The X Factor: Celebrity

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The X Factor: Celebrity
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Broadcast from12 October 2019 (2019-10-12) –
Presenter(s)Dermot O'Leary (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)Vick Hope (YouTube)
No. of episodes4

The X Factor: Celebrity is a British celebrity special edition of The X Factor which premiered on 12 October 2019 on ITV.[1] Simon Cowell judges alongside Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, with Dermot O'Leary presenting the series.[2]

The format for the series was announced in 2019, after The X Factor was contracted until 2022.[3] The celebrity lineup was announced on 30 September 2019.


The series was first reported in early 2019, as the regular series is being put on hiatus due to declining ratings.[4][5] On 7 July 2019, Walsh spoke about the return of the series, stating, "I go to Los Angeles on Tuesday, I go to Simon’s house in Malibu, it’s me, Simon and Nicole, we’re doing the celebrity one."[6] On 22 October 2019, it was revealed that Vick Hope would host Extra Bites on YouTube, each episode will be aired after each live show.[7]


A teaser, released in September 2019, teased the potential contestants of the series, of which include: a film star, model, online influencers, professional dancer, social media stars and a soap star.[8] The full line-up was revealed on 30 September 2019.[9] Cowell will mentor the Groups, Walsh will mentor the Unders and Scherzinger will mentor the Overs.


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
     – Eliminated in the Live Shows
     – Eliminated in the Auditions
     – Participating

Contestant Age(s) Hometown Category (Mentor) Known for Result
Jenny Ryan[a] 37 Bolton, England Overs (Scherzinger) Quizzer & The Chase star Participating
Kevin McHale 31 United States Plano, Texas, U.S. Unders (Walsh) Glee actor Participating
Max and Harvey 16 Sandhurst, England Groups (Cowell) YouTube personalities Participating
Megan McKenna 27 Barking, England Unders (Walsh) Television personality Participating
Try Star[b] 21–34 Birmingham / Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe / Chester Groups (Cowell) Rugby union players Participating
V5[c] 18–21  Puerto Rico /  Mexico /  Brazil /
 Cuba /  Colombia
Groups (Cowell) Social media influencers Participating
Vinnie Jones[d] 54 Watford, England Overs (Scherzinger) Actor & former Premier League footballer Participating
No Love Lost[e] 21–24 Essex / London / Staffordshire Groups (Cowell) Love Island stars 8th place
Martin Bashir 56 Wandsworth, England Overs (Scherzinger) Journalist & news anchor 9th place
Jonny Labey 26 Jersey Grouville, Jersey Unders (Walsh) Former EastEnders actor 10th place
Victoria Ekanoye 36 Bury, England Overs (Scherzinger) Former Coronation Street actress 11th place
Olivia Olson 27 United States Los Angeles, California, U.S. Unders (Walsh) Actress 12th place
Ricki Lake 51 United States Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S. Overs (Scherzinger) Hairspray actress & former talk show host 13th place
Hayley Hasselhoff 27 United States Los Angeles, California, U.S. Unders (Walsh) Actress & model 14th place
Cole and Edwards[f] 43 & 48 New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand &
London, England
Groups (Cowell) Former Strictly Come Dancing professional and Former Hollyoaks actor 15th place


  1. ^ Ryan was originally eliminated in the Auditions, but on 21 October 2019, she was brought back into the competition.
  2. ^ Try Star consists of Levi Davis, Thom Evans and Ben Foden.
  3. ^ V5 consists of social media influencers Alondra Martinez, Renata Vaca, Sofia Oliveira, Wendii Sarmiento, and Laura Buitrago. Renata replaced Natalie Valerin, who left before the live shows.
  4. ^ Jones did not audition for the series due to the death of his wife, but Cowell invited him to join the live shows.
  5. ^ No Love Lost (aka Love Islanders) consist of stars Eyal Booker, Zara McDermott, Samira Mighty and Wes Nelson.
  6. ^ Cole and Edwards consists of Brendan Cole and Jeremy Edwards.


Order Celebrity Category Song choice[10] Result
Week 1 (12 October 2019)
1 Love Islanders[a] Groups "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" Advanced
2 Kevin McHale Unders "Never Be the Same" Advanced
3 Max and Harvey Groups "I Don't Care" Advanced
4 Cole & Edwards Groups "Love at First Sight" Eliminated
5 Martin Bashir Overs "L-O-V-E" Advanced
6 Hayley Hasselhoff Unders "Someone You Loved" Eliminated
7 Jenny Ryan Overs "Somebody to Love" Advanced[b]
8 Try Star Groups "No Diggity" Advanced
Week 2 (19 October 2019)
1 Olivia Olson Unders "Location" Advanced
"Come Together"
2 Jonny Labey Unders "Feel It Still" Advanced
"Feeling Good"
3 Megan McKenna Unders "Everything but You" Advanced
4 Ricki Lake Overs "Us" Advanced
5 V5 Groups "Juice" Advanced
6 Victoria Ekanoye Overs "The House of the Rising Sun" Advanced


  1. ^ Love Islanders changed their name to No Love Lost before live shows.
  2. ^ Ryan was originally eliminated in the Auditions, but on 21 October 2019, she was brought back into the competition.

Live shows[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two
     Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – Contestant received the most public votes
     – Contestant was given a Safe Seat from the judges
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Round 1 Round 2
Vinnie Jones Safe Safe Safe
Max and Harvey Safe Safe Safe
Kevin McHale Safe Safe Safe
Megan McKenna Safe Safe Safe
Jenny Ryan Safe Safe Safe
Try Star Safe Safe Safe
V5 Safe Safe Bottom three
No Love Lost Safe Safe Bottom three Eliminated (week 3)
Martin Bashir Bottom three 6th 6th Eliminated (week 3)
Jonny Labey Safe 7th Eliminated (week 2)
Victoria Ekanoye Safe 8th Eliminated (week 2)
Olivia Olson Bottom three Eliminated (week 1)
Ricki Lake 10th Eliminated (week 1)
Bottom two Bashir,
No Love Lost,
No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Eliminate Send through
Walsh's vote Bashir Bashir No Love Lost
Scherzinger's vote Olson Labey No Love Lost
Cowell's vote Olson None (abstained) N/A1
Eliminated Ricki Lake
Public vote
to save
Victoria Ekanoye
Public vote
to save
Martin Bashir
Public vote
to save

of 3 votes

of 3 votes

Public vote
to win

Public vote
to win
Olivia Olson
2 of 3 votes
Jonny Labey
1 of 2 votes
No Love Lost
2 of 2 votes
  • ^1 Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Week 1 (26 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[11] Result
Kevin McHale Unders (Walsh) 1 "Good as Hell" Safe
Ricki Lake Overs (Scherzinger) 2 "Landslide" Eliminated (public vote)
No Love Lost Groups (Cowell) 3 "All or Nothing" (original song) Safe
Jenny Ryan Overs (Scherzinger) 4 "Rise Like a Phoenix" Saved by Scherzinger
Jonny Labey Unders (Walsh) 5 "Show Me Love" Saved by Walsh
V5 Groups (Cowell) 6 "Bad Guy"/"Taki Taki" Safe
Martin Bashir Overs (Scherzinger) 7 "Danke Schoen" Bottom three
Max and Harvey Groups (Cowell) 8 "When Will I Be Famous?" Safe
Olivia Olson Unders (Walsh) 9 "Anyone Who Had a Heart" Eliminated (judges' vote)
Vinnie Jones Overs (Scherzinger) 10 "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" Safe
Megan McKenna Unders (Walsh) 11 "This" (original song) Safe
Victoria Ekanoye Overs (Scherzinger) 12 "Never Tear Us Apart" Safe
Try Star Groups (Cowell) 13 "Pony"/"Old Town Road" Saved by Cowell
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Martin Bashir - backed his own act, Olivia Olson.
  • Scherzinger: Olivia Olson - backed her own act, Martin Bashir.
  • Cowell: Olivia Olson - concluded that the public would like to see Bashir through to next week more.

Week 2 (2 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song Result
Jonny Labey Unders (Walsh) 1 "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" Eliminated (Deadlock)
Jenny Ryan Overs (Scherzinger) 2 "This Is My Life" Safe
No Love Lost Groups (Cowell) 3 "Would I Lie to You?" (semi-original song) Saved by Cowell
Victoria Ekanoye Overs (Scherzinger) 4 "Why Don't You Love Me" Eliminated (public vote)
Max and Harvey Groups (Cowell) 5 "Cool" Safe
Kevin McHale Unders (Walsh) 6 "Dance Monkey" Saved by Walsh
Try Star Groups (Cowell) 7 "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Saved by Scherzinger
Martin Bashir Overs (Scherzinger) 8 "Easy" Bottom three
V5 Groups (Cowell) 9 "Despacito"/"Mi Gente" Safe
Vinnie Jones Overs (Scherzinger) 10 "Lip Up Fatty" Safe
Megan McKenna Unders (Walsh) 11 "Stronger" (original song) Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Martin Bashir - backed his own act, Jonny Labey.
  • Scherzinger: Jonny Labey - backed her own act, Martin Bashir.
  • Cowell abstained from voting as he wanted to hear the public's opinion so chose to take it to deadlock.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving one vote each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Jonny Labey was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.

Week 3 (9 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song Result
Kevin McHale Unders (Walsh) 1 "Don’t Start Now" Saved by Walsh
Max and Harvey Groups (Cowell) 2 "Can't Hold Us" Saved by Cowell
Vinnie Jones Overs (Scherzinger) 3 "It Must Be Love"/ "House of Fun"/ "One Step Beyond" Saved by Scherzinger
Try Star Groups (Cowell) 4 "No Diggity" Safe
V5 Groups (Cowell) 5 "Motivation"/"I Like It" Bottom three
Martin Bashir Overs (Scherzinger) 6 "That’s Life" Eliminated
Megan McKenna Unders (Walsh) 7 "Half of My Heart" (original song) Safe
No Love Lost Groups (Cowell) 8 "Money Where Your Mouth Is" (original song) Bottom three
Jenny Ryan Overs (Scherzinger) 9 "The Edge of Glory" Safe
Sing-off details
V5 Groups (Cowell) 1 "Juice" Saved
No Love Lost Groups (Cowell) 2 "Sorry" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: No Love Lost - based his decision on whom he thought would sell more records.
  • Scherzinger: No Love Lost - said that she liked V5 more consistently throughout the competition.
  • Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority and did not say how he would have voted as both were his own acts. However, in response to No Love Lost's elimination, he said that he would organise a public vote to bring back one of the eliminated acts for the final.



Episode Air date Official rating
Auditions 1 12 October 2019 6.46 7
Auditions 2 19 October 2019 5.15 11
Live show 1 26 October 2019 <6.21 Outside top 15
Live show 2 2 November 2019 <4.63 Outside top 15
Live show 3 9 November 2019 TBA TBA
Live show 4 16 November 2019 TBA TBA


  • ^1 The ratings over a 7-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV and streaming through ITV Hub using BARB's four-screen dashboard system (includes viewers watching on tablets/smartphones).
  • ^2 The ITV rank for the programme compared to other ITV broadcasts for the last 7 days.


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