|The X Factor|
|Hosted by||Dermot O'Leary (ITV)|
|Winning mentor||Cheryl Cole|
|Original release||16 August –|
13 December 2008
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 182,000people 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.
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.
In February 2008, it was reported that Sharon Osbourne would not return as a judge for the fifth series.On 6 June, six days before filming was due to begin at the London auditions, ITV announced Osbourne's departure from the show. 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. 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."
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."Cowell is reported by Minogue to feel that Cole's voiced opinions are something "which he loves".
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.The Xtra Factor presenter Fearne Cotton left after series 4, having presented for only one series, to be replaced by Holly Willoughby. Brian Friedman returned as choreographer and performance coach (billed as "Creative Director"), along with Yvie Burnett as vocal coach.
A reported "record-breaking" 182,000 applied for series 5,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.
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.
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.Contestants are said to have stayed in a nearby hotel in Blackheath.
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.
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".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.
|Cole||Girls||Cannes||Kimberley Walsh||Annastasia Baker, Hannah Bradbeer, Amy Connelly|
|Cowell||Boys||Barbados||Sinitta||Mali-Michael McCalla, Liam Payne, Alan Turner|
|Minogue||Over 25s||Saint-Tropez||Emma Bunton||Suzie Furlonger, Louise Heatly, James Williams|
|Walsh||Groups||Castle Leslie, Ireland||Shane Filan||4Instinct, Desire, Priority|
|Alexandra Burke||20||London||Girls (Cole)||Winner|
|Eoghan Quigg||16||County Londonderry, Northern Ireland||Boys (Cowell)||3rd place|
|Diana Vickers||17||Accrington||Girls (Cole)||4th place|
|Ruth Lorenzo||26||Murcia, Spain||Over 25s (Minogue)||5th place|
|Rachel Hylton||27||London||6th place|
|Daniel Evans||39||Leyton||7th place|
|Laura White||21||Atherton||Girls (Cole)||8th place|
|Austin Drage||22||Grays||Boys (Cowell)||9th place|
|Scott Bruton||19||Manchester||10th place|
|Girlband||18–22||Various||Groups (Walsh)||11th place|
|Bad Lashes||19–24||12th place|
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.
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.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.
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|
|Act||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Quarter-Final||Semi-Final||Final|
|First Vote||Second Vote|
|Bye Week 1||1st|
|Bad Lashes||12th |
|Final Showdown||Bad Lashes,|
|No final showdown or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone|
|Walsh’s vote to eliminate (Groups)||Bad Lashes||Lorenzo||Bruton||Drage||White||Evans||Hylton|
|Minogue’s vote to eliminate (Over 25s)||Girlband||Girlband||Bruton||Drage||White||N/A 2||JLS|
|Cole’s vote to eliminate (Girls)||Girlband||Girlband||Bruton||Drage||Lorenzo||Evans||Hylton|
|Cowell’s vote to eliminate (Boys)||Bad Lashes||Lorenzo||Evans||Hylton||White||Evans||Hylton|
2 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
3 of 3 votes
3 of 4 votes
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.
|Girlband||Groups (Walsh)||1||"Venus"||UK||Bottom two|
|Austin Drage||Boys (Cowell)||2||"Every Breath You Take"||UK||Safe|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||3||"I Want to Know What Love Is"||US||Safe|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||4||"I Wanna Dance with Somebody"||US||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||5||"I'll Make Love to You"||US||Safe|
|Scott Bruton||Boys (Cowell)||6||"Yeh Yeh"||UK||Safe|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||7||"With Every Heartbeat"||UK||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||8||"With or Without You"||US||Safe|
|Bad Lashes||Groups (Walsh)||9||"It Must Have Been Love"||US||Bottom two|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||10||"Imagine"||UK||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||11||"Take My Breath Away"||US||Safe|
|Laura White||Girls (Cole)||12||"Fallin'"||US||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Girlband||Groups (Walsh)||1||"That's What Friends Are For"||Saved|
|Bad Lashes||Groups (Walsh)||2||"Wonderwall"||Eliminated|
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.
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||1||"I'll Be There"||Safe|
|Scott Bruton||Boys (Cowell)||2||"She's Out of My Life"||Safe|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||3||"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"||Bottom two|
|Girlband||Groups (Walsh)||4||"Heal the World"||Bottom two|
|Laura White||Girls (Cole)||5||"You Are Not Alone"||Safe|
|Austin Drage||Boys (Cowell)||6||"Billie Jean"||Safe|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||7||"One Day in Your Life"||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||8||"The Way You Make Me Feel"||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||9||"Man in the Mirror"||Safe|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||10||"Dirty Diana"||Safe|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||11||"Ben"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"Purple Rain"||Saved|
|Girlband||Groups (Walsh)||2||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Eliminated|
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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Big Band Artist||Result|
|Scott Bruton||Boys (Cowell)||1||"That's Life"||Frank Sinatra||Bottom two|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||2||"The Lady Is a Tramp"||Ella Fitzgerald||Bottom two|
|Laura White||Girls (Cole)||3||"God Bless the Child"||Billie Holiday||Safe|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||4||"L-O-V-E"||Nat King Cole||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||5||"Summertime"||George Gershwin||Safe|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||6||"Candyman"||Christina Aguilera||Safe|
|Austin Drage||Boys (Cowell)||7||"Mack the Knife"||Bobby Darin||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||8||"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"||Dean Martin||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||9||"Smile"||Charlie Chaplin||Safe|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||10||"Feeling Good"||Nina Simone||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Scott Bruton||Boys (Cowell)||1||"I Can't Make You Love Me"||Eliminated|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||2||"To Where You Are"||Saved|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"Lost in Music"||Bottom two|
|Austin Drage||Boys (Cowell)||2||"Wishing on a Star"||Bottom two|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||3||"Call Me"||Safe|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||4||"Don't Leave Me This Way"||Safe|
|Laura White||Girls (Cole)||5||"Somebody Else's Guy"||Safe|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||6||"Could It Be Magic"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||7||"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"||Safe|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||8||"On the Radio"||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||9||"Working My Way Back To You"/"Forgive Me Girl"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"No More Drama"||Saved|
|Austin Drage||Boys (Cowell)||2||"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"||Eliminated|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||1||"Anytime You Need a Friend"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||2||"My All"||Bottom two|
|Laura White||Girls (Cole)||3||"Endless Love"||Bottom two|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||4||"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||5||Bye Week 1||Automatically advanced|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||6||"One Sweet Day"||Safe|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||7||"Open Arms"||Safe|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||8||"Without You"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"||Saved|
|Laura White||Girls (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".
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||British artist||Result|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"It's Not Unusual"||Tom Jones||Bottom two|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||2||"You Are So Beautiful"||Joe Cocker||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||3||"I Want to Hold Your Hand"/"Twist and Shout"/"Hey Jude"||The Beatles||Safe|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||4||"You Know I'm No Good"||Amy Winehouse||Bottom two|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||5||"One More Try"||George Michael||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||6||"Yellow"||Coldplay||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||7||"Angels"||Robbie Williams||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Daniel Evans||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Eliminated|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||2||"One"||Saved|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||1||"Relight My Fire"||Safe|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||2||"Love Ain't Here Anymore"||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||3||"A Million Love Songs"||Bottom two|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||4||"Rule the World"||Bottom two|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||5||"Patience"||Safe|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||6||"Never Forget"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||1||"Stand by Me"/"Beautiful Girls"||Saved|
|Rachel Hylton||Over 25s (Minogue)||2||"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"||Eliminated|
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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||American Artist||Result|
|Ruth Lorenzo||Over 25s (Minogue)||1||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"||6||"Always"||Bon Jovi||Eliminated|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||2||"...Baby One More Time"||7||"You Light Up My Life"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||3||"Toxic"||8||"Listen"||Beyonce||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||4||"Sometimes"||9||"We're All in This Together"||The Cast of High School Musical||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||1||"Year 3000"||5||"Does Your Mother Know"||Safe|
|Diana Vickers||Girls (Cole)||2||"Girlfriend"||6||"White Flag"||Eliminated|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||3||"Don't Stop the Music"||7||"Un-Break My Heart"||Safe|
|JLS||Groups (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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Duet Partner||Order||Third song||Order||Fourth song||Result|
|Eoghan Quigg||Boys (Cowell)||1||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"||4||"Picture of You"||Boyzone||7||"We're All in This Together"||N/A||N/A (already eliminated)||3rd place|
|JLS||Groups (Walsh)||2||"Last Christmas"||5||"Flying Without Wings"||Westlife||8||"I'm Already There"||10||"Hallelujah"||Runner-up|
|Alexandra Burke||Girls (Cole)||3||"Silent Night"||6||"Listen"||Beyoncé||9||"You Are So Beautiful"||11||"Hallelujah"||Winner|
The twelve finalists together recorded a cover version of Mariah Carey's 1993 hit "Hero" in support of the Help for Heroes charity.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". 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.
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.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. 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 ,the Sunday episode restored the balance. 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 . 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.The final was the second most watched television programme of 2008 with 14.06m viewers.
Series 5 of The X Factor officially averaged 10.5m, at the time becoming the most watched British talent series of the 21st century.
|Episode||Air date||Official ITV1 rating||Weekly rank||Share|
|Auditions 1||16 August||10.78||1||48.2%|
|Auditions 2||23 August||10.10||1||45.4%|
|Auditions 3||30 August||8.80||2||43.5%|
|Auditions 4||6 September||9.57||1||42.8%|
|Auditions 5||13 September||9.96||1||43.2%|
|Auditions 6||20 September||10.01||1||41.7%|
|Bootcamp 1||27 September||8.94||4||36.0%|
|Bootcamp 2||28 September||9.47||1||38.1%|
|Judges' houses 1||4 October||10.84||1||40.5%|
|Judges' houses 2||5 October||10.11||3||42.7%|
|Live show 1||11 October||11.09||1||44.1%|
|Live show 2||18 October||10.21||3||38.5%|
|Live show 3||25 October||10.37||2||39.7%|
|Live show 4||1 November||11.65||1||43.3%|
|Live show 5||8 November||10.72||2||42.6%|
|Live show 6||15 November||11.28||1||43.5%|
|Live show 7||22 November||11.77||1||43.2%|
|Live show 8||29 November||12.67||1||46.0%|
|Final performances||13 December||13.77||2||50.3%|
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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 Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, and formerly Jesy Nelson. They entered the competition as soloist, and later put together as a group. 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 in the UK has been subject to much controversy and criticism since its launch in 2004. This has included allegations of conflict of interest, voting irregularities and overcharging, product placement for sponsors, staging scenes, use of pitch correction technology, and exploiting vulnerable contestants. The series has also been criticised for developing singers as marketable products rather than creative individuals. As of April 2020, there have been fifteen completed series broadcast on the ITV network, as well as spin-offs The X Factor: Celebrity (2019) and The X Factor: The Band (2019).
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 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 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.