The X Factor (UK)

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The X Factor
Genre Reality television
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 60–150 minutes
Original network ITV
Original release 4 September 2004 (2004-09-04) – present (present)
External links
Official website

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.

Hosts[change | change source]

The show started being presented by Kate Thornton, but she left in Series 3 (2006.) Ben Shephard was hoping to present, but his offer was turned down. Instead, Dermot O'Leary took over in Series 4 (2007) and presented for 8 series, until his departure from the show in Series 10. Olly Murs and Caroline Flack became the first duo to host the show, but only lasted one season, mainly because they were very unpopular with the public. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the 13th series and has continued to present the show since.

Judges[change | change source]

There have been either three (series 1-3) or four (4-present) judges on the X Factor UK. The show was created by Simon Cowell, who, along with Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, were judges in the first three series. In 2007, Dannii Minogue joined the panel, to 'bring some youth to the panel.' However, Sharon Osbourne announced her leave at the end of the series. She was replaced by Cheryl Cole in Series 5. In 2010, Dannii and Cheryl both quit, although Cheryl later became a judge on the X Factor USA. Simon Cowell also left in order to focus on the X Factor USA. Gary Barlow replaced Simon and became head judge. Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos (better known as just Tulisa) also joined Louis and Gary. Kelly only stayed for a year, and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger in Series 8. Tulisa was fired at the end of Series 8, being replaced by Sharon Osbourne, who made a return for one series only. She, Gary and Nicole all announced their leave at the end of the series. Following the axing of X Factor USA, Simon Cowell returned to the show for Series 11. Cheryl Cole also returned, and Mel B joined the show as a replacement for Nicole. Mel and Louis both quit at the end of the series, and were replaced by Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw. Simon, Nicole, Sharon and Louis all returned as judges for the 13th series.

Series overview[change | change source]

Year Series Winner Runner-up
2004 Series 1 Steve Brookstein G4
2005 Series 2 Shayne Ward Andy Abraham
2006 Series 3 Leona Lewis Ray Quinn
2007 Series 4 Leon Jackson Rhydian Roberts
2008 Series 5 Alexandra Burke JLS
2009 Series 6 Joe McElderry Olly Murs
2010 Series 7 Matt Cardle Rebecca Ferguson
2011 Series 8 Little Mix Marcus Collins
2012 Series 9 James Arthur Jahméne Douglas
2013 Series 10 Sam Bailey Nicholas McDonald
2014 Series 11 Ben Haenow Fleur East
2015 Series 12 Louisa Johnson Reggie n Bollie
2016 Series 13 Matt Terry Saara Aalto
2017 Series 14 Rak-Su Grace Davies

Xtra Factor[change | change source]

The Xtra Factor was the spin-off show of the X Factor UK. It is broadcast on British Television channel ITV2. The hosts of the spin-off are well known for hosting for short periods of time. The first Xtra Factor host was Ben Shephard, and he quit in Series 3, because his offer of being the main presenter (after Kate Thornton's departure) was turned down by the show's producers. Fearne Cotton then hosted for the fourth series. Holly Willoughby, Cotton's close friend, replaced her during the following two series, but was replaced by Blue Peter former presenter, Konnie Huq in 2010, however, Konnie lasted only one series. Olly Murs and Caroline Flack became the first duo to host the Xtra Factor in Series 8, and they presented together for two seasons. Olly then left in order to focus on his music career. He was replaced by Matt Richardson, but then Caroline and Matt announced their leave. Sarah-Jane Crawford hosted for only the 11th season. The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes teamed up with Melvin Odoom to present the Xtra Factor's twelfth season. Matt Edmondson and Rylan Clark-Neal presented the thirteenth and final series[1][2]

On 18 January 2017, it was announced that The Xtra Factor would be axed after 13 years and would be replaced by an online show instead.[3]

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