The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

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

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]

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 received the most public votes
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

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