The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series began airing on ITV on 20 August 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011. The winner was Little Mix, a four-piece girl group known earlier in the series as Rhythmix, consisting of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall. They became the first act in the groups category to win in the show's history with new judge Tulisa Contostavlos emerging as their winning mentor. Also they are the only girl group to get to the final. Louis Walsh was the only judge from the previous series to return, and was joined by Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland, who all appeared as judges for the first time. Previous judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole all left to join other shows before recording for this series started. Dermot O'Leary presented the show on ITV, while Caroline Flack and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs co-presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Konnie Huq from the previous year.
On 4 August 2011, promotional pictures of the judges surfaced across the internet. The next day, an advertisement premiered on itv.com.
The first set of hopefuls audition in front of the judges hoping to gain a place in the next round of the competition. Dermot is on hand to console those who fail to make it through. Frankie Cocozza and Kitty Brucknell are amongst the successful acts who manage to make it through to boot camp. Raymond Harding and Wendy Davis fail to impress though and find their hopes dashed at the first hurdle. Goldie Cheung shocks Gary when she gives him a lap dance and ends up making it through to boot camp.
Dermot O'Leary hosts the second round of auditions, which come from London and Liverpool. Louis Walsh and new judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos are hoping to find talented future stars, but have this week's crop of hopefuls got what it takes to impress them? Strutting their stuff this week are a 45-year-old from Harrow who hopes that this is his chance to shine, a 20-year-old Romeo who professes his love for Kelly and a band whose line-up was finalised only weeks ago. Can they hit the right note with the panel?
Dermot O'Leary hosts the third set of auditions in the search for a new pop sensation. Judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos are on the hunt for outstanding talent, but will they find what they are looking for? This week, the tryouts move to a new city, where hopeful performers have lined up for their chance to sing for the panel. Dermot is on hand to celebrate or commiserate with the contestants.
Dermot O'Leary presents the fourth set of auditions from Britain's biggest singing competition. Judges Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow continue their star search across the country, but will today's crop of hopeful performers be able to impress them? Dermot is on hand to celebrate or commiserate with the contestants.
Dermot O'Leary presents the fifth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are on the lookout for a potential star of the future, but will any of today's contestants live up to the panel's high expectations?
Dermot O'Leary presents the sixth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are on the lookout for a potential star of the future, but will any of today's contestants live up to the panel's high expectations?
Dermot O'Leary presents the seventh set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are on the lookout for a potential star of the future, but will any of today's contestants live up to the panel's high expectations?
The successful auditionees head to London's Hammersmith Apollo for the biggest bootcamp ever. Judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole will be putting 200 acts through their paces. Who will be able to handle the pressure and stand out from the crowd, and who will be heading home? After this first challenge, only 50 acts can go through to the next bootcamp stage. Host Dermot O'Leary is on hand to offer condolences to the unlucky and celebrate with the chosen few.
Join host Dermot O'Leary for the second in our bootcamp weekend double bill. The 50 remaining acts must perform again in front of an audience of thousands. Each singer has been able to practise overnight, and today is their last chance to impress judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. The panel must now start choosing the performers they believe can go all the way. Who will make it into the final 24?
The remaining acts jet off around the world to the judges' homes, where they will battle it out for a place in the final 16. Each panellist is joined by a celebrity guest mentor to help them whittle down the list of acts. Who will make it through to the live shows?
In four locations around the world, it is make or break time for the remaining hopefuls as they find out whether or not they have made it to the live shows. Judges Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow have some big decisions to make as they work out who they are sending to the final 16.
After weeks of gruelling auditions, the remaining 16 contestants have reached the live rounds. Dermot O'Leary presents the first of the live shows, in which the finalists perform for the judges, the audience and the viewers at home. Gary Barlow is mentoring the boys, Kelly Rowland is looking after the girls, Louis Walsh is helping the over-28s and Tulisa Contostavlos takes charge of the groups.
Dermot O'Leary hosts the live results show in which the finalists find out who is going home. There will be tears and drama as no-one wants to leave the competition in the first week. Plus 2010 winner Matt Cardle returns with the first-ever performance of his new single.
Watch all 11 acts strut their stuff as they make their claim to The X Factor throne. Tonight the competition really hots up, and Whitney Houston is a special guest tomorrow night.
Join host Dermot O'Leary live as the 11 remaining acts find out the results of the public vote. The two acts with the lowest number of votes must sing for survival in the final showdown. Then it is up to the judges to decide who stays to sing another day and who leaves the competition
The 10 remaining acts battle it out to win the public's votes and stay in the competition.
Kelly Clarkson ("Mr. Know It All")
Professor Green/Emeli Sandé ("Read All About It")
Bruno Mars ("Runaway Baby")
Cher Lloyd ("With Ur Love")
Nicole Scherzinger ("Try with Me")
Theme: Dancefloor fillers
Celebrity performers :
JLS ("Take a Chance on Me")
Florence and the Machine ("Shake It Out")
Group performance: "Price Tag"
Theme: Songs by Lady Gaga or Queen (billed as "Lady Gaga vs. Queen")
One Direction ("Gotta Be You")
Lady Gaga ("Marry the Night")
Group performance: "Walking on Sunshine"
Theme: Songs from films (billed as "movie week")
Rebecca Ferguson ("Nothing's Real But Love")
Rihanna ("We Found Love")
Group performance: "When You're Gone" (with Bryan Adams)
Themes: Guilty pleasures, Musical Heroes
Olly Murs featuring The Muppets ("Dance with Me Tonight")
Jessie J ("Who You Are")
Group performance: "Wishing on a Star" (with JLS and One Direction as their charity single)
Themes: Motown, "the song to get you to the final"
Justin Bieber ("Mistletoe")
Kelly Rowland ("When Love Takes Over" / "Down for Whatever" / "Commander")
Group performance: "Hold On"
Dermot O'Leary presents the final of the singing competition from Wembley Arena. The remaining contestants must perform in front of a crowd of 10,000 in a bid to win viewers' votes and claim the life-changing prize of a recording contract. There are also performances from top international guest stars. With judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh.
Dermot O'Leary reveals the results of the public vote. The two acts left battling for the crown perform what will become the winner's single in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Arena, before they find out who has won this year's competition. Plus there are performances from top international guest stars. With judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh.