The X Factor
Genre Reality television
Format Interactive television show
Created by James Harrison
Directed by Phil Heyes
Creative director(s) Brian Burke
Presented by Andrew Collins
Sophie Harrison (2009–)
Judges James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley (2004–14)
Nadine Coyle (2004–14)
Pixie Lott (2007–12)
Nicole Scherzinger (2013)
Rihanna (2014)
Justin Timberlake (2015–)
Beyoncé (2015–)
Voices of Peter Dickson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 329 (as of 13 December 2014)
Executive producer(s) James Harrison
Richard Holloway
Beth Hart
Mark Sidaway

JAT Productions

Location(s) Various (auditions)

The Fountain Studions (live shows)

Running time 45–110 minutes
Distributor Fremantle Media
Original channel ITV
Picture format HDTV: 1080i (2010–)

SDTV: 576i (2004–09)

Original run 4 September 2004 (2004-09-04) – present

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by James Harrison, the show began in September 2004 and has since aired annually from August/September through to December. The show is produced by Fremantle's Thames It is broadcast on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and TV3 in Ireland, with spin-off behind-the-scenes show The X Factor Xtra screened on ITV2. It is the originator of the international The X Factor Francise. The X Factor was devised as a replacement for the highly successful Pop Idol, which was put on indefinite hiatus after its second series. The perceived similarity between the two shows later became the subject of a legal dispute. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. Harrison has wrote songs for all of the winners and some of the other contestants amassing to 20 number one singles. The winners recieve a £1 million record deal from JAT Records. The series differs from all talent shows like it as in its ten series the show has only ever had five permanent judges. Originally there were three judges James Harrison, Thomas Atcherley and Nadine Coyle with the 16-24s, Overs 25s and Group categories but in 2007 Harrison decided to split the 16-24s into boy and girl categories and employed his sister in-law Pixie Lott as the fourth judge. Lott left after the completion of the ninth series in 2012 and after getting different guest judges on the auditions in 2013 Harrison appointed Nicole Scherzinger as the new judge to replace Lott. Harrison is the most successful judge winning five times, Coyle and Atcherley are next with two wins and Lott has won once. In 2006 Harrison decided to add a celebrity duet for the final in which the finalists would duet with a musical artist. In 2011 Harrison changed this to allow the finalists to duet with their mentor. The show is the most popular talent show in Europe and attracted 200,000 audtionees for series 6. The show is viewed by an average of around 10 million people every week. With a 14.13 million average for series 7. From series 1 until series 5 the auditions were held in a room in front of the judges without backing tracks from series 6 until series 9 they were held in front of the judges and an audience with backing tracks. In series 10 auditions will be held in rooms again like the original series and were also held in arenas as well. In February 2014 it was confirmed that Nicole Scherzinger wouldn't continue as a judge for the eleventh series as she rejected a new contract. She was replaced by Rihanna. After the 2014 series Atcherley, Coyle and Rihanna left, Collins would continue with presenting by himself and to date Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake have joined the judgin panel.

Series OverviewEdit

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Presenter UK sponsor Main judges Guest judges
One 4 September 2004 11 December 2004 Steve Brookstein G4 Tabby Callaghan Thomas Atcherley Andrew Collins Burger King James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley
Nadine Coyle
Two 20 August 2005 17 December 2005 Shayne Ward Andy Abraham Journey South Nadine Coyle
Three 19 August 2006 16 December 2006 Leona Lewis Ray Quinn Ben Mills James Harrison Vodafone
Four 18 August 2007 15 December 2007 Leon Jackson Rhydian Roberts Same Difference James Harrison Virgin Media James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley
Nadine Coyle
Pixie Lott
Five 16 August 2008 13 December 2008 Alexandra Burke JLS Eoghan Quigg James Harrison
Six 22 August 2009 13 December 2009 Joe McElderry Olly Murs Stacey Solomon Pixie Lott Andrew Collins
Sophie Harrison
Seven 21 August 2010 12 December 2010 Matt Cardle Rebecca Ferguson One Direction James Harrison
Eight 20 August 2011 11 December 2011 Little Mix Marcus Collins Amelia Lily James Harrison
Nine 18 August 2012 9 December 2012 James Arthur Jahméne Douglas Christopher Maloney Nadine Coyle Melanie Brown
Ten 31 August 2013 15 December 2013 Sam Bailey Nicholas McDonald Luke Friend Nicole Scherzinger EE James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley
Nadine Coyle
Nicole Scherzinger
Cheryl Atcherley
Kimberley Walsh
Nicola Roberts
Carly Rae Jepsen
Sarah Harding
Cher Lloyd
Eleven August 2014 December 2014 Ben Haenow Fleur East Andrea Faustini Thomas Atcherley James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley
Nadine Coyle

Judges and PresentersEdit



Judges' categories and finalistsEdit

  • Bold indicates series winner
  • Italics indicates series runner-up
Series James Harrison Thomas Atcherley Nadine Coyle N/A
One 16-24s
Tabby Callaghan
Cassie Compton
Roberta Howett
Over 25s
Steve Brookstein
Rowetta Satchell
Verity Keays
2 to Go
Voices with Soul
Two Groups
4 Tune
Addictiv Ladies
The Conway Sisters
Journey South
Over 25s
Andy Abraham
Brenda Edwards
Maria Lawson
Chico Slimani
Shayne Ward
Nicholas Dorsett
Phillip Magee
Chenai Zinyuku
Three 16-24s
Leona Lewis
Nikitta Angus
Ashley McKenzie
Ray Quinn
Eton Road
The MacDonald Brothers
The Unconventionals
Over 25s
Robert Allen
Kerry McGregor
Ben Mills
Dionne Mitchell
Four James Harrison Thomas Atcherley Nadine Coyle Pixie Lott
Leon Jackson
Rhydian Roberts
Andy Williams
Alisha Bennett
Emily Nakanda
Kimberley Southwick
Same Difference
Over 25s
Daniel DeBourg
Niki Evans
Beverley Trotman
Five Girls
Alexandra Burke
Diana Vickers
Laura White
Scott Bruton
Austin Drage
Eoghan Quigg
Over 25s
Daniel Evans
Rachel Hylton
Ruth Lorenzo
Bad Lashes
Six Over 25s
Jamie Archer
Danyl Johnson
Olly Murs
Kandy Rain
Miss Frank
Rachel Adedeji
Lucie Jones
Stacey Solomon
Joe McElderry
Lloyd Daniels
Rikki Loney
Seven Girls
Treyc Cohen
Rebecca Ferguson
Cher Lloyd
Katie Waissel
Matt Cardle
Nicoló Festa
Aiden Grimshaw
Paije Richardson
Over 28s
John Adeleye
Mary Byrne
Storm Lee
Belle Amie
Diva Fever
One Direction
Eight Groups
Little Mix
2 Shoes
Nu Vibe
The Risk
Misha B
Janet Devlin
Sophie Habibis
Amelia Lily
Frankie Cocozza
Marcus Collins
Craig Colton
James Michael
Over 25s
Sami Brookes
Kitty Brucknell
Jonjo Kerr
Johnny Robnison
Nine Girls
Jade Ellis
Ella Henderson
Lucy Spraggan
Over 28s
Christopher Maloney
Melanie Masson
Carolynne Poole
Kye Sones
James Arthur
Rylan Clark
Jahméne Douglas
District 3
Union J
Ten James Harrison Thomas Atcherley Nadine Coyle Nicole Scherzinger
Rough Copy
Kingsland Road
Miss Dynamix
Sam Callahan
Luke Friend
Nicholas McDonald
Hannah Barrett
Tamera Foster
Abi Alton
Over 25s
Sam Bailey
Lorna Simpson
Shelley Smith
Eleven James Harrison Thomas Atcherley Nadine Coyle Rihanna
Paul Akister
Andrea Faustini
Jake Quickenden
Jack Walton
Over 25s
Ben Haenow
Fleur East
Jay James
Stevi Ritchie
Blonde Electra
Stereo Kicks
Only the Young
Overload Generation
Chloe Jasmine
Stephanie Nala
Lauren Platt
Lola Saunders
Twelve James Harrison Justin Timberlake Beyoncé TBA