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The X Factor UK (Series 12)
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Series 12
Broadcast from 29 August 2015 – 13 December 2015
Judges Simon Cowell
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Rita Ora
Nick Grimshaw
Presenters Caroline Flack
Olly Murs
Rochelle Humes
Melvin Odoom
Network ITV
ITV2
Number of finalists 13
Winner Louisa Johnson
Runner-up Reggie 'N' Bollie
Ratings 7.8 (millions)
Chronology
Previous Series 11
Next Series 13

Series 12 of The X Factor premiered on August 29, 2015 and ended on December 13, 2015.

This series was won by 17-year old soul singer Louisa Johnson who was mentored by Rita Ora. She overtook Joe McElderry to become the youngest winner in the show's history.  Fellow finalists Reggie 'N' Bollie also secured a deal with minor success.

It was watched by an average of 7.8 million viewers - 800,000 viewers less than the previous year.

ProductionEdit

Dermot O'Leary, who had presented the main show on ITV for eight series, announced his departure in March 2015 and was replaced by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, who had both previously co-presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.  Sarah-Jane Crawford, who was the presenter of said spin-off in Series 11, also left and was replaced by Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom

Louis Walsh, the only judge who had been on the show from its inception in 2004, quit and was replaced by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. Mel B was also replaced by Series 9 guest judge and former The Voice UK coach, Rita Ora. Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini both returned for their ninth and fifth series as judges, respectively.

The show's announcer, Peter Dickson, left the show during the pre-live stage of the competition, but later returned

In a change to previous series, judges' auditions were only held in Manchester and London.



Twists/ChangesEdit

Arena Auditions: After two series of both room auditions and arena auditions, the room auditions were axed and the format returned to the one present since Series 6.

Age Limit: The minimum age returned to 16, after being 14 on the last series.

Public chosen mentors: Fans were able to vote via hashtags on Twitter to determine which of the judges was allocated each of the four categories (for example, #SimonBoys or #RitaGroups). The judges learnt the result during the six chair challenge.

Six Chair Challenge: The Six Chair Challenge was implemented once again.

Judges' Houses: For the first time ever, the results of the Judges' Houses were revealed live after having all acts and their respective mentors watch the pre-recorded performances.

Wildcard: There was one wildcard this season, chosen by all four judges.

Shortened Live Shows: Because of ITV being contractually obliged to broadcast the 2015 Rugby World Cup during October, production decided to make the live shows happen through seven weeks instead of the regular ten. A rejected option was to air a bumper show on Sunday nights on these weekends.

Double Elimination: Because of the short number of weeks, double eliminations were required to narrow down the competition.

Third Xtra Factor: The Xtra Factor ran a third weekly show on Thursday nights during the live stage, previewing what viewers would see on the main show.

FinalistsEdit

Contestant Category Finish Elimination
Bupsimini Bupsi
38, Leeds
Overs 13th
week one
Fewest public votes
Alienmini Alien Uncovered
17-24, various places
Groups 12th
week one
Majority vote
Kieraweathersmini Kiera Weathers
18, St. Helens
Girls 11th
week two
Fewest public votes
Seannmmooremini Seann Miley Moore
25, Sydney, Australia
Boys 10th
week two
Deadlock
Maxstonemini Max Stone
27, Devon
Overs 9th
week three
Fewest public votes
Monicamichaelmini Monica Michael
26, North London
Girls 8th
week three
Deadlock
X Factor 2016 Live Tour
Masonnoisemini Mason Noise
22, Birmingham
Boys 7th
week four
Flash vote
Antonstephansmini Anton Stephans
44, Suffolk
Overs 6th
week four
Majority vote
4thimpactmini 4th Impact
19-28, Santiago City, Philippines
Groups 5th
week five
Deadlock
Laurenmurraymini Lauren Murray
25, North London
Girls 4th
week six
Deadlock
Chechestermanmini Ché Chesterman
19, Langdon, Essex
Boys 3rd
week seven
Fewest public votes
Reggienbolliemini Reggie 'N' Bollie
29-31, Ghana
Groups Runners-up
week seven
Fewest public votes
Louisajohnsonmini Louisa Johnson
17, Essex
Girls Winner
week seven
Most public votes

Note: Even though Seann Miley Moore did not finish in the top 7, thus not qualifying for the Live Tour, he was chosen to be part of it as an eighth act by the judges.

Selection processEdit

AuditionsEdit

See: List of The X Factor auditionees (series 12)

The room auditions were scrapped and therefore, the format saw the return of the arena auditions. Locations for the auditions included only Machester and London.

Notable returning auditionees included: Havva Rebke, who reached bootcamp in series 9; Monica Michael, who was controversially eliminated during the six chair challenge in series 11; and Rumour Has It, who reached judges' houses in series 11 as an unnamed girl group created by the judges.

BootcampEdit

See: Bootcamp (series 12)

A total of 180 acts successfully reached the bootcamp this year. The first challenge of bootcamp was to perform in groups of five acts, with a mix of at least three categories in each group, and perform a song from a list. The judges would decide immediately after each performance which of the 180 acts would pass the challenge and which would be eliminated. For the second challenge of bootcamp, the 93 successful acts were to perform a solo performance to the judges, who gave little or no feedback to them. At the end of the challenge, the judges decided on who would be successful and who would be eliminated. Grimshaw was absent from the second day of the challenge due to his commitments with BBC Radio 1, although partially assisted Cowell, Fernandez-Versini and Ora with their decisions via Skype video link. The 64 acts that passed through this stage went on to face the six-chair challenge. It was reported that the standard of auditions were so high that acts who got a "yes" from all four judges were not necessarily guaranteed a place at bootcamp.

Six Chair ChallengeEdit

See: Six Chair Challenge (series 12)

Summary of six chair challenge
Judge Category Chairs
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ora Girls Kiera Weathers Louisa Johnson Monica Michael Lauren Murray Chloe Paige Havva Rebke
Grimshaw Boys Ben Clark Ché Chesterman Josh Daniel Simon Lynch Tom Bleasby* Seann Miley Moore
Fernandez-Versini Groups Menn on Poinnt Alien BEKLN 4th Power Silver Tone The First Kings
Cowell Overs Max Stone Ebru Jennifer Phillips Bupsi Kerrie-Anne Phillips Anton Stephans

*Tom Bleasby was originally put through, but it was reported on 12 October that he had withdrawn for personal reasons. On 15 October, it was announced that Mason Noise would replace Bleasby at Judges' Houses.

Judges' HousesEdit

See: Judges' Houses (series 12)

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated Wildcard
Fernandez-Versini Groups Rome Jess Glynne BEKLN Mile, Melody Stone, New Kings Order N/A
Cowell Overs Loire Valley, France Louis Tomlinson Ebru Ellis, Jennifer Phillips, Kerrie-Anne Phillips N/A
Grimshaw Boys The Cotswolds Mark Ronson Ben Clark, Josh Daniel, Simon Lynch N/A
Ora Girls Los Angeles Meghan Trainor Chloe Paige, Havva Rebke Monica Michael

Live ShowsEdit

There were seven weeks of live shows, a series first. This happened because ITV was obliged by contract to broadcast the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which took the show's Saturday spot throughout October. One wildcard was elected by all four judges after the live Judges' Houses results. There would also be, because of the short number of weeks, double eliminations to narrow down the 13 finalists.

Results SummaryEdit

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Eliminated Bupsimini Alienmini Kieraweathersmini Seannmmooremini Maxstonemini Monicamichaelmini Masonnoisemini Antonstephansmini 4thimpactmini Laurenmurraymini Chechestermanmini Reggienbolliemini Louisajohnsonmini
Louisa Johnson 1st
15.9%
1st
15.3%
1st
16.4%
2nd
21.5%
3rd
21.1%
1st
31.5%
1st
44.5%
Winner
53.9%
Reggie 'N' Bollie 7th
7.4%
2nd
13.0%
5th
13.0%
1st
21.6%
2nd
22.1%
2nd
27.0%
2nd
13.0%
Runner-up
38.9%
Ché Chesterman 5th
8.7%
3rd
12.5%
3rd
14.0%
5th
12.8%
1st
22.2%
3rd
20.9%
3rd
20.3%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Lauren Murray 6th
8.4%
4th
11.2%
2nd
14.1%
3rd
14.8%
4th
18.4%
4th
20.6%
Eliminated
(week 6)
4th Impact 2nd
11.2%
5th
9.0%
4th
13.2%
4th
13.8%
5th
16.2%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Anton Stephans 3rd
10.7%
7th
7.5%
7th
8.0%
6th
12.3%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Mason Noise 9th
6.1%
9th
6.1%
6th
9.8%
7th
3.2%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Monica Michael 4th
9.1%
8th
6.3%
8th
6.1%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Max Stone 10th
5.8%
6th
8.5%
9th
5.4%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Seann Miley Moore 8th
7.3%
10th
5.5%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Kiera Weathers 12th
3.4%
11th
5.1%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Alien Uncovered 11th
4.8%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Bupsi 13th
1.2%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Sing-off Alien Uncovered,
Weathers
Moore,
Noise
Michael,
Stephans
Chesterman,
Stephans
4th Impact,
Murray
Chesterman,
Murray
No sing-off or judges' votes: results were based on public votes alone
Grimshaw's vote
to eliminate
Alien Uncovered Moore Michael Stephans 4th Impact Murray
Ora's vote
to eliminate
Alien Uncovered Moore Stephans Stephans 4th Impact Chesterman
Fernandez-Versini's vote
to eliminate
Weathers Noise Stephans Stephans Murray Murray
Cowell's vote
to eliminate
Alien Uncovered Noise Michael Chesterman Murray Chesterman

RatingsEdit

Episode Air date Duration (minutes) Share (%) Official ITV rating
(millions)
Official ITV HD rating
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
Weekly rank
Auditions 1 August 29,
2015
90 35.9 7.33 1.64 8.97 2
Auditions 2 August 30,
2015
60 27.7 6.14 1.35 7.49 11
Auditions 3 September 5,
2015
75 32.8 6.88 1.64 8.52 4
Auditions 4 September 6,
2015
75 29.6 6.43 1.34 7.77 10
Auditions 5 September 12,
2015
75 36.5 7.22 1.58 8.80 4
Auditions 6 September 13,
2015
60 30.9 6.76 1.38 8.14 8
Auditions 7 September 19,
2015
60 30.9 6.76 1.38 8.14 8
Bootcamp 1 September 20,
2015
120 31.3 6.51 1.70 8.21 9
Bootcamp 2 September 27,
2015
120 31.3 6.33 1.63 7.96 14
Six Chair Challenge 1 October 4,
2015
120 30.8 6.67 1.66 8.33 8
Six Chair Challenge 2 October 11,
2015
120 29.7 6.87 1.66 8.53 9
Six Chair Challenge 3 October 18,
2015
120 31.1 6.79 1.82 8.61 11
Judges' houses 1 October 24,
2015
145 29.6 6.08 1.67 7.75 16
Judges' houses 2 October 25,
2015
90 25.5 5.57 1.57 7.14 25
Live show 1 October 31,
2015
145 27.4 5.32 1.63 6.95 25
Live results 1 November 1,
2015
60 27.3 5.65 1.52 7.17 21
Live show 2 November 7,
2015
130 30.2 TBA TBA TBA TBA
Live results 2 November 8,
2015
60 28.7 TBA TBA TBA TBA
Live show 3 November 14,
2015
105 28.6 TBA TBA TBA TBA
Live results 3 November 15,
2015
60 29.2 TBA TBA TBA TBA

ControversiesEdit

BootcampEdit

It was reported that before bootcamp, some contestants who were given three or four "yes" votes from the judges were sent emails from the producers of the show saying that they would not be attending bootcamp due to limited places and a higher standard of auditions. One contestant who received such an email said, "I feel X Factor needs to be shamed for this shocking incident. They are playing with people's lives." A spokesperson for the show said this was "kinder and fairer than an immediate 'cull' of singers on arrival at bootcamp, which has happened in previous series."

Mason NoiseEdit

During the six chair challenge, after performing for his mentor Nick Grimshaw, 22-year-old singer Mason Noise complained that his audition was only broadcast for 47 seconds while other contestants were featured for up to 10 minutes. Head judge Simon Cowell responded by saying "You should feel lucky to be on this show. Why don't you shut up?" and called Noise an "arsehole". Noise was booed by the crowd before walking off the stage. Noise later told the Daily Mirror: "[Simon] lost control and it was uncalled for. Especially as all I was doing was saying an opinion. I think that no one has ever questioned him before and no one has questioned the format of the show. Something needs to change on that show. Listen to the kids, at the end of the day I have a lot of support on Twitter."

On 12 October, Tom Bleasby had withdrawn from the show and consequently, there was a spare place at judges' houses. On 15 October, Grimshaw announced that Noise would replace Bleasby at judges' houses.

Monica MichaelEdit

Monica Michael issued an apology when, after being eliminted in week 3, she appeared to make a gun gesture with her hand and shouted "bang, bang, bang". Viewers called her "inconsiderate" and "offensive", as it was not long after the November 2015 Paris attacks. Michael took to Twitter to say, "I want to apologies [sic] for any offence caused on the @TheXFactor tongiht. I wasn't thinking beyond the moment & it was insensitive, sorry."

Caroline Flack and Olly MursEdit

Presenters Flack and Murs were criticised throught the series. Flack's absense from several auditions caused confusion and their lack of chemistry was criticised, with a source from the show saying, "Bosses have been aware of the criticism aimed at Olly and Caroline over their lack of chemistry. They were expected to inject some fun and energy but that has yet to be seen. We've seen this year's line-up undertake a big shake-up and Olly and Caroline were considered to be a safe bet." It was also stated that Flack's other commitments were discussed beforehand. A spokesperson said: "Olly and Caroline have been great additions to the show, We're very happy with them and look forward to them being centre stage when presenting on the live shows at the end of the month."

However, when the live shows started, viewers called for the return of Dermot O'Leary and called the pair's presenting "awkward" and "cringe-worthy". They were criticised for "awkward glances, long pauses and over-enthusiastic shouting" and the hashtag "#bringbackdermot" appeared on Twitter. In week 3, when Monica Michael was in the bottom two, Murs told her she had been eliminated when in fact the judges' vote had gone to deadlock and the result was yet to be announced. Murs later issued an apology saying: "I apologise to everyone tonight I made a massive f--k up at the end. It was so tense!! I'm still learning & hope that never happens again!" Isabel Mohan from The Daily Telegraph said, "We were always dreading Flack and Murs taking over from Dermot O'Leary—we knew they wouldn't be able to hack it live on primetime telly. Dermot could build up tension. Dermot could read autocues. Dermot could speak properly with no lazy talk of 'the bottom free'. And, most of all, DERMOT DIDN'T TELL PEOPLE THEY'D BEEN VOTED OFF BEFORE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO! [...] What an absolute shambles."

TriviaEdit


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