The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

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The X Factor: Battle of the Stars
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Broadcast from 29 May 2006 – 5 June 2006
Judges Simon Cowell
Sharon Osbourne
Louis Walsh
Presenter(s) Kate Thornton
Broadcaster ITV
Winner:
Lucy Benjamin
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Origin Reading, Berkshire, England
Runner-up
Matt Stevens

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars was a UK celebrity special edition of The X Factor, which screened on ITV, started on 29 May 2006 and lasting for eight consecutive nights. Pop Idol was meant to air in its place as Celebrity Pop Idol but was stopped shortly before transmission, when ITV picked The X Factor over it.

Nine celebrity acts participated, singing live in front of the nation and facing the judges of the previous The X Factor series, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. Voting revenues were donated to the celebrities' chosen charities.

It was reported on 26 August 2006 that Cowell had axed the show, describing it as "pointless" and adding "we are never going to do it again."[1]

Contestants[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
16–24s (Osbourne) Michelle Marsh Nikki Sanderson Matt Stevens
Over 25s (Walsh) Lucy Benjamin Gillian McKeith Chris Moyles
Groups (Cowell) The Chefs James & Rebecca Paul & Debbie

The Chefs were Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli, Paul Rankin and Ross Burden.

Loos replaced Andrea Catherwood, who was originally scheduled to appear as James Hewitt's singing partner, but was not allowed to appear after ITV News bosses refused to give her permission.[2]

Live shows[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Contestant Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
Lucy Benjamin Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(day 8)
Matt Stevens Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
(day 8)
Chris Moyles Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd Eliminated
(day 7)
The Chefs Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two 4th Eliminated
(day 6)
Nikki Sanderson Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(day 5)
James & Rebecca Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(day 4)
Michelle Marsh Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(day 3)
Gillian McKeith Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(day 2)
Paul & Debbie Bottom two Eliminated
(day 1)
Final showdown McKeith,
Paul & Debbie
McKeith,
Marsh
Benjamin,
Marsh
James & Rebecca,
Sanderson
The Chefs,
Sanderson
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate Paul & Debbie Marsh Marsh James & Rebecca Sanderson
Osbourne's vote to eliminate Paul & Debbie McKeith Benjamin James & Rebecca The Chefs
Cowell's vote to eliminate McKeith McKeith Marsh Sanderson Sanderson
Eliminated Paul & Debbie
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Gillian McKeith
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Michelle Marsh
2 of 3 votes
Majority
James & Rebecca
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Nikki Sanderson
2 of 3 votes
Majority
The Chefs
Public vote
to save
Chris Moyles
Public vote
to save
Matt Stevens
Public vote
to win

Live show details[edit]

Show 1 (29 May 2006)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Paul & Debbie 1 "Let Me Entertain You" Eliminated
Nikki Sanderson 2 "I've Got the Music in Me" Safe
Gillian McKeith 3 "I Just Want to Make Love to You" Bottom two
The Chefs 4 "Uptown Girl" Safe
Matt Stevens 5 "Mack the Knife" Safe
Lucy Benjamin 6 "Put Your Records On" Safe
James & Rebecca 7 "Addicted to Love" Safe
Michelle Marsh 8 "River Deep – Mountain High" Safe
Chris Moyles 9 "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Gillian McKeith
  • Walsh: Paul & Debbie
  • Osbourne: Paul & Debbie

Show 2 (30 May 2006)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Chris Moyles 1 "You Really Got Me" Safe
Michelle Marsh 2 "Eternal Flame" Bottom two
The Chefs 3 "Volare" Safe
Lucy Benjamin 4 "Walking on Sunshine" Safe
Gillian McKeith 5 "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" Eliminated
James & Rebecca 6 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Safe
Nikki Sanderson 7 "Emotion" Safe
Matt Stevens 8 "Smooth" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Michelle Marsh
  • Osbourne: Gillian McKeith
  • Cowell: Gillian McKeith

Show 3 (31 May 2006)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Lucy Benjamin 1 "Get the Party Started" Bottom two
Nikki Sanderson 2 "The Voice Within" Safe
Chris Moyles 3 "What a Wonderful World" Safe
Michelle Marsh 4 "Ironic" Eliminated
The Chefs 5 "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" Safe
Matt Stevens 6 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Safe
James & Rebecca 7 "Rock DJ" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Michelle Marsh
  • Osbourne: Lucy Benjamin
  • Cowell: Michelle Marsh

Show 4 (1 June 2006)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Nikki Sanderson 1 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Bottom two
Chris Moyles 2 "Beautiful Day" Safe
James & Rebecca 3 "The Way You Make Me Feel" Eliminated
Matt Stevens 4 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Safe
Lucy Benjamin 5 "See the Day" Safe
The Chefs 6 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Nikki Sanderson
  • Osbourne: James & Rebecca
  • Walsh: James & Rebecca

Show 5 (2 June 2006)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order First Song Order Second song Result
The Chefs 1 "Get Back" 6 "That's Amore" Bottom two
Nikki Sanderson 2 "Run to You" 7 "Shackles (Praise You)" Eliminated
Chris Moyles 3 "Achilles Heel" 8 "Avenues and Alleyways" Safe
Lucy Benjamin 4 "Call Me" 9 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Safe
Matt Stevens 5 "Nobody Knows" 10 "Piano Man" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: The Chefs
  • Cowell: Nikki Sanderson
  • Walsh: Nikki Sanderson

Show 6 (3 June 2006)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order First Song Order Second song Result
Matt Stevens 1 "Moondance" 5 "Desperado" Safe
The Chefs 2 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" 6 "Livin' la Vida Loca" Eliminated
Chris Moyles 3 "That's My Goal" 7 "Burning Love" Safe
Lucy Benjamin 4 "If I Ain't Got You" 8 "Maybe" Safe

For the first time in the series, there was no bottom two. The act with the fewest votes was eliminated.

Show 7 (4 June 2006)[edit]

Show 8 (5 June 2006)[edit]

All the contestants appeared to perform "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and Shayne Ward performed "Stand by Me".

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