The X Factor (British series 5)

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The X Factor
Series 5
Alexandra Burke All Night Long Tour.jpg
Burke during her All Night Long Tour in 2011.
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary (ITV)
Judges
Winner Alexandra Burke
Winning mentor Cheryl Cole
Runner-up JLS
Release
Original network
Original release16 August 
13 December 2008
Series chronology
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List of episodes

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 [1] 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.

Contents

Burke's prize, as winner, was a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music (a subsidiary of Sony BMG). Her debut single, "Hallelujah", written by Leonard Cohen, was released for digital download on 14 December 2008, with the physical format following on 17 December. It was later announced that her single had become the fastest-selling X Factor single at that time.

It was during auditions for the fifth series of the show that viewers were introduced to two teenagers: 15-year-old Jade Thirlwall, who would form one quarter of the winning act of series eight, Little Mix, and 14-year-old Liam Payne, who would become a member of boy band One Direction, formed in the seventh series.

Judges, presenters and other personnel

In February 2008, it was reported that Sharon Osbourne would not return as a judge for the fifth series. [2] On 6 June, six days before filming was due to begin at the London auditions, ITV announced Osbourne's departure from the show. [3] [4] Media speculation over the reasons for Osbourne's departure alluded to rising tensions between her and fellow judge Dannii Minogue, as well as disputes over pay. [4] When interviewed by Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1, Osbourne said that it was "the best four years of [her] life" but felt that it was "time to move on." [5]

On 10 June 2008, after Osbourne's departure, ITV confirmed that Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole was the new judge and Osbourne's replacement for series 5. Minogue praised the new judge, saying, "She's very knowledgeable about music and I think she's going to bring a new side to the show." [6] Cowell is reported by Minogue to feel that Cole's voiced opinions are something "which he loves". [6]

Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main ITV show, choosing to leave other projects, including his ongoing role as the host of Big Brother's Little Brother , to concentrate on The X Factor. [7] The Xtra Factor presenter Fearne Cotton left after series 4, having presented for only one series, to be replaced by Holly Willoughby. [8] Brian Friedman returned as choreographer and performance coach (billed as "Creative Director"), along with Yvie Burnett as vocal coach.

Selection process

Auditions

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London
Cities that auditions were held in.

A reported "record-breaking" 182,000 applied for series 5, [1] [9] with filming for auditions in front of judges taking place in June/July 2008. Auditions were held in the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, and Glasgow. [10]

Due to her commitments with Australia's Got Talent , Minogue was absent from some of the auditions in Birmingham and Cardiff but was not replaced.

Bootcamp

As in series 4, all four judges worked together at the bootcamp stage of the competition. This took place at indigO2 at The O2 in Greenwich, London on 4 August 2008, and was televised in two episodes on 27 and 28 September 2008. [11] [12] Contestants are said to have stayed in a nearby hotel in Blackheath. [12]

During bootcamp, around 150 acts were whittled down to 24 who advanced to the next round, six in each category. After completion of bootcamp, the judges were told the category that they were to mentor. Cowell was given the Boys, Walsh the Groups, Minogue the Over 25s, and Cole the Girls.

Judges' houses

This round was filmed in late August and early September and was broadcast over two shows on 4 and 5 October. As in previous years, the judges welcomed the six acts from their selected category to their "homes". [13] Each act had one chance to impress their mentor who, along with a guest judge, had the task of selecting which three acts were to go through to the live shows and which three would be eliminated. For her guest judge, Minogue chose former Spice Girls member and Emma Bunton, Cole chose her fellow Girls Aloud member Kimberly Walsh, Cowell chose singer Sinitta, and Walsh chose Shane Filan from Westlife.

Judges Houses Performances

Boys:

Over 25s:

Groups:

Girls:

Summary of judges' houses
JudgeCategoryLocationAssistantActs eliminated
ColeGirls Cannes Kimberley Walsh Annastasia Baker, Hannah Bradbeer, Amy Connelly
CowellBoys Barbados Sinitta Mali-Michael McCalla, Liam Payne, Alan Turner
MinogueOver 25s Saint-Tropez Emma Bunton Suzie Furlonger, Louise Heatly, James Williams
WalshGroups Castle Leslie, Ireland Shane Filan 4Instinct, Desire, Priority

Finalists

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
ActAge(s)HometownCategory (Mentor)Result
Alexandra Burke 20LondonGirls (Cole)Winner
JLS 20–23VariousGroups (Walsh)Runner-up
Eoghan Quigg 16 County Londonderry, Northern IrelandBoys (Cowell)3rd place
Diana Vickers 17 Accrington Girls (Cole)4th place
Ruth Lorenzo 26 Murcia, SpainOver 25s (Minogue)5th place
Rachel Hylton27London6th place
Daniel Evans39 Leyton 7th place
Laura White 21 Atherton Girls (Cole)8th place
Austin Drage22 Grays Boys (Cowell)9th place
Scott Bruton19 Manchester 10th place
Girlband18–22VariousGroups (Walsh)11th place
Bad Lashes19–2412th place

Live shows

The live shows began on 11 October 2008 and continued through to the finale on 13 December 2008. An added twist for this series, confirmed on the first live show, was that acts in the bottom-two showdown sang a new song of their own choosing, rather than repeating the song they performed in the first part of the show.

Musical guests

Leon Jackson performed on the first live show, promoting his second single "Don't Call This Love". Girls Aloud performed their new single "The Promise" on the second show on 18 October. Will Young performed his new song "Grace" on 1 November. Mariah Carey appeared on 8 November and performed her new single "I Stay in Love", plus a special version of "Hero" with 11 of the finalists (Diana Vickers was ill with laryngitis so could not perform). Leona Lewis appeared the week after and performed her new single "Run". Take That performed on 22 November show, as did series 4 third-place act Same Difference, who performed their debut single, and series 4 runner-up Rhydian Roberts, who sang a track from his debut album. [14] On 29 November show, in the main programme Miley Cyrus performed her single "7 Things", whereas Britney Spears performed her new single "Womanizer" during the result show. On 6 December show, Il Divo sung their latest single "Amazing Grace" from their new album.

Boyzone, Westlife, and Beyoncé were guests on the final show where they duetted with the finalists, with Knowles performing "Listen" with Alexandra Burke. Beyoncé also performed "If I Were a Boy" in the final result show.

Results summary

Colour key

  Act in team Simon

  Act in team Cheryl

  Act in team Louis

  Act in team Dannii

  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
  Act was given a "Bye Week" and automatically advanced to the following week
Weekly results per act [15]
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
First VoteSecond Vote
Alexandra Burke6th
7.20%
7th
7.15%
6th
8.83%
6th
8.82%
2nd
18.35%
4th
13.31%
4th
14.97%
1st
24.53%
2nd
31.04%
1st
44.02%
Winner
58.34%
JLS7th
5.03%
3rd
9.21%
4th
10.81%
2nd
17.00%
4th
13.26%
5th
9.91%
5th
11.75%
2nd
24.34%
1st
35.03%
2nd
30.65%
Runner-up
41.66%
Eoghan Quigg1st
21.19%
1st
26.77%
1st
20.73%
1st
19.81%
1st
27.39%
2nd
19.56%
1st
31.79%
3rd
19.58%
3rd
21.14%
3rd
19.58%
Eliminated
(final)
Diana Vickers4th
7.35%
2nd
16.24%
2nd
15.13%
3rd
15.24%
Bye Week 1 1st
31.30%
2nd
18.94%
4th
16.32%
4th
12.79%
Eliminated
(semi-final)
Ruth Lorenzo10th
3.47%
10th
2.95%
5th
8.93%
5th
10.25%
7th
6.94%
3rd
13.91%
3rd
16.07%
5th
15.23%
Eliminated
(quarter-final)
Rachel Hylton8th
4.77%
8th
5.01%
3rd
12.21%
9th
3.81%
5th
10.39%
7th
4.48%
6th
6.48%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Daniel Evans5th
7.21%
6th
8.23%
9th
5.94%
4th
10.83%
3rd
13.77%
6th
7.53%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Laura White3rd
16.99%
4th
8.99%
7th
7.53%
7th
7.38%
6th
9.90%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Austin Drage9th
3.63%
5th
8.98%
8th
6.22%
8th
6.86%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Scott Bruton2nd
19.48%
9th
4.17%
10th
3.67%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Girlband11th
2.17%
11th
2.30%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Bad Lashes12th
1.51%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Final ShowdownBad Lashes,
Girlband
Girlband,
Lorenzo
Bruton,
Evans
Drage,
Hylton
Lorenzo,
White
Evans,
Hylton
Hylton,
JLS
No final showdown or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Walsh’s vote to eliminate (Groups)Bad LashesLorenzoBrutonDrageWhiteEvansHylton
Minogue’s vote to eliminate (Over 25s)GirlbandGirlbandBrutonDrageWhiteN/A 2 JLS
Cole’s vote to eliminate (Girls)GirlbandGirlbandBrutonDrageLorenzoEvansHylton
Cowell’s vote to eliminate (Boys)Bad LashesLorenzoEvansHyltonWhiteEvansHylton
EliminatedBad Lashes
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Girlband
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Scott Bruton
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Austin Drage
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Laura White
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Daniel Evans
3 of 3 votes
Majority
Rachel Hylton
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Ruth Lorenzo
15.23%
to save
Diana Vickers
12.79%
to save
Eoghan Quigg
25.33%
to save
JLS
41.66%
to win

The total number of votes cast for the entire series was 16,469,064.[ citation needed ]

^1 Due to illness, Diana Vickers did not perform during week 5 and automatically advanced to week 6.
^2 Minogue was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Live show details

Week 1 (11 October)

Contestants' performances on the first live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongCountryResult
GirlbandGroups (Walsh)1"Venus"Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK Bottom two
Austin DrageBoys (Cowell)2"Every Breath You Take"Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK Safe
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)3"I Want to Know What Love Is"Flag of the United States.svg  US Safe
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)4"I Wanna Dance with Somebody"Flag of the United States.svg  US Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)5"I'll Make Love to You"Flag of the United States.svg  US Safe
Scott BrutonBoys (Cowell)6"Yeh Yeh"Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK Safe
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)7"With Every Heartbeat"Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)8"With or Without You"Flag of the United States.svg  US Safe
Bad LashesGroups (Walsh)9"It Must Have Been Love"Flag of the United States.svg  US Bottom two
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)10"Imagine"Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  UK Safe (Highest Votes)
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)11"Take My Breath Away"Flag of the United States.svg  US Safe
Laura WhiteGirls (Cole)12"Fallin'"Flag of the United States.svg  US Safe
Final showdown details
GirlbandGroups (Walsh)1"That's What Friends Are For"Saved
Bad LashesGroups (Walsh)2"Wonderwall"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Bad Lashes – gave no reason but described both acts as "shocking"; he later stated on The Xtra Factor that he felt Girlband had shown more emotion in their final showdown performance due to being shown in a earlier slot to be overlooked by the public.
  • Cole: Girlband – gave no reason.
  • Minogue: Girlband – gave no reason.
  • Walsh: Bad Lashes – could not decide between two of his own acts so chose to take it to deadlock.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Bad Lashes were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.

Week 2 (18 October)

Contestants' performances on the second live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongResult
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)1"I'll Be There"Safe
Scott BrutonBoys (Cowell)2"She's Out of My Life"Safe
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)3"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"Bottom two
GirlbandGroups (Walsh)4"Heal the World"Bottom two
Laura WhiteGirls (Cole)5"You Are Not Alone"Safe
Austin DrageBoys (Cowell)6"Billie Jean"Safe
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)7"One Day in Your Life"Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)8"The Way You Make Me Feel"Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)9"Man in the Mirror"Safe
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)10"Dirty Diana"Safe
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)11"Ben"Safe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)1"Purple Rain"Saved
GirlbandGroups (Walsh)2"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Ruth Lorenzo – backed his own act, Girlband.
  • Minogue: Girlband – backed her own act, Ruth Lorenzo
  • Cole: Girlband – based on the final showdown performances.
  • Cowell: Ruth Lorenzo – decided to take it to deadlock as he wanted to give Girlband a second chance whereas he felt Lorenzo did not "play to her strengths".

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Girlband were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. During the show, a mistake was made in one of the overlays and Lorenzo's number was briefly displayed incorrectly, meaning any calls to that number would not have registered a vote. After the show, viewers complained that they had dialled this incorrect number and could not get through to vote for Lorenzo, but ITV insisted the issue should not have made any difference to the overall result as Lorenzo received more votes than Girlband and advanced to the third week after the result went to deadlock. [16]

Week 3 (25 October)

Contestants' performances on the third live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongBig Band ArtistResult
Scott BrutonBoys (Cowell)1"That's Life" Frank Sinatra Bottom two
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)2"The Lady Is a Tramp" Ella Fitzgerald Bottom two
Laura WhiteGirls (Cole)3"God Bless the Child" Billie Holiday Safe
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)4"L-O-V-E" Nat King Cole Safe (Highest Votes)
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)5"Summertime" George Gershwin Safe
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)6"Candyman" Christina Aguilera Safe
Austin DrageBoys (Cowell)7"Mack the Knife" Bobby Darin Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)8"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" Dean Martin Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)9"Smile" Charlie Chaplin Safe
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)10"Feeling Good" Nina Simone Safe
Final showdown details
Scott BrutonBoys (Cowell)1"I Can't Make You Love Me"Eliminated
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)2"To Where You Are"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Daniel Evans – backed his own act, Scott Bruton.
  • Cole: Scott Bruton – said that she felt the "belief and passion" in Evans' performance.
  • Minogue: Scott Bruton – backed her own act, Daniel Evans, whom she stated sang the best in the sing off.
  • Walsh: Scott Bruton – commented that Evans "sang every word like he meant it".

Week 4 (1 November)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongResult
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)1"Lost in Music"Bottom two
Austin DrageBoys (Cowell)2"Wishing on a Star"Bottom two
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)3"Call Me"Safe
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)4"Don't Leave Me This Way"Safe
Laura WhiteGirls (Cole)5"Somebody Else's Guy"Safe
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)6"Could It Be Magic"Safe (Highest Votes)
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)7"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"Safe
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)8"On the Radio"Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)9"Working My Way Back To You"/"Forgive Me Girl"Safe
Final showdown details
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)1"No More Drama"Saved
Austin DrageBoys (Cowell)2"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Rachel Hylton – backed his own act, Austin Drage.
  • Cole: Austin Drage – stated she was prepared to give Hylton a "moment to shine".
  • Minogue: Austin Drage – backed her own act, Rachel Hylton.
  • Walsh: Austin Drage – said Hylton had more to give to the competition and was more of a "raw talent".

Week 5 (8 November)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongResult
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)1"Anytime You Need a Friend"Safe (Highest Votes)
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)2"My All"Bottom two
Laura WhiteGirls (Cole)3"Endless Love"Bottom two
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)4"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)5Bye Week 1 Automatically advanced
JLSGroups (Walsh)6"One Sweet Day"Safe
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)7"Open Arms"Safe
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)8"Without You"Safe
Final showdown details
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)1"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"Saved
Laura WhiteGirls (Cole)2"Over the Rainbow"Eliminated

^1 Due to illness, Diana Vickers did not perform and automatically advanced to the following week. She was due to perform fifth and would have performed "Always Be My Baby".

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Laura White – gave no reason but commented that both acts "were not the worst singers of the night".
  • Cole: Ruth Lorenzo – backed her own act, Laura White.
  • Minogue: Laura White – backed her own act, Ruth Lorenzo.
  • Walsh: Laura White – commented that Lorenzo was "more of a fighter".

Week 6 (15 November)

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongBritish artistResult
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)1"It's Not Unusual" Tom Jones Bottom two
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)2"You Are So Beautiful" Joe Cocker Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)3"I Want to Hold Your Hand"/"Twist and Shout"/"Hey Jude" The Beatles Safe
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)4"You Know I'm No Good" Amy Winehouse Bottom two
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)5"One More Try" George Michael Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)6"Yellow" Coldplay Safe (Highest Votes)
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)7"Angels" Robbie Williams Safe
Final showdown details
Daniel EvansOver 25s (Minogue)1"Bridge over Troubled Water"Eliminated
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)2"One"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Daniel Evans – gave no reason, but he stated on The Xtra Factor that he made his choice based on the premise that the show is a singing competition.
  • Cole: Daniel Evans – stated that she had seen a spark back from Hylton this week.
  • Cowell: Daniel Evans – gave no reason though commented that Hylton "threw it away" with her last performance and that he would have liked to see her perform with more passion; he later stated on The Xtra Factor that he wanted to save Hylton as she was one of his favorite acts in the competition.
  • Minogue was not required to vote as there was already a majority; she stated she would have tried to take it to deadlock as both acts were in her category.

Week 7 (22 November)

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSongResult
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)1"Relight My Fire"Safe
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)2"Love Ain't Here Anymore"Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)3"A Million Love Songs"Bottom two
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)4"Rule the World"Bottom two
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)5"Patience"Safe
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)6"Never Forget"Safe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details
JLSGroups (Walsh)1"Stand by Me"/"Beautiful Girls"Saved
Rachel HyltonOver 25s (Minogue)2"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Rachel Hylton – backed his own act, JLS.
  • Minogue: JLS – backed her own act, Rachel Hylton.
  • Cole: Rachel Hylton – said JLS would go further in the competition though stated that it had been the best Hylton had sung since the auditions.
  • Cowell: Rachel Hylton – stated that this was Hylton's third time in the bottom two and that JLS should not have been in the final showdown.

JLS had previously been rehearsing to sing "Rule the World", with the approval of their mentor, Walsh. Contrary to this, Minogue, who had higher priority in the judges' song-selection rota, selected the song for her artist Hylton to sing. This led to an on-screen argument between Minogue and Walsh. [17]

Week 8: Quarter-Final (29 November)

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst songOrderSecond songAmerican ArtistResult
Ruth LorenzoOver 25s (Minogue)1"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"6"Always" Bon Jovi Eliminated
JLSGroups (Walsh)2"...Baby One More Time"7"You Light Up My Life" Whitney Houston Safe
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)3"Toxic"8"Listen" Beyonce Safe (Highest Votes)
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)4"Sometimes"9"We're All in This Together"The Cast of High School Musical Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)5"I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"10"Everybody Hurts" R.E.M Safe

The quarter-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Ruth Lorenzo, was automatically eliminated.

Week 9: Semi-Final (6 December)

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)1"Year 3000"5"Does Your Mother Know"Safe
Diana VickersGirls (Cole)2"Girlfriend"6"White Flag"Eliminated
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)3"Don't Stop the Music"7"Un-Break My Heart"Safe
JLSGroups (Walsh)4"Umbrella"8"I'm Already There"Safe (Highest Votes)

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Diana Vickers, was automatically eliminated.

Week 10: Final (13 December)

Contestants' performances on the final live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst songOrderSecond songDuet PartnerOrderThird songOrderFourth songResult
Eoghan QuiggBoys (Cowell)1"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"4"Picture of You" Boyzone 7"We're All in This Together"N/AN/A (already eliminated)3rd place
JLSGroups (Walsh)2"Last Christmas"5"Flying Without Wings" Westlife 8"I'm Already There"10"Hallelujah"Runner-up
Alexandra BurkeGirls (Cole)3"Silent Night"6"Listen" Beyoncé 9"You Are So Beautiful"11"Hallelujah"Winner

Charity single

The twelve finalists together recorded a cover version of Mariah Carey's 1993 hit "Hero" in support of the Help for Heroes charity. [18] The single was available for download from 25 October 2008, after the finalists performed the song live on that night's show. It was released in stores on 27 October, and Simon Cowell predicted it "will go straight to the top of the charts". [19] In the first week of its release it went straight to number 1 and sold 313,244 copies, more than the rest of the top ten combined. [20]

Reception

Ratings

Viewing figures for series 5 were, at the time of airing, the highest ever for any X Factor series, about 20% up on the previous series. [21] This, however, was beaten by the sixth series the following year.

The first show of the series had the highest launch audience for any series, peaking at over 12 million viewers. [22] The entire Auditions phase officially averaged 9.9m, a rise of 1.2m over the previous series.

The Bootcamp episodes performed well in the ratings; although the Saturday episode was beaten for the first time by Strictly Come Dancing , [23] the Sunday episode restored the balance. [24] The Saturday Judges' houses episode had the highest audience since the opening show, and the Sunday episode had a lower rating but still exceeded that of Strictly Come Dancing . [25] The entire bootcamp and judges' houses phase officially averaged 9.8m, a rise of 2.5m over the previous series.

The live shows pulled in very strong audiences, often rating as the most watched programme of the week. [26] The final was the second most watched television programme of 2008 with 14.06m viewers. [27]

Series 5 of The X Factor officially averaged 10.5m, at the time becoming the most watched British talent series of the 21st century.

EpisodeAir dateOfficial ITV1 rating [28] Weekly rank [28] Share
Auditions 116 August10.78148.2% [29]
Auditions 223 August10.10145.4% [30]
Auditions 330 August8.80243.5% [31]
Auditions 46 September9.57142.8% [32]
Auditions 513 September9.96143.2% [33]
Auditions 620 September10.01141.7% [34]
Bootcamp 127 September8.94436.0% [35]
Bootcamp 228 September9.47138.1% [36]
Judges' houses 14 October10.84140.5% [37]
Judges' houses 25 October10.11342.7% [38]
Live show 111 October11.09144.1% [39]
Results 19.05740.8% [39]
Live show 218 October10.21338.5% [40]
Results 29.13939.7% [40]
Live show 325 October10.37239.7% [41]
Results 38.891038.0% [41]
Live show 41 November11.65143.3% [42]
Results 49.72637.6% [42]
Live show 58 November10.72242.6% [43]
Results 59.46735.6% [43]
Live show 615 November11.28143.5% [44]
Results 610.62242.9% [44]
Live show 722 November11.77143.2% [45]
Results 79.98641.1% [45]
Live show 829 November12.67146.0% [46]
Results 811.41250.0% [46]
Semi-final6 December10.30339.1% [47]
Semi-final results10.60239.6% [47]
Final performances13 December13.77250.3% [48]
Final results14.06154.4% [48]
Series average200810.51142.4%

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