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5 After Midnight have signed to Simon Cowell’s label Syco after finishing third on X Factor. Kieran, Jordan and Nathan will start recording in the studio after the upcoming X Factor live tour, featuring the finalists. Nathan described it as “an honour” to be “working with the best label in the business”. Jordan added: “To say we’re part of a roster that includes One Direction and Little Mix is just incredible.” The label, part of Sony Music, is mainly home to TV talent show contestants, although Labrinth, OMI and Ady Suleiman are also signed to it. Kieran thanked their fans, revealing they “can’t wait” to release their music. There’s a gap in the market for a British boyband as One Direction continue on their hiatus. Simon, and record label executives, will be hoping 5 After Midnight will have more success than Honey G whose debut The Honey G Show charted at 149.
POSTED: 18/01/17 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Runner-up Saara Aalto’s already landed herself a record deal. The 29-year-old Finnish singer – who lost out to Matt Terry in the final on December 11 – told The Sun that she’s been snapped up by Sony Music UK and Sony Music Finland for five albums, following her stint on the show. And that’s not all – as Saara, who returned to her native Finland earlier this week,will be working on new material with none other than Sia herself. ‘I’m now working with some of the best songwriters in the world and Sia has written a song that has been given to me,’ Saara explained.
POSTED: 21/12/16 – Source: metro.co.uk

X Factor winner Matt Terry has entered the UK singles chart at number three with When Christmas Comes Around. The tune, which was written by Ed Sheeran, reached the top three after being available to buy and stream for five days rather than the usual seven. Nine of the 12 previous UK X Factor winners have gone straight in at number one. But Terry has fared better than last year’s winner Louisa Johnson, who only managed to get to number nine.Clean Bandit have held the number one spot for a sixth week with Rockabye, while One Direction star Louis Tomlinson’s collaboration with Steve Aoki, Just Hold On, has landed at number two.
POSTED: 16/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online

It looks likes Matt Terry won’t be following in the footsteps of other X Factor winners by signing with Syco. After it was reported last night by The Sun, Matt has confirmed that he has joined Sony label RCA Records and not Simon Cowell’s label Syco like fellow X Factor winners Little Mix and James Arthur. “So excited to announce I’ll be joining the @RCALabelGroupUK family. Still can’t believe it!,” he enthused on Twitter. It’s said that the RCA move is to turn Matt into the next Olly Murs who is also signed to the label. In a statement, a Sony Music spokesman confirmed: “Matt Terry is now part of the Sony Music family.”
POSTED: 14/12/16 – Source: digitalspy.com

The final episode of Planet Earth II has beaten the X Factor final in the Sunday night ratings. The BBC One show, broadcast at the same time as ITV’s X Factor, was watched by an average of 9.5 million viewers. Seven million viewers tuned in to see Matt Terry crowned the talent show winner during the 20:00 to 21:00 slot. But BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing had the highest ratings of the night, seen by 11 million between 19:15 and 20:00, according to overnight ratings. BBC One’s Countryfile, was watched by 6.9 million viewers, not far off X Factor’s average.
POSTED: 12/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online

The writer who penned the only other original X Factor winner’s song says it’s “heartening” the show’s doing it again. Eleven years after Shayne Ward’s That’s My Goal, Ed Sheeran has co-written Matt Terry’s debut track. Jem Godfrey thinks it will add “credibility” to Matt’s career beginnings. That’s My Goal is the fastest-selling winner’s song in X Factor history. It also won an Ivor Novello award in 2006 but Jem admits “the music industry is so different now” adding that X Factor has “redefined music in many ways”.
POSTED: 12/12/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Review: The Final – MATT WINS
The grand final of this year’s X Factor from Wembley arena was opened by Kylie Minogue, singing with the final two Matt and Saara. After a re-cap of Saturdays show Matt and Saara had to sing their favourite song of the series. Sarra chose It’s All So Quiet and Matt sang The Writings On The Wall. The Xtra Factor’s Rylan and Matt were getting reaction from the finalist’s friends and family in the audience. The next guest performance came from eighties icons Madness. Then some of this years most memorable auditionees took to the stage to sing Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now. Next the finalist sang their last competitive songs of the series and the judges got their final opportunity to critique them. Matt and Saara were also played emotional clips of their family saying how proud they are of them. The next guest performers were former winners of the X Factor, it was Little Mix who were joined by Charlie Puth. It was then time for the final results. Dermot revealed that the final received 6.4million public votes across the weekend and then announced the winner of The X Factor 2016 was Matt. Matt was extremely emotional and Saara seemed quite happy and accepted second place graciously. Matt has won the record contract with the Syco label and closed the show by singing the winners single, which  was written by Ed Sheeran and called When Christmas Comes Around. True to tradition, Matt was joined on stage by all of this year’s finalists. Matt’s single is out on Monday.
POSTED: 11/12/16

Louis Tomlinson has said singing on The X Factor days after the death of his mother was “harder than I ever imagined”. The One Direction star said she would have been proud to see him perform his new single, Just Hold On, on Saturday night’s show. Johannah Deakin died on Wednesday at the age of 43 after a battle with leukaemia. Louis, 24, thanked his fans for their support on Twitter.
POSTED: 11/12/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Review: The Final
This year’s final was once again held at Wembley Arena. The show was opened by all of this years finalists singing a medley of hits. Dermot then opened the voting lines and this weekend its all down to the public vote, the judges have no say in who goes through. The three final acts then sang in turn with VT of their homecoming appearances with their battle buses recorded throughout this week. After each performance Xtra Factor’s Rylan and Matt spoke to the acts family and friends. Next was a guest performance from, former One Direction star, Louis Tomlinson who performed his debut solo single with DJ Steve Aoki. Simon commended Louis on his bravery for appearing tonight after his mother passed away just three days ago. A tearful Louis looked up and blew a kiss to the sky in memory of her. Next up were the now infamous duets where the acts each sang with a famous star. 5 After Midnight were joined by Clean Bandit and reigning X Factor winner Louisa Johnson. Matt sang with his mentor Nicole and Saara was joined on stage by Adam Lambert. Next up, for reasons unknown, there was an impromptu performance from eliminated act Honey G who was greeted by a mixture of cheers and Boos from the audience. Then the vote lines were frozen as the act with the least votes would leave tonight. While the votes were counted and verified The Weeknd took to the stage. Then it was time for the results and Dermot revealed the two acts through to part two of the final. Saara and Matt were sent through so 5 After Midnight graciously left the competition. Sunday will see the grand final where one act will be crowned the winner of the X Factor 2016.
POSTED: 10/12/16

Saara Aalto is now the frontrunner in the battle to become this year’s X Factor champion – at least, according to bookmakers. The Sun reports that the betting odds on a victory for Saara have been slashed, and that this late surge might be down to some questionable voting tactics. X Factor executives have launched an investigation into whether her votes have been boosted by viewers in her native Finland. The show was screened live on Finnish TV for the first time this weekend and it’s been reported that some fans there have found a loophole to get around rules that limit voting to UK viewers. As a somewhat strange aside, it is also believed that Louis Walsh might have inadvertently encouraged Finnish fans to vote, after he told Saara in Finnish on last night’s show that he hopes people will vote for her. “Our investigations have shown there is no evidence that the vote result is being affected by this activity, though we are continuing to monitor the situation,” an X Factor spokesperson said.
POSTED: 04/12/16 – Source: digitalspy.com

Review: Semi-Final – Results
The Semi Final results show was opened with the final four contestants singing Do They Know Its Christmas. After a re-cap of Saturdays show Zara Larsson was the first guest performer this week. It was then results time and 5 After Midnight and Saara went through to the final. That meant Matt and Emily were in the bottom two for the first time this series and faced the sing-off. Lady Gaga was the next guest performer. Next up was the sing-off then it was over to the judges to decide who to send to the final. Simon chose his own act Emily and Nicole chose her act Matt. Louis and Sharon both chose Matt so Emily has left the competition. The three finalists were then introduced to their Battle Buses to travel around in for the next week to drum up support for the final which will take place next weekend in Wembley.
POSTED: 04/12/16

Charities will receive the VAT from the sales of the X Factor winner’s single for the sixth year running. It means children’s charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase will receive 100% of the profits from each download. Chancellor Philip Hammond praised their “fantastic” work supporting children with life-limiting illnesses. The government has waived VAT for a number of charity songs, including the Band Aid Ebola single. The 2011’s Military Wives Choir single and the 2010 Haiti earthquake appeal single were also given the exemption. The X Factor song is yet to be announced but will be downloadable after the winner has been named during the live final on Sunday 11 December.
POSTED: 04/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Review: Semi-Final
Tonight was the Semi-Final and once again each act sang two songs each. Their first songs were for this week’s theme of Christmas where they all had to sing a classic Christmas song. All acts did well, as you may expect for the Semi-Final. Emily was criticised again for doing more ballads but the judges appeared to be over that with her fantastic performance on her second song. Matt, as always, did well although Simon didn’t like his second song at all. 5 After Midnight seemed to pull it back, after being in the bottom two last week. Meanwhile Saara seems to be getting more and more popular each week with the judges and audience alike. It’s all to play for as one act will leave on Sunday night leaving just three acts for next weekends final. Sunday’s results show will feature guest performances from Lady Gaga and Zara Larsson.
POSTED: 03/12/16

Review: Live Show Eight – Results
The finalists opened this week’s show as they all sang Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting. After a re-cap of Saturdays show Busted then took to the stage to perform. Then it was time for the results and in the bottom two this week was Honey G and 5 After Midnight. Next up Clean Bandit took to the stage with Anne-Marie and Sean Paul to perform their number one single. It was then time for the sing-off after which it was over to the judges to decide who they want to send home. Louis saved his act and sent home Honey G. Sharon saved her act and sent home 5 After Midnight. After much begging from Louis and Sharon Nicole chose to send home Honey G as did Simon so Honey G has left the competition. Then the Jukebox made one final appearance and selected next week’s theme which will be Christmas. Next week is also the Semi-Final and will feature guest performances from Lady Gaga and Zara Larsson.
POSTED: 27/11/16

Police were called to the set of The X Factor last night after “pranksters” invaded the stage. Honey G had finished her performance and was getting feedback from the judges when a man ran up behind her and tried to touch her. The group Trollstation say they were behind the stunt. “There was a stage invasion by four men, with one further person in support,” a spokesman for the show said not long after the incident. “All five had been in the audience. “They were spoken to by police and security and have now been removed from the studio.”
POSTED: 27/11/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Review: Live Show Eight
Tonight’s live show saw the first week where the contestants had to sing two songs each. The theme was Louis Loves where Louis chose the first song for each contestant. The second songs where chosen by the contestants themselves. Stand out performances this week came courtesy of 5 After Midnight, Saara and of course Matt. Emily took recent judges comments on board and did some more up-tempo tracks. Honey G was the subject of a stage invasion from two audience members who were quickly ushered off stage by security and Simon himself. Sharon was unfazed though and found the whole thing hilarious. Honey G’s second song involved the whole studio audience and the judges doing the popular mannequin challenge where everyone has to freeze and stay still. One act will go home on Sunday night leaving the remaining acts to go through to the Semi-Final. There will also be guest performances from Busted and Clean Bandit.
POSTED: 26/11/16

Review: Live Show Seven – Results
This week’s results show was opened by the cast of The School Of Rock Musical. After the recap of Saturdays show Craig David performed. Then it was time for the results and in the bottom two this week was Ryan and Honey G. The next guest performer was Alicia Keys. It was then the sing-off followed by the judges who had to choose who to send home. Simon said he would like it to be decided by Deadlock but chose to send home Ryan. Sharon saved her act Honey G and sent home Ryan. Nicole saved her act Ryan and sent home Honey G. Louis had the deciding vote and chose to send home Ryan so he has finally ran out of lives and has left the competition. The Jukebox then chose next week’s theme and its had a new category added to it which is Christmas. Next weeks theme will be Louis Loves where Louis chooses the music, could be interesting. There will be guest performances from Busted and Clean Bandit.
POSTED: 20/11/16

Review: Live Show Seven
This week’s theme was Movie Night where the contestants had to sing tracks that have been featured in Movie soundtracks. All the acts did well this week. Ryan opened the show had did very well but will he finally connect with the voting public this week? We saw another faultless performance from Saara. 5 After Midnight brought the house down again with fantastic vocals and rapping together with a great dance break. Emily ignored the advice from the judges last week and did another slow ballad but did extremely well and Honey G was Honey G once again. Sunday’s results show will see another act eliminated and will feature guest performances from Craig David and Alicia Keys.
POSTED: 19/11/16

Louisa Johnson’s winner’s song was a huge flop last year, and Simon Cowell is determined not to repeat the embarrassment. So he’s enlisted the help of Ed Sheeran to write a song which will shoot to the top of the charts and clinch the Christmas number one spot, according to The Sun newspaper. A source said: “Everything Ed does turns to gold. To have him write the winner’s song is huge and amazing news for this year’s winner. “The only chance his song won’t get used is if 5 After Midnight or Honey G pull off a shock win.”
POSTED: 15/11/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Review: Live Show Six – Results
This week the finalists opened the show with a special performance for Remembrance Day. After the recap of Saturdays show Nathan Sykes took to the stage to perform his new single. It was then time to find out who was through to next week and for the rest of this series there is no longer a Lifeline Vote. When three acts remained Dermot revealed the bottom two would be revealed later in the show. Next up the former contestant and last years host of the show Olly Murs performed his new single. Next the bottom two were revealed and they were Ryan and Sam. After the sing off the judges had to decide who to send home. Simon saved his act and sent home Ryan and Nicole saved her act and sent home Sam. Louis chose to send home Ryan and Sharon chose Sam so for the first time this series it went to Deadlock. In this situation the act with the least public votes is sent home and that act was Sam so she has left the competition. Finally the Jukebox had to choose next week’s theme and in fact the Jukebox has been replaced with a roulette style wheel in the Australian jungle. Ant and Dec span the wheel in a live link up to Australia. The wheel selected next weeks theme as Movies where the contestants will sing songs featured in Movie soundtracks. There will also be guest performances from Craig David and Alicia Keys.
POSTED: 13/11/16

Review: Live Show Six
This week’s theme was Disco where the contestants had to sing songs from the Disco era. The show was even opened by seventies icons Sister Sledge who sang their hit We Are Family. Stand out performances this week came courtesy of 5 After Midnight, Matt and Saara. Ryan had another good week, although probably not quite as good as last week. Emily’s performance was criticised by Louis, Sharon and Nicole for being to slow, something which she seemed to agree with whole-heartedly. Sam was also criticised for singing a track which wasn’t up-tempo enough for Disco week. Meanwhile Honey G, well she was just Honey G. Sunday’s results show will feature Olly Murs and Nathan Sykes and the Lifeline Vote has now been axed. So the bottom two will face the sing-off and nobody will be saved by a snap public vote for the rest of this series.
POSTED: 12/11/16

Review: Live Show Five – Results
This week’s results show started with the finalists singing Keep On Movin’. Next Dermot teased the contestants that tonight was a double elimination. The real news he had to share with them is that all eight of the remaining acts have made it to next years X Factor Arena Tour. Emeli Sande was the first guest performer this week and then it was time for the results. After three weeks in the bottom three, Ryan made it through tonight which we looked delighted by. Honey G got through again and was greeted by boo’s from the audience. In the bottom three this week was Four Of Diamonds, Sam and Saara. The Lifeline Vote was then opened. Robbie Williams was next up and performed his new single. It was then revealed that the Lifeline Vote this week had saved Sam. Four Of Diamonds and Saara competed in the sing-off then the judges had to decide who to send home. Louis saved his act and sent home Saara and Sharon saved her act and sent home Four Of Diamonds. Nicole chose Four Of Diamonds as did Simon so they have left the competition. The Jukebox then selected next weeks theme which will be Disco.
POSTED: 06/11/16

Review: Live Show Five
The theme this week was Girlband V Boyband where the contestants had to sing songs made famous by either a Girlband or Boyband. Matt opened the show this week and was very well received, as always, by judges and audience alike. Ryan had a better week although Sharon still didn’t believe he gave it is all. Other stand out performances this week was Four Of Diamonds, Emily and 5 After Midnight. Honey G also did well, yes Honey G, and fast seems to be coming everyone’s guilty pleasure. The results will be revealed on Sundays show and will also feature quest performers Robbie Williams and Emeli Sande.
POSTED: 05/11/16

Review: Live Show Four – Results
Tonight’s results show was opened by the contestants who all sang Cake By The Ocean. After the highlights from Saturday, last years winner, Louis Johnson took to the stage to showcase her new single. We then leaned that the bottom three this week are Ryan, Gifty and Four Of Diamonds. The Lifeline Vote was opened for the public to save one of the acts via the APP. While that was taking place Bruno Mars took to the stage to perform his latest single. We then found out that the Lifeline Vote has saved Ryan for a third week in a row. After the sing-off between Gifty and Four Of Diamonds the judges had to chose who to send home. Simon got confused and chose his own act Gifty before swiftly changing his mind and sent home Four Of Diamonds. Louis chose to save his act and sent home Gifty. Nicole was next and chose to send home Gifty as did Sharon, after a lot of begging from Louis. So Gifty has left the competition and is the first act to leave Simons category. Next the Jukebox selected next week’s theme which is Boyband V Girlband. Next weeks guests will include Robbie Williams and Emeli Sande.
POSTED: 30/10/16

Review: Live Show Four
Tonight’s performances had a spooky theme as it was Fright Night for Halloween. Even the judges made an effort and were dressed for the occasion. Simon Cowell had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction as his fake fangs were preventing him for talking properly. Ryan and 5 After Midnight had a better week than last week and other stand out performances came courtesy of Saara, Emily, Matt and Gifty. Simon criticised his own act Sam’s performance and song although he said he was criticising himself as he could of chose better for her. The results will be revealed on Sundays show and will feature guest performers Bruno Mars and last year’s winner Louisa Johnson.
POSTED: 29/10/16

Review: Live Show Three – Results
This week’s results show was opened with Busted performing their track Year 3000 and they were joined by the contestants. After a review of Saturdays show Shawn Mendes performed his new single. Then it was results time and in the bottom three this week were Ryan, Four Of Diamonds and Relley C. The Lifeline Vote was then opened via the APP and John Legend was the next guest to perform. The Lifeline Vote results were then revealed and this week Ryan was saved by the public snap vote. After the sing-off between Four Of Diamonds and Relley C the judges had to choose who to send home. Louis chose to save his act and send home Relley C and Sharon saved her act and chose Four Of Diamonds. Nicole selected Relley C as did Simon so she has been eliminated. The Jukebox then selected next week’s theme and, maybe rather predictably, it chose Fright Night in time for Halloween. Bruno Mars and last years winner Louisa Johnson will also be on the show next weekend.
POSTED: 23/10/16

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 broke the 10 million viewer barrier last night. It left The X Factor with less than 6 million viewers for the second weekend in a row. An average audience of 10.1 million viewers watched Strictly last night, a series high and up 300,000 viewers week-on-week. A peak audience of 10.8 million viewers tuned in as 10 celebs danced live. The X Factor meanwhile averaged 5.9 million viewers, representing an ever so slight week-on-week rise on last Saturday’s series low of 5.8 million.
POSTED: 23/10/16 – Source: tellymix.co.uk

Review: Live Show Three
It was Divas week tonight and Nicole opened the show with an impromptu sing-song. All the songs sung by the contestants tonight were formally sung by the industries biggest Divas. John Legend guest tutored the contestants this week and many were star struck. There seemed to be a bit of rivalry between Simon and Nicole tonight with both giving negative feedback about each others acts and they also seemed to refuse to give each others acts a standing ovation. Stand out performances this week came from Matt, Four Of Diamonds and Saara. Relley C also did well despite suffering a cold this week and being put on voice rest. 5 After Midnight didn’t have such a good week and were given quite negative feedback, as was Ryan. Sunday’s results show will see the contestants perform with Busted and John Legend and Shaun Mendes will also take to the stage.
POSTED: 22/10/16

Review: Live Show Two – Results
This weeks results show started with a review of Saturdays live show. Then OneRepublic preformed their new single. Then it was results time and in the bottom three this week were Freddy, Ryan and Saara. The Lifeline Vote was then open for the public to save one of the bottom three via the APP. Next up, the only band to ever win the show, Little Mix performed their new single. It was then revealed the Lifeline Vote has saved Ryan so Freddy and Saara had to go face to face in the sing-off. Rather awkwardly Louis had to remind Sharon of her acts name as she introduced Saara to the stage. After the sing-off the judges then had to choose who to send home. Nicole saved her act and chose Saara and Sharon saved her act and chose Freddy. Louis chose to send home Freddy and Simon chose Sarra. So it went to Deadlock and went back to the earlier public vote. The act with the lowest public votes was Freddy so he left the competition. The Jukebox then chose next week’s theme which will be Divas.
POSTED: 16/10/16

Strictly Come Dancing beat the X Factor by almost double the figures in this week’s ratings war. The number of viewers who tuned into the ITV musical talent show on Saturday night dropped as the competition entered its second week of live performances. An average of 5.8 million people watched the show compared to 6.2 million last Saturday. Almost double that number tuned into rival BBC One show Strictly, making it the most popular live competition of the two for a second week running.
POSTED: 16/10/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Review: Live Show Two
Live show two was Motown week and the show opened with Dermot being accompanied on stage by a host of dancers. After the judges took their places Dermot brought girl group Four Of Diamonds on stage to welcome them back to the competition. The band are replacing Brooks Way on the show after they were axed earlier in the week. This week the first contestant was Freddy who had a much better week than last week and much better comments from the judges. Emily also had a better week after being given a hard time by Nicole last week. Other stand-out performances came courtesy of Matt, 5 After Midnight, Relly C and Gifty. Honey G raised the roof in the studio and seems to be a real crowd pleaser, possibly for all the wrong reasons. The results show on Sunday will see the return of, the only group ever to win The X Factor, Little Mix.
POSTED: 15/10/16

X Factor have confirmed Four of Diamonds will replace Brooks Way, after the twins left the ITV show amidst claims of abuse. The ITV show have now announced the girl-group will re-join the competition alongside Louis Walsh’s remaining act 5 After Midnight. Four Of Diamonds made it through to Louis’ Judge’s House in Ibiza this year and impressed him with their version of Lordes’ Royals. Nicole Scherzinger also named them as her favourite girl-group in the competition at their first audition. Speaking about their return to the show, Four Of Diamonds said: “We are so excited to be back on The X Factor ­we’re really looking forward to performing live, working hard and showing everyone what we’re made of.”
POSTED: 10/10/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Duo Brooks Way have left the X Factor, the ITV show has confirmed. Twins, Kyle and Josh Brooks, 17, didn’t appear in this weekend’s live programmes after producers said they’d been given information about one of the pair. “Due to events in my personal life I’ve decided that it’s best not to be on the show at this time,” Josh said in a statement. It’s expected that a new act will now join the competition. As Saturday night’s show opened, host Dermot O’Leary told viewers “due to circumstances the Brooks brothers will not be performing this evening”. They were still included in the programme’s opening montage which was seen by 6 million people. According to reports over the weekend, Josh had been being violent towards a former girlfriend. It’s also claimed he sent her threatening messages. Josh added: “While not everything that has been claimed is true I would like to apologise to everyone involved.” An X Factor spokesperson said: “Following the allegations relating to Josh Brooks, we have decided by mutual consent that Brooks Way should leave the competition.”
POSTED: 10/10/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Review: Live Show One – Results
The first results show was opened by the finalists singing Sax together. Dermot then presented a massive birthday cake to judge Sharon. Next up former winner James Arthur performed his new number one single. Then it was results time and in the bottom three were Saara, Freddy and Bratavio. Dermot introduced the new Lifeline Vote where the public can save one of the bottom three via the APP but the vote is only open for five minutes. A very nervous looking Freddy was saved by the vote. Next Bratavio and Saara sang in the sing-off. The judges then had to choose who to send home. Louis chose to save his act and send home Saara and Sharon saved her act and chose Bratavio. Nicole was next and chose to send home Bratavio so Simon had the deciding vote and also chose Bratavio so they have left the competition. Finally it was over to the new JukeBox which selected the theme of the next live show, and next week will be Motown night.
POSTED: 09/10/16

Brooks Way have spoken out about their removal from The X Factor for the first time. The boys, who were axed from the show due to “circumstances” yesterday, had not made any comment on their non-appearance until now. An X Factor spokesperson told Digital Spy that boys’ absence “[related] to information which has been given to the show today regarding one of the group”. Rumours after the news broke alleged that said information was related to allegations that one of the boys, Josh, had hit his ex-girlfriend, but now Brooks Way have broken their silence on Twitter and hit back at those reports. “Today, we have had a tough day with a false allegation,” they wrote. “Don’t believe everything you read, both Amelia and Josh will be stating the truth.” They also quickly followed this up with another simple statement, writing: “The truth always wins.” Details surrounding the pair’s departure are still hazy, but sources are saying that bosses had “no choice” but to suspend Brooks Way and they have been moved from the X Factor house to a nearby hotel pending investigation.
POSTED: 09/10/16 – Source: digitalspy.com

Review: Live Show One
The first live show of 2016 smashed onto our screens tonight and dancing Dermot was back complete with backing dancers. The theme of the first live show was Express Yourself where the finalists got the chance to show what they can do. Three returning judges joined Simon on the panel as Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and a very excitable Sharon Osbourne took their places behind the famous judging desk. Louis even had the courage to ask Dermot where, last years presenter, Olly is. Dermot confirmed the rumours that Brooks Way would not be performing on the show this week but didn’t go into details. Stand out performances this week were courtesy of 5 After Midnight – who opened the show – Matt Terry, Saara Aalto, Gifty Louise and Freddy Parker. Although it’s fair today she isn’t the most talented out of the finalists, Honey G worked the audience into frenzy and went down a storm. The first elimination will be on Sunday’s show where we will see the introduction of the new Lifeline vote which we believe will be a viewer vote via the shows APP. Former winner James Arthur will also perform on Sundays show.
POSTED: 08/10/16

Brooks Way have been axed from tonight’s live shows. An X Factor spokesperson also added to Digital Spy: “This relates to information which has been given to the show today regarding one of the group. ” According to the Daily Star, the duo were told that they were removed from the show pending an investigation. Sources claim that the removal is related to Josh, as he has been alleged to have hit his ex-girlfriend last year. The brothers were apparently told at 3pm this afternoon before their final dress rehearsal that they would not be able to perform tonight. The pair were going to perform a version of DNCE’s ‘Cake By The Ocean’.
POSTED: 08/10/16 – Source: digitalspy.com

The judges house stage of The X Factor has been screened. Simon took the Girls to Malibu where Spice Girls Mel B and Emma Bunton helped him pick Samantha Lavery, Emily Middlemas and Gifty Louise. Nicole took the Boys to Nice in France where Calvin Harris helped her pick Matt Terry, Freddy Parker and Ryan Lawrie. Sharon took the Overs to her actual home in Los Angeles where Robbie Williams helped her choose Saara Aalto, Relley C and Honey G. Louis took the Groups to Ibiza where Alisha Dixon and, former X Factor finalist, Fleur East helped him choose his acts. All Groups that got through have since changed their names for the live shows. The Brooks brothers are now known as Brooks Way, 5AM are now known as 5 After Midnight and Bradley and Ottavio are now known as Bratavio.
POSTED: 03/10/16

Every year, a bunch of successful X Factor hopefuls get the chance to join their mentor and judge in an exotic location. And this year’s singers fought for their place in the live shows in TRUE luxury. All the acts that will be trying to win a place at the X Factor Live Shows met their judge in a different part of the world, going head to head in a tense singing battle. Following the dramatic finale of the Six Chair Challenge, Simon Cowell invited the girls category to Malibu. He was joined by Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Mel B to help whittle down his category. Nicole headed to a mansion in the South of France with superstar DJ Calvin Harris to help with her decision-making. This year the groups category jet off to Ibiza to sing for Louis Walsh. Alesha Dixon and former contestant Fleur East sat beside him at the exotic location. The overs were hosted by Sharon Osbourne in her home in Los Angeles. Robbie Williams has been off the radar in recent times, but now he is is firmly back in it as he shared his opinion on the over 25s category.
POSTED: 26/09/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

The Xtra Factor has revealed the four acts who will return to The X Factor as wildcards and join the judges at the next stage of the competition. Samantha Lavery will join Simon Cowell and the Girls category, Ryan Lawrie has returned as a solo artist after being placed in a band by the judges, and he will join Nicole Scherzinger and the lads. Yes Lad have returned to fight for a spot in Louis Walsh’s Groups category while Saara Aalto, who was supported by Nicole but turned away from the Six Chair Challenge by Overs mentor Sharon Osbourne after a very uncomfortable second audition, has been given a second chance by Nicole. The judges all picked the wildcards for each other.
POSTED: 25/09/16 – Source: metro.co.uk

The X Factor is to stay on ITV for at least the next three years, despite declining viewing figures and the arrival of The Voice to the channel. The X Factor’s 13th series began in August with 8.5 million viewers – four million fewer than 2010’s launch show. The Voice will move from the BBC to ITV next year, also on a three-year deal. But the broadcaster has agreed a deal with Simon Cowell for both The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent to continue on ITV until at least 2019. Cowell said: “I want to thank ITV for continuing to be fantastic partners. I’m delighted for the shows and, in particular, for all the talented people who work on them with us.”
POSTED: 16/09/16 – Source: BBC News Online

The X Factor received its lowest viewing figures in more than 10 YEARS, overnight data has revealed. The return of ITV’s talent show was viewed by 6.8 million people on Saturday night – a drop of 800,000 compared to last year’s first episode. This represented a 34 per cent audience share, compared with the 2015 launch show which had initial overnight figures of 7.6 million and an audience share of 39 per cent. X Factor ‘s second series in 2005 premiered with 6.72 million viewers, meaning this year’s effort got off to a bumpy start with its lowest audience. However, the new series’ debut had a peak audience of 7.5 million, while last year’s launch peaked at 7.9 million, leaving just a 400,000 discrepancy.
POSTED: 28/08/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

It’s usually a hugely guarded X Factor secret, but it looks like we know the judges’ categories have already been revealed. The choices were reportedly leaked by the audience who attended the filming of the six chair challenge and where it was given away. Usually, they’re asked to play along and not give too much away. This year’s cheeky audience decided nope, and blabbed. So here goes – if you don’t want to know LOOK AWAY NOW.
The judges’ categories:
Simon Cowell – The Girls. It’s the first time ever for this.
Nicole Scherzinger – The Boys. A category that proved successful for her when she won with James Arthur.
Sharon Osbourne – The Overs. They led her to victory in 2013 with Sam Bailey.
Louis Walsh – The Groups. Good luck with that, LouLou.
POSTED: 13/07/16 – Source: metro.co.uk

The X Factor just got itself yet another addition to the team – in the shape of Capital FM DJ and celebrity offspring Roman Kemp. Roman – the son of Spandau Ballet bassist turned EastEnders star Martin Kemp – is joining the ITV show as its new digital presenter – fronting all of the online content for the new series. And he’ll also be popping up on The Xtra Factor as ‘roving social media reporter’ – alongside the spin-off show’s new hosts Matt Edmondson and Rylan Clark. ‘I’m so honoured to able to be part of a show I have grown up watching every week and one that has seen contestants become the world’s biggest superstars,’ Roman said.
POSTED: 01/07/16 – Source: metro.co.uk

Rylan Clark-Neal is coming back to The X Factor as co-host of spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. He rose to fame after being chosen by Nicole Scherzinger as one of her male finalists in 2012. “After four years of doing my thing it’s finally time for me to go back to where it all began but this time as a host of Xtra,” he says. The 27-year-old will present the series alongside BBC Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson. “I can’t wait to get working with Matt and finally find our niche as the odd looking Ant and Dec,” Rylan says.
POSTED: 01/07/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson has been announced as the host of ITV2’s The Xtra Factor. The 30-year-old will help to introduce a new format for the X Factor spin-off show, which will see a live segment with access to people who’ve auditioned and reaction to their performances. Matt has been the host of Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast Show since 2013 and fills in for Scott Mills regularly. He was the presenter of an online spin-off show called The Fan Factor in 2011.
He is replacing Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom, who presented the 2015 series.
POSTED: 27/06/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

The new line-up for The X Factor has been announced. Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger are back on the show and join Simon Cowell on this year’s judging panel. The judges’ auditions will begin on Friday 10 June at the home of the Premier League champions, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. Dermot O’Leary is back as host, replacing Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, who have both left the show.
POSTED: 01/06/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly returning to The X Factor. According to Andrew Lloyd Webber, she dropped out of her role in Cats at the last minute. He said he was “furious” when Nicole decided to leave the musical a week before rehearsals were due to start. Nicole appeared on The X Factor in 2012. The team behind the show have told Newsbeat “discussions are still ongoing” about who’ll be on the next judging panel. “We’ll reveal our decision shortly,” they added.
POSTED: 13/05/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Rita Ora has confirmed that she’s leaving The X Factor. The singer, who joined the show last year, tweeted: “I had a ball on The X Factor last year and will miss the team. Rita took on the role after moving from The Voice UK, which is moving from the BBC to ITV. The singer mentored the girls category and went on to win the show with her act, Louisa Johnson.
POSTED: 10/05/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will not be part of the show when it returns later this year. She’s the latest change to the line-up after fellow judge Nick Grimshaw said he was leaving the show as well. Presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will also be replaced by Dermot O’Leary who’s returning after a year away. “I’ve missed making music. I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor,” the former Girls Aloud singer said in a statement. “I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I’ve missed making music and am excited to be recording again.
POSTED: 05/04/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Simon Cowell believes Louis Walsh can ‘bring back older viewers to X Factor’. Its been announced that Louis is set to make a return to the show this year. Simon Cowell has apparently made a shock u-turn because he believes he’s the key to winning back older viewers on X Factor. After 10 years as a judge, Louis was replaced by Nick Grimshaw ahead of the 12th series of the talent show last year. According to reports, Simon has come to regret dropping Louis because he feels the series has become ‘too youthful’.
POSTED: 31/03/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Dermot O’Leary has said he is “really looking forward” to returning to The X Factor as its presenter – just a year after he left the ITV talent show. He said he was “very flattered to be asked back” and was “currently dusting off my dancing shoes”. The programme’s boss Simon Cowell said: “Dermot’s back, hooray! And so is his dancing! Welcome home, Dermot.” O’Leary left X Factor after “eight wonderful years” and was replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack. He said: “There is nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night. The show is naturally very close to my heart, after having hosted it for eight years. “I’m excited to be back.”
POSTED: 29/03/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Simon Cowell and ITV are in negotiations to keep X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on screens until 2019, according to a report. There were rumours new boss of ITV was ready to rest X Factor – which would spell bad news for fans of the flagship talent show. It seems those reports will be blown out of the water if Simon and his production company SYCO sign up for more shows. Simon Cowell and ITV bosses are holding negotiations that will conclude around May, according to The Sun. The is a new three-year deal being discussed that will keep both shows on air until 2019.
POSTED: 29/02/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Dermot O’Leary is set for a dramatic return to The X Factor. After getting the boot from Simon Cowell last year, the presenter has now been asked back. “We want the show to be bigger and better than last year and one thing that people really missed was Dermot,” a show insider said. “He is as much part of The X Factor as Simon Cowell for most people so it makes sense to approach him about returning. Dermot is thinking things through and a big money deal will be offered to try to tempt him back. “Nothing is signed but It is looking like a distinct possibility that he will return which is great news for viewers and for Dermot as he has missed working on one of the biggest shows on TV.”
POSTED: 23/02/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have both left The X Factor. The pair co-hosted the last series of the show. The pair’s decision comes less than a week after Nick Grimshaw announced he wouldn’t be returning as a judge. Olly Murs, 31, said he’d chosen not to return to the ITV show so he could dedicate more time to his music. “This was an incredibly hard decision to make…. I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting The X Factor,” he told The Sun. Caroline Flack had previously hosted The Xtra Factor for three years from 2011 until 2013. Last year, she and Olly Murs were chosen as new co-presenters to replace long-time X Factor host Dermot O’Leary. Caroline Flack said: “I have had a brilliant time working on The X Factor over the last few years, and hosting the main show was just fantastic, I made some amazing friends. “I’m looking forward to carrying on working with the team over at ITV.” It’s unclear when the new host or hosts will be announced.
POSTED: 22/02/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

It’s all change for this year’s series of The X Factor as it’s revealed both Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack are being replaced. While it seems it may have been Nick’s decision, a show insider has claimed he would have been pushed regardless after rumours swirled that Simon Cowell wanted to give Nick’s job to One Direction star Louis Tomlinson. And after apparently getting ‘negative feedback’ on her co-presenting with Olly Murs, Flack is thought to have been given the boot in the show’s shake-up. Meanwhile, it’s thought Cowell is keen to return to the panel this year and is hoping Cheryl will be by his side. While the hot rumour is that new dad Tomlinson will replace Nick on the judging panel, Louis Walsh has also been linked to comeback rumours. A question mark still hangs over Rita Ora’s status as an X Factor judge, as well as Olly Murs’ as host.
POSTED: 19/02/16 – metro.co.uk

Dermot O’Leary could be set for a sensational return to The X Factor, according to a report. The TV host was axed by Simon Cowell last year and replaced with Caroline Flack and Olly Murs. But it’s been claimed ITV bosses have been in contact with Dermot, 42, to see if he would consider returning to his old role. If true, it would mean presenting duo Caroline and Olly, who came under fire from viewers after making a number of gaffes while presenting the show last year, could be getting the boot. Sources told The Sun newspaper that Dermot will need to weigh up his options before making a decision, particularly because of the success of his new BBC Saturday night show Getaway Car.
POSTED: 06/02/16 – mirror.co.uk

ITV says The X Factor will continue “into 2017 and beyond”. It’s after speculation the show could be rested following poor ratings and The Voice switching from the BBC. An average of 8.2 million watched last year’s series, down on recent years. An ITV spokesman said: “The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent contracts come up for renewal after the latest series air later this year, and we fully intend to continue with both shows into 2017 and beyond.” At the end of last year ITV confirmed it was taking over The Voice from 2017.
POSTED: 05/02/16 – BBC Newsbeat


Follow Matt Terry’s progress, from audition to winning


Left to right:
Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger & Louis Walsh


X Factor – Dermot O’Leary
Xtra Factor – Rylan Clark-Neal & Matt Edmondson