The Xtra Factor
Created by James Harrison
Presented by Cheryl Atcherley (2004–09)
Emma Bunton (2004–06)
Nicole Scherzinger (2007)
Gary Barlow (2008)
Alexandra Burke (2009–2011)
Sarah Harding (2012–)
James Corden (2012–)
Voices of Peter Dickson (2004–09, 2011–)

Brian Blessed (2010)

Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 206


Location(s) Fountain Studios
Running time 60–80 minutes
Distributor FremantleMedia
Original channel ITV2 (UK)

TV3 (Ireland)

Picture format HDTV: 1080i? (2010–)

SDTV: 576i? (2004–10)

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

The Xtra Factor is a companion show that is show on ITV2 in the UK and TV3 in Ireland. The show is shown straight after the X Factor. The show began in 2004 on the same day the X Factor began and was hosted by Girls Aloud's Cheryl Atcherley? and former Spice Girls Emma Bunton. Bunton was axed from the show at the end of the third series in 2006 and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger took over with Atcherley but the shows creator James Harrison? believed that he had made the wrong decision with Scherzinger and she went at the end of Series 4. Take That's Gary Barlow was added to the show in 2008 but he left when the fifth series ended to work more with Take That. Series 6 in 2009 was hosted by Cheryl Atcherley and the previous years winner Alexandra Burke. Atcherley left in 2009 to pursue a solo career so for Series 8 and 9 Burke hosted the show herself. She was axed in 2011 by mutual consent. Harrison was going to appoint Kimberley Walsh? onto the show but as she was performing on Strictly Come Dancing so Harrison appointed Sarah Harding? instead Harrison also thought that he would make the show more entertaining and more light hearted and appointed comedian James Corden to show.

Harrison stated in 2012 that he felt that the show is more entertaining as Corden made the show funny and interesting.


Host Duration
Cheryl Atcherley 2004–2009
Emma Bunton 2004–2006
Nicole Scherzinger 2007
Gary Barlow 2008
Alexandra Burke 2009–2011
Sarah Harding 2012–
James Corden 2012–