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, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh. Originally there were only three judges: Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. Dannii Minogue became a fourth judge for series 4 while Cheryl Cole replaced Sharon for series 5.
Simon, Dannii and Cheryl all left the show after series 7 and Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland replaced them. Nicole Scherzinger became a new judge in series 9 after Kelly left. Tulisa was then fired and was replaced by Sharon for series 10. After series 10, Gary, Sharon and Nicole all quit and were replaced by Simon, Cheryl and Mel B.
Winners[change | change source]
|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|
|Series 11, 2014||Ben Haenow||Fleur East|