The X Factor (UK)

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The X Factor is a British television programme, in which ordinary people who want to be singers compete for a recording contract and a cash prize. It is shown from August-December each year on Saturdays and Sundays on the channel ITV.

There are four judges on the show, Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger. Originally there were only three judges: Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne.

Winners[change | edit source]

Series, Year Winner Runner-up
Series 1, 2004 Steve Brookstein G4
Series 2, 2005 Shayne Ward Andy Abraham
Series 3, 2006 Leona Lewis Ray Quinn
Series 4, 2007 Leon Jackson Rhydian Roberts
Series 5, 2008 Alexandra Burke JLS
Series 6, 2009 Joe McElderry Olly Murs
Series 7, 2010 Matt Cardle Rebecca Ferguson
Series 8, 2011 Little Mix Marcus Collins
Series 9, 2012 James Arthur Jahméne Douglas
Series 10, 2013 Sam Bailey Nicholas McDonald