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The finals consist of a series of two live shows, the first featuring the contestants' performances and the second revealing the results of the public voting, culminating in one or more acts being eliminated. Celebrity guest performers also feature regularly. These live shows were filmed at Fountain Studios in Wembley , London from series 1 to In series 1—5, both live shows were broadcast on Saturday nights.

In series 6, the results show moved to Sunday nights. In series 1, nine acts were put through to the live shows, increased to 12 in series 2. In series 7, following the addition of four wildcards, it increased to Then in series 9, it reduced back to three each, but one wildcard was added, meaning there were 13 finalists. Series 10 reverted to 12 finalists. Series 11 initially did the same, but the addition of four wildcards in the live shows brought it back up to 16 finalists; but with the wildcards chosen by a different judge instead of their category's mentor.

Series 12 used the same format as series 9, in which each category had three acts before one wildcard was added. For series 13, it returned to just 12 finalists, with no wildcard twist like in series 10 , although wildcard acts in each category were selected prior to judges' houses, each judge picking for another judge's category. Series 14 also used the wildcard premise as series 7 and 11, but added a twist in which the public voted for one act in each category to progress to the live shows.

The show is primarily concerned with identifying a potential pop star or star group, and singing talent, appearance, personality, stage presence and dance routines are all important elements of the contestants' performances. In the initial live shows, each act performs once in the first show in front of a studio audience and the judges, usually singing over a pre-recorded backing track.

Dancers are also commonly featured. Acts occasionally accompany themselves on guitar or piano. In the first two series, acts usually chose a cover of a pop standard or contemporary hit. From the third series, each live show has had a different theme; each contestant's song is chosen according to the theme.

A celebrity guest connected to the theme is often invited onto the show, and clips are shown of the guest conversing with the contestants at rehearsal.

After each act has performed, the judges comment on their performance. Heated disagreements, usually involving judges defending their contestants against criticism, are a regular feature of the show.

Once all the acts have appeared, the phone lines open and the viewing public vote on which act they want to keep. Once the number of contestants has been reduced to four series 1 and 3 , five series 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 or seven series 7 , the format changes. Each act performs twice in the first show, with the public vote opening after the first performance.

This continues until only two series 1 and 3 , three series 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 or four series 7 acts remain. These acts go on to appear in the grand final which decides the overall winner by public vote. In past series some of the more memorable failed auditionees from the early rounds have also returned for a special appearance in the final.

From its inception up to series 7, the final took place in the same studio as the live shows. However, from series 8 onwards, due to the success of the arena auditions, the final now takes place at Wembley Arena , accommodating a larger stage and a much larger audience in series 9, however, the final took place at Manchester Central as Wembley Arena was unavailable. Series 6 saw a change to the live show format: Series 9 completely changed the voting format.

Lines now open for viewers to vote at the start of each show, and then close during the results show. For series 14, the format of the live shows was revised significantly: The voting window has once again been shortened; in that viewers only have a few minutes to vote for their favourite acts after all the contestants on the night have performed.

Before the results are announced, there are live or pre-recorded performances from one or more invited celebrities, often with performers connected to the week's theme. From series 6 onwards, the results show begins with a group performance from the remaining contestants.

However, the song is pre-recorded and the contestants mime, due to problems with the number of microphones. Both these acts perform again in a "final showdown", and the judges vote on which of the two to send home.

In the first four series the bottom two contestants reprised their earlier song, but from series 5 they were able to pick new songs. In series 3, a twist occurred where the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated, and the two with the next fewest votes performed in the "final showdown" as normal.

Ties became possible with the introduction of a fourth judge in series 4. In the event of a tie the result goes to deadlock, and the act who came last in the public vote is sent home. The actual number of votes cast for each act is not revealed, nor even the order; according to a spokesman, "We would never reveal the voting figures during the competition as it could give contestants an unfair advantage and spoil the competition for viewers". Once the number of contestants has been reduced to four series 1, 3, 7, 8 and 9 or five series 2, 4, 5 and 6 , the act which polled the fewest votes is automatically eliminated from the competition the judges do not have a vote; their only role is to comment on the performances.

Two occasions in series 7 and series 10 during the semi-final saw the judges instead vote to send one of the bottom two through to the semi-final. In series 1, the eliminated acts also reprised one of their songs in the results show after being voted off. This has become less common in other series, instead being relegated to results shows with no final showdown. In series 10, the flash vote was introduced: Despite the flash vote eliminating all possibilities of deadlock, it quickly drew criticism from viewers and was quickly dropped after several weeks.

However, another variation of the flash vote has debuted in series 11 twice as part of a double elimination. In this variation, the act who polled the fewest votes on Saturday's show is automatically eliminated. The two acts with the next fewest votes on Sunday then perform in the final showdown. This double elimination variation was used once again in series A lifeline vote was introduced within the first half of the series 13 live shows, where the bottom three contestants are announced.

Viewers are then given a few minutes to vote to save one of the bottom three, with the winner of the lifeline vote avoiding the final showdown. As of series 14, the contestants are split into two halves competing on Saturday and Sunday night, respectively, therefore each week is a double elimination. As the results are announced, the contestant who had the lowest viewer votes on each night is announced and leaves the show immediately; the winning contestant is announced thereafter.

The two winning contestants of both Saturday and Sunday night then compete in a sing-off to win their weekly prize. Once they have performed their sing-off songs, the lines then reopen and the public votes on which contestant to win the weekly prize. Following the appointment of singer Minogue as a judge in series 4, the same principle could not universally apply.

In fact, when Minogue won series 4 with Leon Jackson , a new outside manager was appointed. It features an array of finalists and other memorable contestants from the most recent The X Factor series and is hosted by Jeff Brazier.

On 22 June, it was confirmed that Friedman had been reassigned the role of creative director and would be replaced on the panel by Walsh. Speculation surrounded judging line-up changes for series 5 , centering on whether Osbourne would return.

On 6 June , six days before filming for series 5 was due to begin, ITV confirmed that Osbourne had left the show, [63] and a number of other artists and producers were approached regarding her replacement. On 10 June, Cheryl Cole was confirmed as Osbourne's replacement. Despite rumours that Minogue would leave the show after series 5, [66] [67] all four judges from series 5 returned for series 6. Due to Minogue's maternity leave during series 7, a series of guest judges filled in for her at the audition stages before she rejoined the panel in September.

In July , Cole was diagnosed with malaria towards the end of the auditions, so Scherzinger returned as a guest judge for bootcamp. On 5 May , it was confirmed that Cowell and Cole would not be returning to the judging panel for series 8 , to concentrate on the American version of the programme. For this reason I am unable to return. Barlow, [83] [84] Walsh [85] and Tulisa [86] returned for series 9. Rowland left due to other commitments. On 21 May , ending months of media speculation, Tulisa confirmed that she would not return as a judge for the 10th series.

On 7 February , it was confirmed that Cowell would return as a judge for series Cowell was confirmed to return as a judge for the 12th series. He also revealed that he was in the dark about whom Cowell had the intentions of bringing onto the panel. To get 10 was great, to get 11 was amazing - I'm not hanging around for them this year. On 18 February , a series representative announced Grimshaw's departure from the judging panel, confirming: Sharon Osbourne —, , —. Nicole Scherzinger —, — The first three series of the show were hosted by Kate Thornton.

On 16 April , ITV confirmed that both Olly Murs and Flack would take over presenting duties, becoming the first duo to host the show. In a statement, Murs stated, "This was an incredibly hard decision to make and one I didn't take lightly as I've really enjoyed co-hosting The X Factor. Friedman served as performance coach and choreographer billed as "Creative Director" from series 4—7 and left before series 8 to join the American version.

Brian Burke and Elizabeth Honan replaced him for series 8, although Friedman returned for three weeks in series 9 and Honan did not return. Friedman returned as creative director in series 11, replacing Reeve and Swanhart. However, Tennant's contract was ended before the live shows and Burnett was reinstated. Dickson announced his departure from the show on 28 July , [] but announced his return due to "popular demand" on 30 October Dermot O'Leary —, —.

In each series, each judge is allocated a category to mentor and chooses a small number of acts three or four, depending on the series to progress to the live finals. From series and 13 onwards, these categories were decided by the producers of the show.

In series 12 viewers voted via hashtags on Twitter to determine which of the judges is allocated each of the four categories. Viewing figures of around 10 million were claimed for series 2 and 4, and 11 to 12 million for series 5. Over three million public votes were cast in series 2 and six million in the first part of the final. The series 3 final attracted 8 million votes [] and a peak of The BBC's rival talent show Strictly Come Dancing initially beat The X Factor in viewing figures in , although The X Factor soon reversed this trend, and when the shows went head-to-head for the first time, [ when?

Since , however, ratings of The X Factor have been in sharp decline. It was overtaken in the rating battle by Strictly Come Dancing during series 8 and has since very rarely managed to beat it, with Strictly Come Dancing extending its lead over the show per year. The ratings crisis has worsened in the following year with the show recording its lowest ever figures and Strictly Come Dancing now enjoying nearly three times the audience figures of The X Factor in most weeks.

The show won the Entertainment award at the Royal Television Society Awards , described as "Undeniably a brilliant, genre-defining piece of television; the team behind this show never rest on their laurels and are determined to continually raise the bar and set new standards.

Must-see television, which everyone talks about on a Monday morning. Over the first seven series the show's viewing figures have generally trended up each series, however this was not the case for series 3. Since series 8, viewing figures have declined year on year, with the average audience figure for series 14 being nearly 2 million lower than the previous year. From the outset, The X Factor has attracted heavy criticism.

Series 1—4 of The X Factor effectively included Irish viewers on an equal footing, and Irish viewers were able to vote in these series via SMS or telephone. However, in series 5, voting from Republic of Ireland was discontinued, with the decision being blamed on new regulations introduced regarding phone competitions in the UK.

The show held auditions in Dublin and Belfast for the first three series, with Belfast auditions continuing for series 4 before being dropped, though Irish singers could still audition in other cities. Dublin first round auditions returned in [] with the auditions held on 28 June. In , The X Factor did not hold auditions in Ireland, instead replacing them with a new audition city, Liverpool. A source from The X Factor said: We went to Dublin last year but we haven't been to Liverpool so we thought we should do it this year.

Obviously this is a blow to the Irish contestants but it's only a short hop across the Irish Sea to Liverpool. On 18 January , it was announced that The Xtra Factor would be axed after 13 years and would be replaced by an online show instead. Xtra Bites is the second companion and spin-off show to The X Factor which replaced The Xtra Factor , although Xtra Bites is an online spin-off show which started airing in The show looks at all the action from the show including behind the scenes footage of the judges and interviews with contestants from the show.

There were 13 episodes uploaded altogether for the first series, all presented by Becca Dudley. Battle of the Stars was a celebrity special edition of The X Factor , which screened on ITV, starting on 29 May and lasting for eight consecutive nights. Nine celebrity acts participated, singing live in front of the nation and facing the judges of the previous The X Factor series: Cowell, Osbourne and Walsh.

Voting revenues were donated to the celebrities' chosen charities. The winner of the show was Benjamin, mentored by Walsh. It was reported on 26 August that Cowell had decided not to do a second edition, describing it as "pointless" and adding "we are never going to do it again".

As of June [update] , the show has spawned a total of 35 number-one singles: By series 6 in , it had seemingly become such a certainty that the X Factor winner would gain the Christmas number one slot every year that bookmakers William Hill were considering withdrawing from the year tradition of betting on the outcome.

In series 1—2, the winner's debut album would be released a few months after their victory in the show. The album would contain some new material but would consist largely of cover versions. This format changed with series 3 winner Leona Lewis.

Cowell, Lewis's X Factor mentor and newly appointed manager, said: It would have been the wrong thing to do. Series 10 winner Sam Bailey , however, released her debut album of covers, The Power of Love , in March , just three months after winning - the earliest ever debut album release by an X Factor winner.

During the fifth series of the show, the finalists released a cover of Mariah Carey 's " Hero " in aid of Help for Heroes which reached number one in the UK singles charts. Following the success of the song, Cowell announced that a charity single would be released annually though the process was discontinued in series 9.

He is quoted as saying: The finalists released a cover of David Bowie 's " "Heroes" ", with proceeds once again going to the Help for Heroes charity. The charity single was scrapped after series 8, although the winner's singles from series 9 onwards were all released for charity. The album features 34 songs from 21 of the show's finalists. The X Factor Songbook is a song compilation album released 24 November The X Factor brand has also appeared on clothing, jewellery, [] perfume, make-up, toiletries, [] bedding, gifts, confectionery, [] soft drinks [] and pizzas.

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He was originally recruited to be a permanent judge. Cheryl Cole was diagnosed with malaria after the Cardiff auditions therefore being unable to attend the Manchester auditions and bootcamp.

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They received vocal coaching and each category later performed one song: At the end of the day, the number of acts was cut to On the second day, acts were given dance lessons by creative director Brian Friedman but they were not judged on their performances. Scherzinger then returned as a guest judge on the third day, where each act performed one song from a list of The Boys and Girls categories then comprised singers aged 16 to 28, rather than 16 to Minogue and Cole returned to the judging panel for the judges' houses stage of the competition, [6] where each judge mentored eight acts, increased from six in previous series.

The judges' houses stage was broadcast in two episodes on 2 and 3 October After the wildcards were revealed in the first live show, the final sixteen acts were confirmed as follows:.

As previously, each week had a different song theme. The two acts with the fewest public votes were in the bottom two and sang again in the "final showdown". The songs they performed in the bottom two were of their own choice and did not necessarily follow that week's theme. The four judges then each chose one act from the bottom two that they wanted to be eliminated from the show. If each act received an equal number of judges' votes, the result was deadlocked and the act with the fewest public votes was eliminated.

The first live show was extended to two and a half hours to include a surprise twist, [37] namely that each judge was given a wildcard, allowing them to bring back one rejected act from judges' houses, thus bringing the number of finalists up from twelve to sixteen. The eighth result was also a double elimination.

The two remaining acts from the bottom three then performed in the final showdown. At the start of each results show, the remaining finalists performed a song as a group.

However, the song was pre-recorded and the contestants mimed, because of technical issues with mixing the number of microphones. Each results show featured a number of guest performers. The final took place on 11 and 12 December, with each episode lasting two hours. During the first show, the voting lines were frozen and the fourth placed contestant was eliminated.

The votes carried over and the third placed contestant left on the second show following another freeze. The final two performed the potential winner's singles before the winner was announced. With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote.

Belle Amie were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. Grimshaw was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. For the first time this series, each contestant performed two songs.

For the first time in The X Factor history, the judges chose which act they wanted to see progress to the final. The series 7 finalists recorded a cover of David Bowie 's song " Heroes " as a charity single in aid of Help for Heroes , a charity which supports injured servicemen and women. The song was recorded in the week beginning 18 October It was reported on 2 December by the Daily Mirror that the final five contestants, Mary Byrne, Matt Cardle, Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson, would each record a different song, rather than the same song as in previous series, for their potential debut single.

The change was made after Cowell reportedly increased the budget as he wanted songs to suit each act. Over the course of the live shows, 15,, votes were cast. Votes made via landline telephones or from the Red Button service cost 35 pence each, with calls made from mobile telephones expected to be more expensive. Viewers were invited to record a video of themselves performing karaoke in front of a TalkTalk bright lights backdrop, and clips were screened as part of TalkTalk's sponsorship break bumpers.

The first episode on 21 August attracted The series dominated the weekly rankings, taking up the top position for the first four weeks, then the top two positions until the final. The first part of the final was beaten into fourth rank by two episodes of Coronation Street. The seventh series of The X Factor sparked several heated controversies, with over 5, complaints registered with Ofcom throughout the series. A spokesperson told the Daily Mirror newspaper that ITV bosses were worried about the number of complaints as claims that the show had become "seedy and oversexed" and accusations of fixing would tarnish the image of the show and ITV.

On 25 August, it was announced that contestant Shirlena Johnson had been asked to leave the show because of concerns over her mental health.

Producers said the medical report from her general practitioner, requested during bootcamp, arrived late. A spokesperson said, "The welfare of contestants is of paramount importance, and for this reason it has been agreed that Shirlena Johnson should not continue in the competition. The decision to form two groups, Belle Amie and One Direction, from soloists at the end of the bootcamp stage was branded unfair by some of the other groups, as neither had entered the competition as groups.

The controversy deepened after Cowell put through both Belle Amie and One Direction and picked just one of the original applicants. More controversy erupted after the News of the World reported that after failing to qualify in , Treyc Cohen signed a management deal with Artimis Music Management Ltd that landed her a recording contract in October that year with Birmingham -based Ajoupa Records and she released a single entitled "A Time to Be Heard".

According to the newspaper, The X Factor was attempting to release Cohen from her management deal and remove the single from sale. Controversy was caused when Cole chose not to send popular contestant Gamu Nhengu through to the live shows. Nhengu was an early favourite to win and many viewers were angry that Waissel and Cher Lloyd were put through despite failing to complete their performances at judges' houses.

My Story , Cheryl confessed that she had chosen Waissel for the live shows because she was more entertaining, claiming Hundreds of viewers complained when, in week 5 of the live shows, Cole refused to vote off either act in the bottom two Cohen and Waissel and was not allowed to vote last and force a deadlock. A spokesperson for The X Factor explained: After O'Leary's revelation that producers had rehearsed what would happen if Cole abstained in week 5, allegations were made that the result was rigged for Waissel to stay, given that her outlandish performances and growing unpopularity with the public resulted in better ratings and sensational press for the show.

Cowell denied this claim, saying he would never want to defraud viewers and said the situation had "been blown out of proportion". The only thing I know is who's in the bottom two when I'm given the card.

I don't know which judge to go to until I'm called and the judges, including [Cowell], don't know the vote or who we're coming to next. The X Factor 's bosses instructed their lawyers to file a formal complaint to the Press Complaints Commission against Heat , saying that the article was a lie, that very few people know the actual public voting results and conspiracy theories being printed in the media are "total and utter rubbish". There were accusations from viewers of fixing during the semi-final when O'Leary announced that only the public's votes would decide which contestants would make it through to the final, but the next day this was changed and there was a final showdown.

The show's official website also stated that it would be decided by public vote, and Walsh confirmed it on a radio show earlier in the week. A spokesperson insisted the change was decided weeks in advance. This is a lot of nonsense about nothing. Our main focus is to ensure that the contestants are given every opportunity to benefit from being on the show and show their talent. Throughout the series I have met with fans of the show on a regular basis and have listened and acted on their feedback.

I believe they have enjoyed the changes in the show this year and I feel it's been a better series as it hasn't followed the same pattern as before. This year we decided to give four contestants a second chance and introduce them as wild card entrants on the first live show. And having 16 finalists rather than just 12 meant that we introduced both single and double eliminations.

We decided for the first time some weeks ago to put four people into the final and this meant having five semi-finalists. We also felt it would be fairer that there would be a sing-off rather than automatic elimination as there were more contestants.

I understand new decisions are seen as controversial by our viewers but it stops the show becoming boring. As the excitement heats up, debates begin but I do want to assure people that the show is definitely not fixed. The sing-off on Sunday was something that was always going to happen regardless of who was in the bottom two.

The contestants all prepared their save-me songs on Monday last week. It was always going to be sad for whoever left. I hope the viewers trust the show that this is a fair competition. Voting statistics revealed that Lloyd would have been eliminated if the vote had gone to deadlock. Following the first episode, viewers complained on social networking websites after it appeared that pitch correction which has been seen as controversial in the music industry was used to improve the quality of some singers' voices, [] and forty-five viewers complained to Ofcom.

The footage and sound is then edited and dubbed into a finished programme, to deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers. When it gets to the live shows, it will be all live. In its 7 December issue, Heat magazine said series 7 of The X Factor had been the best series to date, citing many of the controversies, plus events such as Lloyd singing on a spiral staircase, Wagner's "ludicrous" performances and Walsh likening Richardson to "a little Lenny Henry ", as moments that helped make it "the most deliriously, thrilling, controversial and demented yet.

His favourite moment was Nhengu's elimination, on which he said "No other show can make people so passionate, angry and feel like they really know the programme's stars. With only approximately 30 minutes of screentime, Gamu had managed to capture the hearts of millions. Whatever you think of Simon Cowell's programmes, you have to give them credit for achieving that.

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