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The X Factor UK (Series 5)
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Series 5
Broadcast from 16 August 2008 – 13 December 2008
Judges Simon Cowell
Cheryl Cole
Dannii Minogue
Louis Walsh
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Holly Willoughby
Network ITV
ITV2
Number of finalists 12
Winner Alexandra Burke
Runner-up JLS
Notable returnees Liam Payne (7)
Ratings 10.51 millions
Chronology
Previous Series 4
Next Series 6

Series 5 of The X Factor premiered on August 16, 2008 and ended on Decemvber 13, 2008 on ITV.

It was during auditions that viewers were introduced to 15-year-old Jade Thirlwall, who in Series 8 would form one quarter of the winning act that year, Little Mix. The fifth series also introduced 14-year-old Liam Payne who became a member of successful boy band One Direction, formed in Series 7.

It was won by 20-year old R&B singer Alexandra Burke who was part of the Girls category mentored by Cheryl Cole. She had previously made it to Judges' Houses in Series 2 but was sent home by Louis Walsh.

Runners-up JLS and semi finalist Diana Vickers also secured record deals after the show and both went on to have chart success.

This series was watched by 10.51 million viewers - almost 2 million more than the previous series.

Production

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.

Twists/Changes

Auditions: As with the previous four series, the room auditions returned. Auditions were held in the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. Due to commitments on Australia's Got Talent, Dannii Minogue was missing from some of the auditions in Birmingham and Cardiff but was not replaced.

Age Limit: The minimum age was changed back to 16 after attracting criticism during the previous series.

Bootcamp: Bootcamp was held in London and was screened over two episodes.

Judges' Houses: The judges' houses round was broadcast over a whole weekend.

Live Shows: The Top 3 finalists duetted with celebrity performers like in the previous series.

Charity single: In a change to previous series, the twelve finalists released a cover of Mariah Carey's 1993 single "Hero" with all proceeds going to the Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion charities.

Finalists

Contestant Category Finish Elimination
Badlashesmini Bad Lashes
19-24, various places
Groups 12th
week one
Deadlock
Girlbandmini Girlband
18-22, South-West England
Groups 11th
week two
Deadlock
Scottbrutonmini Scott Bruton
20, Manchester
Boys 10th
week three
Majority vote
Austindragemini Austin Drage
22, Grays, Thurrock
Boys 9th
week four
Majority vote
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Laurawhitemini Laura White
21, Atherton, Wigan
Girls 8th
week five
Majority vote
Danielevansmini Daniel Evans
39, Leyton, London
Over 25s 7th
week six
Majority vote
Rachelhyltonmini Rachel Hylton
27, London
Over 25s 6th
week seven
Majority vote
Ruthlorenzomini Ruth Lorenzo
26, Murcia, Spain
Over 25s 5th
week eight
Fewest public votes
Dianavickersmini Diana Vickers
17, Accrington, Lancashire
Girls 4th
week nine
Fewest public votes
Eoghanquiggmini Eoghan Quigg
16, County Londonderry
Boys Winner
week ten
Fewest public votes
Jlsmini JLS
20-23, various places
Groups Runner-up
week ten
Fewest public votes
Alexburkemini Alexandra Burke
20, London
Girls Runner-up
week ten
Most public votes

Selection process

Auditions

See: List of The X Factor auditionees (series 5)

Notable returnees included eventual winner Alexandra Burke who first auditioned for the show in Series 2, making as far as Judges Houses' before being sent home. Other notable auditionees included Nikk Mager who first came to public attention as a participant on Popstars: The Rivals alongside Cheryl Cole, who went on to be part of the winning girlband Girls Aloud.

Bootcamp

See: Bootcamp (series 5)

Judges' Houses

See: Judges' Houses (series 5)


Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Cole Girls Cannes Kimberly 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

Live Shows

Results Summary

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Eliminated Badlashesmini Girlbandmini Scottbrutonmini Austindragemini Laurawhitemini Danielevansmini Rachelhyltonmini Ruthlorenzomini Dianavickersmini Eoghanquiggmini Jlsmini Alexburkemini
Alexandra Burke 6th
7.20%
7th
7.15%
6th
8.83%
6th
8.82%
2nd
18.35%
4th
13.31%
4th
14.97%
1st
24.53%
2nd
31.04%
1st
44.02%
Winner
(week 10)
58.34%
JLS 7th
5.03%
3rd
9.21%
4th
10.81%
2nd
17.00%
4th
13.26%
5th
9.91%
5th
11.75%
2nd
24.34%
1st
35.03%
2nd
30.65%
Runner-up
(week 10)
41.66%
Eoghan Quigg 1st
21.19%
1st
26.77%
1st
20.73%
1st
19.81%
1st
27.39%
2nd
19.56%
1st
31.79%
3rd
19.58%
3rd
21.14%
3rd
25.33%
Eliminated
(week 10)
Diana Vickers 4th
7.35%
2nd
16.24%
2nd
15.13%
3rd
15.24%
N/A 1st
31.30%
2nd
18.94%
4th
16.32%
4th
12.79%
Eliminated
(week 9)
Ruth Lorenzo 10th
3.47%
10th
2.95%
5th
8.93%
5th
10.25%
7th
6.94%
3rd
13.91%
3rd
16.07%
5th
15.23%
Eliminated
(week 8)
Rachel Hylton 8th
4.77%
8th
5.01%
3rd
12.21%
9th
3.81%
5th
10.39%
7th
4.48%
6th
6.48%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Daniel Evans 5th
7.21%
6th
8.23%
'9th
5.94%
4th
10.83%
3rd
13.77%
6th
7.53%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Laura White 3rd
16.99%
4th
8.99%
7th
7.53%
7th
7.38%
6th
9.90%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Austin Drage 9th
3.63%
5th
8.98%
8th
6.22%
8th
6.86%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Scott Bruton 2nd
19.48%
9th
4.17%
10th
3.67%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Girlband 11th
2.17%
11th
2.30%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Bad Lashes 12th
1.51%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Bottom two Bad Lashes,
Girlband
Girlband,
Lorenzo
Bruton,
Evans
Drage,
Hylton
Lorenzo,
White
Evans,
Hylton
Hylton,
JLS
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 Bad Lashes Bruton Drage White N/A JLS
Cole's vote
to eliminate
Girlband Bad Lashes Bruton Drage Lorenzo Evans Hylton
Cowell's vote
to eliminate
Bad Lashes Lorenzo Evans Hylton White Evans Hylton

Ratings

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Trivia

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