The X Factor (British series 6)

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The X Factor
Series 6
Joe McElderry by David Wright.jpg
McElderry performing at The Sage Gateshead on 25 February 2012
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary (ITV)
Judges
Winner Joe McElderry
Winning mentor Cheryl Cole
Runner-up Olly Murs
Release
Original network
Original release22 August 
13 December 2009
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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. [1] 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. [2] 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". [3] 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.

Contents

During "judges' houses", the 24 acts were reduced to twelve, who went on to the live finals, with one act being eliminated each week by a combination of public vote and judges' decision until a winner was found. The live shows started on 10 October 2009. The acts performed every Saturday night with the results announced on Sundays. This was change of format from previous series in which the results were announced later on the Saturday evening. This series was sponsored by TalkTalk.

Judges, presenters and other personnel

During series 5, it was rumoured that Dannii Minogue would not return as a judge for series 6. [4] Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham was reported as a replacement for Minogue. [5] In June 2009, however, it was confirmed that Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Minogue would all return as judges for series 6. [4] Walsh missed the first results show due to Boyzone member Stephen Gateley's sudden death and missed the second week due to attending Gateley's funeral.

Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV, while Holly Willoughby returned as presenter on The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Brian Friedman returned to the show as creative director and Yvie Burnett returned as vocal coach.

Selection process

Auditions

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London
Cities that auditions were held in.

Auditions were held during June and July 2009 across five cities: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. [6] [7] [8] In a change to previous series, auditions were held in front of a live audience due to the success of a similar system on Britain's Got Talent . [9] [10] However, Glaswegian auditionees had already been judged using the old format, meaning that they had to apply again, as their initial audition was void. [11]

Summary of judges' auditions
CityDate(s)Venue
London22–25 June 2009 ExCeL Centre
Birmingham 29–30 June 2009 ICC
Manchester 3–5 July 2009 Manchester Central
Cardiff 9 July 2009 International Arena
Glasgow 12 July 2009 Braehead Arena

Bootcamp

As with the auditions, the "Bootcamp" selection stage was filmed in front of a live audience. Filming took place on 1 August at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. [12] Approximately 200 acts attended bootcamp. They were initially split into groups of three, and judges gave instant decisions on who would leave based on the group performances, bringing the number of acts down to 100. The judges then cut the number of acts down to 50. Following a further set of auditions, the number of contestants was narrowed to 24. Originally, the group Trucolorz were chosen by the judges for the final 24 but were disqualified due to one of the group's members being too young for the show, and they were replaced by Harmony Hood. [13]

The contestants were then split into the usual four categories before the judges discovered which category they would mentor for the rest of the competition. The Boys (16–24) were mentored by Cole, Minogue had the Girls (16–24), Cowell mentored the Over 25s, and Walsh took charge of the Groups.

Judges' houses

Each judge had help from a guest judge during the "Judges' houses" stage. Will Young assisted Cole in Marrakech, Morocco, Minogue had help from her sister Kylie Minogue in Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, [14] Boyzone singer Ronan Keating helped Walsh near Lake Como in Italy, and Cowell had help from Sinitta in Los Angeles. [15] At Judges' Houses, each act sang for their respective judge, and each judge and their guest eliminated three acts, leaving 12 acts to perform in the live shows.

Judges Houses Performances

Boys:

Groups:

Over 25s:

Girls:

Summary of judges' houses
JudgeCategoryLocationAssistantContestants eliminated
ColeBoys Marrakech Will Young Ethan Boroian, Daniel Fox, Duane Lamonte
CowellOver 25sLos Angeles Sinitta Treyc Cohen, Nicole Lawrence, Daniel Pearce
MinogueGirls Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Kylie Minogue Nicole Jackson, Stacey McClean, Despina Pilavakis
WalshGroups Lake Como, Italy Ronan Keating De-Tour, Harmony Hood, Project A

Finalists

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
ActAge(s)HometownCategory (Mentor)Result
Joe McElderry 18 South Shields Boys (Cole)Winner
Olly Murs 25 Witham Over 25s (Cowell)Runner-up
Stacey Solomon 20 Dagenham Girls (Minogue)3rd place
Danyl Johnson27 Arborfield Over 25s (Cowell)4th place
Lloyd Daniels16 Treharris Boys (Cole)5th place
John & Edward 18 Dublin, IrelandGroups (Walsh)6th place
Jamie Archer34 Putney Over 25s (Cowell)7th place
Lucie Jones 18 Pentyrch Girls (Minogue)8th place
Rachel Adedeji East London 9th place
Miss Frank21–25VariousGroups (Walsh)10th place
Rikki Loney22 Glasgow Boys (Cole)11th place
Kandy Rain22–25VariousGroups (Walsh)12th place

Live shows

The live shows began on 10 October 2009, and continued through to the finale on 12 December 2009. For this series the results shows were on Sunday nights instead of Saturdays as they were for the first five series. In another change to the format of previous years, the remaining finalists performed a song as a group at the start of each results show. As previously, each week had a different song theme. Each act performed one song on the Saturday night show and the results were announced on the Sunday. Beginning with week 8 of the live shows, with five acts remaining, each contestant would sing two songs. Up to week 8, the two acts with the fewest public votes were in the bottom two and would sing again in the "final showdown". The songs they performed in the bottom two were of their own choice and did not necessarily follow that week's theme. The four judges then each chose one act from the bottom two that they wanted to be eliminated from the show. If each act received an equal number of judges' votes, the vote went to deadlock and the act with the fewest public votes was eliminated. From week 8 onwards, there was no bottom two and the act with the fewest votes was eliminated. In a change to the format of previous years, the remaining finalists performed a song as a group at the start of each results show.

Musical guests

During each results show, either one or two guest artists would perform. Series 5 winner Alexandra Burke and Robbie Williams performed on the first live results show, [16] [17] with Whitney Houston [18] and judge Cole on the second. Michael Bublé and Westlife appeared on the third week, [19] and Bon Jovi and JLS performed in week 4. [20] Leona Lewis and The Black Eyed Peas performed for week 5, [21] while week 6 featured a performance from Shakira. [22] Susan Boyle appeared on the show for week 7 along with Mariah Carey. [17] [23] Rihanna and Alicia Keys performed in week 8 [24] with Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga appearing in week 9. [25] Guests in the final were Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé and George Michael (Saturday show) and Burke, JLS, Lewis, George Michael and Paul McCartney (Sunday show). In some weeks, the guest performers also mentored the acts in the run-up to that week's live show.

The choice of musical guests on The X Factor live shows had a significant impact on the UK Singles Chart. Of the seven singles that made number one from 18 October to 19 December, six of them had done so after having been performed on an X Factor live show the previous weekend. They were, in order: "Bad Boys" by Alexandra Burke, "Fight for This Love" by Cole, "Everybody in Love" by JLS, "Meet Me Halfway" by the Black Eyed Peas, "You Are Not Alone" by the finalists and "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. This impact was noted by several commentators. After "Bad Romance" became the sixth song to reach Number One off the back of a performance on The X Factor, James Masterton of Yahoo! Music called the show "a guarantor of Number One hits". [26] Gennaro Castaldo of HMV remarked: "In an age when there are very few truly mass-audience platforms left, the X Factor has become pivotal for those labels and artists seeking to reach a family-based audience." [27] Paul Williams, editor of Music Week , explained: "The impact of the programme's incredible numbers on music sales is all too evident, with the top end of the singles and albums charts week after week since the current season began heavily dominated by whoever has been on the show." [28]

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
Weekly results per act [29]
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
Saturday VoteSunday Vote
Joe McElderry3rd
12.7%
4th
13.3%
2nd
12.9%
3rd
10.2%
2nd
17.2%
2nd
16.0%
1st
34.2%
1st
37.1%
1st
42.2%
1st
52.2%
Winner
61.3%
Olly Murs7th
6.2%
5th
10.6%
7th
8.6%
5th
9.0%
5th
10.8%
5th
10.3%
6th
9.8%
3rd
18.7%
2nd
19.6%
2nd
27.7%
Runner-up
38.7%
Stacey Solomon2nd
12.9%
1st
15.4%
5th
10.7%
2nd
13.6%
3rd
12.9%
1st
25.5%
2nd
17.7%
2nd
20.1%
3rd
19.4%
3rd
20.1%
Eliminated
(final)
Danyl Johnson1st
27.1%
7th
6.5%
9th
7.6%
1st
36.2%
1st
19.6%
3rd
15.5%
3rd
15.5%
4th
12.5%
4th
18.8%
Eliminated
(semi-final)
Lloyd Daniels6th
6.4%
2nd
15.0%
8th
8.0%
8th
5.5%
4th
12.0%
6th
9.7%
4th
12.1%
5th
11.6%
Eliminated
(quarter-final)
John & Edward8th
4.5%
8th
5.6%
6th
9.2%
6th
6.6%
7th
9.2%
4th
14.6%
5th
10.7%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Jamie Archer5th
8.9%
3rd
14.4%
4th
11.2%
4th
8.7%
6th
9.5%
7th
8.4%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Lucie Jones4th
10.5%
6th
8.1%
3rd
11.3%
7th
6.4%
8th
8.8%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Rachel Adedeji11th
2.3%
10th
3.7%
1st
15.4%
9th
4.9%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Miss Frank9th
4.0%
9th
3.9%
10th
5.1%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Rikki Loney10th
3.0%
11th
3.5%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Kandy Rain12th
1.5%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Final ShowdownAdedeji,
Kandy Rain
Adedeji,
Loney
Johnson,
Miss Frank
Adedeji,
Daniels
John & Edward,
Jones
Archer,
Daniels
John & Edward,
Murs
No final showdown or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate (Groups)Adedeji 1 N/A 2 JohnsonDanielsJonesArcherMurs
Minogue's vote to eliminate (Girls)Kandy RainLoneyMiss FrankDanielsJohn & EdwardDanielsJohn & Edward
Cole's vote to eliminate (Boys)Kandy RainAdedejiJohnsonAdedejiJohn & EdwardArcherJohn & Edward
Cowell's vote to eliminate (Over 25s)AdedejiLoneyMiss FrankAdedejiJonesDanielsJohn & Edward
EliminatedKandy Rain
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Rikki Loney
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Miss Frank
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Rachel Adedeji
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Lucie Jones
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Jamie Archer
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
John & Edward
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Lloyd Daniels
11.6%
to save
Danyl Johnson
18.8%
to save
Stacey Solomon
20.1%
to save
Olly Murs
38.7%
to win
Reference(s) [30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39]

Live show details

Week 1 (10/11 October)

Contestants' performances on the first live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [41] Musical heroResult [40]
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)1"Let Me Entertain You" Robbie Williams Bottom two
Kandy RainGroups (Walsh)2"Addicted to Love" Tina Turner Bottom two
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)3"She's the One"Robbie WilliamsSafe
Rikki LoneyBoys (Cole)4"Back to Black" Amy Winehouse Safe
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)5"The Scientist" Coldplay Safe
Miss FrankGroups (Walsh)6"Who's Lovin' You" The Jackson 5 Safe
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)7"Get It On" T. Rex Safe
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)8"Cry Me a River" Justin Timberlake Safe
Lucie JonesGirls (Minogue)9"Footprints in the Sand" Leona Lewis Safe
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)10"Rock DJ"Robbie WilliamsSafe
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)11"No Regrets"Robbie WilliamsSafe
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)12"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Jennifer Hudson Safe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)1"Nobody Knows"Saved
Kandy RainGroups (Walsh)2"Fighter"Eliminated

Walsh was absent from the Sunday night results show due to the sudden death of Boyzone singer and close friend Stephen Gately, whom he managed. [42] Due to this, the show did not take its usual format; there were no lights and neither O'Leary nor the three other judges made an entrance. Instead, the show commenced with O'Leary already on stage and the judges already sitting at their desk. Both O'Leary and Cowell addressed the viewers and audience regarding Gately's death and Walsh's absence. [40] Following this, the show went on as normal with Minogue, Cowell and Cole present as judges.

Judges' votes to eliminate [40]
  • Walsh: Rachel Adedeji – despite his absence, an automatic vote was cast to save Kandy Rain based on the usual assumption that he would have voted to save his own act.
  • Minogue: Kandy Rain – backed her own act, Rachel Adedeji.
  • Cole: Kandy Rain – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Rachel Adedeji – said that Kandy Rain had not been given a "fair crack" in the competition and was interested in seeing them for a second week. [40]

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

Week 2 (17/18 October)

Walsh was absent from both shows this weekend, again due to Stephen Gately's death. The funeral took place on 17 October and Walsh paid his respects. This statement was released: "Due to recent tragic events, Louis Walsh will not be appearing on either the Saturday or Sunday live The X Factor shows this weekend as he is attending Stephen Gately's funeral. Louis has been in close contact with his acts throughout the week, although his opinions will not be represented in the show this weekend." [44]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [43] DivaResult [31]
Lucie JonesGirls (Minogue)1"How Will I Know" Whitney Houston Safe
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)2"A Fool in Love" Tina Turner Safe
Miss FrankGroups (Walsh)3"All the Man That I Need"Whitney HoustonSafe
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)4"If I Were a Boy" Beyoncé Bottom two
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)5"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"Whitney HoustonSafe
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)6"I Didn't Know My Own Strength"Whitney HoustonSafe
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)7"Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis Safe
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)8"Oops!... I Did It Again" Britney Spears Safe
Rikki LoneyBoys (Cole)9"Respect" Aretha Franklin Bottom two
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)10"Hurt" Christina Aguilera Safe
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)11"At Last" Etta James Safe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)1"With or Without You"Saved
Rikki LoneyBoys (Cole)2"Flying Without Wings"Eliminated

For the first time in the show's history, a contestant sang a cover version of a new song that had not yet even been sung live by the original recording artist. [45] Cowell's decision for Danyl Johnson to sing "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" garnered a disapproving reception from Houston, with Cowell saying that Johnson "didn't exactly get rave reviews [from Houston and Davis] in that room [for the masterclass]." [45] [46]

Judges' votes to eliminate [31]
  • Minogue: Rikki Loney – backed her own act, Rachel Adedeji.
  • Cole: Rachel Adedeji – backed her own act, Rikki Loney.
  • Cowell: Rikki Loney – based his choice on their last performances.
  • Walsh was not present for the results show, but according to a phone call on The Xtra Factor, he would have sent home Loney.

Week 3 (24/25 October)

Contestants' performances on the third live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [47] Big Band ArtistResult [32]
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)1"Bewitched"from Bewitched Safe
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)2"Fly Me to the Moon" Frank Sinatra Safe
Miss FrankGroups (Walsh)3"That's Life" Frank Sinatra Bottom two
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)4"Proud Mary" Tina Turner Safe (Highest Votes)
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)5"Angel of Harlem" U2 Safe
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)6"When You Wish upon a Star" Louis Armstrong Safe
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)7"Feeling Good" Nina Simone Bottom two
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)8"Sway" Dean Martin Safe
Lucie JonesGirls (Minogue)9"My Funny Valentine" Mitzi Green Safe
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)10"She Bangs" Ricky Martin Safe
Final showdown details
Miss FrankGroups (Walsh)1"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"Eliminated
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)2"With a Little Help from My Friends"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate [32]
  • Walsh: Danyl Johnson – backed his own act, Miss Frank.
  • Cowell: Miss Frank – backed his own act, Danyl Johnson.
  • Minogue: Miss Frank – based on the final showdown performance.
  • Cole: Danyl Johnson – felt confused by the public vote 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. Miss Frank were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.

Week 4 (31 October/1 November)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [48] Rock ArtistResult [33]
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)1"Don't Stop Believin'" Journey Safe
Lucie JonesGirls (Minogue)2"Sweet Child o' Mine" Guns N' Roses Safe
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)3"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith Safe (Highest Votes)
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)4"I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry Bottom two
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)5"Somewhere Only We Know" Keane Safe
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)6"Rocks" Primal Scream Safe
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)7"One" U2 Bottom two
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)8"We Will Rock You" Queen Safe
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)9"Come Together" The Beatles Safe
Final showdown details
Rachel AdedejiGirls (Minogue)1"Stop Crying Your Heart Out"Eliminated
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)2"You Are So Beautiful"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate [33]
  • Minogue: Lloyd Daniels – backed her own act, Rachel Adedeji.
  • Walsh: Lloyd Daniels – said Adedeji was better than Daniels.
  • Cole: Rachel Adedeji – backed her own act, Lloyd Daniels.
  • Cowell: Rachel Adedeji – could not decide so chose to take it to deadlock; said Adedeji was better than Daniels, but took Daniels' sore throat into account and thought the public were not accepting Adedeji after her third time in the showdown in four weeks.

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

Week 5 (7/8 November)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [49] FilmResult [34]
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)1"Son of a Preacher Man" Pulp Fiction Safe
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)2"Twist and Shout" Ferris Bueller's Day Off Safe
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)3"Stand by Me"/"Beautiful Girls" Stand by Me Safe
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)4"Crying" Gummo Safe
Lucie JonesGirls (Minogue)5"This Is Me" Camp Rock Bottom two
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)6"Purple Rain" Purple Rain Safe (Highest Votes)
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)7"Ghostbusters" Ghostbusters Bottom two
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)8"Circle of Life" The Lion King Safe
Final showdown details
Lucie JonesGirls (Minogue)1"One Moment in Time"Eliminated
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)2"Rock DJ"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate [34]
  • Walsh: Lucie Jones – backed his own act, John & Edward.
  • Minogue: John & Edward – backed her own act, Lucie Jones.
  • Cole: John & Edward – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Lucie Jones – could not decide so chose to take it to deadlock; but added that although neither act could win, he would like to see John and Edward again.

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

Week 6 (14/15 November)

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [51] Result [35]
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)1"Radio Ga Ga"Bottom two
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)2"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"Bottom two
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)3"Don't Stop Me Now"Safe
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)4"Somebody to Love"Safe
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)5"Under Pressure"/"Ice Ice Baby"Safe
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)6"Who Wants to Live Forever"Safe (Highest Votes)
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)7"We Are the Champions"Safe
Final showdown details
Jamie ArcherOver 25s (Cowell)1"The Show Must Go On"Eliminated
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)2"Last Request"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate [35]
  • Cowell: Lloyd Daniels – backed his own act, Jamie Archer, who he said sang better in the final showdown performance.
  • Cole: Jamie Archer – backed her own act, Lloyd Daniels.
  • Walsh: Jamie Archer – believed Daniels would go further in the competition.
  • Minogue: Lloyd Daniels – thought Archer sang better in the final showdown.

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

Week 7 (21/22 November)

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderSong [53] ArtistResult
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)1"Faith"George MichaelSafe
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)2"I Can't Make You Love Me"George MichaelSafe
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)3"I'm Your Man"/"Wham Rap!"Wham!Bottom two
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)4"Careless Whisper"George MichaelSafe
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)5"Fastlove"George MichaelBottom two
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)6"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"George MichaelSafe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details
John & EdwardGroups (Walsh)1"No Matter What"Eliminated
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)2"Wonderful Tonight"Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: John & Edward – backed his own act, Olly Murs, but said he would miss John & Edward.
  • Cole: John & Edward – gave no reason.
  • Walsh: Olly Murs – backed his own act, John & Edward, but was shocked Murs was in the bottom two instead of Lloyd Daniels.
  • Minogue: John & Edward – based on the premise that the show is a singing competition.

Week 8: Quarter-Final (28/29 November)

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderTake That song [55] OrderElton John song [55] Result
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)1"Relight My Fire"7"Your Song"Safe
Lloyd DanielsBoys (Cole)2"A Million Love Songs"6"I'm Still Standing"Eliminated
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)3"Love Ain't Here Anymore"8"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"Safe
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)4"Could It Be Magic"9"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"Safe (Highest Votes)
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)5"Rule the World"10"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"Safe

The quarter-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Lloyd Daniels, was automatically eliminated. After his elimination, Daniels reprised his week 8 performance of "A Million Love Songs" as his exit song.

Week 9: Semi-Final (5/6 December)

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderMichael Jackson song [56] OrderSecond song [56] Result
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)1"Can You Feel It"5"We Can Work It Out"Safe
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)2"She's Out of My Life"6"Open Arms"Safe (Highest Votes)
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)3"The Way You Make Me Feel"7"Somewhere"Safe
Danyl JohnsonOver 25s (Cowell)4"Man in the Mirror"8"I Have Nothing"Eliminated

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Danyl Johnson, was automatically eliminated. After his elimination, Johnson reprised his week 9 performance of "Man in the Mirror" as his exit song.

Week 10: Final (12/13 December)

12 December

Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst song [57] OrderSecond song [57] Duet PartnerOrderThird song [57] Result
Stacey SolomonGirls (Minogue)1"What a Wonderful World"4"Feeling Good" Michael Bublé 7"Who Wants to Live Forever"Eliminated
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)2"Superstition"5"Angels" Robbie Williams 8"A Fool in Love"Safe
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)3"Dance with My Father"6"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" George Michael 9"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"Safe

The show also featured Jeff Brazier reporting from Solomon's home town of Dagenham, Michael Underwood in Colchester for Murs and Kimberley Walsh in McElderry's home town of South Shields.

13 December

Contestants' performances on the final live show
ActCategory (Mentor)OrderFirst song [58] OrderSecond songResult
Olly MursOver 25s (Cowell)1"Twist and Shout"3"The Climb"Runner-up
Joe McElderryBoys (Cole)2"Don't Stop Believin'"4"The Climb"Winner

Sponsors

This series of The X Factor was sponsored by TalkTalk and featured break bumpers pioneered by CHI & Partners, showing light graffiti set against night-time backdrops across the United Kingdom. [59] Part of the deal, which applied to ITV, ITV2 and the programme's website, saw TalkTalk customers having the chance to design the break bumpers and download exclusive content. [59] In the Republic of Ireland, the series was sponsored by Domino's Pizza.

Reception

Ratings

The first episode, which was broadcast on 22 August and showed the first set of auditions, attracted 9.9 million viewers; 47.9% of the viewing audience and the largest number of viewers within its timeslot. [60] One week later, 9.75 million people viewed the second episode; a 47.1% share of the TV audience. [61] The third episode averaged 11.76 million viewers and a 51.9% audience share. [62] Episode four attracted 10.26 million viewers. [63] The fifth episode, which was scheduled directly against Strictly Come Dancing drew in about 9.27 million viewers, compared to 7.72 for Strictly. [64] The X Factor reached a record high number of viewers for the second and third results shows on 18 and 25 October, scoring 14.8 million viewers each. [65] [66] This was beaten on 8 November when the fifth results show peaked at 16.6 million people. [67]

The final episode peaked with 19.7 million viewers when Joe McElderry was announced as the winner. [68]

EpisodeAir dateOfficial ITV rating [69] Weekly rank [69] Share
Auditions 122 August11.00147.9% [60]
Auditions 229 August10.81147.1% [61]
Auditions 35 September12.84151.9% [62]
Auditions 412 September11.31151.7% [63]
Auditions 519 September10.57238.0% [64]
Auditions 620 September11.37141.4% [70]
Bootcamp 126 September10.39236.6% [71]
Bootcamp 227 September11.86142.5% [72] [73]
Judges' houses 13 October11.46238.9% [74]
Judges' houses 24 October13.35144.9% [75]
Live show 110 October12.64243.8% [76] [77]
Results show 111 October13.82146.4% [78]
Live show 217 October12.07242.1% [65]
Results show 218 October13.89146.7% [65]
Live show 324 October12.80244.1% [79]
Results show 325 October14.02147.9% [66]
Live show 431 October11.74242.3% [80]
Results show 41 November14.52147.8% [81]
Live show 57 November13.05246.9% [79]
Results show 58 November15.00149.4% [67] [82]
Live show 614 November13.45245.1% [83]
Results show 615 November15.02147.9% [84]
Live show 721 November14.03248.6% [85]
Results show 722 November14.51146.5% [86]
Live show 828 November13.46247.8% [87]
Results 829 November14.34145.9% [88]
Live semi-final5 December13.40249.5% [89]
Live semi-final results6 December13.55146.2% [90]
Final12 December13.34248.0% [91]
Winner announces13 December16.28153.2% [92]
Series average200913.00245.9%

Controversies

Bootcamp

On 2 August 2009, The People reported that some bootcamp contestants felt they had been poorly treated by the show's producers; one compared the experience with that of a concentration camp and another claimed that those competing were only allowed to use the toilet twice a day. [93] However, a spokesperson for the programme refuted the claims, saying "Yes, it was long hours but they knew what they were signing up for. The hopefuls got breakfast at the hotel and decent food throughout the day".

New audition format

The new audition format (whereby auditions are held in front of a studio audience) was criticised by fans, by Cole and by certain former contestants. [94]

Recycled contestants

The show was criticised in September 2009 for "recycling" contestants, as three singers from the final 24 acts had already been in pop bands, two had auditioned for The X Factor in previous years and one had appeared on Britain's Got Talent . [95]

Danyl Johnson

Controversy began after the first live show on 10 October, after Minogue commented on press reports regarding Danyl Johnson's sexuality, sparking an online backlash. [96] Minogue released a statement on her comments:

"I want to clear up exactly what happened on last night's X Factor show and post my sincere apologies to anyone who took offense [ sic ]. I made a comment about Danyl changing the lyrics of his song. It was meant to be a humorous moment about the fact he has an opportunity to have fun with his song. An openly bi-sexual singing a song that is lyrically a 'girl's song'. Danyl and I were joking about the very same thing in rehearsals on Friday, so it carried on to the show. I'd like to apologise to anyone that was offended by my comments, it was never my intention. I spoke to Danyl straight after the show last night and he wasn't offended or upset by my comments, and knew exactly what I was saying." [97]

Minogue also apologised on the live results show on 11 October, saying Danyl was not upset by her comments. [98] It has since been reported that Ofcom received around 4000 complaints from viewers over the comment. [99]

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