The X Factor


The X Factor

Created by Simon Cowell, The X Factor has been on British screens since 2004, and the reality singing competition has been exported around the globe. Its current judging panel comprises of Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - both of whom returned to the show in 2014 - Louis Walsh and new judge Mel B.

Aspiring musicians are put through a succession of audition rounds as the field is progressively narrowed down, and the competition culminates each year with a series of large-scale live shows. Previous winners include Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Matt Cardle, Little Mix, James Arthur and 2014 champion Ben Haenow.

Numerous soloists and groups who didn't win the show - including One Direction, Olly Murs, JLS and Rebecca Ferguson - have all gone on to varying degrees of national and international success. The competition's more outrageous and flamboyant acts - from energetic twin brothers Jedward to singer-turned-TV presenter Rylan Clark - have also attracted attention over The X Factor's decade on TV screens.

Over the years, The X Factor has often been the subject of controversy and criticism from musicians and industry executives. However, it has retained mainstream popularity and a strong overnight ratings performance, enjoying a healthy ratings rivalry with the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
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