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News has emerged that Fleur East has inked a deal with Syco Music. The 27-year-old – who had been widely tipped to win The X Factor last month but was beaten by Ben Haenow in the final – will be working with her mentor on the show Simon Cowell. She said in a statement: “It means so much to be able to have the support and backing of such an amazing label as Syco. I’m so excited to finally have a platform to showcase my music.”
POSTED: 12/01/15 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Ben Haenow claims the 2014 Official Christmas Number 1 with Something I Need, holding off stiff competition from Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. And, with a combined chart sales figure of over 214,000, Something I Need – whose proceeds go to charity Together for Short Lives – is now the second-fastest selling single of the year, behind Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which shifted nearly 313,000 copies in its first week back in November.“To have even been in the running for Christmas Number 1 against some of the names that were in the race, and then to have actually won is incredible,” Ben told OfficialCharts.com, “It’s an incredible end to my year. “I’m gonna go and have a few good drinks with my mates…definitely more than a few good drinks… to really celebrate! I’m absolutely shocked, I can’t believe it.”
POSTED: 21/12/14 – Source: officialcharts.com

ITV show The X Factor recorded its worst viewing figures for a final in 10 years. Saturday’s programme drew an average audience of 8.4 million, including viewers on catch-up services. Only the show’s first ever series drew a lower audience, when 8.1 million tuned in to watch Steve Brookstein win, reports the BBC. The results show on Sunday saw Croydon resident Ben Haenow beat Londoner Fleur East to the prize.
POSTED: 15/12/14 – Source: nme.com

The Final – BEN WINS
The grand final started with Dermot introducing the judges including the return of Mel B who thanked all the doctors and nurses who has been caring for her. The show opened with all of this years finalists performing together again for the final time. After a review of Saturdays show Olly Murs took to the stage to sing his new single with Demo Lovato. Then the two finalists had to re-sing their favourite performance of the series. For Ben is was Man In The Mirror and for Fleur it was Uptown Funk. Then One Direction performed with special guest Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones. Next the finalists had to each sing their winners song. For both of them that was Something I Need, a cover of the One Republic track, and the judges got their final chance to critique the acts. The very talented Sam Smith was the next guest performer and sang his smash hit Stay With Me. It was then time to reveal this year’s winner and Dermot revealed over ten million votes had been cast for this years final. The winner was revealed to be Ben who looked stunned to win and said “Thank you so much for making my dreams come true”. A very gracious Fleur said she was “so happy for him (Ben)”. The show finished with Ben performing his winner’s single where, true to tradition, he was joined on stage by all of this years finalists. But will he be this years Christmas Number One?
POSTED: 14/12/14

The Final
This week’s show, the final, came live from Wembley stadium. Dermot first welcomed the judges including, former judge, Tulisa who was standing in for a unwell Mel B. First up all three finalists performed with Take That. Then each of the contestants sang a song each and was critiqued by the judges, all very positive comments this week obviously. Meghan Trainor then took to the stage to perform her massive summer hit All About That Bass. Then it was duet time and Ben sang with Ed Sheeran, Andrea sang with Ella Henderson and Fleur sang with Labrinth. Next the most memorable (bad) acts from this series and the past series’ sang together. The vote lines were then frozen and Ed Sheeran performed, this time alone. Then it was results time and the two acts making it through to Sunday’s grand final were Fleur and Ben. This means Andrea had to leave the competition in third place. Sundays final promises more guest performers and the winner of this series will be crowned.
POSTED: 13/12/14

Tulisa Contostavlos will make a sensational return to the X Factor’s judging panel tonight after Mel B was rushed to hospital. The former N-Dubz star was asked by Simon Cowell to take over on Friday when it emerged that Mel, 39, was too ill to take part. Tulisa, 26, appeared on the panel for two series but was axed for the 2013 show and was replaced by Sharon Osbourne. It is a huge boost for Tulisa, who is piecing her career back together following a drugs sting by a tabloid newspaper. Last night a source close to her said how she was delighted to help out to make sure that Mel’s final contestant, Andrea Faustini, has support from the judging table. Mel went to hospital yesterday after suffering from what is being described as a “serious illness.”
POSTED: 13/12/14 – Source: mirror.co.uk

The X Factor finalists Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini have already recorded the song that could see one of them hit the Christmas number one spot. Ahead of Sunday night’s live final, the remaining contestants are all prepped with their winner’s single in the hope they are crowed 2014 champion. And we can now reveal the famous hits that have been chosen. Italian Andrea has played to his strengths and will be doing Whitney Houston’s I Didn’t Know My Own Strength. Both Ben and Fleur have recorded One Republic’s Something I Need. A source told the Mirror “Whoever wins, the song choices are very strong. “They are set to be sure-fire hits.”
POSTED: 12/12/14 – Source: ok.co.uk

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has explained why she and Mel B didn’t give guest performers Idina Menzel and Michael Buble a standing ovation. Speaking exclusively to the Mirror Cheryl admitted she and Mel didn’t stand upafter Michael Buble’s performance because they were preoccupied with theiracts. She said: “Me and Mel were so engrossed in what was coming up, let’s face it, it was Lauren versus Andrea. “We applauded them but sometimes it’s difficult with my dress. Sometimes you have to take beauty over disaster. Apart from that we were having a really emotional conversation.” Idina and Buble had duetted on Idina’s Baby It’s Cold Outside but while Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh did get to their feet the two female mentors remained in their chairs. Cheryl, 31, and Mel, 39, had earlier joined in standing ovations for Fifth Harmony and Sam Bailey.
POSTED: 07/12/14 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Semi Final – Results
This week’s results show started with a performance from Fifth Harmony who found fame after being contestants on X Factor USA. After a review of Saturdays show the reigning champion Sam Bailey took to the stage to sing. Then Dermot revealed that this years winners single will raise money for the charity Together For Short Lives and the Chancellor has agreed to waive tax on the single. Then it was results time and the final bottom two was Andrea and Lauren, they would face the sing-off. Then Idina Menzel was joined on stage by Michael Buble for a festive song. Finally after the sing-off the judges had to decide whether to send home Andrea or Lauren. Cheryl stood by her act and sent home Andrea and Mel B stood by her act and sent home Lauren. Louis and Simon also sent home Lauren. So this year’s finalists are Ben, Fleur and Andrea. Next Saturday’s final will take place in Wembley stadium in front of a crowd of 10,000.
POSTED: 07/12/14

Semi Final
This week was the Semi-Final and once again the contestants had to sing two songs each. The first was a Christmas song with the second being a track that each contestant thinks will get them through to next weeks final. With just four contestants left everyone did well and it’s anyone’s guess who will fall at the final hurdle. Just one act will go on Sunday night where there will be guest performances from Fifth Harmony and the reigning winner of the show Sam Bailey.
POSTED: 06/12/14

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini clashed with fellow X Factor judge Mel B during this weeks vote. After Mel B decided that she wanted to send home Cheryl’s act Lauren Platt, the judge made a pointed comment over the Spice Girls star’s decision. Cheryl suggested that Mel B’s criticism over the last few weeks didn’t match up with her decision to send home Platt. Platt’s mentor then sent home Stereo Kicks, before the vote moved onto Simon Cowell, who then sent the decision to deadlock. Mel B defended casting her vote to save Stereo Kicks later on in the night on The Xtra Factor. “I think Lauren is great, which is why I said, ‘Don’t go to me next’,” she explained. “I needed two more seconds to think about it. “But you know what? Those eight boys, there’s just something special about them. There is a reason why we as a team put them together. “There’s a reason why they [remained] each week. Whether they were in the bottom two or not, they still delivered every week! I had to follow my heart, even though it was Cheryl’s girl and I’m all about Girl Power. “I had to send Lauren home. I had no choice.”
POSTED: 01/12/14 – Source: digitalspy.co.uk

Quarter Final – Results
This week’s results show started with a performance from Queen with Adam Lambert and the remaining contestants also joined them on stage. After a review of Saturdays show former contestants Union J sang their new single. Then Dermot revealed who was through to the Semi-Final and the bottom two was Lauren and Stereo Kicks. Next up former contestant Ella Henderson took to the stage to sing her new single. Then it was time for the sing-off after which the judges had to decide who to send home. Louis chose to save his act Stereo Kicks and sent home Lauren, Mel B also chose to send home Lauren, Cheryl backed her act and chose to send home Stereo Kicks so the deciding vote was down to Simon. Simon said the act that sang the best in the sing-off was Lauren so opted to send home Stereo Kicks. So it was a return to our old friend DeadLock and the act with the fewest public votes and sent home was Stereo Kicks. Next weekend it’s the Semi Final where the final four acts will fight for a place in the Final and the reining champion Sam Bailey will return.
POSTED: 30/11/14

Quarter Final
On this weeks show the theme was Jukebox where all the acts had to sing two songs each. Their first songs were chosen by famous musicians while their second songs were chosen by X Factor viewers. At this stage of the competition all acts did well but stand out performances came courtesy of Stereo Kicks, Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt who did surprisingly well despite being unwell this week and not having much rehearsal time. One act will go on Sundays results show where there will be guest performances from Queen and former contestants Union J and Ella Henderson.
POSTED: 29/11/14

Together with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B, Simon Cowell has made The X Factor must-watch TV again this year – but it seems that he might not be sticking around. The Sun has quoted the music mogul as casting doubt on his return to the show for 2015. He said: “There’s another show that I will be on in America — a new one, which we’ve been working on for a few months. “Next year we’ll have a minimum of four shows on US networks.” SiCo returned to the UK show this year following the cancellation of The X Factor USA, but obviously hasn’t given up on the American dream.
POSTED: 25/11/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Live Show Seven – Results
This weeks results show started with all of the contestants singing the Elton John song  Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting. Then after a review of Saturday night the first guest performer Labrinth took to the stage. Next Dermot started to reveal everyone who was through to next week except for Lauren, Andrea and Stevi, he said we would find out the bottom two later in the show. Next there was a recorded Thank You message from Bob Geldof after the huge success of the Band Aid 30 single. Then, former Judge, Gary Barlow returned to the show with the rest of Take That to perform their new single. Next up Dermot revealed the bottom two were Stevi and shockingly Andrea. After the Sing off the judges had to decide who to send home Mel B and Cheryl sent home Stevi, Simon stood by his act and sent home Andrea so Louis had the deciding vote and chose to send home Stevi. So Stevi has left the competition. Next week each act has to sing two songs each as they try and secure a place in the semi-final.
POSTED: 23/11/14

Live Show Seven
The theme of this weeks show was Whitney Houston V Elton John and each of the acts had to sing a song from one of these artists. Dermot also started the show by revealing this weekend will see two acts eliminated and one of those acts would leave tonight. Stand out performances this week came courtesy of Andreas Faustini, Stereo Kicks and Fleur East. Fleur was also joined on stage by her friends and family who were her backing dancers. Lauren Platt did well and was also joined on stage by her brother who was her backing dancer. Ben Haenow was criticised by some of the judges again for singing a ballad that didn’t match his rock voice. Only The Young performed another up-tempo track while Stevi Richie was dressed like an Egyptian and covered in treacle, as you do. After all of the acts sang there was a guest performance courtesy of David Guetta with Emeli Sande. Then it was results time and the act with the fewest votes was Only The Young so they have left the competition. Another act will be eliminated in Sundays results show.
POSTED: 22/11/14

Live Show Six – Results
The results show kicked off with all of the remaining contestants singing Shake It Off. After a review of last nights show, former judge, Nicole Scherzinger performed her new single. Then it was results time and Dermot revealed who was through, except for three contestants who were Only The Young, Jay James and Stevi Richie. Next up, former contestant, Olly Murs performed his new single. This was followed by Dermot welcoming Bob Geldof to the stage to introduce the debut of the new version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? Sang by a host of musicians under the name Band Aid 30, the single is in aid of the Ebola crisis in Africa. Then Dermot revealed who was in the bottom two which was Jay James and Stevi Richie. After the sing-off the judges had to decide who to send home. First up and Simon had to chose between his own acts and he reluctantly opted to send home Stevi. Louis chose to send home Stevi while Mel B opted to send home Jay. Cheryl chose to send home Jay which took it to DeadLock. Dermot then revealed the act who polled the fewest public votes was Jay and he left the competition.
POSTED: 16/11/14

Live Show Six
This week it was Big Band Night where all of the acts were accompanied by a 31 piece band. Stand out performances this week were from Lauren Platt, Fleur East, Only The Young and Andrea Faustini. Ben Haenow didn’t fair so well this week with the judges feeling he is more suited to Rock music so this week’s theme wasn’t for him. Andrea was once again criticised by Simon for pulling faces when he sings. Only The Young did very well again and are fast becoming the dark horses of the competition. Sunday’s results show will have guest performances from Olly Murs and Nicole Scherzinger plus the debut of the new Band Aid 30 charity single.
POSTED: 15/11/14

Lee Nelson managed to storm the stage to join Stereo Kicks during The X Factor’s Saturday night show by using an old pass, it has been revealed. The Sun has reported that the TV funnyman (real name Simon Brodkin) conned his way onto the set of the ITV talent show in London using a pass that he’d been given for a previous visit. A source told the paper: “He kept a pass from last time he was a guest and flashed it to get past security. Things like this can’t be allowed to happen.” And indeed security was reported to have been tightened up for last night’s results show – with careful identity checks for visitors and a strict cut-off enforced.
POSTED: 10/11/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Admittedly ‘devastated’ by Paul Akister’s exit from the The X Factor tonight, Scary Spice rounded on fellow judge Louis Walsh for taking the results to deadlock. ‘It is wimping out a bit,’ she told the Irish music manager on sister show Xtra Factor. Adding: ‘You have the opportunity of saving who you think is worthy of staying in the competition and you didn’t take it.’ Defending his actions, Walsh – who has taken the results to deadlock on a number of occasions in the past – said: Both were amazing in the sing-off. I thought both were incredible, [and] I wanted to see what the public thought.’ Mel clearly wasn’t buying it however.
POSTED: 09/11/14 – Source: metro.co.uk

Live Show Five – Results
This week’s eventful results show started with all of the contestants singing Never Forget as a tribute on Remembrance Sunday. After a review of Saturday night Sam Smith made his X Factor debut and sang his new single. Then Dermot gathered the judges and their acts to reveal who was through to next week. Then when three acts remained, Only The Young, Paul and Jay, Dermot said the bottom two would be revealed later in the show. Next up One Direction performed their latest single. Then at last the final two were revealed and that, shockingly, was Paul and Jay. After a very impressive sing-off it was over to the judges to reveal who they were sending home. Naturally Simon and Mel B saved their own acts. Cheryl chose to send home Jay. Then Louis bizarrely refused to say a name of who he was sending home and just said he wanted to take it to DeadLock as he can’t choose. Dermot said he must say a name of who he wants to send home so he chose Paul. This, of course, sent it to DeadLock anyway so it went back to the public vote to see who had the least votes and that was Paul. Paul and his mentor Mel B were visibly shocked and upset and couldn’t even speak to Dermot. Next weekend is Big Band week were the acts will be accompanied by a live band.
POSTED: 09/11/14

Live Show Five
The theme of this weeks live show was Michael Jackson Vs Queen, where the acts had to sing songs from those music legends. This weekend is also significant because all remaining acts after this Sunday’s elimination will feature on the X Factor Tour in the Spring. Stand out performances this week came courtesy of Paul Akister, Only The Young, Fleur East and Andrea Faustini. The Stereo Kicks had a good week too, and coped well with a stage imposter who was eventually dragged off by security. One act will leave on Sunday night where the guest singers will be Sam Smith and One Direction.
POSTED: 08/11/14

The X Factor acts have admitted that they think Jake Quickenden could win I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! While the line-up has not yet been confirmed for the hit jungle competition, Quickenden – who was eliminated from The X Factor a fortnight ago – has been rumoured to be on the list. Speaking to Digital Spy backstage at the X Factor studios, Fleur East suggested that Quickenden would be “amazing” on the show. “He’s one of these all-rounders – he’s really talented, he’s got a great personality, he could do anything,” she said. “So yeah, that would be fun to see.”
POSTED: 08/11/14 – Source: digitalspy.co.uk

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has denied she was miming on X Factor last night, after fans blasted her online. The singer – who mentors the girls on the talent show – gave a racy rendition of her hit I Don’t Care in the results show – but viewers accused her of not singing live. The performance was reportedly pre-recorded, but a rep for the star has insisted Chezza was singing live, telling Mirror Online: “She wasn’t miming.”
POSTED: 03/11/14 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Live Show Four – Results
This week’s results show was opened with the contestants singing Firework. Then after a review of Saturdays show there was a guest performance from John Legend. The Cheryl came out from the judging desk to perform her new single. Then it was down to business. In the bottom two this week was Stereo Kicks and Lola Saunders. After the sing-off the judges had to decide who to send home. Both Louis and Cheryl chose to save their own acts. Then Mel B chose to send home Lola and Simon chose to send home Stereo Kicks. So it was a draw and went to DeadLock where the public vote decides who should leave. The act with the least votes and eliminated from the competition was Lola.
POSTED: 02/11/14

Live Show Four
The theme this week was Fright Night for Halloween. Dermot started the show by revealing that one act would go at the end of tonight’s show. Stand out performances this week were Lauren Platt, Fleur East, Only The Young, Jay James and even Stevi Richie impressed with his rendition of The Music Of The Night. After the acts all sang there was a guest performance from The Script. To finish the show one act had to leave and that was the act that polled the fewest public votes throughout the evening. It was then revealed that Jack Walton was going home. Another act will be eliminated in Sunday’s results show where there will be guest performances from John Legend and judge Cheryl.
POSTED: 01/11/14

Live Show Three – Results
The results show started with all of the acts singing ‘Rather Be’. Then after the review of last night there were guest performances from One Republic and then Ed Sheeran. Then it was time for the results and the bottom two this week was Only The Young and Jake. After the sing-off the judges had to decide who to save. Both Louis and Mel B predictably saved their own acts. Simon chose to send home Jake as did Cheryl so Jake has left the competition.
POSTED: 26/10/14

Strictly Come Dancing has beaten rival talent show the X Factor by two million, according to overnight ratings – the biggest gap of the season so far. The BBC One show and the ITV show only overlapped for 20 minutes on Saturday night, from 20:00 BST. Strictly attracted an average of 9.4m viewers, while The X Factor drew 7.4m. The viewing figures do not include catch-up services. Both shows dominated viewing in their time slots.
POSTED: 26/10/14 – Source: BBC News Online

Live Show Three
The theme this week was Saturday Night At The Movies where all of the acts sang songs that have been featured in movie soundtracks. Louis and Cheryl swapped seats after Dermot showed them the newspaper story of someone who claims to be allergic to Simon. Interestingly, they never swapped back for the rest of the show. Stand out performances this week came courtesy of Paul Akister, Lauren Platt, Fleur East and of course Andrea Faustini. The Stereo Kicks had a much better week and Louis got a telling off from Simon for his outburst on The Xtra Factor, last weekend, where he said he didn’t want eight guys in the group. The results will be revealed on Sunday’s show where there will be guest performances from One Republic and Ed Sheeran.
POSTED: 25/10/14

It looks like Stereo Kicks are about to say goodbye to two members now Simon Cowell is backing Louis Walsh in his decision to shake up the band. The boys are in danger of turning up to this weekend’s live shows minus two as Louis does everything he can to ensure he doesn’t end up with just one band left. It seems the number of boys is confusing viewers as to who’s who and fans aren’t getting to know them as well as they could if there were fewer of them. An insider told The Sun: ‘Louis is looking at whether two should go. This is already being talked about with the group and the rest of the boys are open to it. ‘It would be gutting for the two who go but they might have to sacrifice. Simon Cowell put the boys together but realises eight was wrong and has given his backing to a cull.’
POSTED: 21/10/14 – Source: metro.co.uk

Simon Cowell and Mel B are at war after the former Spice Girl accused his contestant Fleur East of cheating. Mel claimed Fleur turned up the backing vocals during the chorus of her performance of Monie Love’s It’s A Shame so that her voice blended with the other singers on the track and could not be as easily heard in a bid to cover up any blemishes. And Mr Nasty is apparently livid as he believes it could ruin Fleur’s chances of winning the show.
POSTED: 20/10/14 – Source: heatworld.com

Live Show Two – Results
The second results show was opened with all of the contestants singing ‘Love Runs Out’. Then after a review of Saturdays show there were guest performances from Jessie J and Maroon 5. Then it was down to business and the results. The bottom three acts this week were Stephanie, Chloe and Stereo Kicks. The act with the least votes had to leave straight away and that was Stephanie. That left Chloe and Stereo Kicks for the sing-off. After they sang the judges had to decide who to send home. Both Cheryl and Louis saved their own acts which meant the votes were still tied. Mel B chose to send home Chloe as did Simon. So Chloe has left the competition and Cheryl has lost two of her acts in one evening. Next weekends theme is Saturday Night At The Movies.
POSTED: 19/10/14

Live Show Two
The theme of the second live show was I Love The Eighties where the contestants put their own spin on songs that were big in the eighties. After Dermot introduced the judges and opened the phone lines it was show time. There seemed to be an usually high amount of bickering between all of the judges this week. Notably Cheryl kept getting called Kermit (The Frog) due to her green dress. She later responded saying I’m not the only Muppet on the panel tonight. Stand out performances came this week from Jay James, Only The Young, Paul Akister, Lauren Platt and Ben Haenow, who did remarkably well considering his recent throat infection. The results will be revealed on Sunday where there will also be guest performances from Jessie J and Maroon 5. This weekend will see another double elimination.
POSTED: 18/10/14

The X Factor is reported to be in crisis after a flu bag has spread around the house being shared by the contestants. The Sun reports that at least SEVEN of the hopefuls have been laid low – with bosses concerned that several will be too ill to perform tonight. Ben Haenow, Jake Quickenden and Stereo Kicks’ James Graham are all claimed to have been struck down with flu – while James’ bandmate Casey Johnson has apparently got a nasty eye infection. Lola Saunders is reportedly on anti-biotics after catching the bug, while Stephanie Nala has been told to rest her voice or risk losing it.
POSTED: 18/10/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Live Show One – Results
The first results show opened with all of the finalists singing ‘Anything Can Happen’. There were then guest performances from Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift. Then it was down to business as Dermot revealed which acts had made it through to next weekend. As it was a double elimination this weekend there were three acts left on the stage at risk. They were Stephanie, Blonde Electra and Overload Generation. The act with the least public votes had to leave straight way and that was Blonde Electra. That left Stephanie and Overload Generation for the sing-off, after which the judges had to decide which act they wanted to send home. Simon chose to send home Overload Generation and Cheryl chose to save her act and voted to send home Overload Generation also. Mel B chose to send home Stephanie as did Louis as he supported his own act. Therefore no majority decision was met so it went to Deadlock. This is where it goes back to the public vote to decide the acts fate. The act that polled least votes and sent home was Overload Generation. So Louis has lost two of his acts in one hit. On the next live show the theme will be ‘I Love The Eighties’
POSTED: 12/10/14

Live Show One
The first Live show of 2014 kicked off with the entrance of the judges and then straight away the phone lines were opened. Plus this year viewers can vote for free via the official App. It was also revealed that this weekend will see a double elimination. The Wildcard acts were then revealed and each judge has chosen to bring back a contestant for another judge. For Cheryl, Louis brought back Lola Saunders. For Simon, Cheryl chose Stevi Ritche. For Mel B, Simon chose Jack Walton and for Louis, Mel B chose Overload Generation. After suggestions from the public the new boyband chose the name Stereo Kicks for the band. The theme this week was number ones, where the acts sang songs that have been number one. Stand out performances this week included Paul Akister, Fleur East, Andrea Faustini, Chloe Jasmine and Ben Haenow. The results will be revealed in Sunday’s show where the guest singers will be Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams.
POSTED: 11/10/14

ITV bosses have reportedly decided to pull the extra Friday show following the news that the episode dropped three million viewers. According to The Sun, show producers have called it ‘a failed experiment’. On Friday night, ITV aired the first of three Judges’ Houses episodes which secured just 6.34 million viewers. On Saturday, the talent show pulled in approximately 6.94 million viewers, with Strictly Come Dancing dominating with 9.06 million viewers tuning into BBC1. Sunday saw a lift for the singing show; Strictly were ahead by the narrowest of margins with 8.84 million, while ITV’s programme drew 8.81 million, which included viewers of its catch-up +1 channel. An X Factor insider told the newspaper: ‘Running the show on a Friday night was always a big gamble.
POSTED: 08/10/14 – Source: dailymail.co.uk

Over the weekend the judges chose the last of their hopefuls and decided on just three from each category to advance to the next stage of the competition. Louis Walsh revealed the Groups going through to the Live Shows are New Boyband, Blonde Electric and Only The Young. Mel B revealed the Boys she is taking through are Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden and Paul Akister. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini choose her three Girls and they are Chloe Jasmine, Lauren Platt and Stephanie Nala. Simon Cowell chose the Over 25s and will be taking through Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Jay James Picton. As ever, the judges were joined by their own guest judges. Cheryl was in France with Tinie Tempah, Simon went to his house in L.A with Sinitta, Louis had Tulisa to help in Bermuda and Mel B had Emma Bunton helping her out in Mexico.
POSTED: 05/10/14

Strictly Come Dancing has beaten X Factor in their weekend ratings battle, drawing thousands more viewers on both Friday and Saturday than its rival. BBC One’s Strictly had a Friday average of 6.5m viewers as it went head-to-head with the ITV show, which drew 5.8m. On Saturday, the shows again had an overlap, though only of half an hour, but Strictly had an average audience of 8.1m, while X Factor drew 7.7m. Friday’s X Factor audience was one of the smallest since it launched in 2004. However, it was still double ITV’s usual figure for that time on a Friday. X Factor was screened on a Friday for the first time.
POSTED: 28/09/14 – Source: BBC News Online

Paul McCartney is set to record a charity single which will take on this year’s X Factor winner for the coveted Christmas Number One spot. McCartney is among a number of musicians and celebrities who will record vocals on a cover of A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something’ for the Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson’s cancer charity One For The Boys.
POSTED: 26/09/14 – Source: nme.com

Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor are set to clash again after ITV decided to schedule the Simon Cowell talent show three times a week – on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The two entertainment shows are due to go head-to-head on Friday on 26 September, when the first Strictly live show is broadcast. It will be the first time The X Factor has run on three consecutive nights and comes after the launch episode of the new series of Strictly beat its ITV rival last Sunday night. ITV said the addition of Friday nights – sometimes occupied by Strictly’s first live show – had always been planned and had nothing to do with Sunday’s events.
POSTED: 08/09/14 – Source: theguardian.com

Strictly Come Dancing has beaten The X Factor in the first round of the annual primetime TV ratings battle. The BBC One show attracted an average of 8.4m viewers on Sunday beating ITV’s The X Factor on 7m. According to overnight ratings reports, Saturday’s episode of The X Factor was watched by an average of 8.7m viewers. On Sunday night the screening of the two shows clashed for the first time in several years with both shows on air from 8pm. Simon Cowell tweeted “So the numbers are in. Strictly peak 9.4. X Factor peak 9.2. Round one to them. Such a shame they were both on at the same time!”
POSTED: 08/09/14 – Source: nme.com

X Factor’s return saw it dominate Saturday night’s television, with 43% of the viewing public tuning into its launch episode on ITV. An average 9.3 million people watched the opening episode, which saw the return of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell to the judging panel. This was up slightly on the 9.2 million who watched last year’s launch episode. Former Spice Girl Mel B made her debut as a judge, having filled the same role on the Australian version. At its peak, 9.8 million were watching as the hopeful singers tried, and often failed, to impress the judges.
POSTED: 31/08/14 – Source: BBC News Online

The X Factor is set to offer free voting for the first time in the show’s 11-year history. Fans will be able to support their favourite acts via a mobile app for Android and iOS, which will also give them the opportunity to provide live feedback and get exclusive content. The “Fifth Judge” feature will allow users to predict which act they think will make it through to the next round.
POSTED: 26/08/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Filming of Louis Walsh’s “judges’ houses” segment on The X Factor has been hit by bad weather in the tropics. The Sun reports that filming was thrown into chaos as the production team didn’t get the balmy conditions they’d been hoping for in Bermuda. “The weather was a nightmare,” a source told the paper. “We were promised non-stop sunshine, instead we had gales, rain, thunder and lightning. It was Bermuda’s worst August in years and threw the whole schedule into chaos because we couldn’t film anything in such awful conditions. “The result was a lot of hanging around, waiting for a pocket of sun, and a lot of stress for the crew.”
POSTED: 25/08/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

It seems the reports that Simon Cowell was planning to bring Tulisa Contostavlos back into the X Factor family were true. The 26-year-old star was photographed hanging around on the set in Bermuda yesterday, looking trim in a white Ursula Andress-style bikini. It definitely looks like she’ll be assisting Louis Walsh with the Judges’ Houses phase of the contest.
POSTED: 22/08/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Simon Cowell has created the biggest X Factor band ever by putting together eight solo acts. The music mogul is hoping to achieve similar success as he has with One Direction – who were formed on the ITV talent show in 2010 – by forming a new all-male group after all eight impressed on their own but failed to make it through as solo artists.
POSTED: 19/08/14 – Source: dailymail.co.uk

They last reunited as a five-piece for the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, but now Mel B is said to be hoping to spice up judge’s houses with the help of her former band mates Mel C, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham and Geri Halliwell. The only one who has so far thrown a spanner in the works is Beckham ‘All the Spice Girls have been approached to join Mel, as she thinks it would be great to have a reunion on the show, but Mel is realistic that it’s a long way to travel and the other girls have commitments,’ a source reportedly told The Sun. ‘Victoria has already indicated she won’t be able to do it but Mel hopes at least one of the others will help her out,’ they added.
POSTED: 18/08/14 – Source: metro.co.uk

We’re surprised it took this long to be honest, but the first proper reports of behind-the-scenes aggro have been emerging from The X Factor. And even less surprisingly, it seems that old enemies Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh are at the centre of the problem. The Sun newspaper claims that the atmosphere on set on the ITV talent show is “toxic”, with the pair refusing to speak to each other off camera. A source said: “The atmosphere has become toxic — she hates him with a real passion and it shows. “It’s no secret that Cheryl didn’t want Louis on the panel, but since then he has been lording his victory and takes every opportunity to knock her. “On the panel he has repeatedly slapped her down, and she has given him some poisonous stares in return. “If looks could kill, Louis would be a dead man.” And insiders are reported to fear that the feud could boil over and damage the show.
POSTED: 16/08/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

The X Factor has come under fire from viewers who have claimed the acts are part-decided by the producers. The row erupted as hopefuls in the ITV talent series compete for the final places in The Six Seat Challenge, which determines who goes through to the judges’ houses. According to The Sun, X Factor fans ‘branded the show “a total fix” after judges appeared to chat with producers about who to kick out.’ They add that ‘Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh were widely booed during the filming of Boot Camp last weekend when they ditched serious singers for novelty acts after chatting with TV bosses.’ Show compere and warm-up man Ian Royce was forced to intervene and warn the crowd about their ‘vile’ behaviour, telling them to ‘give a chance’ to hopefuls after one girl was booed before she even finished performing. And when Louis gave comedy duo Blonde Electric a place on his Groups shortlist, he was forced to intervene again.
POSTED: 12/08/14 – Source: dailymail.co.uk

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has reportedly escaped unscathed after plunging from the stage during auditions. According to the Sunday People, staff rushed to help the Irish panel member after he tumbled from the stage whilst filming an opening credits sequence. An XF insider told the paper that all four judges were ready to shoot the green screen footage when Louis “suddenly fell off the stage”. But it’s unlikely Louis will be appearing on You’ve Been Framed any time soon. The source said: “They were worried about him at first, of course, although Simon was gutted they didn’t manage to get the incident on camera when they realised he was fine!”
POSTED: 10/08/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Last week Simon Cowell said she “deserves a break” after her rough year, and it seems he’s a man of his word, because Tulisa WILL be returning to The X Factor this year. According to The Sun, the former judge will be joining Louis Walsh to help him make his decisions at the judges’ houses round.
POSTED: 09/08/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

The X Factor is undoubtedly a nerve-wracking experience for those auditioning, but for the 40 involved in the final round it could be even worse as they all have to be squeezed into one day. The reason? Well, the Sun reports that those hard-working judges just had to go on their happy hols. Cheryl Cole got married in Mustique and Mel B, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell also decided it was time to get some fun in the sun. That means that someone could audition successfully and then have to perform in Wembley Arena just a few days later.
POSTED: 18/07/14 – Source: theguardian.com

Sharon Osbourne has called for serious musicians not to audition for the X Factor. The star, who appeared as a judge on the show from 2004 until 2007 and again in 2013 before leaving, insists singer-songwriters do not need the show to succeed as they already have their own artistic identity, according to The Sun.
POSTED: 07/07/14 – Source: entertainmentwise.com

Cheryl Cole has said that Simon Cowell was right to sack her from the American version of The X Factor back in 2011. The former Girls Aloud singer, who was replaced by pop princess Nicole Scherzinger just weeks into the show before it even went on air, has also revealed that she “wasn’t well” at the time.
POSTED: 03/07/14 – Source: hellomagazine.com

Just one day into production on the 2014 series of The X Factor and it looks like Simon Cowell has done a disappearing act already. Cheryl Cole has taken to Instagram to share a snap of herself and Mel B with veteran judge Louis Walsh backstage at Old Trafford in Manchester. She wrote: “The judging line up for the day… Man down!!! #wheresSimon?! #whereswally”
POSTED: 18/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Cheryl Cole is reported to have refused to sit next to Louis Walsh on the judging panel of The X Factor. The Sun newspaper claims that Simon Cowell has been forced to park Mel B between the pair in order to keep the peace on the ITV talent show. Chezza was previously reported to have said that she didn’t want Walsh to return to the show, because of the bad blood from her Girls Aloud days – but was overruled by SiCo.
POSTED: 16/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

After months of speculation, Mel B has finally been officially confirmed as the fourth judge on The X Factor this year. She will be joining Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh as the show gears up to regain lost ground in the ratings. “I’m so excited to be joining The X Factor – I loved being a guest judge back in 2012,” she said in a statement. And SiCo himself weighed in to say: “I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor.” A source told The Sun: “Simon was really keen on Mel as he wanted her to balance out Cheryl.
POSTED: 11/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Caroline Flack has announced tonight that she is leaving the Xtra Factor after three years. The 34-year-old posted the note on her Instagram this evening, writing it was time for her to pass the baton. It’s not yet know who will replace Caroline but over the past months there have been a few names banded around – after it was rumoured Simon Cowell wanted to replace her -including radio DJ, Sarah-Jane Crawford and MTV’s Laura Whitmore.
POSTED: 11/06/14 – Source: heatworld.com

Sharon Osbourne has said she won’t be returning for another season of X Factor. The 61-year-old has revealed she’s putting family and US commitments first from now on. Asked if she would consider filling the one remaining spot on this year’s panel, Osbourne told Loose Women: “No, no, no, you can’t go back again. No. “Love the show, it’s become a part of British culture, everybody loves it, you can’t help but get pulled into it but no, it’s too much.”
POSTED: 04/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

There’s a surprise new candidate in the race to become The X Factor’s fourth judge – and it comes in the shape of DJ Sara Cox. While previous reports have suggested that Melanie B has all but sealed the deal on the panel’s final vacancy – setting up all manner of potential clashes with fellow girl band alumnus Cheryl Cole – the former Radio 1 host is also said to be in the running. And according to The Sun there is a strong possibility she could nab the job if plans to sign up Scary Spice fall through. ‘Bosses are pretty certain they will be able to unveil Mel B as the fourth X Factor judge next week but she hasn’t signed a deal yet,’ a source told the paper.
POSTED: 03/06/14 – Source: metro.co.uk

Cheryl Cole has revealed what she’s looking for during this year’s X Factor auditions: “someone fresh who I can mould.” Speaking to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show this morning, Cheryl said, “I know when I see them, I’ll know. “I’m not looking for anything that we’ve already got. I’m looking for someone fresh who I can mould.”
POSTED: 02/06/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

As the forthcoming series of The X Factor draw ever closer, we seem to be getting more and more rumours about who the fourth and final judge could be. Former Spice Girl Mel B has been heavily linked to the panel for some time now, and it has today been reported that Simon Cowell has given her an ultimatum, which sees her with one week to prove that she’s committed to the show. Simon Cowell is concerned about the falling ratings that The X Factor has seen over the past few years, and he only wants the best of the best for the upcoming series, which is set to launch later this summer.
POSTED: 28/05/14 – Source: unrealitytv.co.uk

X Factor bosses have refused to confirm whether Louis Walsh will return as a judge for an 11th series. There are reports that the 61-year-old claims he is close to signing a new contract. Earlier this year, it was confirmed Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell will make a comeback on the judging panel. But the talent show has told Newsbeat no one else has been confirmed yet. In 2013, the show had its lowest ever audience for a live final, with judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.
POSTED: 10/05/14 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Louis Walsh may have been on our screens ever since The X Factor began back in 2004, but Simon Cowell is being pushed into sacking the Irish judge… again! Although Louis Walsh has appeared on all 10 series of the hit talent show so far, there was an incident a number of years back in which he was fired by Cowell. But, it wasn’t long (probably the same day) that he wormed his way back. This time, bosses are urging Cowell to get rid of him for good. The X Factor is set to undergo a major shakeup this year in a bid to win back ratings, and ITV bosses reckon that Cowell needs to find a stronger judge to “refresh” the whole panel, as Walsh isn’t cutting it anymore. However, a source has told The Sun that Simon reckons he “can’t do it without him (Louis)” on the panel.
POSTED: 01/05/14 – Source: unrealitytv.co.uk

Simon Cowell is so keen to find the new One Direction that he’s lowering the X Factor audition age to 14 again. The last time the show allowed 14-year-olds on was back in 2008. A show source told The Sun “Simon knows that young people make the best pop stars. He desperately wants another One Direction or Cher Lloyd, and they were very young when they appeared on the show.” But last time the age limit was 14, it was met with criticism because of the pressure on the young ones. But some even think 16 is too young.
POSTED: 04/04/14 – Source: heatworld.com

Former Spice Girl Mel B could be all set for The X Factor 2014 panel. In the latest X Factor judging rumour it’s Scary Spice who could be looking to join Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh on the show this year. A former guest judge on the show – where she ripped singers apart with more harsh criticisms than Simon himself could ever manage – Mel is no stranger to reality telly. She’s also worked on both America’s Got Talent and Australia’s Got Talent. According to The Sun newspaper this morning, X Factor boss Simon reckons that Mel could become the “alpha female” of the judging line up.
POSTED: 28/03/14 – Source: tellymix.co.uk

Simon Cowell is changing the X Factor format, claims newspaper report. Cowell, 54, is changing the show in order to lure back viewers and has opted to axe Boot Camp in favour of the controversial six-chair challenge which was introduced last year, it has been claimed. “Simon thinks the Boot Camp process can drag on a bit and isn’t very exciting,” The Sun cite a source saying. “The plan is to axe it and just focus more on the six-chair challenge. Simon loves it – the drama and controversy is right up his street.” The six-chair challenge sees the judges’ reward contestants with a seat – and a place in Judges’ Houses – right after their performance if they are impressive enough. However, no act is safe as another singer can replace seated contestants as the callbacks continue.
POSTED: 27/03/14 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Sharon Osbourne has never been one to mince her words. The X Factor mentor has made it crystal clear that she will not be returning to Simon Cowell’s judging panel, despite growing rumours that she was set for a comeback. Sharon, who won the talent contest last year with her act Sam Bailey, told The Sun “I cannot go there… I can’t.” The 61-year-old added “Cheryl [Cole] is fantastic, she’ll be great for the show. She is always great back with Simon. She will do a great job.” A show insider told the newspaper “Last year was seen as Sharon’s last hurrah. She isn’t in consideration for this year’s show.”
POSTED: 20/03/14 – Source: ok.co.uk

Earlier this week newly-reappointed X Factor judge Cheryl Cole admitted that she wasn’t that keen on sharing the judging panel with Louis Walsh. But despite Chezza making it clear she would rather have another woman by her side instead of Louis, the 61-year-old “isn’t bothered” about what she’s been saying. A friend told The Sun: “Louis is tight with Simon and isn’t bothered about what Cheryl has been saying. “He will be back as far as he’s concerned, and he wants Sharon Osbourne at his side.” The final panel has yet to be decided, with Sharon and Olly Murs both in the mix.
POSTED: 14/03/14 – Source: heatworld.com

Cheryl Cole has confirmed she is to rejoin the X Factor, along with Simon Cowell, for the show’s 11th series. Cole announced her return on Instagram, saying: “Guess what? I’m back.” An accompanying photo showed the 30-year-old pop star with her hands around Cowell’s throat, and the caption: “I may actually wring his neck.” ITV will be hoping the return will boost ratings, after last year’s series attracted some of the lowest audiences in the show’s history.
POSTED: 11/03/14 – Source: BBC News Online

Cheryl Cole will only return to the X Factor UK if she is the only woman on the judging panel, The Daily Star claims. The tabloid reports that the Girls Aloud star has told ITV bosses that she will only make her comeback if she’s the sole female, with rumours suggesting that Louis Walsh will join herself and Simon Cowell on the show. A source is quoted as saying “If Cheryl does come back as planned, she will be the only woman on the panel. That’s how she wanted it and at this moment she seems to be calling the shots”.
POSTED: 25/02/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

Dannii Minogue has declared that she will NOT be returning to the judging panel of the UK version of X Factor this year. The former judge had at one point been tipped to return alongside him, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole. But she told The Sun “None of the rumours is true. I don’t know who is on the panel but it definitely won’t be me”.
POSTED: 24/02/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

It’s been revealed that former PussyCat Dolls star, Nicole Scherzinger, won’t be returning to The X Factor. Nicole has told Simon that she wants to work on her album, after taking a three-year break from music. A source close to the star, told The Sun: “It breaks her heart, but Nicole is sad not to be able to go back to the show this year. She has agonised over this decision for months.
POSTED: 13/02/14 – Source: heatworld.com

Cheryl Cole is probably going to return to The X Factor and yesterday, Simon Cowell confirmed they’re currently in negotiations. Speaking to Bang Showbiz yesterday at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions, the 54-year-old, said: “To be fair to Cheryl, it hasn’t been about the money with her. It’s about whether she wants to do it and whether she can handle the pressure, so I’m not quite sure yet (if she will come back).”
POSTED: 12/02/14 – Source: heatworld.com

X Factor regular Louis Walsh will return to the judging panel it has been claimed in a newspaper report. He has been the first name to be jotted down to be on the panel for the 2014 series, according to The Sun. It is also claimed that Simon Cowell will return for this series, viewers haven’t seen Cowell on the show since Gary took his spot in 2011.
POSTED: 07/02/14 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Simon Cowell is to return to The X Factor for the new series in 2014, it has been announced. The record label boss will lead the judging panel when the show returns for its 11th series in the autumn. In a statement, he said: “It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar.” Mr Cowell’s entertainment company Syco co-produces The X Factor. He continued: “The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years – including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs , JLS and Little Mix.”
POSTED: 07/02/14 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Cheryl Cole is reported to be delaying a decision on returning to The X Factor – because she had such a bad time on her last year on the show. The Mirror claims that Chezza’s painful memories of her divorce from Ashley Cole and being in hospital with malaria back in 2010 are mixed up with the show in her head. Simon Cowell is reportedly keen to get Chezza back on the judging panel along with himself – and possibly Dannii Minogue. But the paper’s source claimed that Cheryl is not simply holding out for more money.
POSTED: 02/02/14 – Source: mtv.co.uk

The X Factor is allegedly scrapping voting charges for the next series to encourage young people to vote. Voting on The X Factor USA is free and show bosses in the UK are said to be following suit to make sure a winner ‘more popular with younger people’ emerges. X Factor insiders claim that if younger viewers weren’t put off from voting by charges then Luke Friend would have won instead of Sam Bailey in 2013.
POSTED: 11/01/14 – Source: metro.co.uk


Follow Ben Haenow’s X Factor journey from start to finish…


Left to right:
Louis Walsh, Mel B, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini & Simon Cowell


X Factor – Dermot O’Leary
Xtra Factor – Sarah-Jane Crawford