|The X Factor|
|Hosted by||Dermot O'Leary (ITV)|
|Winning mentor||Cheryl Cole|
|Original release||22 August –|
13 December 2009
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The sixth series started on ITV on 22 August 2009 and was won by Joe McElderry on 13 December 2009.Cheryl Cole emerged as the winning mentor for the second consecutive year, the first time in the show's history that a mentor has won back-to-back series. The show was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Holly Willoughby on ITV2. McElderry's winner's single was a cover version of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb". Public auditions by aspiring singers began in June 2009 and were held in five cities across the UK. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cole returned as judges. This season was the first to be sponsored by TalkTalk after they took over the sponsorship from The Carphone Warehouse. For the first time, auditions were held in front of a live audience. Following initial auditions, the "bootcamp" stage took place in August 2009, where the number of contestants was narrowed down to 24. The 24 contestants were split into their categories, Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups, and given a judge to mentor them at the "judges' houses" stage and throughout the finals.
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.
During series 5, it was rumoured that Dannii Minogue would not return as a judge for series 6.Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham was reported as a replacement for Minogue. In June 2009, however, it was confirmed that Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Minogue would all return as judges for series 6. 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.
Auditions were held during June and July 2009 across five cities: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow.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 . However, Glaswegian auditionees had already been judged using the old format, meaning that they had to apply again, as their initial audition was void.
|London||22–25 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|
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.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.
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.
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,Boyzone singer Ronan Keating helped Walsh near Lake Como in Italy, and Cowell had help from Sinitta in Los Angeles. 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.
|Cole||Boys||Marrakech||Will Young||Ethan Boroian, Daniel Fox, Duane Lamonte|
|Cowell||Over 25s||Los Angeles||Sinitta||Treyc Cohen, Nicole Lawrence, Daniel Pearce|
|Minogue||Girls||Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai||Kylie Minogue||Nicole Jackson, Stacey McClean, Despina Pilavakis|
|Walsh||Groups||Lake Como, Italy||Ronan Keating||De-Tour, Harmony Hood, Project A|
|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 Johnson||27||Arborfield||Over 25s (Cowell)||4th place|
|Lloyd Daniels||16||Treharris||Boys (Cole)||5th place|
|John & Edward||18||Dublin, Ireland||Groups (Walsh)||6th place|
|Jamie Archer||34||Putney||Over 25s (Cowell)||7th place|
|Lucie Jones||18||Pentyrch||Girls (Minogue)||8th place|
|Rachel Adedeji||East London||9th place|
|Miss Frank||21–25||Various||Groups (Walsh)||10th place|
|Rikki Loney||22||Glasgow||Boys (Cole)||11th place|
|Kandy Rain||22–25||Various||Groups (Walsh)||12th place|
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.
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,with Whitney Houston and judge Cole on the second. Michael Bublé and Westlife appeared on the third week, and Bon Jovi and JLS performed in week 4. Leona Lewis and The Black Eyed Peas performed for week 5, while week 6 featured a performance from Shakira. Susan Boyle appeared on the show for week 7 along with Mariah Carey. Rihanna and Alicia Keys performed in week 8 with Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga appearing in week 9. 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".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." 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."
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||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Quarter-Final||Semi-Final||Final|
|Saturday Vote||Sunday Vote|
|John & Edward||8th|
|John & Edward,|
|John & Edward,|
|No final showdown or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone|
|Walsh's vote to eliminate (Groups)||Adedeji 1||N/A 2||Johnson||Daniels||Jones||Archer||Murs|
|Minogue's vote to eliminate (Girls)||Kandy Rain||Loney||Miss Frank||Daniels||John & Edward||Daniels||John & Edward|
|Cole's vote to eliminate (Boys)||Kandy Rain||Adedeji||Johnson||Adedeji||John & Edward||Archer||John & Edward|
|Cowell's vote to eliminate (Over 25s)||Adedeji||Loney||Miss Frank||Adedeji||Jones||Daniels||John & Edward|
2 of 4 votes
2 of 3 votes
2 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
|John & Edward|
3 of 4 votes
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Musical hero||Result|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||1||"Let Me Entertain You"||Robbie Williams||Bottom two|
|Kandy Rain||Groups (Walsh)||2||"Addicted to Love"||Tina Turner||Bottom two|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"She's the One"||Robbie Williams||Safe|
|Rikki Loney||Boys (Cole)||4||"Back to Black"||Amy Winehouse||Safe|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||5||"The Scientist"||Coldplay||Safe|
|Miss Frank||Groups (Walsh)||6||"Who's Lovin' You"||The Jackson 5||Safe|
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||7||"Get It On"||T. Rex||Safe|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||8||"Cry Me a River"||Justin Timberlake||Safe|
|Lucie Jones||Girls (Minogue)||9||"Footprints in the Sand"||Leona Lewis||Safe|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||10||"Rock DJ"||Robbie Williams||Safe|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||11||"No Regrets"||Robbie Williams||Safe|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||12||"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"||Jennifer Hudson||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||1||"Nobody Knows"||Saved|
|Kandy Rain||Groups (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.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. Following this, the show went on as normal with Minogue, Cowell and Cole present as judges.
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.
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."
|Lucie Jones||Girls (Minogue)||1||"How Will I Know"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"A Fool in Love"||Tina Turner||Safe|
|Miss Frank||Groups (Walsh)||3||"All the Man That I Need"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||4||"If I Were a Boy"||Beyoncé||Bottom two|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||5||"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||6||"I Didn't Know My Own Strength"||Whitney Houston||Safe|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||7||"Bleeding Love"||Leona Lewis||Safe|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||8||"Oops!... I Did It Again"||Britney Spears||Safe|
|Rikki Loney||Boys (Cole)||9||"Respect"||Aretha Franklin||Bottom two|
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||10||"Hurt"||Christina Aguilera||Safe|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||11||"At Last"||Etta James||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||1||"With or Without You"||Saved|
|Rikki Loney||Boys (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.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]."
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Big Band Artist||Result|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Bewitched"||from Bewitched||Safe|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||2||"Fly Me to the Moon"||Frank Sinatra||Safe|
|Miss Frank||Groups (Walsh)||3||"That's Life"||Frank Sinatra||Bottom two|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||4||"Proud Mary"||Tina Turner||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||5||"Angel of Harlem"||U2||Safe|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||6||"When You Wish upon a Star"||Louis Armstrong||Safe|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||7||"Feeling Good"||Nina Simone||Bottom two|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||8||"Sway"||Dean Martin||Safe|
|Lucie Jones||Girls (Minogue)||9||"My Funny Valentine"||Mitzi Green||Safe|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||10||"She Bangs"||Ricky Martin||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Miss Frank||Groups (Walsh)||1||"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"||Eliminated|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||Saved|
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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Rock Artist||Result|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||1||"Don't Stop Believin'"||Journey||Safe|
|Lucie Jones||Girls (Minogue)||2||"Sweet Child o' Mine"||Guns N' Roses||Safe|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"||Aerosmith||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||4||"I Kissed a Girl"||Katy Perry||Bottom two|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||5||"Somewhere Only We Know"||Keane||Safe|
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||6||"Rocks"||Primal Scream||Safe|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||7||"One"||U2||Bottom two|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||8||"We Will Rock You"||Queen||Safe|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||9||"Come Together"||The Beatles||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Rachel Adedeji||Girls (Minogue)||1||"Stop Crying Your Heart Out"||Eliminated|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||2||"You Are So Beautiful"||Saved|
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.
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||1||"Son of a Preacher Man"||Pulp Fiction||Safe|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"Twist and Shout"||Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Safe|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||3||"Stand by Me"/"Beautiful Girls"||Stand by Me||Safe|
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||4||"Crying"||Gummo||Safe|
|Lucie Jones||Girls (Minogue)||5||"This Is Me"||Camp Rock||Bottom two|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||6||"Purple Rain"||Purple Rain||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||7||"Ghostbusters"||Ghostbusters||Bottom two|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||8||"Circle of Life"||The Lion King||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Lucie Jones||Girls (Minogue)||1||"One Moment in Time"||Eliminated|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||2||"Rock DJ"||Saved|
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.
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Radio Ga Ga"||Bottom two|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||2||"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"||Bottom two|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Don't Stop Me Now"||Safe|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||4||"Somebody to Love"||Safe|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||5||"Under Pressure"/"Ice Ice Baby"||Safe|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||6||"Who Wants to Live Forever"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||7||"We Are the Champions"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Jamie Archer||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"The Show Must Go On"||Eliminated|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||2||"Last Request"||Saved|
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.
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||1||"Faith"||George Michael||Safe|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||2||"I Can't Make You Love Me"||George Michael||Safe|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||3||"I'm Your Man"/"Wham Rap!"||Wham!||Bottom two|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||4||"Careless Whisper"||George Michael||Safe|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||5||"Fastlove"||George Michael||Bottom two|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||6||"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"||George Michael||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|John & Edward||Groups (Walsh)||1||"No Matter What"||Eliminated|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"Wonderful Tonight"||Saved|
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Take That song||Order||Elton John song||Result|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Relight My Fire"||7||"Your Song"||Safe|
|Lloyd Daniels||Boys (Cole)||2||"A Million Love Songs"||6||"I'm Still Standing"||Eliminated|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||3||"Love Ain't Here Anymore"||8||"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"||Safe|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||4||"Could It Be Magic"||9||"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Michael Jackson song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Can You Feel It"||5||"We Can Work It Out"||Safe|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||2||"She's Out of My Life"||6||"Open Arms"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||3||"The Way You Make Me Feel"||7||"Somewhere"||Safe|
|Danyl Johnson||Over 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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Duet Partner||Order||Third song||Result|
|Stacey Solomon||Girls (Minogue)||1||"What a Wonderful World"||4||"Feeling Good"||Michael Bublé||7||"Who Wants to Live Forever"||Eliminated|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||2||"Superstition"||5||"Angels"||Robbie Williams||8||"A Fool in Love"||Safe|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (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.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song||Result|
|Olly Murs||Over 25s (Cowell)||1||"Twist and Shout"||3||"The Climb"||Runner-up|
|Joe McElderry||Boys (Cole)||2||"Don't Stop Believin'"||4||"The Climb"||Winner|
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.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. In the Republic of Ireland, the series was sponsored by Domino's Pizza.
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. One week later, 9.75 million people viewed the second episode; a 47.1% share of the TV audience. The third episode averaged 11.76 million viewers and a 51.9% audience share. Episode four attracted 10.26 million viewers. The fifth episode, which was scheduled directly against Strictly Come Dancing drew in about 9.27 million viewers, compared to 7.72 for Strictly. 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. This was beaten on 8 November when the fifth results show peaked at 16.6 million people.
The final episode peaked with 19.7 million viewers when Joe McElderry was announced as the winner.
|Episode||Air date||Official ITV rating||Weekly rank||Share|
|Auditions 1||22 August||11.00||1||47.9%|
|Auditions 2||29 August||10.81||1||47.1%|
|Auditions 3||5 September||12.84||1||51.9%|
|Auditions 4||12 September||11.31||1||51.7%|
|Auditions 5||19 September||10.57||2||38.0%|
|Auditions 6||20 September||11.37||1||41.4%|
|Bootcamp 1||26 September||10.39||2||36.6%|
|Bootcamp 2||27 September||11.86||1||42.5%|
|Judges' houses 1||3 October||11.46||2||38.9%|
|Judges' houses 2||4 October||13.35||1||44.9%|
|Live show 1||10 October||12.64||2||43.8%|
|Results show 1||11 October||13.82||1||46.4%|
|Live show 2||17 October||12.07||2||42.1%|
|Results show 2||18 October||13.89||1||46.7%|
|Live show 3||24 October||12.80||2||44.1%|
|Results show 3||25 October||14.02||1||47.9%|
|Live show 4||31 October||11.74||2||42.3%|
|Results show 4||1 November||14.52||1||47.8%|
|Live show 5||7 November||13.05||2||46.9%|
|Results show 5||8 November||15.00||1||49.4%|
|Live show 6||14 November||13.45||2||45.1%|
|Results show 6||15 November||15.02||1||47.9%|
|Live show 7||21 November||14.03||2||48.6%|
|Results show 7||22 November||14.51||1||46.5%|
|Live show 8||28 November||13.46||2||47.8%|
|Results 8||29 November||14.34||1||45.9%|
|Live semi-final||5 December||13.40||2||49.5%|
|Live semi-final results||6 December||13.55||1||46.2%|
|Winner announces||13 December||16.28||1||53.2%|
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.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".
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.
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 .
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.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."
Minogue also apologised on the live results show on 11 October, saying Danyl was not upset by her comments.It has since been reported that Ofcom received around 4000 complaints from viewers over the comment.
Danielle Jane Minogue is an Australian singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. She rose to prominence for her roles on the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time (1982–1988) and on the soap opera Home and Away (1989–1990), before beginning her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s. Minogue achieved early success with her debut studio album, Love and Kisses (1991), which included the hit singles "Love and Kisses", "Baby Love", "Jump to the Beat", and "Success". The release of her second album followed, Get into You (1993), producing the hit single "This Is It". Dannii also achieved success with award-winning performances in the musical stage shows Grease (1997) and Notre-Dame de Paris (1999), and other acting credits The Vagina Monologues and Lady Macbeth.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a £1 million recording contract with the Syco Music record label. The first series was broadcast from 4 September to 11 December 2004. The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, judges' homes and live shows, with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell as judges. Kate Thornton presented the show on ITV, whilst Ben Shephard presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.
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. 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.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The third series was broadcast on ITV from 19 August 2006 until 16 December 2006. Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell all returned for their third series on the judging panel. Kate Thornton returned to present the main show on ITV, while Ben Shephard returned to present spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. After the semi-final on 9 December, Cowell became the winning judge even though the series had not yet finished, as two of his acts, Ray Quinn and Leona Lewis, became the two finalists. Lewis won the series on 16 December, with Quinn finishing as runner-up.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fourth series was broadcast on ITV from 18 August 2007 and was won by Leon Jackson on 15 December 2007, with Rhydian Roberts finishing as the runner-up and Dannii Minogue emerging as the winning mentor. Dermot O'Leary presented for the first time, replacing Kate Thornton, who had been presenting the show since series 1 in 2004. Fearne Cotton replaced Ben Shephard as presenter on the spin-off show The Xtra Factor. The original judging panel consisted of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Brian Friedman and Minogue. Friedman left the panel halfway through the first audition episode and was replaced by former judge Louis Walsh.
The X Factor is a British reality television music competition, created by Simon Cowell. Premiering on 4 September 2004, it was produced by Fremantle's Thames and Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment for ITV, as well as simulcast on Virgin Media One in Ireland. The programme ran for around 445 episodes across fifteen series, and with each series broadcast each year primarily from late summer to early winter, until its final episode in December 2018. All episodes were presented by Dermot O'Leary, with some exceptions: the first three series were originally hosted by Kate Thornton; while Caroline Flack and Olly Murs hosted the show for the twelfth series.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fifth series was broadcast on ITV from 16 August 2008 until 13 December 2008. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV, while Fearne Cotton was replaced by Holly Willoughby as presenter of spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Dannii Minogue returned to the judging panel. Sharon Osbourne left after four series and was replaced by Cheryl Cole. The series was won by Alexandra Burke, with Cole emerging as the winning mentor. Auditions in front of producers were held in April and May, with callbacks in front of the judges in June. The number of applicants for series 5 reached an all-time high with a reported 182,000 people auditioning. A number of well-established music acts from around the world, such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Girls Aloud, Take That, Il Divo, and series 3 winner Leona Lewis, performed during the live stages of the show.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The seventh series started on ITV on 21 August 2010 and ended on 12 December 2010. The series saw the creation of the boy band One Direction, from boys who entered the competition as individuals. The winner of the competition was Matt Cardle. Cardle was mentored throughout the show by Dannii Minogue. After the victory, he released his debut single "When We Collide". A total of 15,448,019 votes were cast throughout the series. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Konnie Huq on ITV2, who took over from Holly Willoughby.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series commenced airing on ITV on 20 August 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011. The winner was Little Mix, a four-piece girlband known earlier in the series as Rhythmix, consisting of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall are the series saw the creation entered the competition as individuals. They became the first act in the groups category to win in the UK show's history with new judge Tulisa emerging as their winning mentor. Dermot O'Leary presented the main show on ITV, while Caroline Flack and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs co-presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Konnie Huq from the previous year. Louis Walsh returned to the judging panel and was joined by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. Barlow, Rowland and Tulisa joined the panel as replacements for former judges, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Series 5 winner Alexandra Burke served as a guest judge for week 4 of the live shows due to Rowland having a throat infection.
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 an American reality television music competition show created by Simon Cowell and produced by FremantleMedia North America and SYCOtv, a partnership between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, which aired on Fox. Based on the original UK show, and an addition to The X Factor franchise, the series found new singing talent, drawn from public auditions, and they competed against each other for votes. The winner is determined by the show's viewers via telephone, the Internet, and SMS text voting, and is awarded a recording contract with Cowell's record label Syco Music, worth $5 million in seasons one and two, and $1 million in season three. America voted for the following winners: Melanie Amaro, Tate Stevens, and Alex & Sierra, respectively.
The first season of the American version of the music competition show The X Factor began airing on Fox on September 21, 2011.
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.
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