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The X Factor (UK)

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The X Factor is a British television programme, in which ordinary people who want to be singers compete for a recording contract and a cash prize. It is shown from August-December each year on Saturdays and Sundays on the channel ITV.

There are four judges on the show, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh. Originally there were only three judges: Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. Dannii Minogue became a fourth judge for series 4 while Cheryl Cole replaced Sharon for series 5.

Simon, Dannii and Cheryl all left the show after series 7 and Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland replaced them. Nicole Scherzinger became a new judge in series 9 after Kelly left. Tulisa was then fired and was replaced by Sharon for series 10. After series 10, Gary, Sharon and Nicole all quit and were replaced by Simon, Cheryl and Mel B.


Series, Year Winner Runner-up
Series 1, 2004 Steve Brookstein G4
Series 2, 2005 Shayne Ward Andy Abraham
Series 3, 2006 Leona Lewis Ray Quinn
Series 4, 2007 Leon Jackson Rhydian Roberts
Series 5, 2008 Alexandra Burke JLS
Series 6, 2009 Joe McElderry Olly Murs
Series 7, 2010 Matt Cardle Rebecca Ferguson
Series 8, 2011 Little Mix Marcus Collins
Series 9, 2012 James Arthur Jahméne Douglas
Series 10, 2013 Sam Bailey Nicholas McDonald
Series 11, 2014 Ben Haenow Fleur East