The X Factor (UK series 5)

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The X Factor
Series 5
Broadcast from 16 August – 13 December 2008
Judges Simon Cowell
Dannii Minogue
Louis Walsh
Presenter(s) Dermot O'Leary (ITV1)
Co-presenter(s) Holly Willoughby (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (The Xtra Factor)
Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke All Night Long Tour.jpg
Burke during her All Night Long Tour in 2011.
Origin Islington, London, England
Song "Hallelujah"
Genre(s) R&B, pop, soul
Mentor Cheryl

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fifth series was broadcast on ITV from 16 August 2008 until 13 December 2008. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV, while Fearne Cotton was replaced by Holly Willoughby as presenter of spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue returned to the judging panel. Sharon Osbourne left after four series and was replaced by Cheryl Cole. The fifth series was won by Alexandra Burke, with Cole emerging as the winning mentor. Auditions in front of producers were held in April/May, with callbacks in front of the judges in June. The number of applicants for series 5 reached an all-time high with a reported 182,000[1] people auditioning. A number of well-established music acts from around the world, such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Girls Aloud, Take That, Il Divo, and series 3 winner Leona Lewis performed during the live stages of the show.

Burke's prize, as winner, was a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music (a subsidiary of Sony BMG). Her debut single, "Hallelujah", written by Leonard Cohen, was released for digital download at 00:01 on 14 December 2008, with the physical format following on 17 December. It was later announced that her single had become the fastest selling song of all time.

It was during auditions for the fifth series of the show that viewers were introduced to 15-year-old Jade Thirlwall, who in series eight would form one quarter of the winning act that year, Little Mix.[2] The fifth series also introduced 14-year-old Liam Payne who became a member of successful boy band One Direction, formed in series seven.

Judges, presenters and other personnel[edit]

In February 2008, it was reported that Sharon Osbourne would not return as a judge for series 5.[3] On 6 June, six days before filming was due to begin at the London auditions, ITV announced Osbourne's departure from the show.[4][5] Media speculation over the reasons for Osbourne's departure alluded to rising tensions between her and fellow judge Dannii Minogue, as well as disputes over pay.[5] When interviewed by Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1, Osbourne said that it was "the best four years of [her] life" but felt that it was "time to move on."[6] She later revealed that Minogue was "99.9%" of her reason for leaving, citing that the atmosphere was causing too much stress. Osbourne admitted that when she informed the producers of her decision to resign, she hoped to be kept on instead of Minogue.[7]

Much media coverage and speculation surrounded the question of who would replace Osbourne. Spice Girls singer Mel B revealed on 16 September 2008 in an interview for New! Magazine that she, among others, was approached by Cowell as a possible replacement.[8] However, on 10 June 2008, four days after Osbourne's departure, ITV confirmed that Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole was the new judge and Osbourne's replacement for series 5. Minogue praised the new judge, saying: "She’s very knowledgeable about music and I think she’s going to bring a new side to the show."[9] Cowell is reported by Minogue to feel that Cole's voiced opinions are something "which he loves".[9]

Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main ITV show, choosing to leave other projects, including his ongoing role as the host of Big Brother's Little Brother, to concentrate on The X Factor.[10] The Xtra Factor presenter Fearne Cotton left after series 4, having presented for only one series, to be replaced by Holly Willoughby.[11] Brian Friedman returned as choreographer and performance coach (billed as "Creative Director"), along with Yvie Burnett as vocal coach.

Selection process[edit]


Cities that auditions were held in.

A reported "record-breaking" 182,000 applied for series 5,[1][12] with filming for auditions in front of judges taking place in June/July 2008. Auditions were held in the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, and Glasgow.[13]

Due to her commitments with Australia's Got Talent, Minogue was absent from some of the auditions in Birmingham and Cardiff, but was not replaced.


As in series 4, all four judges worked together at the bootcamp stage of the competition. This took place at indigO2 at The O2 in Greenwich, London on 4 August 2008, and was televised in two episodes on 27 and 28 September 2008.[14][15] Contestants are said to have stayed in a nearby hotel in Blackheath.[15]

During bootcamp, around 150 acts were whittled down to just 24 which advanced to the next round, six in each category. After completion of bootcamp, the judges were told the category that they were to mentor. Cowell was given the Boys, Walsh the Groups, Minogue the Over 25s and Cole took charge of the Girls.

Judges' houses[edit]

This round was filmed in late August/early September and was broadcast over two shows on 4 and 5 October. As in previous years, the judges welcomed the six acts from their selected category to their "homes".[16] Each act had only one chance to impress their mentor who, along with a guest judge, had the task of selecting which three acts were to go through to the live shows and which three would be eliminated. For her guest judge, Minogue chose former Spice Girls member and successful solo artist Emma Bunton. Cole chose her fellow Girls Aloud member Kimberly Walsh, Cowell chose singer Sinitta and Walsh chose Shane Filan from Westlife.

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Assistant Contestants eliminated
Cole Girls Cannes Kimberley Walsh Annastasia Baker, Hannah Bradbeer, Amy Connelly
Cowell Boys Barbados Sinitta Mali-Michael McCalla, Liam Payne, Alan Turner
Minogue Over 25s Saint-Tropez Emma Bunton Suzie Furlonger, Louise Heatly, James Williams
Walsh Groups Castle Leslie, Ireland Shane Filan 4Instinct, Desire, Priority

Categories and finalists[edit]


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Cowell) Scott Bruton Austin Drage Eoghan Quigg
Girls (Cole) Alexandra Burke Diana Vickers Laura White
Over 25s (Minogue) Daniel Evans Rachel Hylton Ruth Lorenzo
Groups (Walsh) Bad Lashes Girlband JLS

Live shows[edit]

The live shows began on 11 October 2008, and continued through to the finale on 13 December 2008. An added twist for this series, confirmed on the first live show, was that acts in the bottom-two showdown sang a new song of their own choosing, rather than repeating the song they performed in the first part of the show (as was the case in previous series).

Musical guests[edit]

Leon Jackson performed on the first live show, promoting his second single "Don't Call This Love". Girls Aloud performed their new single, "The Promise", on the second show on 18 October. This became the first single from their fifth album Out of Control, as announced by Cole at the X Factor launch in August. Will Young performed his new song "Grace" on 1 November. Mariah Carey appeared on 8 November and performed her new single "I Stay in Love", plus a special version of "Hero" with 11 of the finalists (Diana Vickers was ill with laryngitis so could not perform). Leona Lewis appeared the week after and performed her new single "Run" from the deluxe edition of her album Spirit. Take That performed on 22 November show, as did series 4 third-place act Same Difference, who performed their debut single, and series 4 runner-up Rhydian Roberts, who sang a track from his debut album.[17] On 29 November show, Britney Spears performed her new single "Womanizer".

Boyzone, Westlife and Beyoncé Knowles were guests on the final show where they duetted with the finalists, with Knowles performing "Listen" with Alexandra Burke. Knowles also performed "If I Were a Boy" from her album I Am... Sasha Fierce.

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
Weekly results per contestant[18]
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Round 1 Round 2
Alexandra Burke 6th
JLS 7th
Eoghan Quigg 1st
(week 10)
Diana Vickers 4th
N/A1 1st
(week 9)
Ruth Lorenzo 10th
(week 8)
Rachel Hylton 8th
(week 7)
Daniel Evans 5th
(week 6)
Laura White 3rd
(week 5)
Austin Drage 9th
(week 4)
Scott Bruton 2nd
(week 3)
Girlband 11th
(week 2)
Bad Lashes 12th
(week 1)
Final showdown Bad Lashes,
No final showdown or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate Bad Lashes Lorenzo Bruton Drage White Evans Hylton
Minogue's vote to eliminate Girlband Girlband Bruton Drage White N/A2 JLS
Cole's vote to eliminate Girlband Girlband Bruton Drage Lorenzo Evans Hylton
Cowell's vote to eliminate Bad Lashes Lorenzo Evans Hylton White Evans Hylton
Eliminated Bad Lashes
2 of 4 votes
2 of 4 votes
Scott Bruton
3 of 4 votes
Austin Drage
3 of 4 votes
Laura White
3 of 4 votes
Daniel Evans
3 of 3 votes
Rachel Hylton
3 of 4 votes
Ruth Lorenzo
to save
Diana Vickers
to save
Eoghan Quigg
to win
to win

^1 Due to illness, Diana Vickers did not perform and was automatically put through to the next week.
^2 Minogue was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (11 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Girlband 1 "Venus" 11th
Austin Drage 2 "Every Breath You Take" 9th
Daniel Evans 3 "I Want to Know What Love Is" 5th
Alexandra Burke 4 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" 6th
JLS 5 "I'll Make Love to You" 7th
Scott Bruton 6 "Yeh Yeh" 2nd
Rachel Hylton 7 "With Every Heartbeat" 8th
Diana Vickers 8 "With or Without You" 4th
Bad Lashes 9 "It Must Have Been Love" 12th
Eoghan Quigg 10 "Imagine" 1st
Ruth Lorenzo 11 "Take My Breath Away" 10th
Laura White 12 "Fallin'" 3rd
Final showdown details
Girlband 1 "That's What Friends Are For" Safe
Bad Lashes 2 "Wonderwall" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Bad Lashes – gave no reason but described both acts as "shocking"
  • Minogue: Girlband – gave no reason
  • Cole: Girlband – gave no reason
  • Walsh: Bad Lashes – unable to pick between two of his own acts and chose Bad Lashes to take it to a deadlock

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Bad Lashes were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.

Week 2 (18 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Alexandra Burke 1 "I'll Be There" 7th
Scott Bruton 2 "She's Out of My Life" 9th
Ruth Lorenzo 3 "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" 10th
Girlband 4 "Heal the World" 11th
Laura White 5 "You Are Not Alone" 4th
Austin Drage 6 "Billie Jean" 5th
Daniel Evans 7 "One Day in Your Life" 6th
JLS 8 "The Way You Make Me Feel" 3rd
Diana Vickers 9 "Man in the Mirror" 2nd
Rachel Hylton 10 "Dirty Diana" 8th
Eoghan Quigg 11 "Ben" 1st
Final showdown details
Ruth Lorenzo 1 "Purple Rain" Safe
Girlband 2 "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Ruth Lorenzo – backed his own act, Girlband
  • Cole: Girlband – stated that Lorenzo had nailed her final showdown performance
  • Minogue: Girlband – backed her own act, Ruth Lorenzo
  • Cowell: Ruth Lorenzo – decided to take it to deadlock as he wanted to give Girlband a second chance whereas he felt Lorenzo didn't "play to her strengths"

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Girlband were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. During the show, a mistake was made in one of the overlays and Ruth's number was briefly displayed incorrectly, meaning any calls to that number would not have registered a vote. After the show, viewers complained that they had dialled this incorrect number and could not get through to vote for Ruth, but ITV insisted the issue should not have made any difference to the overall result.[19]

Week 3 (25 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Scott Bruton 1 "That's Life" 10th
Daniel Evans 2 "The Lady Is a Tramp" 9th
Laura White 3 "God Bless the Child" 7th
Eoghan Quigg 4 "L-O-V-E" 1st
Ruth Lorenzo 5 "Summertime" 5th
Alexandra Burke 6 "Candyman" 6th
Austin Drage 7 "Mack the Knife" 8th
JLS 8 "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" 4th
Diana Vickers 9 "Smile" 2nd
Rachel Hylton 10 "Feeling Good" 3rd
Final showdown details
Scott Bruton 1 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Eliminated
Daniel Evans 2 "To Where You Are" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Daniel Evans – backed his own act, Scott Bruton
  • Minogue: Scott Bruton – backed her own act, Daniel Evans
  • Cole: Scott Bruton – said that she felt the "belief and passion" in Evans' performance
  • Walsh: Scott Bruton – commented that Evans "sang every word like he meant it"

Week 4 (1 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Rachel Hylton 1 "Lost in Music" 9th
Austin Drage 2 "Wishing on a Star" 8th
Diana Vickers 3 "Call Me" 3rd
Daniel Evans 4 "Don't Leave Me This Way" 4th
Laura White 5 "Somebody Else's Guy" 7th
Eoghan Quigg 6 "Could It Be Magic" 1st
Ruth Lorenzo 7 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" 5th
Alexandra Burke 8 "On The Radio" 6th
JLS 9 "Working My Way Back To You" / "Forgive Me Girl" 2nd
Final showdown details
Rachel Hylton 1 "No More Drama" Safe
Austin Drage 2 "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Rachel Hylton – backed his own act, Austin Drage
  • Minogue: Austin Drage – backed her own act, Rachel Hylton
  • Cole: Austin Drage – stated she was prepared to give Hylton a "moment to shine"
  • Walsh: Austin Drage – said Hylton had more to give to the competition

Week 5 (8 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Eoghan Quigg 1 "Anytime You Need a Friend" 1st
Ruth Lorenzo 2 "My All" 7th
Laura White 3 "Endless Love" 6th
Rachel Hylton 4 "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" 5th
Diana Vickers 5 Did not perform Given bye
JLS 6 "One Sweet Day" 4th
Daniel Evans 7 "Open Arms" 3rd
Alexandra Burke 8 "Without You" 2nd
Final showdown details
Ruth Lorenzo 1 "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Safe
Laura White 2 "Over the Rainbow" Eliminated

Due to illness, Diana Vickers did not perform and was automatically put through to the next week. She was due to perform fifth and would have sung "Always Be My Baby".

Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Laura White – gave no reason but commented that both acts "were not the worst singers of the night"
  • Minogue: Laura White – backed her own act, Ruth Lorenzo
  • Cole: Ruth Lorenzo – backed her own act, Laura White
  • Walsh: Laura White – commented that Lorenzo was more of a fighter

Week 6 (15 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song Result
Daniel Evans 1 "It's Not Unusual" 6th
Alexandra Burke 2 "You Are So Beautiful" 4th
JLS 3 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" / "Twist and Shout" / "Hey Jude" 5th
Rachel Hylton 4 "You Know I'm No Good" 7th
Eoghan Quigg 5 "One More Try" 2nd
Diana Vickers 6 "Yellow" 1st
Ruth Lorenzo 7 "Angels" 3rd
Final showdown details
Daniel Evans 1 "Bridge over Troubled Water" Eliminated
Rachel Hylton 2 "One" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Daniel Evans – gave no reason but had consistently criticised Evans throughout the competition
  • Cole: Daniel Evans – stated that she had seen a spark back from Hylton this week
  • Cowell: Daniel Evans – gave no reason though commented that Hylton "threw it away" with her last performance and that he would have liked to see her perform with more passion
  • Minogue was not required to vote as there was already a majority

During the week, ITV were uncertain if Vickers would be able to perform due to her continued illness, and raised the question of whether she should be given another week off if she was still too sick to sing.[20] It was, however, later confirmed that she would appear.[21]

Week 7 (22 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song Result
Alexandra Burke 1 "Relight My Fire" 4th
Ruth Lorenzo 2 "Love Ain't Here Anymore" 3rd
JLS 3 "A Million Love Songs" 5th
Rachel Hylton 4 "Rule the World" 6th
Diana Vickers 5 "Patience" 2nd
Eoghan Quigg 6 "Never Forget" 1st
Final showdown details
JLS 1 "Stand by Me" / "Beautiful Girls" Safe
Rachel Hylton 2 "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Rachel Hylton – backed his own act, JLS
  • Cole: Rachel Hylton – said JLS would go further in the competition though stated that it had been the best Hylton had sung since the auditions
  • Minogue: JLS – backed her own act, Rachel Hylton
  • Cowell: Rachel Hylton – stated that this was Hylton's third time in the bottom two and that JLS shouldn't have been in the final showdown

JLS had previously been rehearsing to sing "Rule the World", with the approval of their mentor, Walsh. Contrary to this, Minogue, who had higher priority in the judges' song-selection rota, selected the song for her artist Hylton to sing. This led to an on-screen argument between Minogue and Walsh.[22]

Week 8 (29 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Ruth Lorenzo 1 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" 6 "Always" 5th
JLS 2 "...Baby One More Time" 7 "You Light Up My Life" 2nd
Alexandra Burke 3 "Toxic" 8 "Listen" 1st
Eoghan Quigg 4 "Sometimes" 9 "We're All in This Together" 3rd
Diana Vickers 5 "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" 10 "Everybody Hurts" 4th

This week did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Ruth Lorenzo, was automatically eliminated.

Week 9: Semi-final (6 December)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Eoghan Quigg 1 "Year 3000" 5 "Does Your Mother Know" 3rd
Diana Vickers 2 "Girlfriend" 6 "White Flag" 4th
Alexandra Burke 3 "Don't Stop the Music" 7 "Un-Break My Heart" 2nd
JLS 4 "Umbrella" 8 "I'm Already There" 1st

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Diana Vickers, was automatically eliminated.

Week 10: Final (13 December)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order First song Order Second song (duet) Order Third song Order Fourth song Result
Eoghan Quigg 1 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" 4 "Picture of You" (with Boyzone) 7 "We're All in This Together" N/A N/A – already eliminated Third place
JLS 2 "Last Christmas" 5 "Flying Without Wings" (with Westlife) 8 "I'm Already There" 10 "Hallelujah" Runner-up
Alexandra Burke 3 "Silent Night" 6 "Listen" (with Beyoncé) 9 "You Are So Beautiful" 11 "Hallelujah" Winner

Voting details[edit]

On the final The Xtra Factor broadcast of the series, shortly after the winner was announced on the main show, Willoughby announced the contestants who received the most votes from the public for each of the 10 live shows. Also, published the official percentages of votes per week. Eoghan Quigg had the most with 6. See the results summary for details.

The total number of votes cast for the entire series was 16,469,064.



Viewing figures for series 5 were, at the time of airing, the highest ever for any X Factor series, about 20% up on the previous series.[23] This, however, was beaten by the sixth series the following year.

The first show of the series had the highest launch audience for any series, peaking at over 12 million viewers.[24] The entire Auditions phase officially averaged 9.9m, a rise of 1.2m over the previous series.

The Bootcamp episodes performed well in the ratings; although the Saturday episode was beaten for the first time by Strictly Come Dancing,[25] the Sunday episode restored the balance.[26] The Saturday Judges' houses episode had the highest audience since the opening show, and the Sunday episode had a lower rating but still exceeded that of Strictly Come Dancing.[27] The entire bootcamp and judges' houses phase officially averaged 9.8m, a rise of 2.5m over the previous series.

The live shows pulled in very strong audiences, often rating as the most watched programme of the week.[28] The final was the second most watched television programme of 2008 with 14.06m viewers.[29]

Series 5 of The X Factor officially averaged 10.5m, at the time becoming the most watched British talent series of the 21st century.

Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating[30] Weekly rank[30] Share
Auditions 1 16 August 10.78 1 48.2%[31]
Auditions 2 23 August 10.10 1 45.4%[32]
Auditions 3 30 August 8.80 2 43.5%[33]
Auditions 4 6 September 9.57 1 42.8%[34]
Auditions 5 13 September 9.96 1 43.2%[35]
Auditions 6 20 September 10.01 1 41.7%[36]
Bootcamp 1 27 September 8.94 4 36.0%[37]
Bootcamp 2 28 September 9.47 1 38.1%[38]
Judges' houses 1 4 October 10.84 1 40.5%[39]
Judges' houses 2 5 October 10.11 3 42.7%[40]
Live show 1 11 October 11.09 1 44.1%[41]
Results 1 9.05 7 40.8%[41]
Live show 2 18 October 10.21 3 38.5%[42]
Results 2 9.13 9 39.7%[42]
Live show 3 25 October 10.37 2 39.7%[43]
Results 3 8.89 10 38.0%[43]
Live show 4 1 November 11.65 1 43.3%[44]
Results 4 9.72 6 37.6%[44]
Live show 5 8 November 10.72 2 42.6%[45]
Results 5 9.46 7 35.6%[45]
Live show 6 15 November 11.28 1 43.5%[46]
Results 6 10.62 2 42.9%[46]
Live show 7 22 November 11.77 1 43.2%[47]
Results 7 9.98 6 41.1%[47]
Live show 8 29 November 12.67 1 46.0%[48]
Results 8 11.41 2 50.0%[48]
Semi-final 6 December 10.30 3 39.1%[49]
Semi-final results 10.60 2 39.6%[49]
Final performances 13 December 13.77 2 50.3%[50]
Final results 14.06 1 54.4%[50]
Series average 2008 10.51 N/A 42.4%

Heroes: Help for Heroes performance[edit]

The twelve finalists together recorded a cover version of Mariah Carey's 1993 hit "Hero" in support of the Help for Heroes charity.[51] The single was available for download from 25 October 2008, after the finalists performed the song live on that night's show. It was released in stores on 27 October, and Simon Cowell predicted it "will go straight to the top of the charts".[52] In the first week of its release it went straight to number 1 and sold 313,244 copies, more than the rest of the top ten combined.[53]


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