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The X Factor (UK)

The X Factor (UK)

The X Factor airs in the United Kingdom on the ITV1 network and was created by Simon Cowell. The show is a reality series to find new musical talent from within the United Kingdom.

The show was originally hosted by Kate Thornton and the three judges were Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. Each judge is in charge of a different section of singers on the show. The judges do not know what section of the competition they will be in charge of until the audition process has finished. Each judge then has to pick four acts to take forward to the live section of the show. Each week the two acts with the lowest amount of public votes have to sing again in a final showdown after which the judges decide who should be eliminated. Once there are only five acts left remaining it becomes left to the public to decide who should go.

Series one was won by Steve Brookstein while series two was won by Shayne Ward. The third series was won by Leona Lewis making her the first female winner of the show. All three of them went on to have number one hits in the United Kingdom record charts. When the show returned in 2007 for a fourth series Dermot O'Leary replaced Kate Thornton as host. Dannii Minogue joined the show as a fourth judge and Leon Jackson was crowned the series winner. The series returned in 2008 for a fifth series with Cheryl Cole replacing Sharon Osbourne on the judging panel. The series was won by Alexandra Burke. The sixth series in 2009 was won by Joe McElderry. The series will return in 2010 for a seventh series.
  • Currently 6.6/10
6.6/10 (8 Votes cast)

Episode Info

Next: 11x01 -- Series 11 - Auditions 1 (Aug/30/2014) [Special Airtime: 07:45 pm]

The first set of hopefuls audition in front of the judges in a closed room enviroment hoping to gain a place in the next phase of the competition where they will have to perform at Wembley Arena in front of a live audience.

Prev: 10x32 -- Series 10 - The Final (Result) (Dec/15/2013)

Nicholas and Sam return as they battle it out to be crowned the series champion. All of the finalists return to perform together live on stage one last time. One Direction perform live on stage. Nicholas and Sam each perform twice with the second performance being the song they will release should they be crowned the winner. Katy Perry, Gary Barlow and Elton John perform also perfom live on stage. Dermot reveals that Sam has been crowned the series champion. Sam then performs Skyscraper once again and is joined on stage by the other finalists.

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (1 Vote cast)

Dermot ODermot O'Leary
As Host (Series 4 - present)
Simon CowellSimon Cowell
As Judge (Series 1 - 7; 11 - present)
Louis WalshLouis Walsh
As Judge (Series 1 - present)
Cheryl ColeCheryl Cole
As Judge (Series 5 - 7; 11 - present)
Mel BMel B
As Judge (Series 11 - present)
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
As Judge (Series 1 - 4; 10)
Gary BarlowGary Barlow
As Judge (Series 8 - 10)
Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger
As Judge (Series 9 - 10)
Tulisa ContostavlosTulisa Contostavlos
As Judge (Series 8 - 9)
Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland
As Judge (Series 8)



Reviews: 1
Great show but one problem, it's going downhill!Rating: 0 likes, 1 dislikes

When "The X Factor" first came on TV, I wasn't that interested in it but my mother watched some of the show in it's first and second seasons but when the third season came on, a friend recommended it to me and so I watched it and started to like it, it was a cool show all the way through the season and the first two seasons sounded cool too but when the fourth season came on, it started to go downhill I mean the episodes weren't as good as they used to be, Danni's alright but I actually prefer it with the first three judges, Sharon seems to think EVERYONE is "gorgeous" and "talented" now rather than she used to give out her OWN opinion about how people aren't talented and are talented and what else is going wrong with this show is that well every time the winner of the contest is number 1 in the charts just because they won "The X Factor", I say let other people have the spotlight of being number 1 in the charts at Christmas rather than having "The X Factor" contestants being number 1. I think it should be cancelled because it's getting kinda boring, but if it does get cancelled, I'll always treasure for what was once a good show. Read more

Review posted on Sunday, March 23rd 2008 at 9:03 am

1 review available
10x14: Series 10 - Elimination - 1 (Result) recap: Dermot announces that he will reveal the act that will compete against Shelley Smith in the sing off. Shelley received the least amount of votes in the flash vote, so she is already in the showdown. Dermot also says that Ellie Goulding and Cher will also be performing tonight. He calls the judges on stage and they take their seats. Dermot introduces the finalists, who all sing together for the first time. They sing 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk... read more.

10x13: Series 10 - Elimination - 1 recap: Tonight is 80's night and there's a new twist, a flash vote. Dermot O'Leary announces that this is the first live show of the season. He introduces the judges and explains the flash vote. After ten minutes of voting, the contestant with the least votes will definitely compete in tomorrow's showdown... read more.

10x12: Series 10 - Boot Camp 4 recap: The group category are the first to meet at the airport. They are all excited when they find out they will be going to New York. Gary informs them that they can all spend the day in New York because the audition isn't til the next day. At the airport, the girls find out that they will be heading to Antigua... read more.

10x11: Series 10 - Boot Camp 3 recap: The judges bring the contestants to their houses this week and with the help of guest judges must decide the top three in their respective categories... read more.

10x10: Series 10 - Boot Camp 2 recap: Nicole has chosen her six and tonight Gary and Louis will also choose their top six. First though, Sharon must finish choosing for her category. Three seats are already taken by Sam, Sabrina and Joseph. The first to audition is Shelley Smith, a van driver. She does a great job and receives a standing ovation. Gary compliments her on her vocal range and Louis thinks she is something special. Sharon sends her over to take a seat in the top six. Sharon calls up Shelley's daughter and tells her to go hug her mother... read more.
Recurring Guests

Peter Dickson as Announcer (234 eps)
Brian Friedman (26 eps)
Alexandra Burke as Herself (17 eps)
JLS (14 eps)
Yvie Burnett (14 eps)
Olly Murs (14 eps)
Leona Lewis (11 eps)
Marlon McKenzie (11 eps)
Melanie McCabe (11 eps)
Robbie Williams (10 eps)

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Warning: The X Factor (UK) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Reality
Genre: Family | Music
Status: Returning Series
Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Sundays, Saturdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 115 Minutes
Premiere: September 04, 2004
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