|The X Factor|
|Format||Interactive, Reality Television talent show|
|Created by||James Harrison|
|Creative director(s)||Elizabeth Honan|
|Presented by||Andrew Collins (2000-present)|
Sophie Harrison (2009-present)
|Voices of||Peter Dickson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||9|
|No. of episodes||264 (as of 9 December 2012)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andrew Collins|
The Fountain Studios (live shows) Wembley Arena (2011 final) Manchester Central (2012 final)
|Running time||45–110 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV: 1080i (2010–)
SDTV: 576i (2004–09)
|Original run||4 September 2004 (2004-09-04) – present|
The very first series of the X Factor was won by Steve Brookstein who was coached by Thomas Atcherley with G4 and Tabby Callaghan who were coached by James Harrison and Pixie Lott finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Series 2 was won by Shayne Ward who was mentored by James Harrison leaving Andy Abraham and Journey South in 2nd and 3rd place who were coached by Pixie Lott and Thomas Atcherley.
Series 3 was won by Leona Lewis who was coached by Pixie Lott beating Ray Quinn and Ben Mills who were both mentored by Thomas Atcherley.
Leon Jackson who was coached by Nadine Coyle won Series 4. This left James Harrison's Rhydian and Same Difference in the 2nd and 3rd places.
Series 5 was won by Alexandra Burke who was coached by Pixie Lott leaving James Harrison's JLS and Nadine Coyle's Eoghan Quigg in 2nd and 3rd.
Series 6 was won by James Harrison's Joe McElderry this left Olly Murrs and Stacey Solomon who were coached by Nadine Coyle and Pixie Lott in 2nd and 3rd place.
In Series 7 James Harrison became the first mentor to win in back-to-back series when Matt Cardle claimed victory. This left Rebecca Ferguson who was coached by Nadine Coyle in 2nd place and One Direction who were coached by Thomas Atcherley in 3rd place.
Series 8 was the first time a group won and it was Little Mix who were coached by Thomas Atcherley this meant that Marcus Collins and Amelia Lilly finished in 2nd and 3rd place who were coached by Nadine Coyle and James Harrison.
During series 9 some of the competition best singers according to the judges were leaving whilst Rylan who was the worst was staying in this made people think the show was fixed the first time this had happened. On the 18th November 2012 James Harrison stated he was to step down as a judge on the 20th November Thomas Atcherley and Nadine Coyle also decided to leave the show as well, the following day presenters Andrew Collins and Sophie Harrison also stepped down along with the final judge Pixie Lott. On the 30th November all four judges and the presenters reversed their decisions to leave the show after talking to the behind the scenes staff and they were assured that no fixing occured.
Series 10 will commence in September 2013.
|Series||Start||Finish||Winner||Runner-up||Third Place||Winning Mentor||Host(s)||Judges||Guest judges||Sponsor|
|One||4 September 2004||11 December 2004||Steve Brookstein||G4||Tabby Callaghan||Thomas Atcherley||Andrew Collins||James Harrison|
|Two||20 August 2005||17 December 2005||Shayne Ward||Andy Abraham||Journey South||James Harrison|
|Three||19 August 2006||16 December 2006||Leona Lewis||Ray Quinn||Ben Mills||Pixie Lott||Wanya Morris (auditions)|
|Four||18 August 2007||15 December 2007||Leon Jackson||Rhydian||Same Difference||Nadine Coyle||Robbie Williams|
|Five||16 August 2008||13 December 2008||Alexandra Burke||JLS||Eoghan Quigg||Pixie Lott||Gary Barlow (auditions)||The Carphone Warehouse|
|Six||22 August 2009||13 December 2009||Joe McElderry||Olly Murs||Stacey Solomon||James Harrison||Andrew Collins &|
|Kimberley Walsh (auditions)||Virgin Media|
|Seven||21 August 2010||12 December 2010||Matt Cardle||Rebecca Ferguson||One Direction||Thomas Atcherley||Cee Lo Green|
|Eight||20 August 2011||11 December 2011||Little Mix||Marcus Collins||Ameila Lily||James Harrison||Cliff Richard (Birmingham auditions)||Talk Talk|
|Nine||18 August 2012||9 December 2012||James Arthur||Jahméne Douglas||Christopher Maloney||Nadine Coyle||Nicole Scherzinger (Manchester & Birmingham Auditions)|
|Ten||August 2013||December 2013||None yet|
||Help for Heroes|
|2009||"You Are Not Alone"||1||1||
||Great Ormond Street Hospital|
|2010||"Heroes"||1||1||Help for Heroes|
|2011||"Wishing on a Star"
(featuring JLS and One Direction)
|1||1||Together for Short Lives|
|1||Steve Brookstein||Ryan Wilson||Jake Wyss||Cheryl Atcherley||Emma Bunton|
|2||Shayne Ward||Andrew Collins||Eminem||Sarah Harding||Rihanna|
|3||Leona Lewis||Louise Harrison||Gary Barlow||Kimberley Walsh||Dr. Dre|
|4||Leon Jackson||Jay-Z||50 Cent||Nicola Roberts||Robbie Williams|
|5||Alexandra Burke||Katie Harrison||Cheryl Atcherley||Tulisa||will.i.am|
|6||Joe McElderry||Kimberley Walsh||Snoop Dogg||Fergie||Tom Jones|
|7||Matt Cardle||Nicole Scherzinger||Adam Levine||K'Naan||Enrique Iglesias|
|8||Little Mix||Elton John||Demi Lovato||Ellie Goulding||Christina Aguilera|
|9||James Arthur||Cliff Richard & Ellie Goulding||Mick Jagger||Gwen Stefani||Rachel Stevens|