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The X Factor UK (Series 10)
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Series 10
Broadcast from 31 August 2013 – 15 December 2013
Judges Gary Barlow
Nicole Scherzinger
Sharon Osbourne
Louis Walsh
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Caroline Flack
Matt Richardson
Network ITV
ITV2
Number of finalists 12
Winner Sam Bailey
Runner-up Nicholas McDonald
Notable returnees Paul Akister (11)
Tom Mann (11)
Barclay Beales (11)
Ratings 9.45 (millions)
Chronology
Previous Series 9
Next Series 11

Series 10 of The X Factor began airing on August 31, 2013 and ended on December 15, 2013 on ITV.

The series was won by 36-year old soul singer Sam Bailey who was mentored in the Over 25s category by Sharon Osbourne, giving her her first-ever win as a mentor on the show. Fellow finalists Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend also secured record deals with little success.

It was watched by a total of 9.45 million viewers - almost 400,000 viewers less than the previous series.

Production

Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV for the seventh year. Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger returned as judges for their respective tenth, third and second series. Tulisa Contostavlos did not return and was replaced by Sharon Osbourne. Matt Richardson replaced Olly Murs as the co-host of The Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack.


Twists/Changes

Two Auditions: This series saw the return of the original auditions format last used in Series 5, where auditionees performed in a room in front of the judges. Those who were successful in the room auditions then faced a second audition in an arena—the format used since Series 6—to prove they can impress an audience. If they were successful in this audition, they entered the bootcamp stage of the competition.

Category Allocation: In a change to the usual format, the judges were allocated their categories before bootcamp, via a phonecall from executive producer Richard Holloway. On the first day of bootcamp, soloists were put into groups of three within their category, and groups were put into pairs. They had to perform within that pair or group, and the category judge would then decide who would continue.

Six Chair Challenge: The judges chose the acts to advance to judges' houses immediately after their bootcamp performance, instead of waiting until everyone had performed. Each judge had six places to their judges house, and they granted a 'seat' to the performers they wanted to advance in their category. However, if a judge already chose six acts for their category, they could replace them if they preferred a later performer, therefore causing bootcamp to be branded the 'ultimate game of musical chairs'.

Flash Vote: For the first three weeks, a new "flash vote" took place at the end of each Saturday night show, where the voting lines opened for about eight minutes, and the act with the fewest votes faced the "sing-off" (formerly called the "final showdown") on Sunday. Voting lines for the remaining contestants then reopened, and stayed open until the Sunday shows, where the second contestant to face the "sing-off" was revealed. In the event that judges' votes were tied, the contestant that lost the flash vote was eliminated.

Winner's Single: As with the previous year, proceeds from the winner's single were donated to UK charity Together for Short Lives.

Finalists

Contestant Category Finish Elimination
Lornasimpsonmini Lorna Simpson
26, South Norwood, London
Over 25s 12th
week one
Majority vote
Shelleysmithmini Shelley Smith
35, Farringdon, Devon
Over 25s 11th
week two
Majority vote
Missdynamixmini Miss Dynamix
16-22, various places
Groups 10th
week three
Flash vote
Kingslandroadmini Kingsland Road
19-25, East London
Groups 9th
week four
Majority vote
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Abialtonmini Abi Alton
19, Guisborough, Teesside
cGirls 8th
week five
Majority vote
Samcallahanmini Sam Callahan
19, Essex
Boys 7th
week six
Majority vote
Hannahbarrettmini Hannah Barrett
17, South Norwood
Girls 6th
week seven
Majority vote
Tamerafostermini Tamera Foster
16, Gravesend, Kent
Girls 5th
week eight
Deadlock
Roughcopymini Rough Copy
27-32, various places
Groups 4th
week nine
Deadlock
Lukefriendmini Luke Friend
17, Teignmouth, Devon
Boys 3rd
week ten
Fewest public votes
Nicholasmcdonaldmini Nicholas McDonald
17, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire
Boys Runner-up
week ten
Fewest public votes
Sambaileymini Sam Bailey
36, Leicester
Over 25s Winner
week ten
Most public votes

Selection process

Auditions

See: List of The X Factor auditionees (series 10)


Bootcamp

See: Bootcamp (series 10)

Judges Houses

See: Judges' Houses (series 10)

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Barlow Groups New York Olly Murs Brick City, Code 4, Xyra
Osbourne Over 25s Beverly Hills Robbie Williams Zoe Devlin, Andrea Magee, Joseph Whelan
Scherzinger Girls antigua Mary J. Blige Relley C, Melanie McCabe, Jade Richards
Walsh Boys Saint Tropez Nicole Appleton, Shane Filan and Sinitta Paul Akister, Ryan Mathie, Giles Potter


Live Shows

Results Summary

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Eliminated Lornasimpsonmini Shelleysmithmini Missdynamixmini Kingslandroadmini Abialtonmini Samcallahanmini Hannahbarrettmini Tamerafostermini Roughcopymini Lukefriendmini Nicholasmcdonaldmini Sambaileymini
Sam Bailey 1st
23.4% / 2nd
23.3%
2nd
16.8% / 2nd
17.4%
1st
27.0% / 1st
27.0%
1st
31.1%
1st
28.4%
2nd
26.5%
1st
36.0%
1st
27.4%
1st
29.6%
1st
38.2%
Winner
53.4%
(week 10)
Nicholas McDonald 2nd
23.3% / 1st
23.5%
1st
28.1% / 1st
27.1%
2nd
25.3% / 2nd
24.8%
2nd
18.2%
2nd
20.2%
1st
31.4%
2nd
23.9%
2nd
25.1%
2nd
28.2%
2nd
32.1%
Runner up
36.3%
(week 10)
Luke Friend 9th
3.4% / 9th
3.5%
7th
5.9% / 8th
6.0%
3rd
7.9% / 3rd
7.5%
6th
7.0%
5th
9.0%
6th
8.0%
3rd
13.0%
4th
19.3%
3rd
26.7%
3rd
29.7%
Eliminated
(week 10)
Rough Copy 3rd
18.4% / 3rd
16.4%
5th
8.6% / 4th
10.2%
8th
6.2% / 6th
6.7%
5th
7.5%
3rd
11.1%
4th
8.7%
6th
8.7%
3rd
19.7%
4th
15.5%
Eliminated
(week 9)
Tamera Foster 6th
4.9% / 7th
5.1%
4th
9.4% / 5th
9.2%
4th
7.7% / 4th
7.3%
9th
4.7%
4th
10.0%
5th
8.4%
4th
9.3%
5th
8.5%
Eliminated
(week 8)
Hannah Barrett 5th
5.3% / 5th
5.2%
3rd
12.7% / 3rd
10.4%
7th
6.2% / 9th
5.9%
3rd
12.0%
7th
7.1%
3rd
9.9%
5th
9.1%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Sam Callahan 8th
3.5% / 6th
5.1%
8th
5.1% / 7th
6.6%
9th
4.8% / 8th
6.0%
4th
7.6%
6th
8.0%
7th
7.1%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Abi Alton 4th
9.2% / 4th
9.0%
6th
6.1% / 6th
6.9%
5th
6.6% / 5th
7.1%
7th
6.7%
8th
6.2%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Kingsland Road 7th
3.7% / 8th
4.1%
10th
3.6% / N/A
6th
6.5% / 7th
6.6%
8th
5.2%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Miss Dynamix 10th
1.8% / 10th
2.2%
N/A / N/A 10th
1.8% / N/A
Eliminated
(week 3)
Shelley Smith N/A / 9th
3.7%
9th
4.3%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Lorna Simpson 11th
1.6% / 11th
1.7%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Sing-off Simpson,
Smith
Kingsland Road,
Smith
Barrett,
Miss Dynamix
Foster,
Kingsland Road
Alton,
Barrett
Callahan,
Friend
Barrett,
Rough Copy
Foster,
Friend
Friend,
Rough Copy
No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote
to eliminate
Simpson Smith N/A Kingsland Road N/A None (abstained) Barrett Foster Friend
Osbourne's vote
to eliminate
None (abstained) Kingsland Road Miss Dynamix Kingsland Road Alton N/A Barrett Foster Friend
Barlow's vote
to eliminate
Smith Smith Barrett Foster Alton Callahan Barrett Friend Rough Copy
Scherzinger's vote
to eliminate
Simpson Smith Miss Dynamix Kingsland Road None (abstained) Callahan Rough Copy Friend Rough Copy
  • Note 1: Owing to the freezing of votes, the voting percentages in weeks 1, 2, 3 and 10 for Sundays do not add up to 100%. Shelley Smith received 0.9% of the final vote in week 1, Kingsland Road rececived 1.9% of the final vote in week 2, Miss Dynamix received 1.1% of the final vote in week 3 and Luke Friend received 10.3% of the final vote in week 10
  • Note 2: Miss Dynamix were given a bye in Week 2 as band member SeSe Foster was too ill to perform.
  • Note 3: Walsh did not need to vote as Scherzinger and Osbourne had already voted to eliminate Miss Dynamix; having lost the flash vote, they would have been sent home regardless of Walsh's decision. Walsh said he would have voted to eliminate Miss Dynamix.
  • Note 4: Walsh did not need to vote as there was already a majority. He said he would have voted to eliminate Abi Alton.
  • Note 5: Osbourne did not need to vote as there was already a majority. She said she would have voted to eliminate Sam Callahan.

Ratings

Controversies

Trivia

  • This is Walsh's first time in 8 years to receive a category other than the Over 25s/Groups.
  • The finals attracted lower viewing figures than the previous year.
  • As with Series 1, Series 7 and the previous year the winning act and the runner-up performed different potential winner's singles..


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