The X Factor
Format Interactive, Reality Television talent show
Created by James Harrison
Creative director(s) Elizabeth Honan
Presented by Andrew Collins (2000-present)
Sophie Harrison (2009-present)

James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley
Nadine Coyle
Pixie Lott

Voices of Peter Dickson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 264 (as of 9 December 2012)
Executive producer(s) Andrew Collins
Producer(s) Thames
Location(s) Various (auditions)

The Fountain Studios (live shows) Wembley Arena (2011 final) Manchester Central (2012 final)

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

SDTV: 576i (2004–09)

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

Series 1Edit

The very first series of the X Factor was won by Steve Brookstein who was coached by Thomas Atcherley with G4 and Tabby Callaghan who were coached by James Harrison and Pixie Lott finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Series 2Edit

Series 2 was won by Shayne Ward who was mentored by James Harrison leaving Andy Abraham and Journey South in 2nd and 3rd place who were coached by Pixie Lott and Thomas Atcherley.

Series 3Edit

Series 3 was won by Leona Lewis who was coached by Pixie Lott beating Ray Quinn and Ben Mills who were both mentored by Thomas Atcherley.

Series 4Edit

Leon Jackson who was coached by Nadine Coyle won Series 4. This left James Harrison's Rhydian and Same Difference in the 2nd and 3rd places.

Series 5Edit

Series 5 was won by Alexandra Burke who was coached by Pixie Lott leaving James Harrison's JLS and Nadine Coyle's Eoghan Quigg in 2nd and 3rd.

Series 6Edit

Series 6 was won by James Harrison's Joe McElderry this left Olly Murrs and Stacey Solomon who were coached by Nadine Coyle and Pixie Lott in 2nd and 3rd place.

Series 7Edit

In Series 7 James Harrison became the first mentor to win in back-to-back series when Matt Cardle claimed victory. This left Rebecca Ferguson who was coached by Nadine Coyle in 2nd place and One Direction who were coached by Thomas Atcherley in 3rd place.

Series 8Edit

Series 8 was the first time a group won and it was Little Mix who were coached by Thomas Atcherley this meant that Marcus Collins and Amelia Lilly finished in 2nd and 3rd place who were coached by Nadine Coyle and James Harrison.

Series 9Edit

During series 9 some of the competition best singers according to the judges were leaving whilst Rylan who was the worst was staying in this made people think the show was fixed the first time this had happened. On the 18th November 2012 James Harrison stated he was to step down as a judge on the 20th November Thomas Atcherley and Nadine Coyle also decided to leave the show as well, the following day presenters Andrew Collins and Sophie Harrison also stepped down along with the final judge Pixie Lott. On the 30th November all four judges and the presenters reversed their decisions to leave the show after talking to the behind the scenes staff and they were assured that no fixing occured.

Series 10Edit

Series 10 will commence in September 2013.

Season SummaryEdit

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third Place Winning Mentor Host(s) Judges Guest judges Sponsor
One 4 September 2004 11 December 2004 Steve Brookstein G4 Tabby Callaghan Thomas Atcherley Andrew Collins James Harrison
Thomas Atcherley
Nadine Coyle
Pixie Lott
N/A Nokia
Two 20 August 2005 17 December 2005 Shayne Ward Andy Abraham Journey South James Harrison
Three 19 August 2006 16 December 2006 Leona Lewis Ray Quinn Ben Mills Pixie Lott Wanya Morris (auditions)
Four 18 August 2007 15 December 2007 Leon Jackson Rhydian Same Difference Nadine Coyle Robbie Williams
Five 16 August 2008 13 December 2008 Alexandra Burke JLS Eoghan Quigg Pixie Lott Gary Barlow (auditions) The Carphone Warehouse
Six 22 August 2009 13 December 2009 Joe McElderry Olly Murs Stacey Solomon James Harrison Andrew Collins &
Sophie Harrison
Kimberley Walsh (auditions) Virgin Media
Seven 21 August 2010 12 December 2010 Matt Cardle Rebecca Ferguson One Direction Thomas Atcherley Cee Lo Green
Eight 20 August 2011 11 December 2011 Little Mix Marcus Collins Ameila Lily James Harrison Cliff Richard (Birmingham auditions) Talk Talk
Nine 18 August 2012 9 December 2012 James Arthur Jahméne Douglas Christopher Maloney Nadine Coyle Nicole Scherzinger (Manchester & Birmingham Auditions)
Ten August 2013 December 2013 None yet

Charity SinglesEdit

Year Song Peak
Certifications Charity
2008 "Hero" 1 1
  • UK: 2× Platinum
Help for Heroes
2009 "You Are Not Alone" 1 1
  • UK: Gold
Great Ormond Street Hospital
2010 "Heroes" 1 1 Help for Heroes
2011 "Wishing on a Star"

(featuring JLS and One Direction)

1 1 Together for Short Lives

Mentors' advisorsEdit

Series Winner Harrison Atcherley Coyle Lott
1 Steve Brookstein Ryan Wilson Jake Wyss Cheryl Atcherley Emma Bunton
2 Shayne Ward Andrew Collins Eminem Sarah Harding Rihanna
3 Leona Lewis Louise Harrison Gary Barlow Kimberley Walsh Dr. Dre
4 Leon Jackson Jay-Z 50 Cent Nicola Roberts Robbie Williams
5 Alexandra Burke Katie Harrison Cheryl Atcherley Tulisa
6 Joe McElderry Kimberley Walsh Snoop Dogg Fergie Tom Jones
7 Matt Cardle Nicole Scherzinger Adam Levine K'Naan Enrique Iglesias
8 Little Mix Elton John Demi Lovato Ellie Goulding Christina Aguilera
9 James Arthur Cliff Richard & Ellie Goulding Mick Jagger Gwen Stefani Rachel Stevens