21 October 2017  | 
     
The X Factor Episode Guide

Rating
5.2
 
Season 10 Episode 1
New series. The talent extravaganza returns with a new look for its 10th series and welcomes Sharon Osbourne back to the judges' desk in her first permanent role on the show since 2007. Replacing Tulisa, she joins Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh (who recently announced this will be his final year) to search for the nation's next singing sensation. In a change to the usual format, The X Factor will be shown twice a week from the very beginning, with Saturdays initially dedicated to the closed-room auditions that fans will remember from the first five years of the show. The most impressive acts then progress to Wembley Arena on Sundays to face their second performances in front of an audience of thousands. Dermot O'Leary hosts

 
Season 10 Episode 2
The acts who wowed the judges at the closed-room auditions now face round two - appearing not only in front of Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, but also an audience of 4,000 at the more terrifying setting of Wembley Arena. With limited places available at boot camp, the singers must prove their first performances weren't just a one-off. Dermot O'Leary offers words of encouragement backstage as well as a shoulder to cry on for those who fail to impress

 
Season 10 Episode 3
The closed-room auditions continue as more solo singers and groups queue up to sing in front of Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, all eager to be the nation's newest singing sensation. For some, this will be the end of the road, but for those who manage to impress the judges, a much more nerve-racking challenge awaits in the second round of performances. Dermot O'Leary hosts

 
Season 10 Episode 4
Invited to Wembley Arena for their second auditions, the singers who have already impressed Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh now have to show they have what it takes to captivate an audience of 4,000. Dermot O'Leary witnesses the celebrations, tears and tantrums backstage as the hopefuls either get a pass to boot camp or go home disappointed

 
Season 10 Episode 5
This year's competition has only just begun, but already the judges have seen plenty of potential pop stars, from A-level student Hannah Barrett to prison officer Sam Bailey. As the closed-room auditions continue, more hopefuls try to demonstrate their vocal talent and earn an invitation to Wembley Arena. Some of them will receive four yeses, others will only just scrape through, and one or two might be remembered for all the wrong reasons, especially if they leave Sharon Osbourne in hysterics. Dermot O'Leary is behind the scenes with the contestants before and after their performances

 
Season 10 Episode 6
Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh take their seats in front of the stage at Wembley Arena as the acts who have already impressed them once now attempt to replicate their early success - only this time with 4,000 more people in the room. Those who hit all the right notes will win a much-coveted place at boot camp, while for others the dream will be over, at least for another year. Dermot O'Leary presents

 
Season 10 Episode 7
The search for a superstar continues as the judges give their verdicts on another line-up of hopefuls joining the race for a record deal at the closed-room auditions. As usual, there will be a varied mix, from the vocally gifted to the downright deluded, and only the best will be invited to take the stage in front of a huge audience at Wembley Arena. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to provide support as the singers learn their fate

 
Season 10 Episode 8
Having impressed the judges in the audition room, the aspiring pop stars now have the more daunting challenge of captivating a huge audience at Wembley Arena, as Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh make their final selections for next week's boot camp. Some of the contestants will have taken the panel's advice on board and come back bigger and better, but for others, one forgotten word or dodgy dance move could lead to a swift exit from the competition. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to support the acts as they step into the spotlight

 
Season 10 Episode 9
The singers who impressed at the double auditions now face a tougher challenge as they gather at Wembley Arena for the first part of boot camp. After the judges' categories are revealed earlier than usual in a surprise twist, only the best will survive the cull as Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh put the remaining hopefuls through their paces with group challenges and a further make-or-break performance. Dermot O'Leary presents

 
Season 10 Episode 10
The remaining acts have a final chance to impress Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh as they compete in more boot-camp challenges at London's Wembley Arena. The contestants are hoping to get through to the judges' houses, but this year the stakes are higher than ever as they compete for a seat on stage - each one representing a place at their mentor's house. But even after an act has secured one of the seats, a judge can change their mind if someone else comes along and outperforms them. There could be a few tears, so Dermot O'Leary is on hand as usual

 
Season 10 Episode 11
The judges' houses stage, in which the 24 best acts from boot camp compete for just 12 places in the live shows. In part one, Louis Walsh is joined by Nicole Appleton, Shane Filan and Sinitta in St Tropez to audition the boys, while Robbie Williams helps Sharon Osbourne select the best over-25s in LA. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to support the contestants as they face these make-or-break performances

 
Season 10 Episode 12
As the judges' houses stage of the competition continues, the groups jet off to New York to perform in front of Gary Barlow and Olly Murs, while Nicole Scherzinger is in Antigua to decide which three of her six girls have the talent to take them through to the live shows. Mary J Blige helps her make her selections. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to congratulate and commiserate

 
Season 10 Episode 13
Part One The chance for the final 12 to shine has arrived as they take to the stage in the first live studio round, hoping to prove to the panel and the nation they have what it takes to be pop stars. With the contestants tackling hits from the 1980s, major confrontations and fierce differences of opinion are inevitable as the judges critique each performance and support the acts in their categories. Louis Walsh mentors the boys - Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend - Nicole Scherzinger has the girls - Tamera Foster, Hannah Barrett and Abi Alton - Gary Barlow looks after the groups - Rough Copy, Miss Dynamix and Kingsland Road - and Sharon Osbourne is with the over-25s - Sam Bailey, Shelley Smith and Lorna Simpson. This year, voting lines will open briefly before the end of the Saturday show, giving viewers the chance to save their favourite act from the bottom two. Dermot O'Leary then announces the act with the lowest number of votes, who will face the sing-off in the results programme

 
Season 10 Episode 14
Part One Last week, Sharon Osbourne abstained from voting when two of her acts - Shelley Smith and Lorna Simpson - ended up in the bottom two, and it was student Lorna who got the boot. Now, the aspiring pop stars aim to show their softer sides as they perform songs on the theme Love and Heartbreak in the second live studio round. Gary Barlow looks after the groups, Louis Walsh mentors the boys, Nicole Scherzinger has got the girls and Sharon is with her remaining two over-25s. Near the end of the show, the voting lines will open briefly, giving viewers the chance to save their favourite act from the bottom two. Dermot O'Leary will then announce the act with the lowest number of votes - a day earlier than in previous years

 
Season 10 Episode 15
Part One Last week, Shelley Smith found herself in the bottom two again, this time battling Kingsland Road, and Louis Walsh had the deciding vote - opting to save the boy band. Now, the fight for a recording contract continues as the hopefuls, including Miss Dynamix, all being well, take to the stage in the third live studio round. Choosing songs from the movies, they're hoping to win praise from the judges and the support of millions of viewers at home. Expect confrontations and bickering as Louis, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne fiercely defend their remaining acts (or act, in Sharon's case) and provide verdicts on each performance. At the end of the show, Dermot O'Leary has the unenviable job of announcing which contestant has the lowest number of votes

 
Season 10 Episode 16
Part One Last Sunday, Miss Dynamix faced Hannah in the sing-off and it was the girl group who got the boot. Now, the battle for a music career continues as the budding pop stars take on classic disco tracks in the fourth live studio round, and there's also a performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic, with a medley of their hits. Expect confrontations and bickering as Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh fiercely defend their remaining contestants and critique each of them. At the end of the show, Dermot O'Leary announces the results of the flash vote, revealing which act has proved least popular with the public

 
Season 10 Episode 17
Part One Last weekend, the X Factor mansion got a little less crowded as Kingsland Road left the competition. Now, the remaining acts get into the swing of things for big-band week, with their performances accompanied by a full orchestra. As the live studio rounds reach the halfway point, the would-be chart stars will be raising their game in the hope of securing their place in the competition, but a single mistake could put them in the firing line as they face critiques from Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. Dermot O'Leary hosts

 
Season 10 Episode 18
Part One Last Sunday, Hannah battled Abi in the sing-off and it was the latter who shed her last tears, exiting the contest. Now, it's the Great British Songbook Week and the remaining acts are facing increasing pressure to pull out all the stops and impress with note-perfect performances. At this stage of the competition, none of them can afford to be complacent, and with the final still four weeks away, there will inevitably be some surprise exits in the next few shows. Host Dermot O'Leary will be on hand to keep a cool head and act as a calming influence as the judges give their verdicts and praise their own contestants

 
Season 10 Episode 19
Part One Last week, it was the end of the road for Sam Callahan following another dramatic sing-off. Now, the remaining acts - Sam Bailey, Tamera, Hannah, Luke, Nicholas and Rough Copy - celebrate the best of the show, from the most memorable performances to hit singles released by past contestants, and there's live music by The X Factor's very own Olly Murs. With the final now just three weeks away and the prize of a life-changing record deal coming a little closer, there's no time for complacency, and recent bottom-two results have shown that none of these budding pop stars is safe. Dermot O'Leary deals with the drama on the judging panel

 
Season 10 Episode 20
Part One Last week, six became five as Hannah got the boot. Now, with places in next week's semi-final at stake, the pressure has never been higher as Sam, Luke, Nicholas, Tamera and Rough Copy each take on two songs - one of them chosen by the public. Which of the contestants will disappoint at this crucial stage and who will move another step closer to a record deal? Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh listen out for flat notes as the potential pop stars face their most important performances so far. Dermot O'Leary is the host

 
Season 10 Episode 21
Part One Sam, Luke, Nicholas and Rough Copy have been in rehearsals all week and now the time has come for them to show the voting public why they deserve a place in next week's final. Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh will be looking for nothing less than note-perfect performances from the contestants as they search for a worthy successor to last year's winner James Arthur, but will the pressure to deliver lead to disaster for any of these would-be pop stars as they take on hits by Elton John and Beyonce? Dermot O'Leary hosts

 
Season 10 Episode 22
Part One They wowed the judges at the double auditions, beat the competition at boot camp and made it through nine weeks of live studio rounds. Now, the final three head to Wembley Arena to battle it out in the first part of the final. Sam Bailey teams up with The X Factor's very own Nicole Scherzinger to sing And I Am Telling You from the musical Dreamgirls, Nicholas McDonald performs Westlife's Flying Without Wings with Shane Filan from the Irish boyband, and Luke Friend appears on stage with Ellie Goulding, singing her hit single Anything Could Happen. At the end of the show, Dermot O'Leary announces the results of the phone-in and the least popular contestant gets the chop, with the lucky two going through to the last stage of the contest. There are also performances by rock band the Killers and Brits Critics' Choice winner Tom Odell, as well as one or two surprises throughout the show

 
Season 11 Episode 1
New series. The talent extravaganza returns for its 11th series with some important changes - Simon Cowell is back on the panel for the first time since 2010, former guest judge Mel B takes a permanent role on the show and Cheryl Cole has also signed up, but she's now Cheryl Fernandez-Versini following her whirlwind wedding in July. Show stalwart Louis Walsh completes the line-up as the experts search for the nation's next singing sensation. As last year, there's an X Factor double bill every week from the beginning, kicking off with the popular closed-room auditions. The minimum age for acts has now also been lowered to 14, creating more opportunities for all the budding Justin Biebers out there. Dermot O'Leary hosts

 
Season 11 Episode 2
The closed-room auditions continue as more solo singers and groups attempt to prove they are worthy of a potentially life-changing record contract. For some, this will be the end of the road, but for those who manage to impress Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh, a more nerve-racking challenge awaits in the second round of performances at Wembley. Dermot O'Leary meets the hopefuls before and after they are called up

 
Season 11 Episode 3
As the closed-room auditions continue, more aspiring pop stars join the race for a life-changing record deal, demonstrating their vocal talents in front of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh. Expect the usual line-up of ballad belters and warbling wannabes alongside the downright deluded, as well as one or two exceptional singers who make it all worthwhile. Host Dermot O'Leary is behind the scenes with the contestants before and after their performances

 
Season 11 Episode 4
The search for a superstar continues as the judges give their verdicts on another line-up of hopefuls entering the audition room. As usual, there will be a varied mix, and only the best will be invited to take the stage in front of a huge audience at Wembley Arena. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to provide support as the singers learn their fate

 
Season 11 Episode 5
The acts who wowed the judges at the closed-room auditions now face round two - appearing not just in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh, but also an audience of nearly 5,000 people at the more intimidating setting of Wembley Arena. With limited places available at boot camp, the singers must prove their first performances weren't just a one-off. Dermot O'Leary offers words of encouragement backstage as well as a shoulder to cry on for those who fail to impress

 
Season 11 Episode 6
Having proved themselves in front of Simon, Cheryl, Mel B and Louis, the hopefuls must now perform in front of an audience of almost 5,000 as the Wembley Arena auditions continue. Expect tears, drama and difficult decisions as the contestants sing for their lives in an attempt to win a place at boot camp and move one step closer to a potentially life-changing record deal. Dermot O'Leary presents

 
Season 11 Episode 7
Having proved themselves in front of the judges, the hopefuls must now perform for an audience of almost 5,000 as the Wembley Arena auditions continue. Expect tears, drama and difficult decisions as the contestants sing for their lives in an attempt to win a place at boot camp and move one step closer to a potentially life-changing record deal. Dermot O'Leary presents

 
Season 11 Episode 8
Having impressed the judges in the audition room, the aspiring pop stars now have the more daunting challenge of captivating a huge audience at Wembley Arena, as Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh make their final selections for boot camp. Some of the contestants will have taken the panel's advice on board and come back bigger and better, but for others, one mistake could lead to a swift exit from the competition. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to support the acts as they step into the spotlight

 
Season 11 Episode 9
Simon Cowell's search for a star steps up a gear with the first of three weekend shows spotlighting the good, the bad and the awful singers who think they have a shot at the big time. In the first of three boot camps editions, the six-chair challenge returns. Cowell, Louis Walsh, Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini must decide on the final six acts they will take to the judges' houses stage. However, nobody is safe in this game of musical chairs as each judge can change their mind and swap an act with someone already through with another who comes on and out-performs them. Host Dermot O'Leary oversees the wannabe contestants as they sing for survival and try to make it one step closer to the live shows

 
Season 11 Episode 10
The six-chair challenge continues in the second of three boot-camp shows, in which the hopefuls battle it out for one of six places at the judges' house stage. Making the decisions are Simon Cowell (overs), Cheryl (girls), Mel B (boys) and Louis Walsh (groups) - and as ever, nobody is safe until the last person in each category has sung. Dermot O'Leary oversees the wannabes as they sing for survival

 
Season 11 Episode 11
The latest trip to boot camp concludes, as the ever-hopeful contestants battle it out to win the last few places to sing at the judges' houses. As the six-chair challenge continues, the wannabes can be guaranteed a little exercise for the evening if nothing else - just because they've won a seat doesn't mean it's theirs for the taking, as Simon Cowell (overs), Cheryl (girls), Mel B (boys) and Louis Walsh (groups) can swap a successful act who's already clinched a chair with someone else who takes to the stage and out-performs them. As always, Dermot O'Leary presents, and he will be backstage doling out the hugs to those through to the next round, as well as those who aren't so lucky

 
Season 11 Episode 12
Judges' Houses 1 As the judges' houses stage begins, the route to the live shows draws tantalisingly closer for the remaining 24 acts, who jet off to glamorous destinations around the world for their latest performances. Across the weekend, the overs perform for Simon Cowell and Sinitta in Los Angeles, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is with Tinie Tempah in the French city of Nice to audition the girls, Emma Bunton helps Mel B select the best boys in Cancun, Mexico, and Louis Walsh heads to Bermuda with Tulisa and the groups. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to congratulate the lucky contestants and console those who fail to make the grade

 
Season 11 Episode 13
Judges' Houses 2 As the judges' houses stage continues, the route to the live shows draws tantalisingly closer for the remaining 24 acts, who perform in glamorous destinations around the world. Across the weekend, the over 25s try to impress Simon Cowell and Sinitta in Los Angeles, Cheryl is with Tinie Tempah in the French city of Nice to audition the girls, Emma Bunton helps Mel B select the best boys in Cancun, Mexico, and Louis Walsh heads to Bermuda with Tulisa and the groups. Dermot O'Leary is the host

 
Season 11 Episode 14
Judges' Houses 3 As the judges' houses stage concludes, 24 acts pack their bags and prepare to head home, while the dozen who have made it to the live shows cope with the pressure as the real work begins. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Mel B and Cheryl don't suffer fools gladly, so the lucky few who have made it to this stage will have to pull out all the stops as they sing for their careers and a chance to make that all-important finale in December. This time last year, the likes of Kingsland Road, Rough Copy and eventual winner Sam Bailey were about to embark on a 10-week trial by TV as they aimed to win over the public, so it'll be intriguing to see how the latest 12 cope with life in the spotlight

 
Season 11 Episode 15
The contestants take their chance to shine in the first live studio round, performing a selection of classic hits in a Number Ones-themed show. Confrontations and fierce differences of opinion are inevitable as the judges critique each performance and support the acts in their categories. Simon Cowell mentors the over-25s (Jay James, Fleur East and Ben Haenow), Cheryl looks after the girls (Lauren Platt, Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala), Mel B has the boys (Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden and Paul Akister), and Louis Walsh is in charge of the groups (Blonde Electra, Only the Young, and New Boy Band - who should have a proper name in place by tonight). The wildcards are also revealed, bringing the total number of acts for the live shows up to 16. Dermot O'Leary is on presenting duties and will be getting all the reaction from the judges and contestants

 
Season 11 Episode 16
Last week, viewers cast their votes after the first live performances, and Blonde Electra and Overload Generation made early exits from the competition - a double blow for mentor Louis Walsh. Now, the fight for a recording contract continues as the remaining contestants perform tracks from the 1980s in the second live studio round. During 80s Week last year, eventual winner Sam Bailey belted out The Power of Love - originally a hit for Jennifer Rush - winning praise from the panel and audience alike, but how will this year's line-up cope with the decade's finest power ballads? Dermot O'Leary provides much-needed support on stage, while Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis take their seats behind the judges' desk to cheer on their own acts

 
Season 11 Episode 17
Last week, the contestants performed the best of the 1980s, but things ended on a bad note for both Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine, who crashed out of the competition in a double elimination. Now, the remaining acts relive classic big-screen moments as they take on songs from the movies, battling to win votes from millions of viewers at home. Dermot O'Leary provides much-needed support on stage, while Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh take their seats behind the judges' desk to cheer on their own acts. As the competition hots up and the numbers fall, there are certain to be a few dramas and disagreements on the panel

 
Season 11 Episode 18
Part One Last week, the contestants took on songs from the movies, but Jake didn't make the final cut, and more X Factor dreams ended. Now, the remaining acts get into the Halloween spirit for Fright Night, a show that's almost certain to include Michael Jackson's Thriller, but also a few unexpected song choices to keep things interesting. It's now the fourth week of the live studio rounds and Simon Cowell has decided to shake things up with a shock twist - the act with the lowest number of votes will be revealed in this show, and they will be eliminated straight away

 
Season 11 Episode 19
Part One In last week's surprise twist for Halloween, two more acts got the chop - Jack Walton and Lola Saunders - as Simon Cowell decided to shake up the competition. Now, the would-be chart stars perform hits from the back catalogues of two legendary music icons for Michael Jackson v Queen week. As the live studio rounds reach the halfway point, the pressure is mounting and there are sure to be fiery disagreements on the panel. Dermot O'Leary will be on hand to keep a cool head

 
Season 11 Episode 20
Last week, the acts celebrated two of music's biggest legends in Michael Jackson v Queen week, and it was Paul Akister who bit the dust following the sing-off. Now, the remaining acts get into the swing of things for the return of Big Band week. Battling to win praise from the judges and viewers' votes, they'll be hoping to sound better than ever with the support of live musicians, as they take on old classics and give modern pop songs a jazz twist. Dermot O'Leary provides a friendly face on stage as Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh give their verdicts

 
Season 11 Episode 21
Part One Last week, Simon Cowell lost the first of his four acts as Jay James and Stevi Ritchie found themselves in the bottom two. The judges took it to deadlock and it was Jay, perhaps surprisingly, who left the competition. Now, the remaining seven contestants battle it out in Elton John v Whitney Houston week, and one of them will be eliminated at the end of the show. There's also a live performance by French DJ David Guetta. Dermot O'Leary hosts

 
Season 11 Episode 22
Part One In last week's double elimination, Only the Young were the first to leave the competition, while Stevi Ritchie held on until Sunday, before finally calling it a day. Now, the acts each perform two songs - one of them chosen by the public - as they battle for places in next week's semi-final. Judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh listen out for flat notes as the contestants face their most important performances yet. Will any of them disappoint at this crucial stage of the competition? Dermot O'Leary is the host

 
Season 11 Episode 23
Part One Last week, Stereo Kicks were the last of the groups to be eliminated, making mentor Louis Walsh the only judge with no acts competing in the semi-final. Now, the time has come for the remaining contestants to show the voting public why they deserve a place in next week's grand final. Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis will be looking for nothing less than note-perfect performances as they search for a worthy successor to last year's winner Sam Bailey, but will the pressure to deliver lead to disaster for any of these would-be pop stars? Dermot O'Leary deals with the drama on the panel

 
Season 11 Episode 24
Part One They wowed the judges at the double auditions, survived the six-chair challenge and made it through nine weeks of live studio rounds. Now, Fleur East, Ben Haenow and Andrea Faustini head to Wembley Arena to battle it out in the first part of the final. At the end of the programme, Dermot O'Leary announces the results of the public vote and the contestant in third place is eliminated. There are also performances by Take That, Ed Sheeran and All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor

 
Season 12 Episode 1
New series. The talent show returns for its 12th series with Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw and singer-songwriter Rita Ora joining Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the judging panel. New presenting duo Caroline Flack and Olly Murs host as the search for a potential music star with an amazing voice and that extra special something begins. Tonight's edition will see the start of the auditions, as hopefuls perform in front of the judges and an arena audience of thousands in the hope of securing a place at Boot Camp

 
Season 12 Episode 2
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present more coverage of the audition process. Another batch of applicants perform in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, as well as an arena audience of thousands, in the hope of winning one of the coveted places in the series' Boot Camp

 
Season 12 Episode 3
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack host proceedings as the audition stages continue, with more hopeful contenders seek to win over the panel and secure a place at the Boot Camp. Doing so will first mean they must face the collective criticism of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, along with the gathered arena audience

 
Season 12 Episode 4
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present further coverage of the audition process, as another batch of applicants perform in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, as well as an arena audience of thousands, in the hope of winning one of the coveted places at the Boot Camp

 
Season 12 Episode 5
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack host proceedings as the audition stages continue, as more hopeful contenders seek to win over the panel and secure a place at Boot Camp. Doing so means they must face the collective criticism of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, along with the arena audience

 
Season 12 Episode 6
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs host the next stage of the talent show. Would-be contestants sing in front of an arena audience of thousands and judging panel Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, in the hope of winning one of the few coveted places at Boot Camp

 
Season 12 Episode 7
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present coverage as the audition stage concludes, with another batch of applicants performing in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, as well as an arena audience of thousands, in the hope of winning one of the coveted places at Boot Camp

 
Season 12 Episode 8
Bootcamp 1 The first of two boot-camp programmes sees the successful contestants from the arena auditions stage undertake a series of singing challenges when they are put through their paces by judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw at a grand country house. Presented by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs

 
Season 12 Episode 9
The contestants face the next stage of Boot Camp as they perform for judges Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell in the grand surroundings of a country house. If they succeed in impressing the panel, they stand to win one of the coveted places in the six chair challenge and be one step closer to victory. Presented by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack

 
Season 12 Episode 10
Six Chair Challenge 1 The first stage of this year's three-part Six Chair Challenge arrives, in which judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are given the opportunity to pick six acts to champion through to the later stages of the contest. The format has the potential to generate a great deal of drama in the studio, as the judges have the right to switch acts in and out of their line-up whenever they choose. Girl group 4th Power, 17-year-old singer Louisa Johnson and youth worker Monica Michael are among the would-be stars who have already secured a place in this round of the contest, but it remains to be seen whether any of them will be able to win over the panel and progress further

 
Season 12 Episode 11
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack present the climax of the Six Chair Challenge. Judges Rita Ora, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw must each select six acts to take a place in the live shows. However, contestants who put on an impressive performance are not out of the woods, as the judges have the freedom to change their minds at any point in the show

 
Season 12 Episode 12
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the final stage of the six chair challenge, featuring contestants from the Overs category. Judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini must each select six performers to go through to the judges' houses stage - but have the freedom to change their mind at any point, so even those who win a place are not safe until the very end

 
Season 12 Episode 13
Judges' Houses 1 Olly Murs and Caroline Flack present the next stage of the talent show, as the 24 acts to make it into the four categories - Overs, Groups, Girls and Boys - complete their training in the judges' house and return to the London studio to perform once again in the hope of impressing the judges and the public. At the end of the show, half the acts featured will be eliminated from the contest

 
Season 12 Episode 14
Judges' Houses 2 The conclusion of the judges' houses stage, in which the remaining 24 acts set off to glamorous destinations to sing for a place in the competition. They then return to the studio, where - in a new twist to the old format - judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw will choose their finalists live in the studio. Hosted by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs

 
Season 12 Episode 15
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the first of this year's live shows. The 12 remaining acts compete for the chance to make it through to the live final later this year, hoping to impress the judges enough to stay on the show. Simon Cowell has the Overs, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini the Groups, Nick Grimshaw the Boys, and Rita Ora the Girls. However, the standard is high, which is sure to cause drama and disagreements among the judges, and tomorrow's show will see the first act eliminated after a sing-off

 
Season 12 Episode 16
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the results of last night's live shows, revealing which acts have scored the lowest number of votes. These performers will be challenged to take part in a sing-off in front of judges Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell, with the losers facing elimination from the contest. Plus, Little Mix perform On My Mind

 
Season 12 Episode 17
Following the early departure of Bupsi and Alien Uncovered, the remaining acts line up for the second stage of the nerve-racking live shows. Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present as the competitors receive another chance to demonstrate their talent in the hopes of claiming a place in the live final later this year. Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora are on hand to appraise the would-be stars, and tomorrow's show will see yet another act eliminated following a tense sing-off

 
Season 12 Episode 18
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the results of last night's viewers' vote. The lowest scoring acts are challenged to compete in a sing-off to win the approval of judges Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell - with one of them being eliminated from the contest at the end of tonight's show

 
Season 12 Episode 19
Live Show 3 The number of hopeful stars continues to dwindle as more acts are eliminated from the contest. Tonight, Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present as the remaining contestants face their third live show, in which they enter Movie Week. For tonight's performances, the singers must tackle hit songs from major films, once again demonstrating their talent to judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, in the hopes of surviving another round, and taking a step closer to this year's final. Tomorrow's show will see yet another would-be pop icon eliminated following a tense sing-off

 
Season 12 Episode 20
Results Show Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the results of last night's live show, revealing which acts are safely through to the next round. The two lowest scoring scoring contestants compete in a sing-off in front of judges Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell to decide who gets to stay in the competition and who gets eliminated. With performances by One Direction and Jess Glynne

 
Season 12 Episode 21
Live Show 4 Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present as the remaining would-be stars face their fourth live show. Last weekend, Max Stone left the contest, followed by Monica Michael, who lost her place in a tense sing-off against the previously safe Anton Stephans. Now the pressure is continuing to increase for the contestants, who once again take to the stage to perform in front of the judges and the viewing public. This week, the contestants' performances are themed around `love and heartbreak', with each choosing a popular song about the pain of being in love. Tomorrow's show will see yet another act eliminated following a tense sing-off. Plus, Ed Sheeran and Rudimental take to the stage with their hit single Lay It On Me

 
Season 12 Episode 22
Results Show 4 Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the results of the viewers' vote, revealing which acts are safely through to the next round. The two lowest scoring contestants compete in a sing-off in front of judges Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell to decide who gets eliminated. Plus, Olly performs his latest single Kiss Me and Nathan Sykes from the Wanted sings his solo track Over and Over Again

 
Season 12 Episode 23
Live Show 5 This year's live show phase continues, as the remaining would-be stars face the fifth round of pulse-quickening performances. Last weekend's double elimination saw Mason Noise leave the contest after dropping into the bottom three, and in Sunday's results show, Simon Cowell found himself without a single act left in the contest, as Anton Stephans lost out in a sing-off against Che Chesterman. Tonight, Simon, Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are once again on hand to appraise the remaining competitors' talents, and presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs offer the singers much-needed moral support on-stage. As always, tomorrow's show will see yet another of the acts eliminated following another tense sing-off

 
Season 12 Episode 24
Results Show 5 Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the results of the viewers' votes, and reveal whether Che Chesterman, Lauren Murray, Louisa Johnson, 4th Impact or Reggie & Bollie are guaranteed a place in next week's semi finals. The two lowest scoring acts will be asked to compete against each other in a sing-off to impress judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw, with the loser being eliminated from the contest. Plus, country singer and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood performs her new single Heartbeat

 
Season 12 Episode 25
Live Show 6 The would-be stars face the sixth and penultimate round of nerve-racking live performances as they reach the semi-finals. Last Weekend saw the first single elimination in weeks, as girl group 4th Impact dropped from the contest following yet another deadlock from the judges. This left crooners Che Chesterman, Lauren Murray and Louisa Johnson, and duo Reggie & Bollie as this year's semi-finalists As ever, Simon Cowell, Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are on hand to judge each of their skills with the mic, and presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs offer the singers much-needed moral support on-stage. Following today's show, the least successful contestants face another tense sing-off tomorrow, after which one unlucky act will be eliminated, leaving the finalists to progress through to the contest's last round next weekend

 
Season 12 Episode 26
Che Chesterman, Lauren Murray, Louisa Johnson and Reggie & Bollie return to the stage as Caroline Flack and Olly Murs present the results of the weekend's viewers' vote. Only three of the semi-finalists will be able to progress to next week's final, meaning one unlucky act will face bowing out of the contest ahead of the climax. Tonight's show also features a group performance, as well as surprise appearances by celebrity guests

 
Season 12 Episode 27
Live Final Che, Louisa and Reggie 'n' Bollie battle it out in part one of this weekend's grand final shows, and there are duets by Little Mix and Fleur, and Leona Lewis and Ben Haenow. Weeks of lively auditions, gruelling boot camps and nerve-jangling live shows come to a head over the next two nights, but before the winner is announced, the would-be pop-stars must first make it through two more showdowns, as judges Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw are once again called upon to deliver their verdict on each act's singing prowess. The act with the lowest public-vote figures will face an early exit from the contest this evening, bowing out in third place. Naturally, the stakes are the highest they've ever been for the hopeful pop icons, and as ever, presenter duo Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are on hand to provide some much-needed moral support on-stage. By the end of tomorrow evening, one of the two remaining acts will claim their place in the spotlight as this year's winner

 
Season 12 Episode 28
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs host the climax of the singing contest from the SSE Arena, Wembley. Adele, Coldplay and One Direction will be appearing on stage before the results of the viewers' votes are tallied up and either Che, Louise or Reggie 'n' Bollie is announced as this year's winner. The performer in question will get to record this year's X Factor single - a cover version of Bob Dylan's classic song Forever Young. Last in the series

 
Season 13 Episode 1
New series. The long-running talent contest returns, bringing with it a reunion for the judging panel, as veterans Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh all reclaim their seats, joining show creator Simon Cowell to assess the latest crop of would-be stars. Also coming back to the X Factor family this year is presenter Dermot O'Leary, who takes over hosting duties from Caroline Flack and Olly Murs. As ever, the contest gets under way with the auditions stage, in which Cowell and co will be expected to successfully identify the stars of tomorrow from the thousands of hopeful competitors taking to the stage

 
Season 13 Episode 2
Simon Cowell and old friends/rivals Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger preside over another round of auditions from the opening weekend, as more would-be pop icons discover whether they have a chance at stardom. Also on hand to offer congratulations or condolences is veteran X Factor host Dermot O'Leary

 
Season 13 Episode 3
Dermot O'Leary presents as more would-be pop icons face their room auditions, which make a return to the show following their absence last year. These private auditions give contestants a chance to display their musical abilities in much more intimate conditions, without a baying audience to distract them - or back them up should Simon Cowell and co offer withering feedback

 
Season 13 Episode 4
The next stage of the room auditions, as more would-be contestants find themselves face to face with judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger in a very personal setting. Dermot O'Leary hosts the show, and is on hand to guide the aspiring singers through the first challenging stage of their road to a recording contract

 
Season 13 Episode 5
Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell gather for the penultimate round of room auditions. Naturally, by this stage in the process, the judges have already filled most of the places in the Boot Camp, but time remains for a few stand-out stars to progress to the next round. Among those already through are Honey G, a would-be rap star and `genuine urban artist', 19-year-old singer-songwriter Christian Burrows, whose tribute to his late brother reduced certain judges to tears, and 18-year-old Edinburgh student Caitlin Vanbeck, who auditioned for the show last year, but didn't make it

 
Season 13 Episode 6
The room auditions draw close to their conclusion, as more would-be contestants find themselves face to face with judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger in a very personal setting. Dermot O'Leary hosts the show, and is on hand to guide the aspiring singers through the first challenging stage of their road to a recording contract

 
Season 13 Episode 7
The room auditions draw to a close, with one final selection of hopeful pop icons facing Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. With the first stage of the contest over, the judges prepare to get down to the gritty business of putting their would-be stars through Boot Camp. Relocating from the rural idyll of Watford's Grove Hotel, the Boot Camp will take place at Alexandra Palace this year, and it is here that the contestants will receive the mentoring required to transform them into tomorrow's pop super-stars

 
Season 13 Episode 8
Dermot O'Leary presents the Boot Camp stage of this year's contest. Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh set the contestants a series of tests to demonstrate their ability to sing and dance, with the outcome deciding who gets to go through to the Six Chair Challenge

 
Season 13 Episode 9
Judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger face some difficult decisions this week, as the first of two Six Chair Challenges arrives. The current batch of contestants are asked to perform in front of live audiences for the first time, before each member of the panel must make a snap decisions over which six acts they would like to take through to the Judges Houses stage of the competition. However, the pressure isn't only on the judges during this round, as Simon, Nicole, Louis and Sharon retain the right to replace anyone they've previously given a chair, should a rival contestant out-perform their previously chosen proteges

 
Season 13 Episode 10
Dermot O'Leary presents the second instalment of the six chair challenge, as the contestants perform for the first time in front of an audience. Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne each have to choose six acts to join them in the judges' houses, bringing them one step closer to the live shows - but the judges are free to change their minds at any point in the programme

 
Season 13 Episode 11
As the judges' houses stage begins, the route to the live shows draws tantalisingly closer for the remaining acts, who jet off to glamorous destinations around the world for their latest performances. But before they set off, each judge must choose a wildcard for one of their rivals, making a total of seven acts in each category - and once there, the mentors are assisted by music industry professionals. The girls perform for Simon Cowell, Mel B and Emma Bunton in Malibu, Sharon is with Robbie Williams in Los Angeles to audition the overs, Calvin Harris helps Nicole Scherzinger select the best boys in Nice, and Louis Walsh heads to Ibiza with Fleur East, Alesha Dixon and the groups. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to congratulate the lucky contestants and console those who fail to make the grade

 
Season 13 Episode 12
The conclusion of the judges' houses stage, as Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh choose the acts they want to take through to the live shows. Dermot O'Leary is on hand to congratulate the lucky contestants and console those who fail to make the grade

 
Season 13 Episode 13
Thousands of aspiring pop stars turned up at the auditions, 120 battled it out at boot camp and, after the drama of the six-chair challenge, the best of those made it through to the judges' houses. Now the competition really begins as the final 12 perform live for the judges and millions of viewers at home. Each of them will be hoping they have what it takes to make an impression and stay on the show right up to the final just before Christmas. Simon Cowell mentors the girls (Emily Middlemass, Sam Lavery and Gifty Louise), Nicole Scherzinger looks after the boys (Matt Terry, Freddy Parker and Ryan Lawrie), Sharon Osbourne has the over-25s (Saara Aalto, Relley C and Honey G) and Louis Walsh is in charge of the groups (Bratavio, 5 After Midnight and Brooks Way). Hosted by Dermot O'Leary

 
Season 13 Episode 14
Dermot O'Leary presents the results of the first live show. The contestants will be told who is safe from being the first of this year's eliminations, before the lowest scoring acts compete in a sing-off in front of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne for the chance to remain in the contest

 
Season 13 Episode 15
As one door closes, another door opens - singing duo Bratavio have been voted off, but this week sees the return of girl group Four of Diamonds, who narrowly missed out at Louis's judges' house and now rejoin the competition in place of Brooks Way. This week the acts perform classic Motown songs in front of judges and mentors Simon Cowell (girls), Nicole Scherzinger (boys), Louis Walsh (groups) and Sharon Osbourne (over-25s) - as well as millions of viewers at home - and once this latest round of performances are out of the way, Dermot O'Leary entrusts the would-be stars' fate to viewers as the public vote opens

 
Season 13 Episode 16
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of Saturday's live show, revealing which of the acts is safely through to the next stage of the competition. The lowest scoring acts must compete in a sing-off in front of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne to decide which of them will be eliminated from the contest

 
Season 13 Episode 17
Last week Freddy performed on the X Factor stage for the last time after losing out to Finnish powerhouse Saara in the sing-off. The stakes get ever higher as the remaining acts sing again, this time performing songs by Divas, with judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne giving their thoughts. Dermot O'Leary keeps things moving along

 
Season 13 Episode 18
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's live show, revealing which acts are safely through to the next round. The two lowest scoring contestants compete in a sing-off in front of judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh to decide who gets to stay in the competition and who gets eliminated

 
Season 13 Episode 19
Last Sunday, Relley C faced Four of Diamonds in the sing-off and it was the solo singer who got the boot. Now, the battle for a music career continues as the budding pop stars take on Fright Night songs - just ahead of Halloween. Expect the usual confrontations and bickering as judges and mentors Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh fiercely defend their remaining contestants and critique the others - although whether any glasses of water will be thrown remains to be seen. Dermot O'Leary keeps the peace

 
Season 13 Episode 20
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's live show, revealing which acts are safely through to the next round. The lowest-scoring contestants compete in a sing-off in front of judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh to decide who has performed on this stage for the last time. Last year's winner Louisa Johnson returns to the show to perform a track from her debut album, and Bruno Mars performs his new single 24K Magic

 
Season 13 Episode 21
Last week Gifty Louise left the show after a sing-off with Four of Diamonds - a controversial exit that hit the headlines. Now the rest of the acts will no doubt be feeling nervous, fully aware that nothing is certain as they perform songs made famous by boy bands and girl bands. As ever, Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are the ones to impress - as well as the voting public. Dermot O'Leary keeps things ticking over

 
Season 13 Episode 22
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's show, revealing which acts are safely through to the next stage, before the lowest scoring competitors face the dreaded sing-off in front of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne to determine who will be eliminated from the competition

 
Season 13 Episode 23
Last week saw Four of Diamonds' X Factor journey come to an end as they were beaten in the sing-off by Finnish dynamo Saara Aalto. She and the rest of the acts now take to the stage once more - and this week they are performing disco classics as they hope to keep their dream alive. As always, Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh take their seats at the judges' desk, as the would-be stars sing in front of the panel - and the nation. Dermot O'Leary keeps things ticking over

 
Season 13 Episode 24
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's show, revealing who is through to the next stage and who has scored the lowest number of votes. The acts facing elimination will compete in a sing-off in front of judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh to determine who stays in the contest and who will be leaving

 
Season 13 Episode 25
Last week, Sam Lavery and Ryan Lawrie found themselves in the bottom two and the final vote went to Sharon Osbourne - and after it seemed like she was going to send home Scots singer Ryan, she seemed to change her mind at the last second and eliminate North East lass Sam instead. After that drama, the remaining contestants are going to the movies - or, to be more accurate, they're singing classic songs from the movies. Expect the usual confrontations and bickering as Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and the aforementioned Sharon fiercely defend their remaining acts and provide verdicts on each performance. Dermot O'Leary calls the shots

 
Season 13 Episode 26
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's show, revealing which of the acts is safe from elimination. Judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne preside over a sing-off, as the lowest scoring acts perform to decide who will be the next to leave the competition

 
Season 13 Episode 27
Last week saw one of the most controversial sing-offs of the series so far as Honey G and Ryan sang for their places in the contest, with three judges voting to keep the rapper - causing a furore on social media. Now the pressure has never been higher as she, Emily Middlemas, 5 After Midnight, Matt Terry and Saara Aalto battle for a place in next week's semi-final - and to add to the pressure the theme is Louis Loves - songs chosen by the veteran judge. As always, judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh will be listening out for flat notes as the potential pop stars face their most important performances so far, with Dermot O'Leary keeping things ticking over

 
Season 13 Episode 28
Results Show Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's show, revealing which acts are through to the next stage of the competition. The lowest scoring performers have to compete in a sing-off for judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne to decide who gets to stay on and who will be the next to be eliminated from the contest

 
Season 13 Episode 29
Last week, music fans around the country breathed a sigh of relief as Honey G was voted off. Now the serious business of finding a successor to Louisa Johnson begins as Emily Middlemas, 5 After Midnight, Matt Terry and Saara Aalto take the stage for the semi-final. They'll be performing Christmas songs, so the atmosphere should be quite jolly - although whether it'll be a case of peace and love on the judges' panel, knowing their acts are all fighting for a coveted place in next week's grand final, is another matter. Dermot O'Leary will be on hand to offer everyone some much needed moral support

 
Season 13 Episode 30
Semi-Final Results Dermot O'Leary presents the results of last night's show and reveals which acts have secured themselves a place in next week's final. The remaining performers still have one last chance to save themselves, as they compete in a sing-off to impress judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne and avoid being eliminated from the contest

 
Season 13 Episode 31
Live Final Weeks of lively auditions, gruelling boot camps and nerve-jangling live shows come to a head in the first instalment of the annual talent show's grand final. Before the winner is announced, 5 After Midnight, Matt Terry and Saara Aalto face yet another showdown, as judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne deliver their verdict on each act's performance one final time. Taking to the stage alongside a surprise guest performer, the acts sing two songs each in front of an audience of thousands at Wembley Arena. The act with the lowest public-vote figures faces the gut-churning prospect of bowing out in third place, while the remaining two go on to battle it out in the second stage of the final

 
Season 13 Episode 32
Final Results Dermot O'Leary introduces the climax of this year's talent contest. The results of last night's performance at Wembley Arena are in and one of the three finalists has been eliminated from the contest. The two remaining acts must give one final performance to impress the viewing public and the judges, before one of them is crowned as this year's winner. Last in the series

 
Season 14 Episode 1
Dermot O'Leary returns with the long-running talent contest, which is now entering its 14th year. As ever, would-be pop icons from all walks of life queue down the street for a moment in the spotlight as the auditions process begins, but it remains to be seen whether the contestant who will ultimately replace last year's winner Matt Terry as champion will be among the first acts to present themselves to the panel. Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne all return to take their places at the judges' desk, alongside ever-present X Factor supremo Simon Cowell

 
Season 14 Episode 2
Dermot O'Leary presents the second stage of the auditions phase, as the long-running talent contest continues. Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell all take their places at the judges' desk, to assess the potential star-power of another selection of auditionees

 
Season 14 Episode 3
Dermot O'Leary presents as the nationwide talent contest continues apace in the third rounds of auditions. Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell all take their places at the judges' desk, to assess the potential star-power of another selection of auditionees, who must perform in two stages. The process begins with a series of intimate closed room performances where they are alone with the judges, before the most successful applicants progress to the boot camp stage of the show

 
Season 14 Episode 4
Dermot O'Leary presents as the nationwide talent contest continues apace in the fourth rounds of auditions. Another selection of would-be stars submit themselves for approval by uncompromising resident judges Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell

 
Season 14 Episode 5
Dermot O'Leary presents as the audition stages of the popular talent show continue, with another selection of would-be pop icons marshalled out to face the scrutiny of star-making judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger

 
Season 14 Episode 6
Talent contest, hosted by Dermot O'Leary, in which solo singers and groups compete to impress judges Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell and win a recording contract

 
Season 14 Episode 7
Dermot O'Leary hosts the final weekend of auditions, as the judges' nationwide talent-seeking tour draws close to its conclusion. As always, expect to see a wide variety of talent, from the sublime to the absurd, as Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh deliver their verdicts to the latest batch of would-be stars seeking a moment in the spotlight

 
Season 14 Episode 8
Bootcamp is looming on the horizon, and Dermot O'Leary presents the final selection of room auditions. Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell assemble for the last stop on their nationwide talent-hunt, as more hopefuls submit themselves for approval

 
Season 14 Episode 9
The X Factor: Bootcamp The nationwide auditions are now over, having introduced the UK to the likes of Irish busker brothers Sean and Conor Price, and new dad Sam Black, who turned up to the first round of auditions with his partner and baby son in tow. Now, the long-list of would-be pop icons has been assembled, and Dermot O'Leary presents as the Bootcamp stage of this year's contest begins. Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh set the contestants a series of tests to demonstrate their ability to sing and dance, with the outcome deciding who gets to go through to this year's Six Chair Challenge. First, the competitors must race to the Wall of Songs, where they must choose a tune to perform in a group of four. If their ensembles are successful, the stars-in-training will progress to the next stage of Bootcamp - the Arena Auditions

 
Season 14 Episode 10
The X Factor: Bootcamp Dermot O'Leary presents the Bootcamp stage of this year's contest. Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh set the contestants a series of tests to demonstrate their ability to sing and dance, with the outcome deciding who gets to go through to this year's Six Chair Challenge

 
Season 14 Episode 11
The X Factor: Bootcamp Dermot O'Leary presents as the Bootcamp stage of this year's contest draws to a close. The remaining contestants take the stage at Wembley Arena, where they must perform in front of a live audience for the first time this series. Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh will be appraising each act's ability to perform in front of a packed arena, and if they succeed this time, the would-be stars will progress through to the Six Chair Challenge

 
Season 14 Episode 12
The X Factor: Six Chair Challenge Dermot O'Leary hosts the first of three six chair challenge episodes, in which each judge must choose six acts to go forward to the next stage of the contest in the Judges' Houses. The judges must make the decision as soon as each act has performed - but are free to change their mind should someone better come along later in the show

 
Season 14 Episode 13
The X Factor: Six Chair Challenge The dreaded Six Chair Challenge phase of the contest reaches its midway point, as the performers each take to the stage individually, in a bid to win one of the six seats on the stage - and at place in the Judges' Houses round. However, even those performers who manage to claim a chair are not safe, as judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger all retain the right to evict previously selected contestants in favour of acts that follow, and host Dermot O'Leary is on hand to console those unfortunate performers who find themselves giving up their place to another contestant

 
Season 14 Episode 14
The X Factor: Six Chair Challenge Dermot O'Leary hosts the conclusion of the Six Chair Challenge stage. Each of the judges must make their final decisions about which of the contestants will win one of the coveted seats and make it through to the next stage - but they are still free to change their mind right up until the last moment

 
Season 14 Episode 15
The X Factor - Judges' Houses Dermot O'Leary presents as the contest enters the judges' houses stage, which sees the 24 remaining would-be stars jetting off to exotic locales for a taste of the glamour that comes with international stardom. This time, the Boys accompany Louis Walsh to Istanbul, while the Girls follow Sharon Osbourne to San Francisco. Simon Cowell takes the Groups to his villa Chateau Diter near Cannes, and Nicole Scherzinger takes the Overs to South Africa. Each group will receive mentoring from some of the judges' closest confidants, as former X Factor judge Cheryl returns to mentor Simon's ensembles, and Jack and Kelly Osbourne help their mother Sharon with the girls. Nicole will be enlisting the aid of UK grime star Stormzy, while Louis' lads will be mentored by Brit Award-winning singer Mika

 
Season 14 Episode 16
The X Factor - Judges' Houses The Judges' House phase continues, with the acts jetting off overseas to perform for their mentors in the hope of winning a place in the live shows. Each coach has a guest judge on hand to help them - Louis Walsh and Mika assess the boys in Istanbul, Simon Cowell and Cheryl teach the groups in France, Nicole Scherzinger and Stormzy take the overs to South Africa, and Sharon Osbourne is joined by her children Jack and Kelly to oversee the girls in San Francisco

 

 

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