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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 and James Arthur. However, numerous acts who didn't win the show - including One Direction, Olly Murs, JLS and Rebecca Ferguson - have all gone on to varying degrees of 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.
The X Factor Top Story X Factor: Paul Akister and Lola Saunders are early favourites to win We've seen all the acts now, so who do the bookies think will win?
It's time for them to face Peter Dickson's bellowing introductions. 9 X Factor acts who must make the Live Shows The 25-year-old singer performs 'Who You Are' on tonight's (September 21) show. X Factor: See Jake Quickenden sing Jessie J Saunders performed an emotional '(You Make Like Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'. X Factor: See Lola Saunders performance Including former US Marine Charlie Martinez and returnee Jake Quickenden. X Factor: Sunday's hopefuls in pictures The singer impresses with 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' on Sunday's show. The X Factor: Janet Grogan sings U2 Tonight's show sees contestants Helen Fulthorpe and Michael Marouli return. Watch Sunday's X Factor video previews The returning acts says he doesn't like showing vulnerability. X Factor Jake: 'I don't want pity' Ten Senah sings Mama Knows Best, US Marine Charlie Martinez picks One Direction. 12 teaser pictures for Sunday's X Factor Kerrianne Covell reveals whether she still has a job or not after first audition. See X Factor's Kerrianne Covell wow judges "I'm allergic to her," says Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. X Factor: Is Cheryl right about Raign? The judges fall head over heels for the well-spoken model. X Factor: Chloe-Jasmine woos Simon Cowell All the pictures as The X Factor auditions continue at Wembley Arena. X Factor arena auditions: The pictures "That's like saying a guinea pig is like a hippo." 6 weird Simon Cowell X Factor quotes The singer reveals why the reality show wasn't for her. Paloma Faith: 'I turned down The X Factor' Enjoy our preview of what to expect as arena auditions continue on The X Factor. 11 picture teasers for Saturday's X Factor Fleur East returns to series after making the Live Shows in 2005. X Factor: Addictiv Ladies singer returns Female duo Major perform an interesting version of 'I Love It' for the judges. Louis asks X Factor girl group if they are men Rabin's requests are met with a sarcastic response from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. X Factor: Raign return winds up Cheryl She impresses the judges with her unusual song choice for her arena audition. X Factor: Chloe-Jasmine bonds with Cowell The singer also discusses her new album at Cosmopolitan #FashFest. Alexandra Burke rules out X Factor return Choreographer vows to return X Factor to its "glory" when he works on the show. The X Factor: Brian Friedman is back After Overload's audition at the weekend, we look at X Factor's best originals. What are X Factor's 5 best original songs? Lauren Platt says she does not think her age is an issue on The X Factor. X Factor Lauren Platt on Mel B slap comment The ITV show attracts a peak audience of over 8 million viewers. X Factor tops Sunday with 7.8m Who do you want to see on the Live Shows? Who can pack their bags? X Factor: Who rocked the show this weekend? The show returned to Wembley for a second night of arena auditions. X Factor second arena auditions: all the pictures Did Simon Cowell make a mistake by sending her home? Amy Connelly exits The X Factor You never thought you'd be wishing for more Louis Walsh. X Factor: Cheryl-mania killing the show The X Factor moves to Wembley Arena as hopefuls face their second audition. X Factor arena auditions: All the pictures Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B perform a flirtatious dance for Simon Cowell. Watch a sneak peak of tonight's X Factor She fight, fight, fights for Amy. Cheryl pleads to save Amy Connelly It's time to face... a slightly bigger first audition. 11 teasers for Saturday night's X Factor The veteran judges are at their bickering best. Walsh, Cowell in first X Factor bust-up Cheryl or Len? Cowell or Craig? The verdict is in. Strictly vs X Factor: Who is winning? Radio 1 host says he would be up for presenting something "everyone's talking about". Nick Grimshaw: 'I'd love to host X Factor' X Factor will air for three nights as Bootcamp and Judges' Houses are stripped. X Factor, Strictly ratings war heats up The singer finished in seventh place on the 2011 series of The X Factor. Watch Kitty Brucknell's new lyric video ITV's X Factor drops over a million viewers from its Saturday night episode. Strictly beats X Factor by over 1 million The X Factor boss bemoans the scheduling of both reality competitions. Simon Cowell: Round one to Strictly Which of the reality heavyweights was more entertaining on Sunday? Strictly vs X Factor: Which was better?