The X Factor

The X Factor

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15Season 15 Dec. 01, 2018
  • 15 - 19
    Dec. 01, 2018

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TheXFactorisaBritishtelevisionmusiccompetitiontofindnewsingingtalent,contestedbyaspiringsingersdrawnfrompublicauditions.CreatedbySimonCowell,theshowbeganinSeptember2004andhassinceairedannuallyfromAugust/SeptemberthroughtoDecember.TheshowisproducedbyFremantleMedia’sThamesandCowell’sproductioncompanySYCOtv.ItisbroadcastontheITVnetworkintheUnitedKingdomandTV3inIreland,withspin-offbehind-the-scenesshowTheXtraFactorscreenedonITV2.ItistheoriginatoroftheinternationalTheXFactorfranchise.TheXFactorwasdevisedasareplacementforthehighlysuccessfulPopIdol,whichwasputonindefinitehiatusafteritssecondseries,largelybecauseCowell,whowasajudgeonPopIdol,wishedtolaunchashowtowhichheownedthetelevisionrights.Theperceivedsimilaritybetweenthetwoshowslaterbecamethesubjectofalegaldispute.The”XFactor”ofthetitlereferstotheundefinable”something”thatmakesforstarquality.TheoriginaljudgingpanelwasCowell,SharonOsbourneandLouisWalsh.DanniiMinoguejoinedthepanelinseries4,andCherylColereplacedOsbourneinseries5afterherdeparture.Afterseries7,CowellandColebothlefttojudgetheAmericanversionoftheshowwhilstMinoguelefttheshowduetocommitmentsonAustralia’sGotTalent.KellyRowland,TulisaContostavlosandGaryBarlowthenjoinedWalshonthejudgingpanelforseries8,thoughRowlandannouncedshewouldnotreturnforseries9andwasreplacedbyNicoleScherzinger.Osbournelaterreturnedin2013,replacingContostavlos.Since2007,theshowhasbeenpresentedbyDermotO’Leary,whoreplacedoriginalhostKateThornton.Theshowissplitintoaseriesofphases,followingthecontestantsfromauditionsthroughtothegrandfinale.Intheoriginaltelevisedauditionphaseoftheshow,contestantssanginanauditionroominfrontofjustthejudges.Fromseries6onwards,auditioneessingonastageinfrontofthejudgesandaliveaudience.Successfulauditioneesgothroughto”bootcamp”andthento”judges’houses”,wherejudgesnarrowdowntheactsintheircategorydowntothreeorfouractstomentorfortheliveshows,wherethepublicvotefortheirfavouriteactsfollowingweeklyliveperformancesbythecontestants.

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