.9518
Live show 910 December7.8016
Live results 98.4814
Live final17 December9.657
Live final results9.906

Controversies

Elimination of Maria Lawson and "Irish Mafia"

After the final showdown in week 5, controversy was created around the judges' voting process when Walsh cast the deciding vote to keep The Conway Sisters, who are Irish, in the show at the expense of Maria Lawson. Osbourne later claimed that Lawson was the victim of the "Irish Mafia" after Walsh chose to keep The Conway Sisters in. When the voting statistics were revealed at the end of the series, Lawson was revealed to have received twice as many public votes as The Conway Sisters. [3] Osbourne's "Irish Mafia" remark resulted in an investigation by media regulator Ofcom over Osbourne's "Irish Mafia" remark, however on 9 January 2006, Ofcom cleared Osbourne of any wrongdoing. [4]

Louis Walsh

Rumours later circulated that Walsh had quit the show after being humiliated and "bullied" by Osbourne and Cowell. In addition to the media outrage at his choice to eliminate Lawson, there were verbal assaults. Furthermore, on 19 November, during the sixth live show of the series, Osbourne threw water over Walsh live on air after he asked her, "Are you on drugs? Are you taking Ozzy's drugs?" at the start of her (positive) critique of Journey South's performance of Robbie Williams' 1997 hit single "Angels". [5] Cowell apparently "begged" Walsh to come back and, in the event, Walsh did turn up for the next show; it was stated that he had indeed quit midweek but had been persuaded to return. He explained how he had felt he could not take the pressure any more, and denied that the episode was a publicity stunt. [6]

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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.

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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