List of The X Factor (UK) finalists

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The X Factor is a British television music competition that first aired in 2004. As of December 2016, there have been thirteen completed series. The final round of the competition features a number of solo singers or vocal groups: nine in series 1, twelve in series 2-6 and 10, 16 in series 7, 8 and 11, and 13 in series 9, 12 and 13. A total of 168 acts have reached the finals of their series.

During the first three series, the finalists were split into three groups: "16-24s", "25-and-overs" (renamed "over 25s" in series 2, though still often referred to as "25-and-overs" in series 2 and 3) and "groups". Each set of contestants was mentored by one of the show's judges, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. From series 4 onwards, the 16-24s were subdivided into girls and boys categories as a fourth judge, Dannii Minogue, joined the show. Following Osbourne's exit from the show after series 4, Cheryl Cole replaced her. In series 7, the over 25s were changed to over 28s, before being changed back for series 8. Also in series 8, Cowell, Minogue and Cole all left the show, leaving Walsh as the only judge to return from the previous year. He was joined on the panel by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos. In series 9, Rowland left the show, Barlow, Walsh and Contostavlos returned as judges from the previous year. Nicole Scherzinger joined the panel as a replacement for Rowland. The over 25s were changed to over 28s again in series 9, and then back to over 25s in series 10. Osbourne also returned to the panel in series 10, replacing Contostavlos. Cowell and Cole returned for series 11, replacing Barlow and Osbourne. Mel B joined the panel in series 11, replacing Scherzinger. Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw joined the panel in series 12, replacing Mel B and Walsh. Walsh, Scherzinger and Osbourne returned to the panel in series 13, replacing Grimshaw, Ora and Cole.

As of series 13, all five categories have won the show on at least one occasion, while seven of the show's nine judges have had the winning act in their category at least once, with Cowell winning three times, Cole, Minogue and Scherzinger winning twice, and Walsh, Contostavlos, Osbourne and Ora winning once. The only judges not to win were Barlow, Grimshaw, Rowland and Mel B, with Rowland, Mel B and Grimshaw's best performance being third place in 2011, 2014 and 2015 respectively (their only series) and Barlow placing second in 2011 (the first of his three years on the panel). Osbourne failed to win the show in her initial stint, but won on her return in series 10.

Contestants[edit]

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Name Series Category Mentor Finished
2 Shoes 8 Groups Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 14th (joint)
2 to Go 1 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 7th
4Sure 3 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 11th
4Tune 2 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 11th
Abraham, AndyAndy Abraham 2 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 2nd
Addictiv Ladies 2 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 12th
Adedeji, RachelRachel Adedeji 6 Girls Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 9th
Adeleye, JohnJohn Adeleye 7 Over 28s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 12th
Akister, PaulPaul Akister 11 Boys B, MelMel B 9th
Allen, RobertRobert Allen 3 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 6th
Alton, AbiAbi Alton 10 Girls Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 8th
Angus, NikittaNikitta Angus 3 16-24s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 7th
Archer, JamieJamie Archer 6 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 7th
Arthur, JamesJames Arthur 9 Boys Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 1st
B, MishaMisha B 8 Girls Rowland, KellyKelly Rowland 4th
Bad Lashes 5 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 12th
Bailey, SamSam Bailey 10 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 1st
Barrett, HannahHannah Barrett 10 Girls Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 6th
Belle Amie 7 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 11th
Bennett, AlishaAlisha Bennett 4 Girls Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 7th
Blonde Electric 11 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 16th
Brookes, SamiSami Brookes 8 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 12th
Brookstein, SteveSteve Brookstein 1 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 1st
Brucknell, KittyKitty Brucknell 8 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 7th
Bruton, ScottScott Bruton 5 Boys Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 10th
Bupsi 12 Overs Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 13th
Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke 5 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 1st
Byrne, MaryMary Byrne 7 Over 28s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 5th
Callaghan, TabbyTabby Callaghan 1 16-24s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 3rd
Callahan, SamSam Callahan 10 Boys Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 7th
Cardle, MattMatt Cardle 7 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 1st
Chesterman, ChéChé Chesterman 12 Boys Grimshaw, NickNick Grimshaw 3rd
Clark, RylanRylan Clark 9 Boys Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 5th
Cocozza, FrankieFrankie Cocozza 8 Boys Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 8th (removed)
Cohen, TreycTreyc Cohen 7 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 10th
Collins, MarcusMarcus Collins 8 Boys Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 2nd
Colton, CraigCraig Colton 8 Boys Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 6th
Compton, CassieCassie Compton 1 16-24s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 5th
Conway Sisters, TheThe Conway Sisters 2 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 6th
Daniels, LloydLloyd Daniels 6 Boys Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 5th
de Bourg, DanielDaniel de Bourg 4 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 11th
Devlin, JanetJanet Devlin 8 Girls Rowland, KellyKelly Rowland 5th
District3 9 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 7th
Diva Fever 7 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 13th
Douglas, JahméneJahméne Douglas 9 Boys Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 2nd
Dorsett, NicholasNicholas Dorsett 2 16-24s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 7th
Drage, AustinAustin Drage 5 Boys Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 9th
East, FleurFleur East 11 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 2nd
Edwards, BrendaBrenda Edwards 2 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 4th
Ellis, JadeJade Ellis 9 Girls Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 10th
Eton Road 3 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 5th
Evans, DanielDaniel Evans 5 Over 25s Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 7th
Evans, NikiNiki Evans 4 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 4th
Faustini, AndreaAndrea Faustini 11 Boys B, MelMel B 3rd
Ferguson, RebeccaRebecca Ferguson 7 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 2nd
Festa, NicoloNicolo Festa 7 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 16th
Foster, TameraTamera Foster 10 Girls Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 5th
Friend, LukeLuke Friend 10 Boys Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 3rd
Futureproof 4 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 9th
F.Y.D. 7 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 15th
G4 1 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 2nd
Girlband 5 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 11th
Grimshaw, AidenAiden Grimshaw 7 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 9th
Habibis, SophieSophie Habibis 8 Girls Rowland, KellyKelly Rowland 11th
Haenow, BenBen Haenow 11 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 1st
Henderson, EllaElla Henderson 9 Girls Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 6th
Hope 4 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 5th
Howett, RobertaRoberta Howett 1 16-24s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 9th
Hylton, RachelRachel Hylton 5 Over 25s Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 6th
Impact, 4th4th Impact 12 Groups Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 5th
Jackson, LeonLeon Jackson 4 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 1st
James, JayJay James 11 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 8th
Jasmine, ChloeChloe Jasmine 11 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 13th
JLS 5 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 2nd
John & Edward 6 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 6th
Johnson, DanylDanyl Johnson 6 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 4th
Johnson, LouisaLouisa Johnson 12 Girls Ora, RitaRita Ora 1st
Jones, LucieLucie Jones 6 Girls Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 8th
Journey South 2 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 3rd
Kandy Rain 6 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 12th
Keays, VerityVerity Keays 1 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 8th
Kerr, JonjoJonjo Kerr 8 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 14th (joint)
Kingsland Road 10 Groups Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 9th
Lawson, MariaMaria Lawson 2 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 8th
Lee, StormStorm Lee 7 Over 28s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 14th
Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis 3 16-24s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 1st
Lily, AmeliaAmelia Lily 8 Girls Rowland, KellyKelly Rowland 3rd
Little Mix (Rhythmix) 8 Groups Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 1st
Lloyd, CherCher Lloyd 7 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 4th
Loney, RikkiRikki Loney 6 Boys Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 11th
Lorenzo, RuthRuth Lorenzo 5 Over 25s Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 5th
MacDonald Brothers, TheThe MacDonald Brothers 3 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 4th
Macdonald, NicholasNicholas McDonald 10 Boys Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 2nd
Macelderry, JoeJoe McElderry 6 Boys Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 1st
Mackenzie, AshleyAshley McKenzie 3 16-24s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 8th
Macgregor, KerryKerry McGregor 3 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 9th
Magee, PhillipPhillip Magee 2 16-24s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 10th
Maloney, ChristopherChristopher Maloney 9 Over 28s Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 3rd
Masson, MelanieMelanie Masson 9 Over 28s Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 12th
Michael, JamesJames Michael 8 Boys Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 14th (joint)
Michael, MonicaMonica Michael 12 Girls Ora, RitaRita Ora 8th
Miley Moore, SeannSeann Miley Moore 12 Boys Grimshaw, NickNick Grimshaw 10th
Mills, BenBen Mills 3 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 3rd
Miss Dynamix 10 Groups Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 10th
Miss Frank 6 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 10th
Mitchell, DionneDionne Mitchell 3 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 10th
MK1 9 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 11th
Murray, LaurenLauren Murray 12 Girls Ora, RitaRita Ora 4th
Murs, OllyOlly Murs 6 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 2nd
Nakanda, EmilyEmily Nakanda 4 Girls Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 10th (withdrew)
Nala, StephanieStephanie Nala 11 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 14th
Noise, MasonMason Noise 12 Boys Grimshaw, NickNick Grimshaw 7th
Nu Vibe 8 Groups Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 13th
One Direction 7 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 3rd
Only The Young 11 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 7th
Overload Generation 11 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 15th
Platt, LaurenLauren Platt 11 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 4th
Poole, CarolynneCarolynne Poole 9 Over 28s Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 13th
Quickenden, JakeJake Quickenden 11 Boys B, MelMel B 12th
Quigg, EoghanEoghan Quigg 5 Boys Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 3rd
Quinn, RayRay Quinn 3 16-24s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 2nd
Reggie 'n' Bollie 12 Groups Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 2nd
Richardson, PaijePaije Richardson 7 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 8th
Risk, TheThe Risk 8 Groups Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 10th
Ritchie, SteviStevi Ritchie 11 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 6th
Roberts, RhydianRhydian Roberts 4 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 2nd
Robinson, JohnnyJohnny Robinson 8 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 9th
Rough Copy 10 Groups Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 4th
Same Difference 4 Groups Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 3rd
Satchell, RowettaRowetta Satchell 1 Over 25s Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 4th
Saunders, LolaLola Saunders 11 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 10th
Simpson, LornaLorna Simpson 10 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 12th
Slimani, ChicoChico Slimani 2 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 5th
Smith, ShelleyShelley Smith 10 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 11th
Solomon, StaceyStacey Solomon 6 Girls Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 3rd
Sones, KyeKye Sones 9 Over 28s Barlow, GaryGary Barlow 8th
Southwick, KimberleyKimberley Southwick 4 Girls Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 12th
Spraggan, LucyLucy Spraggan 9 Girls Contostavlos, TulisaTulisa Contostavlos 9th (withdrew)
Stereo Kicks 11 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 5th
Stephans, AntonAnton Stephans 12 Overs Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 6th
Stone, MaxMax Stone 12 Overs Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 9th
Trotman, BeverleyBeverley Trotman 4 Over 25s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 6th
Unconventionals, TheThe Unconventionals 3 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 12th
Uncovered, AlienAlien Uncovered 12 Groups Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 12th
Union J 9 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 4th
Vickers, DianaDiana Vickers 5 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 4th
Voices with Soul 1 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 6th
Waissel, KatieKatie Waissel 7 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 7th
Wagner 7 Over 28s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 6th
Walton, JackJack Walton 11 Boys B, MelMel B 11th
Ward, ShayneShayne Ward 2 16-24s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 1st
Weathers, KieraKiera Weathers 12 Girls Ora, RitaRita Ora 11th
White, LauraLaura White 5 Girls Fernandez-Versini, CherylCheryl Fernandez-Versini 8th
Williams, AndyAndy Williams 4 Boys Minogue, DanniiDannii Minogue 8th
Zinyuku, ChenaiChenai Zinyuku 2 16-24s Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 9th
Terry, MattMatt Terry 13 Boys Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 1st
Parker, FreddyFreddy Parker 13 Boys Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 11th
Lawrie, RyanRyan Lawrie 13 Boys Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger 6th
Louise, GiftyGifty Louise 13 Girls Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 9th
Lavery, SamSam Lavery 13 Girls Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 7th
Middlemas, EmilyEmily Middlemas 13 Girls Cowell, SimonSimon Cowell 4th
G, HoneyHoney G 13 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 5th
C, RelleyRelley C 13 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 10th
Aalto, SaaraSaara Aalto 13 Over 25s Osbourne, SharonSharon Osbourne 2nd
Bratavio 13 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 12th
5 After Midnight 13 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 3rd
Four of Diamonds 13 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 8th
Brooks Way 13 Groups Walsh, LouisLouis Walsh 13th (withdrew)
  • On four occasions, contestants have left the show under different circumstances than regular elimination. In series 4, Emily Nakanda withdrew from the show in response to allegations that she had assaulted a schoolmate prior to her appearance on the show. Nakanda was told that she would be removed anyway if she did not withdraw.[1] In series 8, Frankie Cocozza was removed from the show after breaking a "golden rule" of the show.[citation needed] In the ninth series, Lucy Spraggan withdrew in week 5 of the live shows due to illness, after not performing in week 4, and not having had a full rehearsal session for week 5.[2] Brooks Way withdrew from series 13 by murual agreement after being absent from the first live show, due to events in the personal life of one of the band's members.[3]
  • Little Mix were originally known on the show as "Rhythmix" until they changed their name following pressure from a children's charity with the same name.[4]
  • In 2011, four contestants were eliminated from the show following the first live show by the judges, without facing a public vote, so should be listed as finishing joint 13th. However, following the removal of Cocozza several weeks later, the public were given the opportunity to vote for one of the four contestants to return.[5] With 48% of votes cast, Amelia Lily was reinstated to the show. As a result, 2 Shoes, Jonjo Kerr, and James Michael are classed as joint 14th with Lily going on to finish in third place.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox, Emma; Nathan, Sarah (2 November 2007). "Emily axed from the X Factor". The Sun. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Lucy Spraggan leaves 'The X Factor'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brooks Way leave The X Factor by mutual consent". The X Factor. itv.com. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Nissim, Mayer (26 October 2011). "'X Factor' Rhythmix to change name following charity pressure". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Frankie exit lifeline for axed four". Yahoo!. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 

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