|The X Factor|
|Hosted by||Dermot O'Leary (ITV)|
|Finals venue||Wembley Arena|
|Original release||20 August –|
11 December 2011
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series commenced airing on ITV on 20 August 2011and 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.
On 4 August 2011, promotional pictures of the judges surfaced across the internet. The next day, an advertisement premiered on itv.com.The show's opening titles were replaced with a completely revamped title sequence during the live shows to match those of its then-recently launched American counterpart.
The final night episode of the show was marked as the Irish pop group Westlife's last live television performance together before the band split on 23 June 2012 until 2018.
The eighth series won Most Popular Talent Show at the 17th National Television Awards on 25 January 2012.
On 5 May 2011, it was announced that Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole would not return for the eighth series to work on the first season of The X Factor USA .On 14 May 2011, Dannii Minogue announced that she would not be returning either, due to a clash with Australia's Got Talent , another show for which she judges. Of her decision, Minogue said, "During discussions for me to return to The X Factor it became clear that unfortunately, this year, The X Factor audition dates in the UK clash with the live shows of Australia's Got Talent during June and July. For this reason I am unable to return".
After Cowell and Cole announced their departures, a number of celebrities were linked to the judging role including Frankie Sandford, [ citation needed ] Following Minogue's announcement, it was reported that Tulisa Contostavlos from N-Dubz had been in talks with producers to take on a judging role to replace Cole. It was also suggested that Kelly Rowland, formerly of Destiny's Child, was in discussions to take a seat on the judging panel for Minogue's replacement. Although Cole briefly served as a judge on the American panel, she was dropped from the American panel and Cowell gave her the option to return to the 2011 UK series judging panel. However, she later rejected his offer as Tulisa already replaced her. On 30 May 2011, the judging line-up was confirmed as Louis Walsh, Barlow, Tulisa and Rowland. Barlow said that he was "extremely excited" to work on the show, and hoped to find a global superstar. Tulisa hoped to "bring something fresh and new to the panel", promising to speak her mind. Rowland wanted an "opportunity to hear a few diamonds in the rough" and said she would be "sternly honest". In week 4 of the live finals on 29 and 30 October, Rowland was unable to attend due to a throat infection and was replaced for these shows by Alexandra Burke, who won series 5.Alesha Dixon, Lily Allen, and Noel Gallagher. On 9 May 2011, five days before Minogue announced her departure, news broke that Cowell had offered a seat to Gary Barlow of Take That, though his contract was not finalised.
In February 2011, Konnie Huq, who presented spin-off series The Xtra Factor for series 7, was told that her contract would not be renewed.Matt Edmondson, Sandford, Kimberley Walsh, and series 6 contestant Stacey Solomon were all rumoured to be in the running, but it was confirmed on 31 May 2011 that Caroline Flack would co-present The Xtra Factor with series 6 runner-up Olly Murs.
The first appeal for applicants for series 8 was broadcast during series 7 on 11 December 2010. For the first time, contestants could upload a video to YouTube.[ citation needed ] Auditions in front of the judges for series 8 took place in Cardiff, London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. It was the first time auditions had taken place in Liverpool, and the city replaced Dublin, where auditions were held in 2010.
The auditions started in Birmingham's LG Arena on 1 and 2 June. They then took place in Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on 6 June and continued in Manchester's Event City on 12, 13 and 14 June. More auditions took place at Cardiff's International Arena on 29 June, and at London's O2 on 6, 7 and 8 July, and finished in Liverpool's Echo Arena on 13 and 14 July.The Manchester auditions were postponed from 18 to 20 May.
London and Birmingham auditions were broadcast during the first episode on 20 August 2011.More of the London auditions, as well as the Liverpool and Manchester auditions, aired on 27 August 2011. On 3 September, the Glasgow auditions and more from London were shown. More auditions from Manchester, Birmingham and London were broadcast during the 10 September episode. More from London, plus the Manchester and Glasgow auditions were broadcast in the 11 September episode. The 17 September episode showed more auditions from Liverpool, Cardiff, London, Glasgow and Manchester. The final auditions aired on 18 September, and featured auditions from Liverpool, London and Cardiff.
|City||Date(s)||Venue||Changes to the judging line-up|
|Birmingham||1–2 June 2011||LG Arena||N/A|
|Glasgow||6 June 2011||SECC|
|Manchester||12–14 June 2011||EventCity|
|Cardiff||29 June 2011||International Arena|
|London||6–8 July 2011||The O2 Arena||Gary Barlow absent (some auditions)|
|Liverpool||13–14 July 2011||Echo Arena||N/A|
Bootcamp started on 18 August 2011.The first episode of bootcamp was broadcast on 24 September 2011. It showed 191 acts attending a pre-bootcamp party at a hotel in Croydon, while the judges reviewed their auditions to see if there were some acts they wanted to cut before bootcamp started. They cut 39 acts, leaving 152. The acts were split into 30 groups in which to perform at Wembley Arena, and each group was given one of six songs by the judges: "You've Got the Love", "Breakeven", "Price Tag", "Born This Way", "Forget You" or "Firework". The judges then went on to cut over 80 acts, but called back some soloists, who were asked if they were interested in forming groups. All agreed and were workshopped to see which singers would work well together. They formed six groups. The 61 remaining acts were then given the task of learning one song, 'making it their own' and performing it in front of a live audience, the second time bootcamp was open to an audience (the first was in 2009). The judges then chose the final 32 acts, based on these performances. However, they chose only 32 acts, and the final group was made from four members of two groups previously put together by the judges.
Judges' houses, the final part of the selection process, was filmed in September.[ citation needed ] Judges were given their categories in late August. Barlow mentored the Boys, Rowland the Girls, Walsh the Over 25s, and Tulisa the Groups. Robbie Williams joined Barlow in Los Angeles,[ citation needed ] Jennifer Hudson assisted Rowland in Miami, Walsh was accompanied by Sinitta in Barcelona, and Tulisa received help from Jessie J in Mykonos. At judges' houses each act performed two songs for their mentor and his/her guest judge, although only one song was mentioned and shown on the main show, with the other song shown on The Xtra Factor instead.
Sian Phillips was originally selected for the judges' houses, but due to visa issues, she was unable to travel to Miami and was thus replaced by Sarah Watson in the Girls category.
|Gary Barlow||Boys||Los Angeles||Robbie Williams||Joe Cox, Luke Lucas, Max Vickers, John Wilding|
|Tulisa||Groups||Mykonos||Jessie J||Girl v Boy, The Estrelles, The Keys, The Lovettes|
|Kelly Rowland||Girls||Miami||Jennifer Hudson||Melanie McCabe, Holly Repton, Jade Richards, Sarah Watson|
|Louis Walsh||Over 25s||Barcelona||Sinitta||Sami Brookes, Joseph Gilligan, Carolynne Poole, Terry Winstanley|
Goldie Cheung was initially put through to the finals by Walsh, but pulled out of the competition at the end of the judges' houses stage, stating that she did not want to be away from her family.Sami Brookes, who had initially not made it through, took her place in the live shows.
|Little Mix||18–20||Various||Groups (Tulisa)||Winner|
|Marcus Collins||23||Liverpool||Boys (Barlow)||Runner-up|
|Amelia Lily||17||Nunthorpe||Girls (Rowland)||3rd place|
|Misha B||19||Manchester||Girls (Rowland)||4th place|
|Janet Devlin||17||Gortin, Northern Ireland||5th place|
|Craig Colton||23||Kirkby||Boys (Barlow)||6th place|
|Kitty Brucknell||27||Cheltenham||Over 25s (Walsh)||7th place|
|Frankie Cocozza||18||Brighton||Boys (Barlow)||8th place|
|Johnny Robinson||46||Harrow||Over 25s (Walsh)||9th place|
|The Risk||19–25||Various||Groups (Tulisa)||10th place|
|Sophie Habibis||20||Manchester||Girls (Rowland)||11th place|
|Sami Brookes||31||Rhyl||Over 25s (Walsh)||12th place|
|Nu Vibe||16–19||Various||Groups (Tulisa)||13th place|
|2 Shoes||21–23||Brentwood, Essex||14th place|
|James Michael||20||Widnes||Boys (Barlow)||15th place|
|Jonjo Kerr||27||Chorley||Over 25s (Walsh)||16th place|
The live shows began on 8 October. Each week, the contestants' performances took place on Saturday and the results were announced on Sunday. As with previous series, each live show had a different theme. The results show often featured a group performance by the remaining contestants and guest live performances.
The first live results show included live performances from series 7 winner Matt Cardle and Cee Lo Green, [ unreliable source? ] Series 5 runners up JLS and Florence and the Machine performed on the fifth live results show, [ unreliable source? ] while Lady Gaga and series 7 contestants One Direction performed on the sixth.[ citation needed ] The seventh live show featured performances from Rihanna and series 7 runner-up Rebecca Ferguson,. The eighth live results show included performances from former contestant and The Xtra Factor host Olly Murs featuring The Muppets, and Jessie J. JLS and One Direction also appeared alongside the 16 finalists to perform this year's charity single, "Wishing on a Star". The semi-final live result show featured performances from Justin Bieber and The X Factor judge Rowland. The live final featured performances from Coldplay, JLS, Leona Lewis, Michael Bublé and One Directionwhile Katy Perry and The Wanted performed on the second results show. On the third results show, Bruno Mars, Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé and Kelly Clarkson performed. Series 7 contestant Cher Lloyd and The X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger performed on the fourth live result show.
For the live finals, The X Factor received new graphics and theme music similar to those already introduced on The X Factor USA . Voting by text message, which had been absent since 2007, was reintroduced for this series in addition to the premium rate telephone vote,but was not available during the final.
During the fourth week of the live shows, it was announced that Rowland was unable to travel back from Los Angeles due to a throat infection. During the week, it was announced that Burke would replace her as a judge on the show. [ citation needed ]After Burke accepted the role as guest judge, she became the first X Factor contestant to return to the show as a judge. It was reported on 28 June 2011 that the final would take place on 10 and 11 December 2011 at Wembley Arena instead of the usual Fountain Studios.
On 26 October 2011, Rhythmix announced that they would change their name due to pressure from a children's music charity of the same name, after the programme tried to trademark "Rhythmix" in Europe. It was reported that the group decided to make the change, despite no legal reason to do so, to avoid any difficulties for the charity.The name was subsequently changed to Little Mix.
On 28 October 2011, Ashley Baptiste decided to leave The Risk. In an interview on the official website, he explained "I don't believe my future lies in a boyband and it's not fair on [the other members] Charlie, Derry and Andy to remain in the band when I am not truly committed to it for the long term. I believe The Risk can win The X Factor and I'm backing them all the way. I count them as my friends so I know we'll stay in touch." He was replaced by Ashford Campbell, who was a member of Nu Vibe, another manufactured boyband who had already previously been eliminated.
On 8 November 2011, Frankie Cocozza was ejected from the competition, saying he "no longer [deserved his] place in the show", having broken competition rules.As a result, it was announced that the four contestants eliminated by their mentors in week 1; 2 Shoes, Amelia Lily, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr; would be given the chance to face a public vote, with the winner of the vote being reinstated in the competition. Amelia Lily won the public vote with 48% of the overall total and replaced Cocozza in the competition.
Act in team Gary
Act in team Tulisa
Act in team Louis
Act in team Kelly
|–||Act did not face the public vote|
|–||Act did not face the public vote but was eliminated by their mentor|
|–||Act was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown|
|–||Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated|
|–||Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)|
|–||Act received the most public votes|
|–||Act was ejected from the competition without singing or facing the public vote|
|Act||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Quarter-Final||Semi-Final||Final|
|Return Vote 4||Elimination Vote||Saturday Vote||Sunday Vote|
|Final Showdown||None 1||Cocozza,|
|No final showdown or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone|
|Judges voted to||Send Through||Eliminate||Eliminate|
|Walsh's vote (Over 25s)||Brookes,|
|Nu Vibe||Brookes||Habibis||Robinson||Misha B||Colton||Devlin|
|Tulisa's vote (Groups)||Little Mix,|
|Rowland's vote (Girls)||Devlin,|
|Nu Vibe||Brookes||Habibis 2||Robinson||Brucknell||Colton||None (abstained)|
|Barlow's vote (Boys)||Collins,|
|Nu Vibe||Brookes||N/A 3||N/A 3||Brucknell||Lily||N/A 3|
3 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
3 of 3 votes
3 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
2 of 2 votes
3 of 3 votes
|Amelia Lily||Girls (Rowland)||1||"Billie Jean"||US||Eliminated|
|Johnny Robinson||Over 25s (Walsh)||2||"Believe"||US||Saved|
|Rhythmix||Groups (Tulisa)||3||"Super Bass"||Saved|
|Frankie Cocozza||Boys (Barlow)||4||"The A Team"||UK||Saved|
|Sophie Habibis||Girls (Rowland)||5||"Teenage Dream"||US||Saved|
|Jonjo Kerr||Over 25s (Walsh)||6||"You Really Got Me"||UK||Eliminated|
|2 Shoes||Groups (Tulisa)||7||"Something Kinda Ooooh"||Eliminated|
|James Michael||Boys (Barlow)||8||"Ticket to Ride"||Eliminated|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||9||"Rolling in the Deep"||UK||Saved|
|Nu Vibe||Groups (Tulisa)||10||"Beautiful People"||US||Saved|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||11||"Moves like Jagger"||Saved|
|Sami Brookes||Over 25s (Walsh)||12||"Free"||Saved|
|The Risk||Groups (Tulisa)||13||"She Said"||UK||Saved|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||14||"Jar of Hearts"||US||Saved|
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||15||"Who Wants to Live Forever"||UK||Saved|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||16||"Fix You"||Saved|
|Nu Vibe||Groups (Tulisa)||1||"With or Without You"||Bottom two|
|Sami Brookes||Over 25s (Walsh)||2||"I Will Always Love You"||Safe|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||3||"Best Thing I Never Had"||Safe|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||4||"Can't Help Falling in Love"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Frankie Cocozza||Boys (Barlow)||5||"The Scientist"||Bottom two|
|Johnny Robinson||Over 25s (Walsh)||6||"Can't Get You Out of My Head"||Safe|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||7||"Russian Roulette"||Safe|
|Rhythmix||Groups (Tulisa)||8||"I'm Like a Bird"||Safe|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||9||"Would I Lie to You?"||Safe|
|The Risk||Groups (Tulisa)||10||"Just the Way You Are"||Safe|
|Sophie Habibis||Girls (Rowland)||11||"Wherever You Will Go"||Safe|
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||12||"It's Oh So Quiet"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Nu Vibe||Groups (Tulisa)||1||"Promise This"||Eliminated|
|Frankie Cocozza||Boys (Barlow)||2||"Red"||Saved|
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Song||Rock Artist||Result|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||1||"Are You Gonna Go My Way"||Lenny Kravitz||Safe|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||2||"Sweet Child o' Mine"||Guns N' Roses||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Sami Brookes||Over 25s (Walsh)||3||"If I Could Turn Back Time"||Cher||Bottom two|
|Rhythmix||Groups (Tulisa)||4||"Tik Tok"/"Push It"||Kesha / Salt-N-Pepa||Safe|
|Sophie Habibis||Girls (Rowland)||5||"Livin' on a Prayer"||Bon Jovi||Safe|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||6||"Stop Crying Your Heart Out"||Oasis||Safe|
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||7||"Live and Let Die"||Wings||Bottom two|
|Frankie Cocozza||Boys (Barlow)||8||"Rocks"||Primal Scream||Safe|
|The Risk||Groups (Tulisa)||9||"Crazy"||Gnarls Barkley||Safe|
|Johnny Robinson||Over 25s (Walsh)||10||"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"||The Darkness||Safe|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||11||"Purple Rain"||Prince||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Sami Brookes||Over 25s (Walsh)||1||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Eliminated|
|Kitty Brucknell||2||"The Edge of Glory"||Saved|
Rowland did not appear on the judging panel for week 4 due to illness,so series 5 winner Alexandra Burke took her place on the panel. However, Burke did not vote on the results show; instead, Rowland voted via telephone link from Los Angeles. Rhythmix's new name 'Little Mix' took effect from Week 4. Ashley Baptiste from The Risk quit the group and Ashford Campbell who was originally in Nu Vibe (eliminated Week 2) joined The Risk.
|The Risk||Groups (Tulisa)||1||"Thriller"||Safe|
|Johnny Robinson||Over 25s (Walsh)||2||"That Ole Devil Called Love"||Safe|
|Sophie Habibis||Girls (Rowland)||3||"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"||Bottom two|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||4||"Superstition"/"Need You Tonight"||Safe|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||5||"Tainted Love"||Bottom two|
|Janet Devlin||6||"Every Breath You Take"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Frankie Cocozza||Boys (Barlow)||7||"Should I Stay or Should I Go"||Safe|
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||8||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"||Safe|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||9||"ET"||Safe|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||10||"Set Fire to the Rain"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Sophie Habibis||Girls (Rowland)||1||"Shelter"||Eliminated|
|Misha B||2||"Use Somebody"||Saved|
|Johnny Robinson||Over 25s (Walsh)||1||"Hung Up"/"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"||Bottom three|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||2||"I Want You Back"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||3||"Heaven"||Safe|
|The Risk||Groups (Tulisa)||4||"A Night to Remember"||Eliminated|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||5||"Reet Petite"||Safe|
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||6||"Like a Prayer"||Bottom three|
|Frankie Cocozza||Boys (Barlow)||7||"I Gotta Feeling"||Safe|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||8||"Proud Mary"||Safe|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||9||"Don't Stop the Music"||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Johnny Robinson||Over 25s (Walsh)||1||"Unchained Melody"||Eliminated|
|Kitty Brucknell||2||"Beautiful Disaster"||Saved|
On 8 November 2011, Frankie Cocozza was ejected from the competition.The four acts that did not face the public vote in week 1 and were eliminated by their mentors—Amelia Lily, James Michael, Jonjo Kerr, and 2 Shoes—faced the public vote and the act with the most votes would replace Cocozza. The winner of the vote was announced as Amelia Lily with 48% of the public vote.
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||1||"Don't Stop Me Now"||Queen||Bottom two|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||2||"Paparazzi"||Lady Gaga||Safe|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||3||"Radio Ga Ga"/"Telephone"||Queen/Lady Gaga||Safe|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||4||"Somebody to Love"||Queen||Safe|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||5||"Another One Bites the Dust"||Safe|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||6||"Born This Way"||Lady Gaga||Bottom two|
|Amelia Lily||7||"The Show Must Go On"||Queen||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|Kitty Brucknell||Over 25s (Walsh)||1||"Over the Rainbow"||Eliminated|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||2||"Who You Are"||Saved|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||1||"Licence to Kill"||Licence to Kill||Bottom two|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||2||"Kiss Me"||How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days||Safe|
|Amelia Lily||3||"Think"||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Bottom two|
|Misha B||4||"I Have Nothing"||The Bodyguard||Safe|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||5||"Don't Let Go (Love)"||Set It Off||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||6||"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"||Ghostbusters II||Safe|
|Final showdown details|
|Craig Colton||Boys (Barlow)||1||"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"||Eliminated|
|Amelia Lily||Girls (Rowland)||2||"You and I"||Saved|
With both acts receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Craig Colton was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.
Starting in the quarter-final, each act performed two songs with voting lines opening after the first round of performances.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Guilty Pleasure||Order||Second song||Musical hero||Result|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||1||"Baby"/"Where Did Our Love Go"||Justin Bieber / The Supremes||6||"Beautiful"||Christina Aguilera||Safe|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||2||"MMMBop"||Hanson||7||"Under the Bridge"||Red Hot Chili Peppers||Bottom two|
|Misha B||3||"Girls Just Want To Have Fun"||Cyndi Lauper||8||"Killing Me Softly with His Song"||Fugees||Bottom two|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||4||"I'm Your Man"||Wham!||9||"Lately"||Stevie Wonder||Safe|
|Amelia Lily||Girls (Rowland)||5||"China in Your Hand"||T'Pau||10||"Since U Been Gone"||Kelly Clarkson||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Final showdown details|
|Janet Devlin||Girls (Rowland)||1||"Chasing Cars"||Eliminated|
|Misha B||2||"Out Here on My Own"||Saved|
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Motown Artist||Order||Second song||Result|
|Misha B||Girls (Rowland)||1||"Dancing in the Street"||Martha and the Vandellas||5||"Perfect"||Eliminated|
|Amelia Lily||2||"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"||Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell||6||"I'm with You"||Safe|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||3||"You Keep Me Hangin' On"||The Supremes||8||"If I Were a Boy"||Safe (Highest Votes)|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||4||"My Girl"||The Temptations||7||"Can You Feel It"||Safe|
The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Misha B, was automatically eliminated.After her elimination, Misha B reprised her week 6 final showdown performance of "Who You Are" as her exit song.
The final was held at Wembley Arena and lasted for over four hours, split over Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2011.
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||First song||Order||Second song (duet)||Result|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||1||"Hey Ya!"||4||"She's Always a Woman" (with Gary Barlow)||Safe|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||2||"You Got the Love"||5||"If I Ain't Got You"/"Empire State of Mind" (with Tulisa)||Safe|
|Amelia Lily||Girls (Rowland)||3||"Ain't No Other Man"||6||"River Deep – Mountain High" (with Kelly Rowland)||Eliminated|
If Amelia Lily had made the final two, her favourite performance would have been, "The Show Must Go On" from week six, and would have sung "All I Want For Christmas Is You" for her Christmas song, as well as performing "Cannonball".
|Act||Category (Mentor)||Order||Favourite song||Order||Christmas song||Order||Third song||Result|
|Marcus Collins||Boys (Barlow)||1||"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"||3||"Last Christmas"||5||"Cannonball"||Runner-up|
|Little Mix||Groups (Tulisa)||2||"Don't Let Go (Love)"||4||"Silent Night"||6||"Cannonball"||Winner|
It was announced on 12 October 2011, that the 16 finalists would record a cover version of "Wishing on a Star", released on 20 November in aid of Together for Short Lives, a charity which Cowell said do "amazing work". It is the fourth time finalists have released a charity single.Series 5 contestants JLS and series 7 contestants One Direction also feature on the single.
The winner's single was Damien Rice's "Cannonball". For the first time since series 1, the winner's single was not released in the week of the coveted Christmas number one chart battle. The Official Charts Company announced that the 2011 Christmas number-one would be announced on Christmas Day,meaning releases on 18 December would be new entries in the chart that week. Little Mix's winner's single was released on 14 December, which meant it would have to maintain significant sales numbers in its second week to achieve the Christmas number one. It was announced on 17 November that N-Dubz rapper Fazer would be producing the single.
In September 2011, it was announced that Marks & Spencer would be The X Factor's official fashion partner. On 2 October 2011, it was revealed that the 16 finalists would star in the retailer's 2011 Christmas advertisement. It is a one-minute advertisement that premiered during week 5 of the live shows. The finalists recorded a cover of the song "When You Wish upon a Star" to feature in the advert and modelled clothes from the company. The finalists will be paid for the advertisement. After his ejection from the competition, M&S announced that Frankie Cocozza's face would be edited out of the advert, as it wasn't possible to edit his voice from the advert. On 17 November 2011, M&S posted the latest edit of the advert to their official YouTube account, with Cocozza's vocals completely erased.
Initial viewing figures for the first episode were placed at 11.3 million for ITV1, however, the peak audience was 12.6 million, a match for the highest viewing figures for an X Factor series opener, and almost 5 million more than Doctor Who on BBC One, the second-highest rated programme that night.
Despite a drop in ratings from the previous series, it was the third most watched series in the show's eight-year history
|Episode||Air date||Official ITV1 rating|
|Weekly rank||Share (%)||Official ITV1 HD rating|
|Official ITV1+1 rating|
|Total ITV1 viewers|
|Auditions 1||20 August||11.05||1||45.7||1.13||0.52||12.70|
|Auditions 2||27 August||10.63||1||42.8||1.02||0.47||12.12|
|Auditions 3||3 September||10.96||1||43.4||1.00||0.60||12.56|
|Auditions 4||10 September||10.98||1||43.6||1.04||0.52||12.56|
|Auditions 5||11 September||10.52||2||37.8||1.10||0.52||12.14|
|Auditions 6||17 September||11.16||2||44.5||1.17||0.33||12.66|
|Auditions 7||18 September||11.23||1||42.2||1.17||0.34||12.74|
|Bootcamp 1||24 September||10.64||2||43.0||1.05||0.38||12.07|
|Bootcamp 2||25 September||11.11||1||38.7||1.06||0.57||12.74|
|Judges' houses 1||1 October||10.13||2||42.0||1.11||0.66||11.90|
|Judges' houses 2||2 October||11.74||1||42.5||1.18||0.45||13.37|
|Live show 1||8 October||10.89||2||40.3||1.16||0.53||12.58|
|Live results 1||9 October||11.34||1||41.1||1.27||0.33||12.94|
|Live show 2||15 October||9.90||3||39.1||1.24||0.47||11.61|
|Live results 2||16 October||10.84||1||40.5||1.26||0.30||12.40|
|Live show 3||22 October||9.73||3||38.0||1.33||0.38||11.44|
|Live results 3||23 October||10.68||1||39.8||1.21||Unknown ^1||Unknown ^1|
|Live show 4||29 October||9.74||3||38.8||1.32||0.33||11.39|
|Live results 4||30 October||11.44||1||42.0||1.31||0.27||13.02|
|Live show 5||5 November||9.63||3||40.3||1.38||0.44||11.45|
|Live results 5||6 November||11.58||1||41.8||1.22||0.24||13.04|
|Live show 6||12 November||11.23||2||40.9||1.05||0.30||12.68|
|Live results 6||13 November||11.85||1||41.9||1.40||Unknown ^2||Unknown ^2|
|Live show 7||19 November||10.48||2||39.0||1.22||0.30||12.00|
|Live results 7||20 November||11.27||1||39.1||1.30||0.24||12.81|
|Live show 8||26 November||10.05||2||38.4||1.25||0.24||11.54|
|Live results 8||27 November||11.30||1||41.8||1.48||0.22||13.00|
|Live show 9||3 December||10.23||2||39.9||1.20||0.37||11.80|
|Live results 9||4 December||11.08||1||40.2||1.38||0.34||12.80|
|Live final||10 December||10.35||2||40.1||1.36||0.34||12.05|
|Live final results||11 December||12.09||1||44.3||1.37||0.23||13.69|
^1 The ITV+1 rating for the Live Results show that was broadcast on 23 October 2011 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.20 million viewers.
^2 The ITV+1 rating for the Live Results show that was broadcast on 13 November 2011 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.19 million viewers.
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The Sun newspaper claimed Cocozza had been overheard boasting about using cocaine.
Cocozza's behaviour earlier in the series has led to two Ofcom investigations – he swore during a live show and was also shown drinking heavily with some friends.
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