History Series / TheXFactor

4th Jun '16 4:12:14 AM AlternativeCola
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* ''Louis Walsh''' (2004-2014, 2016-); an Irish CloudCuckooLander with a tendency to put forward joke acts. His bickering with the other judges is a source of much of the show's humour. May or may not be ObfuscatingStupidity.

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* ''Louis '''Louis Walsh''' (2004-2014, 2016-); an Irish CloudCuckooLander with a tendency to put forward joke acts. His bickering with the other judges is a source of much of the show's humour. May or may not be ObfuscatingStupidity.
4th Jun '16 4:11:23 AM AlternativeCola
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* Louis Walsh (2004-2014); an Irish CloudCuckooLander with a tendency to put forward joke acts. His bickering with the other judges is a source of much of the show's humour. May or may not be ObfuscatingStupidity.
* Sharon Osbourne (2004-2007; 2013). Music producer and agent, also known as the wife of Music/OzzyOsbourne. The only judge prior to the near-total overhaul of the panel in 2011 never to have a winning act. Returned to the panel as Tulisa's replacement for the 2013 series, claiming to have signed a contract for a one-season deal and finally scooping up a winning act.

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* Louis Walsh (2004-2014); ''Louis Walsh''' (2004-2014, 2016-); an Irish CloudCuckooLander with a tendency to put forward joke acts. His bickering with the other judges is a source of much of the show's humour. May or may not be ObfuscatingStupidity.
* Sharon Osbourne (2004-2007; 2013).'''Sharon Osbourne''' (2004-2007, 2013, 2016-). Music producer and agent, also known as the wife of Music/OzzyOsbourne. The only judge prior to the near-total overhaul of the panel in 2011 never to have a winning act. Returned to the panel as Tulisa's replacement for the 2013 series, claiming to have signed a contract for a one-season deal and finally scooping up a winning act.



* '''[[Music/CherylCole Cheryl Fernandez-Versini]]''' (formerly Cheryl Cole; 2008-2010, 2014-2015); member of the group Music/GirlsAloud, winner of ''[[SpiritualPredecessor Popstars: The Rivals]]'' in 2002. At first seems the least cruel of the judges but is a master of the StealthInsult. She's also fond of deliberately being a pain in the ass to Simon.

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* '''[[Music/CherylCole [[Music/CherylCole Cheryl Fernandez-Versini]]''' Fernandez-Versini]] (formerly Cheryl Cole; 2008-2010, 2014-2015); member of the group Music/GirlsAloud, winner of ''[[SpiritualPredecessor Popstars: The Rivals]]'' in 2002. At first seems the least cruel of the judges but is a master of the StealthInsult. She's also fond of deliberately being a pain in the ass to Simon.



* Nicole Scherzinger (2010 as guest judge; 2012-2013); former member of the group Pussycat Dolls. First showed up during an incredibly popular spell as a guest judge in 2010. While her stint on the US version of the show didn't go down so well, she was still popular enough in the UK that she was invited back as a full-time judge in 2012.

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* Nicole Scherzinger '''Nicole Scherzinger''' (2010 as guest judge; 2012-2013); 2012-2013, 2016-); former member of the group Pussycat Dolls. First showed up during an incredibly popular spell as a guest judge in 2010. While her stint on the US version of the show didn't go down so well, she was still popular enough in the UK that she was invited back as a full-time judge in 2012.



* '''Nick Grimshaw''' (2015); BBC Radio 1 DJ, television presenter. He's the host of Radio 1's breakfast show and replacing Louis Walsh.
* '''Music/RitaOra''' (2015); singer. Jumping ship from ''Series/TheVoice'', she will replace Mel B and is friends with Nick Grimshaw.


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* '''Nick Grimshaw''' Nick Grimshaw (2015); BBC Radio 1 DJ, television presenter. He's the host of Radio 1's breakfast show and replacing replaced Louis Walsh.
* '''Music/RitaOra''' Music/RitaOra (2015); singer. Jumping ship from ''Series/TheVoice'', she will replace replaced Mel B and is friends with Nick Grimshaw.

11th May '16 11:09:58 PM Adept
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** Minogue was absent for the 2010 auditions and temporarily replaced by a series of "guest judges" including Geri Halliwell, KatyPerry, Natalie Imbruglia, PixieLott and Nichole Scherzinger.

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** Minogue was absent for the 2010 auditions and temporarily replaced by a series of "guest judges" including Geri Halliwell, KatyPerry, Music/KatyPerry, Natalie Imbruglia, PixieLott Music/PixieLott and Nichole Scherzinger.
1st May '16 9:37:26 PM Adept
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* EpicFail: The infamous Leeds auditions in 2006, where a grand total of '''zero''' people were put through to Boot Camp. This led Simon Cowell to brand Yorkshire "a musical wasteland" and deciding never to hold an audition for one of his talent shows in that part of the country again. At ITV's insistence, they held auditions in the nearby city of Sheffield the following year -- and ended up putting two people through to Boot Camp, where they both crashed out in the first round. After that, Yorkshire is now firmly a no-go zone for the show (and ''BritainsGotTalent'').

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* EpicFail: The infamous Leeds auditions in 2006, where a grand total of '''zero''' people were put through to Boot Camp. This led Simon Cowell to brand Yorkshire "a musical wasteland" and deciding never to hold an audition for one of his talent shows in that part of the country again. At ITV's insistence, they held auditions in the nearby city of Sheffield the following year -- and ended up putting two people through to Boot Camp, where they both crashed out in the first round. After that, Yorkshire is now firmly a no-go zone for the show (and ''BritainsGotTalent'').''Series/BritainsGotTalent'').
25th Apr '16 4:09:41 AM aye_amber
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** Same applies to the campaigns for getting RageAgainstTheMachine to Christmas Number 1 or for Wagner to win in 2010. Expect die hard fans of the show to bitterly complain and moan online about how people are manipulating the results.

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** Same applies to the campaigns for getting RageAgainstTheMachine Music/RageAgainstTheMachine to Christmas Number 1 or for Wagner to win in 2010. Expect die hard fans of the show to bitterly complain and moan online about how people are manipulating the results.



** In response to the show's near constant chart-toppers (which can get stale after a while), the internet community decided to try and make RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing In the Name" the #1 Christmas hit over Joe [=McElderry's=]... Miley Cyrus cover. They succeeded.

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** In response to the show's near constant chart-toppers (which can get stale after a while), the internet community decided to try and make RageAgainstTheMachine's Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing In the Name" the #1 Christmas hit over Joe [=McElderry's=]... Miley Cyrus cover. They succeeded.
succeeded.
18th Apr '16 11:05:02 PM aye_amber
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A British singing competition that has run annually from 2004. It is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/PopIdol'', and came about because producer/presenter Simon Cowell wanted an intellectual property that he owned the television rights to.

It's basically the same as ''Pop Idol'' (and ''Series/AmericanIdol'') except the contestants are split into categories. The categories originally consisted of 16-24 year olds, Over 25's and Groups. However with the addition of a fourth judge in Series 4 (2007), The 16-24 catergory was split into boys aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010) and girls aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010/2) with the Over 25's (Over 28's in 2010/2) and the Groups categories remaining the same to give four categories in total. After the initial round of [[HopelessAuditionees frankly embarrassing auditions]], each Judge is randomly assigned a category and has to coach his or her group up until the weekly live shows, which enters a FinalBattle where the losers are voted off by telephone polls until [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne only one remains]]. After that, the winners pump out one guaranteed hit single (usually that year's Christmas Number One)- because the show is literally a two-month advertisement for their single - before becoming an answer in a pub quiz. It is worth noting, though, that five of the show's ten winners (notably Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, who are the only successful contestants off of their respective series; Music/AlexandraBurke, Shayne Ward and James Arthur have done quite well, but didn't overshadow the other contestants the way the first two did.) have actually achieved continued success since their debut single. There have been other cases where contestants who didn't win have gone on to be arguably more successful than the winners of their series (the most significant example being Music/OneDirection; although JLS, Olly Murs, and Cher Lloyd have also been quite successful). Australia also has the super successful Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Dami Im and Taylor Henderson.

It was probably the first show, before ''Series/TheVoice'', in this genre to glamorise and promote the judges over the actual singers and when it comes to the final rounds; the contest is promoted more as "Which judge('s group) will win?" than "Which singer will win?", despite this fact many winners world wide have gone onto be major successes.

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A British singing competition that has run annually from 2004. It is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/PopIdol'', ''Series/PopIdol,'' and came about because producer/presenter producer / presenter Simon Cowell wanted an intellectual property that he owned the television rights to.

It's basically the same as ''Pop Idol'' (and ''Series/AmericanIdol'') except the contestants are split into categories. The categories originally consisted of 16-24 year olds, Over 25's and Groups. However with the addition of a fourth judge in Series 4 (2007), The 16-24 catergory category was split into boys aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010) and girls aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010/2) with the Over 25's (Over 28's in 2010/2) and the Groups categories remaining the same to give four categories in total. After the initial round of [[HopelessAuditionees frankly embarrassing auditions]], auditions,]] each Judge is randomly assigned a category and has to coach his or her group up until the weekly live shows, which enters a FinalBattle where the losers are voted off by telephone polls until [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne only one remains]]. remains.]] After that, the winners pump out one guaranteed hit single (usually that year's Christmas Number One)- One) -- because the show is literally a two-month advertisement for their single - -- before becoming an answer in a pub quiz. It is worth noting, though, that five of the show's ten winners (notably Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, who are the only successful contestants off of their respective series; Music/AlexandraBurke, Shayne Ward ''Shayne Ward,'' and James Arthur ''James Arthur'' have done quite well, but didn't overshadow the other contestants the way the first two did.) have actually achieved continued success since their debut single. There have been other cases where contestants who didn't win have gone on to be arguably more successful than the winners of their series (the most significant example being Music/OneDirection; although JLS, Olly Murs, ''JLS,'' ''Olly Murs,'' and Cher Lloyd ''Cher Lloyd'' have also been quite successful). Australia UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} also has the super successful Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Dami Im ''Reece Mastin,'' ''Samantha Jade,'' ''Dami Im,'' and Taylor Henderson.

''Taylor Henderson.''

It was probably the first show, before ''Series/TheVoice'', ''Series/TheVoice,'' in this genre to glamorise and promote the judges over the actual singers and when it comes to the final rounds; the contest is promoted more as "Which judge('s group) will win?" than "Which singer will win?", win?," despite this fact many winners world wide have gone onto be major successes.
successes.



Not to be confused with Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}, one of [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] Comicbook/{{X-Men}} spinoffs. Compare to ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''.

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Not to be confused with Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}, ComicBook/XFactor, one of [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel's]] Comicbook/{{X-Men}} spinoffs. ComicBook/XMen {{spin off}}s. Compare to ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''.
''Series/BritainsGotTalent.''






** This also applies to the winner's song, released the week after the contest is over (And [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]], the week before the final chart before Christmas). Without fail, it takes the Christmas number one each year with little effort; this was subverted in 2009, when a campaign to get ''Killing In The Name'' by RageAgainstTheMachine to number one instead meant that for the first time in ''half a decade'', the UK's Christmas number one was not by the year's X-Factor winner. Normal service was resumed the following year when Matt Cardle's winners' song became the Christmas number one, but the 2011 and 2012 finals took place earlier than all the previous ones, meaning that the winner's single could fizzle out before Christmas.

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** This also applies to the winner's song, released the week after the contest is over (And [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]], the week before the final chart before Christmas). Without fail, it takes the Christmas number one each year with little effort; this was subverted in 2009, when a campaign to get ''Killing In The Name'' by RageAgainstTheMachine Music/RageAgainstTheMachine to number one instead meant that for the first time in ''half a decade'', the UK's Christmas number one was not by the year's X-Factor winner. Normal service was resumed the following year when Matt Cardle's winners' song became the Christmas number one, but the 2011 and 2012 finals took place earlier than all the previous ones, meaning that the winner's single could fizzle out before Christmas.
13th Apr '16 9:27:05 PM missmoon
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** Series 11: Winner Ben Haenow and runner-up Fleur East both released their post X-Factor debut singles within a couple of weeks of each other, with Fleur's single "Sax" charting higher than Ben's "Second-Hand Heart". However, it's too early to tell which of the two will be more successful in the long term.

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** Series 11: Winner Ben Haenow and runner-up Fleur East both released their post X-Factor debut singles within a couple of weeks of each other, with Fleur's single "Sax" charting higher than Ben's "Second-Hand Heart". However, While it's too early to tell which of the two see how their careers will be more successful pan out, Fleur probably has a better shot as Ben confirmed that poor sales of his second single resulted in the long term.him getting dropped from Syco.
13th Apr '16 9:21:07 PM missmoon
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* '''[[Music/CherylCole Cheryl Fernandez-Versini]]''' (formerly Cheryl Cole; 2008-2010, 2014-); member of the group Music/GirlsAloud, winner of ''[[SpiritualPredecessor Popstars: The Rivals]]'' in 2002. At first seems the least cruel of the judges but is a master of the StealthInsult. She's also fond of deliberately being a pain in the ass to Simon.

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* '''[[Music/CherylCole Cheryl Fernandez-Versini]]''' (formerly Cheryl Cole; 2008-2010, 2014-); 2014-2015); member of the group Music/GirlsAloud, winner of ''[[SpiritualPredecessor Popstars: The Rivals]]'' in 2002. At first seems the least cruel of the judges but is a master of the StealthInsult. She's also fond of deliberately being a pain in the ass to Simon.
19th Mar '16 7:11:42 PM missmoon
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