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The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The thirteenth series began airing on ITV on Saturday 27 August 2016 and ended on Sunday 11 December 2016.[2] Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV for the ninth time, after having quit the previous year. Simon Cowell was the only judge from the 12th series to return; Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh all returned, replacing Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw. Matt Edmondson and Rylan Clark-Neal replaced Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom as hosts of The Xtra Factor, which was rebranded as The Xtra Factor Live and was broadcast live twice every week, with Roman Kemp making appearances as a digital presenter and social media reporter. Matt Terry was announced the winner on 11 December 2016, making Scherzinger the winning mentor for the second time. Saara Aalto came second.

The X Factor
Series 13
Broadcast from27 August (2016-08-27) –
11 December 2016 (2016-12-11)
Judges
Presenter(s)Dermot O'Leary (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)
Broadcaster
Finals venueThe SSE Arena, Wembley
Winner
Matt Terry
OriginBromley, London
Song"When Christmas Comes Around[1]"
Genre(s)Pop
MentorNicole Scherzinger
Runner-up
Saara Aalto
Chronology

Contents

Judges and presentersEdit

On 18 February 2016, series 12 judge Nick Grimshaw announced that he would not come back for another series on the judging panel.[3] On 5 April 2016, it was confirmed that Cheryl would not return as a judge.[4] Rita Ora confirmed she was leaving the judging panel on 10 May 2016.[5] On the same day, it was reported that former judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh may return to join Simon Cowell on the judging panel.[6] Walsh confirmed he had signed a contract on 15 May 2016.[7] The judging line-up was officially confirmed as Cowell, Walsh, Osbourne and Scherzinger on 1 June 2016.[8]

In March 2016, it was confirmed that Dermot O'Leary would return to present The X Factor on ITV for the ninth time, after having quit the previous year, and said he was "very flattered to be asked back". For series 12, O'Leary was replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, but the viewing numbers fell and O'Leary was asked back. Richard Holloway, boss of Thames, said he was "a much-loved part of The X Factor and one of the best presenters in the business", while Kevin Lygo, ITV's Director of TV, said he was "an important part of the ITV family".[9][10] On 27 June 2016, it was confirmed that Matt Edmondson will be the new host of The Xtra Factor replacing Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom.[11] On 1 July 2016, it was confirmed that Rylan Clark-Neal will co-host alongside Edmondson,[12] and that Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp would be a digital presenter and social media reporter.[13] Mel B joined the panel for one day of London auditions in lieu of Nicole Scherzinger.[14] Osbourne was absent in the Edinburgh auditions and wasn't replaced by a guest judge.

Selection processEdit

AuditionsEdit

The minimum age to audition this year was 16. Contestants needed three or more 'yeses' from the four judges to progress to Bootcamp.[15]

Mobile auditionsEdit

In addition to the producers' auditions, the "Mobile Audition Tour" took place throughout the UK and Ireland. Auditions ran between 7 March and 30 April 2016, and visited Skegness, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Peterborough, Telford, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sunderland, Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Leicester, Coventry, Ipswich, Scarborough, Chelmsford, Northampton, Southend-on-Sea, Hull, Milton Keynes, Essex, York, Isle of Man, Swindon, Portsmouth, Bognor Regis, Bristol, Blackpool, Preston, Weston-Super-Mare, Brighton, Newquay, Wigan, Truro, Hastings, Exeter, Margate, Yeovil and Maidstone.[16][unreliable source?]

Open auditionsEdit

Producers auditions commenced on 7 April in Glasgow and ended on 14 May in Liverpool.[17][unreliable source?]

Audition city Open audition date[17] Open audition venue[17]
Glasgow 7 April 2016 Hampden Park
Birmingham 9–10 April 2016 St Andrew's
Cardiff 17 April 2016 Holland House
Dublin 24 April 2016 RDS Arena
Newcastle upon Tyne 27 April 2016 St James' Park
London 1 May 2016 ExCeL London
Manchester 7 May 2016 EventCity
Liverpool 14 May 2016 ACC Liverpool

Judges' auditionsEdit

Cities in the United Kingdom where the judges' auditions were held.
Cities in Ireland where the judges' auditions were held.

Originally, the format for auditions was announced to return to that of series 10 and 11, with both room auditions and consequent arena auditions before bootcamp.[18] However, the arena auditions were scrapped at the end of June, towards the end of the filming of the room auditions.[19] The auditions started on 10 June in Leicester[20] and continued in Manchester on 13 June.[21] The next auditions took place on 17 June in London where Mel B was a guest judge in place of Scherzinger, while Scherzinger had other commitments.[22] Contestant Philip Hadlow did not progress to Bootcamp, but judged one audition in Walsh's place.[citation needed] Subsequent auditions were held in London on 19 June, with Scherzinger returning,[23] before moving to Edinburgh on 23 June[24] and Dublin on 1 July.[25] Selected auditions were broadcast over seven episodes, between 27 August and 17 September 2016.

Notable auditionees this series included Rebekah Ryan, who had UK chart success in the 1990s as an independent artist and previously auditioned in series 4, reaching bootcamp,[citation needed] Saara Aalto, who was the runner-up on series 1 of The Voice of Finland,[26] and actor Will Rush.[27]

Summary of judges' auditions
City Date(s) Venue Changes to judging line-up
Leicester 10 June 2016 King Power Stadium N/A
Manchester 13–14 June 2016 Old Trafford Cricket Ground
London 17 June 2016 ExCeL London Mel B (in lieu of Nicole Scherzinger)
18–19 June 2016 N/A
Edinburgh 23 June 2016 Assembly Rooms Sharon Osbourne absent
Dublin 1 July 2016 Croke Park N/A
London 6 July 2016 Alexandra Palace

BootcampEdit

Bootcamp took place at Alexandra Palace from 6 to 8 July 2016.[28][29] It was broadcast in a single episode on 18 September 2016. The contestants all chose a song from a wall with sheets of paper attached. Each song appeared three times and the three acts who picked the same song would perform that song as a group. Immediately after each performance, the judges would either put the acts through or eliminate them immediately. 121 acts were successful in this part, and the judges then deliberated to cut the number of contestants down further, to decide who would reach the six-chair challenge.[30] At the end of Bootcamp, the judges discovered which categories they would mentor: Cowell was given the Girls, Scherzinger was given the Boys, Osbourne was given the Over 25s and Walsh was given the Groups.[31]

Six-chair challengeEdit

The six-chair challenge took place from 9 to 12 July, at The SSE Arena, Wembley.[32] It was broadcast over two episodes on 24 and 25 September.[33][34][35][36] Scherzinger and Cowell chose their final six acts during Saturday's show, while Osbourne and Walsh picked their acts during Sunday's show.[37][38][39][40]

Judges' housesEdit

Filming for judges' houses took place in late August and early/mid September. The locations and guest judges were officially confirmed on 21 September 2016. Walsh was assisted in Ibiza by Fleur East and Alesha Dixon, Cowell went to Malibu with Mel B and Emma Bunton, Osbourne went to her Los Angeles home where she was joined by Robbie Williams, and Scherzinger went to Nice with Calvin Harris.[41] Filipino singer Ivy Grace Paredes, who was originally selected as one of Osbourne's over-25s at the six-chair challenge, withdrew from the competition because her visa would not be issued in time,[42] and she was replaced by Honey G.[43] Four more acts were chosen as wildcards to go to judges' houses. Walsh chose Samantha Lavery for Cowell, Cowell chose Ryan Lawrie for Scherzinger, Scherzinger chose Saara Aalto for Osbourne and Osbourne chose Yes Lad for Walsh.[44][unreliable source?]

The judges houses episodes were broadcast on 1 and 2 October 2016.

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category[31] Location Assistants Contestants eliminated
Cowell Girls Malibu Mel B and Emma Bunton Soheila Clifford, Olivia Garcia, Kayleigh Marie Morgan, Caitlyn Vanbeck
Osbourne Over 25s Los Angeles Robbie Williams Samantha Atkinson, Janet Grogan, Christopher Peyton, James Wilson
Scherzinger Boys Nice Calvin Harris Christian Burrows, James Hughes, Niall Sexton, Nate Simpson
Walsh Groups Ibiza Fleur East and Alesha Dixon Four of Diamonds, Skarl3t, Tom and Laura, Yes Lad

FinalistsEdit

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
     – Withdrew
Contestant Age(s) Hometown Category (Mentor) Result
Matt Terry 23 Bromley Boys (Scherzinger) Winner
Saara Aalto 29   Oulunsalo, Finland Over 25s (Osbourne) Runner-up
5 After Midnight 20–23 East London Groups (Walsh) 3rd place
Emily Middlemas 18 Glasgow Girls (Cowell) 4th place
Honey G 35 Harrow Over 25s (Osbourne) 5th place
Ryan Lawrie 20 Coatbridge Boys (Scherzinger) 6th place
Sam Lavery 17 Durham Girls (Cowell) 7th place
Four of Diamonds 17-22 Southampton Groups (Walsh) 8th place
Gifty Louise 20   Ghana / London Girls (Cowell) 9th place
Relley C 26 Birmingham Over 25s (Osbourne) 10th place
Freddy Parker 18 Ashford Boys (Scherzinger) 11th place
Bratavio 23 & 25 Leamington Spa & Southampton Groups (Walsh) 12th place
Brooks Way 17 Cardiff Groups (Walsh) Withdrew

Live showsEdit

The live shows began on 8 October 2016, with the performance shows taking place on Saturday night and the results show airing on Sunday night. On 1 October, it was revealed that all the groups would undergo name changes. The new names were revealed as Bratavio (Bradley & Ottavio), Brooks Way (The Brooks) and 5 After Midnight (5AM).[45] The live shows were all filmed at Fountain Studios in London, apart from the live final and final results show, which were filmed at Wembley Arena. This was the last series to be filmed at Fountain Studios, and the semi-final results show and the following episode of The Xtra Factor were the last programmes to be recorded in the studios before its demolition.[46][47]

New for this series, the first five results shows revealed the acts in the bottom three of the votes, and there was then a second round of 'flash votes' which lasted approximately four minutes, with voting only available via the official The X Factor mobile app. The act who topped this vote avoided the sing-off.[48] Also new, the theme for each week, excluding week 1, is randomly selected via a "jukebox wheel" at the end of the previous week's show, which is spun by O'Leary (apart from week 6, when it was spun by Ant & Dec, during a live link-up from Australia).[citation needed] Themes include "Disco", "Movies", "Fright Night", "80s", "Divas", "Motown", "Girlband vs Boyband" and "Louis loves"—named after Louis Walsh.[49] During the sixth live show, it was revealed that viewers would have a chance to suggest a theme for the jukebox.[50] During the seventh live results show, the new theme was revealed as "Christmas".[51]

On 10 October 2016, it was confirmed that Brooks Way would not be taking part in the show after being absent from the first live show. In a statement released by the official website to confirm their exit, Josh Brooks said, "Due to events in my personal life I've decided that it's best not to be on the show at this time. While not everything that has been claimed is true I would like to apologise to everyone involved."[52] A spokesperson for the show added, "Following the allegations relating to Josh Brooks, we have decided by mutual consent that Brooks Way should leave the competition."[52] The same day, it was confirmed that Four of Diamonds, who previously made Judges' Houses, would be replacing Brooks Way. Speaking of their second chance in the competition, the girls said that they "are so excited to be back" and "looking forward to performing live, working hard and showing everyone what they are made of". Speaking about why he brought the girl group back, groups mentor Walsh stated that he was "impressed with the girls" but only had "three spots in the live shows". At the time of the episode airing, many viewers were disappointed that they were not chosen and he stated that he'd "listened to the fans" and was "delighted to be bringing the girls back."[53]

Musical guestsEdit

Each results show features guest performances, with some guests performing during the main performance show. Performers included 2012 The X Factor winner James Arthur on the first results show,[54] the cast of Motown: The Musical on the second live show,[55] OneRepublic and 2011 winners Little Mix on the second results show,[56] Busted, Shawn Mendes and John Legend on the third live results show,[57] 2015 winner Louisa Johnson and Bruno Mars on the fourth live results show,[58] Emeli Sandé and Robbie Williams on the fifth live results show,[59] Sister Sledge on the sixth live show,[60] 2009 runner up Olly Murs and Nathan Sykes on the sixth live results show,[61] the cast of School of Rock,[62] Craig David and Alicia Keys on the seventh live results show,[63] and Busted[64] Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie[65] on the eighth live results show, Zara Larsson[66] and Lady Gaga[67] on the semi-final live results show, The Weeknd,[68] Louis Tomlinson featuring Steve Aoki and Honey G in the first final performances show, and Kylie Minogue,[69]Madness and Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth[70] in the final results show.

Results summaryEdit

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom three/two and had to perform again in the sing-off
     – Contestant was in the bottom three but was saved by voters in the lifeline vote
     Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no sing-off)
     Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant[71]
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Saturday Sunday
Matt Terry 1st
22.2%
1st
19.5%
1st
17.8%
2nd
18.7%
1st
16.7%
3rd
16.7%
1st
21.1%
3rd
21.2%
3rd
22.5%
2nd
33.4%
Winner
48.5%3
Saara Aalto 9th
5.3%
9th
6.4%
2nd
13.7%
3rd
11.3%
6th
9.4%
2nd
18.4%
2nd
20.1%
1st
23.7%
1st
28.8%
1st
35.3%
Runner-up
40.4%3
5 After Midnight 2nd
13.3%
2nd
15.6%
4th
11.5%
4th
10.6%
2nd
15.5%
1st
19.0%
3rd
17.5%
4th
20.3%
2nd
26.6%
3rd
31.3%
Eliminated
(week 10)
Emily Middlemas 3rd
11.9%
3rd
11.0%
3rd
11.9%
1st
18.7%
3rd
15.3%
4th
13.4%
4th
16.8%
2nd
22.6%
4th
22.1%
Eliminated
(week 9)
Honey G 4th
10.9%
4th
9.3%
5th
9.4%
6th
9.2%
5th
11.6%
5th
11.7%
6th
11.2%
5th
12.2%
Eliminated
(week 8)
Ryan Lawrie 8th
6.2%
10th
4.6%
8th
7.4%
7th
8.7%
4th
14.1%
6th
11.1%
5th
13.3%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Sam Lavery 5th
9.8%
5th
8.8%
6th
8.1%
5th
10.1%
8th
8.5%
7th
9.7%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Four of Diamonds N/A2 6th
7.3%
10th
6.1%
9th
6.1%
7th
8.9%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Gifty Louise 7th
6.6%
8th
6.4%
7th
7.9%
8th
6.6%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Relley C 6th
7.8%
7th
6.6%
9th
6.2%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Freddy Parker 10th
3.4%
11th
4.5%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Brooks Way N/A1 Withdrew
(week 2)
Bratavio 11th
2.6%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Lifeline vote 1st Parker
52.0%
Lawrie
37.9%
Lawrie
37.9%
Lawrie
41.2%
Lavery
46.1%
No lifeline vote
2nd Aalto
38.5%
Aalto
32.0%
Relley C
36.0%
Louise
35.0%
Four of Diamonds
27.3%
3rd Bratavio
9.5%
Parker
30.0%
Four of Diamonds
26.1%
Four of Diamonds
23.8%
Aalto
26.6%
Sing-off Aalto,
Bratavio
Aalto,
Parker
Four of Diamonds,
Relley C
Four of Diamonds,
Louise
Aalto,
Four of Diamonds
Lavery,
Lawrie
Honey G,
Lawrie
5 After Midnight,
Honey G
Middlemas,
Terry
No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Eliminate Send Through
Walsh's vote Aalto Parker Relley C Louise Aalto Lawrie Lawrie Honey G Terry
Osbourne's vote Bratavio Parker Four of Diamonds Louise Four of Diamonds Lavery Lawrie 5 After Midnight Terry
Scherzinger's vote Bratavio Aalto Relley C Louise Four of Diamonds Lavery Honey G Honey G Terry
Cowell's vote Bratavio Aalto Relley C Four of Diamonds Four of Diamonds Lawrie Lawrie Honey G Middlemas
Eliminated Bratavio
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Freddy Parker
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Relley C
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Gifty Louise
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Four of Diamonds
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Sam Lavery
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Ryan Lawrie
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Honey G
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Emily Middlemas
1 of 4 votes
Minority
5 After Midnight
31.3%
to win
Saara Aalto
40.4%
to win
Reference(s) [72] [56] [73] [58] [74] [75] [76]
  • ^1 Brooks Way did not perform in week 1 and withdrew before week 2.
  • ^2 Four of Diamonds were brought into the live shows after week 1 as replacements for Brooks Way.
  • ^3 The voting percentages in week 10 for Sunday do not add up to 100%, owing to the freezing of votes. 5 After Midnight received 11.1% of the final vote.[71]

Live show detailsEdit

Week 1 (8/9 October)Edit

It was announced at the beginning of Saturday's live show that Brooks Way would not be performing. A spokesperson for the show said: "Due to circumstances that have arisen, Brooks Way will not be appearing on tonight's show."[79]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[80] Song[80] Result[72]
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 1 "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Safe
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 2 "Impossible" Safe
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 3 "Let It Go" Bottom three
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 4 "Perfect" Safe
Gifty Louise Girls (Cowell) 5 "That's My Girl" Safe
Relley C Over 25s (Osbourne) 6 "Shackles (Praise You)" Safe
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 7 "You Don't Own Me" Safe
Freddy Parker Boys (Scherzinger) 8 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Bottom three; saved by lifeline vote
Bratavio Groups (Walsh) 9 "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!"/"Barbie Girl" Bottom three
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 10 "Closer" Safe
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 11 "California Love" Safe
Brooks Way Groups (Walsh) Did not perform N/A1 Withdrew October 10, 2016
Sing-off details[72]
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 1 "Alive" Saved
Bratavio Groups (Walsh) 2 "The Only Way Is Up" Eliminated

^1 Brooks Way were suspended or axed from performing on only the first week. They withdrew the day after the first result show. They were due to perform Cake by the Ocean. Brooks Way were replaced by Four of Diamonds.

Judges' votes to eliminate[72]
  • Walsh: Saara Aalto – backed his own act, Bratavio, but did say Aalto’s sing off performance was "incredible".
  • Osbourne: Bratavio – gave no reason but effectively backed her own act, Saara Aalto.
  • Scherzinger: Bratavio – based on the sing-off performances.
  • Cowell: Bratavio – based on the sing-off performances.

Week 2 (15/16 October)Edit

On 10 October 2016, it was confirmed that Brooks Way would no longer be taking part in the show after being absent from the first live show.[52] It was later confirmed that Four of Diamonds, who were eliminated at Judges' Houses, would replace them.[53]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[55] Song[55] Result[56]
Freddy Parker Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Bottom three
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 2 "Stop! In the Name of Love" Safe
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 3 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Safe
Relley C Over 25s (Osbourne) 4 "Ain't No Sunshine" Safe
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 5 "Hello" Safe
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 6 "Get Ready"/"Reach Out I'll Be There" Safe
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 7 "Superstition" Bottom three; saved by lifeline vote
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 8 "Mo Money Mo Problems" Safe
Gifty Louise Girls (Cowell) 9 "Rockin' Robin" Safe
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 10 "River Deep – Mountain High" Bottom three
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 11 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Safe
Sing-off details[56]
Freddy Parker Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Stay" Eliminated
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 2 "Run" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate[56]
  • Scherzinger: Saara Aalto – backed her own act, Freddy Parker.
  • Osbourne: Freddy Parker – gave no reason but effectively backed her own act, Saara Aalto.
  • Walsh: Freddy Parker – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Saara Aalto – said the decision was harder than last week and chose to go with his gut.

With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Freddy Parker was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[56]

Week 3 (22/23 October)Edit

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[81] Song[81] Result[73]
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Rolling in the Deep" Bottom three; saved by lifeline vote
Gifty Louise Girls (Cowell) 2 "Lay Me Down" Safe
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 3 "Valerie" Safe
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 4 "Earth Song" Safe
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 5 "I'll Be There" Safe
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 6 "Ice Ice Baby"/"Under Pressure" Safe
Relley C Over 25s (Osbourne) 7 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Bottom three
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 8 "How Will I Know" Safe
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 9 "Lady Marmalade"/"Bang Bang" Bottom three
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 10 "It's Oh So Quiet" Safe
Sing-off[73]
Relley C Over 25s (Osbourne) 1 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Eliminated
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 2 "Who Are You" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate[73]
  • Walsh: Relley C – backed his own act, Four of Diamonds, whom he said had more potential.
  • Osbourne: Four of Diamonds – gave no reason but effectively backed her own act, Relley C.
  • Scherzinger: Relley C – based on the sing-off performances.
  • Cowell: Relley C – said that Four of Diamonds had more potential.

Week 4 (29/30 October)Edit

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[85] Song[85] Result[58]
Gifty Louise Girls (Cowell) 1 "I'm in Love with a Monster" Bottom three
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 2 "I Put a Spell on You" Safe
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 3 "Thriller" Safe
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 4 "Men in Black" Safe
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 5 "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Bottom three; saved by lifeline vote
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 6 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Safe
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 7 "Bad Romance" Safe
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 8 "Ghost" Bottom three
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 9 "Creep" Safe
Sing-off[58]
Gifty Louise Girls (Cowell) 1 "A Song for You" Eliminated
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 2 "The Voice Within" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate[58]
  • Cowell: Four of Diamonds – gave no reason but effectively backed his own act, Gifty Louise. However, he did initially say Louise's name in response, before backtracking.
  • Walsh: Gifty Louise – gave no reason, but effectively backed his own act, Four of Diamonds.
  • Scherzinger: Gifty Louise – gave no reason.
  • Osbourne: Gifty Louise – gave no reason.

Week 5 (5/6 November)Edit

During the fifth live results show, O'Leary confirmed that the final 8 would be part of The X Factor UK Live Tour 2017.[87]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[86] Song[86] Result[74]
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "I'm Your Man" Safe
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 2 "I'll Stand by You" Bottom three, saved by lifeline vote
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 3 "Jump" Safe
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 4 "Twist and Shout" Safe
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 5 "Hold On" Bottom three
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 6 "Sound of the Underground" Bottom three
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 7 "What Makes You Beautiful" Safe
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 8 "Say You'll Be There" Safe
Sing-off[74]
Four of Diamonds Groups (Walsh) 1 "When You Believe" Eliminated
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 2 "Who You Are" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate[74]
  • Walsh: Saara Aalto – gave no reason but effectively backed his own act, Four of Diamonds.
  • Osbourne: Four of Diamonds – gave no reason but effectively backed her own act, Saara Aalto.
  • Scherzinger: Four of Diamonds – based on the sing-off performances.
  • Cowell: Four of Diamonds – said he thought Four of Diamonds would be safe based on their first performance but concluded that Aalto was more likely to consistently improve following a bad week.

Week 6 (12/13 November)Edit

It was revealed during the sixth live show that the lifeline vote would not return for the remainder of the series.[90]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[88] Song[91] Result[75]
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 1 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" Safe
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 2 "I Will Survive" Bottom two
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 3 "Play That Funky Music" Bottom two
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 4 "Boogie Wonderland"/"September" Safe
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 5 "Best of My Love" Safe
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 6 "Wishing on a Star" Safe
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 7 "Stayin' Alive" Safe
Sing-off[75]
Sam Lavery Girls (Cowell) 1 "No More Drama" Eliminated
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 2 "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate[75]
  • Cowell: Ryan Lawrie – gave no reason, but effectively backed his own act, Sam Lavery.
  • Scherzinger: Sam Lavery – gave no reason, but effectively backed her own act, Ryan Lawrie.
  • Walsh: Ryan Lawrie – stated that Lavery was who he picked as Cowell's wildcard.
  • Osbourne: Sam Lavery – could not decide so chose to take it to deadlock; it initially looked like she was going to send Lawrie home due to him being in the bottom three so many times; but she eventually said Lavery's name, indicating that she was unsure.

With the acts in the sing-off receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Sam Lavery was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[75]

Week 7 (19/20 November)Edit

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[92] Song[92] Film[92] Result[76]
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Jailhouse Rock" Jailhouse Rock Bottom two
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 2 "Try a Little Tenderness" The Commitments Safe
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 3 "My Heart Will Go On" Titanic Safe
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 4 "Writing's on the Wall" Spectre Safe
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 5 "It's Like That"/"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" Keith Lemon: The Film/The Last Days of Disco Bottom two
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 6 "It Must Have Been Love" Pretty Woman Safe
Sing-off[76]
Ryan Lawrie Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Lego House" Eliminated
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 2 "Get Ur Freak On"/"Work It" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate[76]
  • Cowell: Ryan Lawrie – felt that Honey G wanted it more.
  • Osbourne: Ryan Lawrie – backed her own act, Honey G.
  • Scherzinger: Honey G – backed her own act, Ryan Lawrie.
  • Walsh: Ryan Lawrie – gave no reason.

Week 8: Quarter-Final (26/27 November)Edit

For the first time this series, contestants performed two songs.[93]

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order[93] First song ("Louis Loves")[93] Order[93] Second song (own choice)[93] Result
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Secret Love Song, Pt II" 6 "Alive" Safe
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 2 "The Winner Takes It All" 10 "Diamonds Are Forever"/"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Safe
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 3 "U Can't Touch This"/"Super Freak" 8 "Push It"/"Black Beatles" Bottom two
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 4 "Uptown Funk" 7 "Sorry"/"One Dance" Bottom two
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 5 "Toxic" 9 "Human" Safe
Sing-off
Honey G Over 25s (Osbourne) 1 "California Love" Eliminated
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 2 "Beneath Your Beautiful" Saved
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Honey G – backed his own act, 5 After Midnight, saying they were better than Honey G.
  • Osbourne: 5 After Midnight – backed her own act, Honey G.
  • Scherzinger: Honey G – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Honey G – said that had to do what the public would expect, and that Honey G had gone as far as she could in the competition; and although he expected 5 After Midnight to be in the sing-off, he believed that they would continue to improve in the competition.

Week 9: Semi-Final (3/4 December)Edit

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order First song[94] Order Second song[94] Result
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Silent Night" 6 "Say You Love Me" Bottom two
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 2 "Stay Another Day" 8 "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Safe
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 3 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" 5 "Mad World" Bottom two
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 4 "White Christmas"/"All I Want for Christmas Is You" 7 "Chandelier" Safe
Sing-off
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 1 "Hurt" Saved
Emily Middlemas Girls (Cowell) 2 "Wings" Eliminated
Judges' votes to send through to the final
  • Cowell: Emily Middlemas – gave no reason but effectively backed his own act, Emily Middlemas.
  • Scherzinger: Matt Terry – gave no reason but effectively backed her own act, Matt Terry.
  • Walsh: Matt Terry – gave no reason.
  • Osbourne: Matt Terry – gave no reason.

Week 10: Final (10/11 December)Edit

10 December
Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order First song[95] Order Second song (duet) Result
5 After Midnight Groups (Walsh) 1 "Crazy in Love" 4 "Tears" (with Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson) Eliminated
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 2 "Take Me Home" 5 "Purple Rain" (with Nicole Scherzinger) Safe
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 3 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" 6 "Bohemian Rhapsody" (with Adam Lambert) Safe

5 After Midnight received the fewest public votes and was automatically eliminated.

11 December
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song of the series[97] Order Song to win Result
Saara Aalto Over 25s (Osbourne) 1 "It's Oh So Quiet" 3 "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" Runner-up
Matt Terry Boys (Scherzinger) 2 "Writing's on the Wall" 4 "One Day I'll Fly Away" Winner

Following the announcement that Terry had won, he performed his winner's single, "When Christmas Comes Around".

Winner's singleEdit

On 4 December 2016, it was announced that all VAT from the winner's single would be donated to charity, meaning that the charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase would receive 100% of all profits from sales of the single. It is the sixth year running that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has waived VAT on The X Factor's winner's single.[99]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

Episode Air date Duration
(minutes)[100]1
Official rating
(millions)[101],2
Official rating
(millions inc. HD)[101],3
Official rating
(millions inc. HD & +1)[101],4
Weekly rank[101],5
Auditions 1 27 August 90 6.34 7.89 8.52 1
Auditions 2 28 August 60 6.04 7.45 8.07 4
Auditions 3 3 September 60 7.56 9.67 10.21 3
Auditions 4 4 September 60 6.98 8.76 9.18 4
Auditions 5 10 September 60 6.66 8.47 9.14 2
Auditions 6 11 September 60 6.66 8.26 8.63 4
Auditions 7 17 September 60 7.36 9.01 9.35 2
Bootcamp 18 September 90 6.36 7.95 8.31 3
Six-chair challenge 1 24 September 110 6.66 8.57 8.91 4
Six-chair challenge 2 25 September 120 6.32 8.03 8.62 5
Judges' houses 1 1 October 110 6.47 8.33 8.70 4
Judges' houses 2 2 October 90 6.00 7.52 7.87 5
Live show 1 8 October 120 5.55 7.25 7.67 7
Live results 1 9 October 60 5.64 7.23 7.46 10
Live show 2 15 October 120 5.22 6.68 7.07 16
Live results 2 16 October 60 5.67 7.07 7.38 11
Live show 3 22 October 110 5.43 6.90 7.21 20
Live results 3 23 October 60 5.48 7.03 7.27 19
Live show 4 29 October 110 5.09 6.74 7.08 17
Live results 4 30 October 60 5.15 6.69 6.99 22
Live show 5 5 November 100 5.00 6.51 6.83 18
Live results 5 6 November 60 5.18 6.87 7.17 15
Live show 6 12 November 90 5.42 7.00 7.22 16
Live results 6 13 November 60 5.31 6.82 6.99 19=
Live show 7 19 November 85 5.37 6.95 7.18 17
Live results 7 20 November 60 5.02 6.58 6.80 25=
Live show 8 26 November 110 4.98 6.51 6.57 27
Live results 8 27 November 60 4.98 6.39 6.66 31
Live show 9 3 December 90 5.14 6.55 6.69 24
Live results 9 4 December 60 5.03 6.55 6.71 23
Live final 10 December 125 4.79 6.22 6.38 25
Live final results 11 December 125 5.82 7.44 7.61 1
^1 Includes advert breaks
^2 The ratings over a 28-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV and streaming through ITV Hub.
^3 The ratings over a 28-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV, ITV HD and streaming through ITV Hub.
^4 The ratings over a 28-day period, including the broadcasts on ITV, ITV HD, ITV+1 and streaming through ITV Hub.
^5 The rank for the combined ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1 broadcasts, compared with all channels for that week, from Monday to Sunday.

Controversy and criticismEdit

Brooks Way's withdrawalEdit

Just hours before the first live show, duo Brooks Way, consisting of twin brothers Kyle and Josh Brooks, were suspended from the competition, over allegations that Josh had been violent with his ex-girlfriend Amelia Clark, allegedly breaking her nose and kicking her in the face during a New Year Eve party earlier in the year.[102] It was reported throughout the weekend that Josh was regularly beating up Kyle. Kyle and Clark came to Josh's defence, saying respectively that the allegations were false and that they were written by a friend and fan who chose to exploit from the show. During the broadcast, presenter Dermot O'Leary acknowledged the brothers absence stating that it is due to "circumstances that have arisen".

The following Monday, they released a statement saying that they were withdrawing from the competition, from "mutual consent" with the producers, whilst denying the "false allegations" and saying that "truth always wins".[103] They were replaced by girl group, Four of Diamonds.[104]

Fix claimsEdit

The X Factor were forced to deny that the competition was fixed when nightclub Kittys & Kandy, in Kirkcaldy, posted on Facebook that Honey G would be performing there on 10 December 2016, the same night as the show's final. The post was deleted and the venue said they had secured the date in case Honey G was eliminated before that date, but a spokesperson for The X Factor said, "This story is not true and there is no foundation to any fix claims. The club was mistaken in their post that she would be there on 10 December and the post has since been removed."[105]

Several viewers suspected that the jukebox wheel was rigged after it selected "Fright Night" for the theme for week 4, two days before Halloween.[106] O'Leary insisted the wheel was not rigged, calling it "the most rudimentary hamster wheel you've ever seen in your life".[107] Scherzinger also said she thought it was not fixed because, "I can't pick my songs until we know what theme we're doing—and the producers aren't picking anything as well."[108] Contestant Middlemas said of the wheel: "It's not computerised, it's an old-fashioned wheel. We can see it at the side and there's no-one else around apart from Dermot [O'Leary] pulling the wheel. We do it at rehearsals and it lands on something different each time. All of the producers knew people would say it was fixed. But we know how it works."[109]

VotingEdit

At the start of the third live show, O'Leary announced that the voting lines were open for all contestants before they had performed, instead of after they performed as it had been in the first two live shows. Isobel Mohan from The Daily Telegraph claimed this was unfair and gave an advantage to those performing first and turned it into a popularity contest instead of a talent show.[81]

During the fifth results show, many viewers claimed that they were unable to vote via the mobile app. This also led to claims of a fix.[110]

SwearingEdit

Ofcom received five complaints from viewers after Gifty Louise was heard swearing when she said, "I fucking told you" during the third live results show, when Sam Lavery was announced as the first act through to the following week. O'Leary issued an apology after the results. Ofcom confirmed that they were assessing the complaints before deciding whether to investigate.[111]

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