The X Factor

The X Factor (2004)


  • Genre: Reality
  • Creator: Simon Cowell
  • First Air Date: 2004-09-04
  • Last Air Date: 2018-12-02
  • Total Seasons: 15
  • Total Episodes: 421
  • Status: Returning Series
  • Episode Runtime: 60 min.
  • Production Company: Talkback Thames
  • Networks: ITV
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Summary

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in September 2004 and has since aired annually from August/September through to December. The show is produced by FremantleMedia's Thames and Cowell's production company SYCOtv. It is broadcast on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and TV3 in Ireland, with spin-off behind-the-scenes show The Xtra Factor screened on ITV2. It is the originator of the international The X Factor franchise. The X Factor was devised as a replacement for the highly successful Pop Idol, which was put on indefinite hiatus after its second series, largely because Cowell, who was a judge on Pop Idol, wished to launch a show to which he owned the television rights. 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. The original judging panel was Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. Dannii Minogue joined the panel in series 4, and Cheryl Cole replaced Osbourne in series 5 after her departure. After series 7, Cowell and Cole both left to judge the American version of the show whilst Minogue left the show due to commitments on Australia's Got Talent. Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow then joined Walsh on the judging panel for series 8, though Rowland announced she would not return for series 9 and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. Osbourne later returned in 2013, replacing Contostavlos. Since 2007, the show has been presented by Dermot O'Leary, who replaced original host Kate Thornton. The show is split into a series of phases, following the contestants from auditions through to the grand finale. In the original televised audition phase of the show, contestants sang in an audition room in front of just the judges. From series 6 onwards, auditionees sing on a stage in front of the judges and a live audience. Successful auditionees go through to "bootcamp" and then to "judges' houses", where judges narrow down the acts in their category down to three or four acts to mentor for the live shows, where the public vote for their favourite acts following weekly live performances by the contestants.

  • Keywords: singing competition
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    The X Factor Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date:
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2004-09-04
    23 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 2005-08-20
    30 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 2006-08-19
    30 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 2007-08-18
    28 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 2008-08-16
    30 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 2009-08-22
    30 Episodes

    Season 7

    First Air Date: 2010-08-21
    30 Episodes

    Season 8

    First Air Date: 2011-08-20
    31 Episodes

    Season 9

    First Air Date: 2012-08-18
    31 Episodes

    Season 10

    First Air Date: 2013-08-31
    32 Episodes

    Season 11

    First Air Date: 2014-08-30
    12 Episodes

    Season 12

    First Air Date: 2015-08-25
    28 Episodes

    Season 13

    First Air Date: 2016-08-27
    32 Episodes

    Season 14

    First Air Date: 2017-09-02
    26 Episodes

    Season 15

    First Air Date: 2018-09-01
    28 Episodes

    The X Factor Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Auditions #1120 min
    Season 1Episode 2Auditions #2120 min
    Season 1Episode 3Auditions #3120 min
    Season 1Episode 4Auditions #4120 min
    Season 1Episode 5Boot Camp, Part 1120 min
    Season 1Episode 6Boot Camp, Part 2120 min
    Season 1Episode 7Judges' Homes, Part 1120 min
    Season 1Episode 8Judges' Homes, Part 2120 min
    Season 1Episode 9Judges' Homes, Part 3120 min
    Season 1Episode 10Finalists Revealed120 min
    Season 1Episode 11LIVE Performance Show #1120 min
    Season 1Episode 12LIVE Results Show #1120 min
    Season 1Episode 13LIVE Performance Show #2120 min
    Season 1Episode 14LIVE Results Show #2120 min
    Season 1Episode 15LIVE Performance Show #3120 min
    Season 1Episode 16LIVE Results Show #3120 min
    Season 1Episode 17LIVE Performance Show #4 - Top 9 Perform120 min
    Season 1Episode 18LIVE Results Show #4 - 2 of 9 Voted Off120 min
    Season 1Episode 19LIVE Performance Show #5 - Top 7 Perform120 min
    Season 1Episode 20LIVE Results Show #5 - 2 of 7 Voted Off120 min
    Season 1Episode 21LIVE Performance Show #6 - Top 5 Perform120 min
    Season 1Episode 22LIVE Results Show #6 - 1 of 5 Voted Off120 min
    Season 1Episode 23LIVE Performance Show #7 - Top 4 Perform120 min
    Season 1Episode 24LIVE Results Show #7 - 1 of 4 Voted Off120 min
    Season 1Episode 25LIVE Season Finale, Part 1 of 2120 min
    Season 1Episode 26LIVE Season Finale, Part 2 of 2120 min
    Season 2Episode 1Auditions #1120 min
    Season 2Episode 2Auditions #2120 min
    Season 2Episode 3Auditions #3120 min
    Season 2Episode 4Auditions #4120 min
    Season 2Episode 5Auditions #5120 min
    Season 2Episode 6Auditions #6120 min
    Season 2Episode 7Boot Camp #1120 min
    Season 2Episode 8Boot Camp #2120 min
    Season 2Episode 9Boot Camp #3/Judge's House #1120 min
    Season 2Episode 10Judge's House #2120 min
    Season 2Episode 11Judges' Homes #3120 min
    Season 2Episode 12Finalists Chosen #1120 min
    Season 2Episode 13Finalists Chosen #2120 min
    Season 2Episode 14Top 12 Perform120 min
    Season 2Episode 15LIVE Results Show #1120 min
    Season 2Episode 16Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #2120 min
    Season 2Episode 17LIVE Results Show #2120 min
    Season 2Episode 18Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #3120 min
    Season 2Episode 19LIVE Results Show #3120 min
    Season 2Episode 20Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #4120 min
    Season 2Episode 21LIVE Results Show #4120 min
    Season 2Episode 22Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5120 min
    Season 2Episode 23LIVE Results Show #5120 min
    Season 2Episode 24Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #6120 min
    Season 2Episode 25LIVE Results Show #6120 min
    Season 2Episode 26Season Finale, Part 1120 min
    Season 2Episode 27Season Finale, Part 2120 min
    Season 3Episode 1Auditions #1120 min
    Season 3Episode 2Auditions #2120 min
    Season 3Episode 3Auditions #3120 min
    Season 3Episode 4Auditions #4120 min
    Season 3Episode 5Auditions #5120 min
    Season 3Episode 6Auditions #6120 min
    Season 3Episode 7The Four-Chair Challenge Round #1120 min
    Season 3Episode 8The Four-Chair Challenge Round #2120 min
    Season 3Episode 9The Four Chair Challenge Round #3120 min
    Season 3Episode 10The Four Chair Challenge Round #4120 min
    Season 3Episode 11Top 12 Finalists Revealed120 min
    Season 3Episode 12Meet The Top 12120 min
    Season 3Episode 13Top 12 Perform120 min
    Season 3Episode 14Results Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 15Performance Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 16Results Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 17Performance Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 18Results Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 19Performance Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 20Results Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 21Top 7 Perform120 min
    Season 3Episode 22Results Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 23Top 5 Perform120 min
    Season 3Episode 24Results Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 25Performance Show120 min
    Season 3Episode 26Winner Announced120 min

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