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The X Factor UK (Series 6)
XFactor
Series 6
Broadcast from 22 August 2009 – 13 December 2009
Judges Simon Cowell
Cheryl Cole
Dannii Minogue
Louis Walsh
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Holly Willoughby
Network ITV
ITV2
Number of finalists 12
Winner Joe McElderry
Runner-up Olly Murs
Notable returnees Joe McElderry (4)
Ratings 13.00 millions
Chronology
Previous Series 5
Next Series 7

Series 6 of The X Factor premiered on August 22, 2009 and ended on December 13, 2009 on ITV.

It was won by 18-year old pop singer Joe McElderry who was part of the Boys category mentored by Cheryl Cole, giving her second win in a row as a mentor. Until 2015, he was the youngest winner in the show's history. He had previously auditioned for the show in 2007 but withdrew as he felt he was too young.

This series was watched by an average of 13 million viewers - over 2.5 million more than the previous series.

Production

The show was presented by Dermot O'Leary for the third year running, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Holly Willoughby on ITV2. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole returned as judges.

Twists/Changes

Audtions: Auditions were held in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. In a change to previous years, auditions were held in front of a live audience due to the success of a similar system on Britain's Got Talent. However, Glaswegian auditionees had already been judged using the old format, meaning that they had to apply again, as their initial audition was void.

Live Shows: There was a further change in the format of the live shows which saw the finalists performing every Saturday night with the results announced on Sundays. In previous series the results were announced later on the Saturday evening. The live final was also held over two nights for the first time.

Charity single: As with the previous year, all of the finalists released a cover version of Michael Jackson's 1995 single "You Are Not Alone" with all proceeds going to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Finalists

Contestant Category Finish Elimination
Kandyrainmini Kandy Rain
22-25, various places
Groups 12th
week one
Deadlock
Rikkiloneymini Rikki Loney
22, Glasgow
Boys 11th
week two
Majority vote
Missfrankmini Miss Frank
22-25, various places
Groups 10th
week three
Deadlock
Racheladedejimini Rachel Adedeji
18, London
Girls 9th
week four
Deadlock
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Luciejonesmini Lucie Jones
18, Pentyrch, Cardiff
Girls 8th
week five
Deadlock
Jamiearchermini Jamie Archer
34, Putney, London
Over 25s 7th
week six
Deadlock
Jedwardmini John & Edward
18, Dublin, Ireland
Groups 6th
week seven
Majority vote
Lloyddanielsmini Lloyd Daniels
17, Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil
Boys 5th
week eight
Fewest public votes
Danyljohnsonmini Danyl Johnson
27, Arborfield, Berkshire
Over 25s 4th
week nine
Fewest public votes
Staceysolomonmini Stacey Solomon
20, Dagenham, Essex
Girls 3rd
week ten
Fewest public votes
Ollymursmini Olly Murs
25, Witham, Essex
Over 25s Runner-up
week ten
Fewest public votes
Joemcelderrymini Joe McElderry
18, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Boys Winner
week ten
Most public votes

Selection process

Auditions

See: List of The X Factor auditionees (series 6)

In a change to previous years, auditions were moved from a room to an arena in front of an audience similar to the format used by Britain's Got Talent.

Previous contestants who returned to audition were eventual winner Joe McElderry who auditioned in Series 4 but opted to leave as he felt he was too young at the time. Finalists Rikki Loney and Rachel Adedeji also auditioned during Series 5 but both were rejected at bootcamp. Danyl Johnson auditioned during Series 3 but did not make it past the producers auditions.

Bootcamp

See: Bootcamp (series 6)

Judges' Houses

See: Judges' Houses (series 6)

Live Shows

Results Summary

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Eliminated Kandyrainmini Rikkiloneymini Missfrankmini Racheladedejimini Luciejonesmini Jamiearchermini Jedwardmini Lloyddanielsmini Danyljohnsonmini Staceysolomonmini Ollymursmini Joemcelderrymini
Joe McElderry 3rd
12.7%
4th
13.3%
2nd
12.9%
3rd
10.2%
2nd
17.2%
2nd
16.0%
1st
34.2%
1st
37.1%
1st
42.2%
1st
52.2%
Winner
(week 10)
61.3%
Olly Murs 7th
6.2%
5th
10.6%
7th
8.6%
2nd
13.4%
3rd
12.9%
5th
10.3%
6th
9.8%
3rd
18.7%
2nd
19.6%
2nd
27.7%
Runner-up
(week 10)
38.7%
Stacey Solomon 2nd
12.9%
1st
15.4%
5th
10.7%
5th
8.1%
5th
10.8%
1st
25.5%
2nd
17.7%
2nd
20.1%
3rd
19.4%
3rd
20.1%
Eliminated
(week 10)
Danyl Johnson 1st
27.1%
7th
6.5%
9th
7.6%
1st
36.2%
1st
19.6%
3rd
15.5%
3rd
15.5%
4th
12.5%
4th
18.8%
Eliminated
(week 9)
Lloyd Daniels 6th
4.5%
2nd
15.0%
8th
8.0%
8th
5.5%
4th
12.0%
6th
9.7%
4th
12.1%
5th
11.6%
Eliminated
(week 8)
John & Edward 8th
4.5%
8th
5.6%
6th
9.2%
6th
6.6%
7th
9.2%
4th
14.6%
5th
10.7%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Jamie Archer 5th
8.9%
3rd
14.4%
'4th
11.2%
4th
8.7%
6th
9.5%
7th
8.4%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Lucie Jones 4th
10.5%
6th
8.1%
3rd
11.3%
7th
6.4%
8th
8.8%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Rachel Adedeji 11th
2.3%
10th
3.7%
1st
15.4%
9th
4.9%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Miss Frank 9th
4.8%
9th
3.9%
10th
5.1%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Rikki Loney 10th
3.0%
11th
3.5%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Kandy Rain 12th
1.5%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Bottom two Adedeji,
Kandy Rain
Adedeji,
Loney
Johnson,
Miss Frank
Adedeji,
Daniels
John & Edward,
Jones
Archer,
Daniels
John & Edward,
Murs
No final showdown or judges' votes;
results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote
to eliminate
Adedeji N/A Johnson Daniels Jones Archer Murs
Minogue's vote
to eliminate
Kandy Rain Loney Miss Frank Daniels John & Edward Daniels John & Edward
Cole's vote
to eliminate
Kandy Rain Adedeji Johnson Adedeji John & Edward Archer John & Edward
Cowell's vote
to eliminate
Adedeji Loney Miss Frank Adedeji Jones Daniels John & Edward

Ratings

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Controversies

On 2 August 2009, it was reported that some bootcamp contestants felt they had been poorly treated by the show's producers; one compared the experience with that of a concentration camp and another claimed that those competing were only allowed to use the toilet twice a day. However, a spokesperson for the programme refuted the claims, saying "Yes, it was long hours but they knew what they were signing up for. The hopefuls got breakfast at the hotel and decent food throughout the day".

The new audition format (whereby auditions are held in front of a studio audience) was criticised by fans, by Cole and by certain former contestants.

The show was criticised in September 2009 for "recycling" contestants, as three singers from the final 24 acts had already been in pop bands, two had auditioned for the show in previous years and one had appeared on Britain's Got Talent.

Controversy began after the first live show on 10 October, after Minogue commented on press reports regarding Danyl Johnson's sexuality, sparking an online backlash. Minogue's comments received some media coverage resulting in Minogue releasing a statement on the issue:

"I want to clear up exactly what happened on last night's X Factor show and post my sincere apologies to anyone who took offense [sic]. I made a comment about Danyl changing the lyrics of his song. It was meant to be a humorous moment about the fact he has an opportunity to have fun with his song. An openly bi-sexual singing a song that is lyrically a 'girl's song'. Danyl and I were joking about the very same thing in rehearsals on Friday, so it carried on to the show. I'd like to apologise to anyone that was offended by my comments, it was never my intention. I spoke to Danyl straight after the show last night and he wasn't offended or upset by my comments, and knew exactly what I was saying."

Minogue also apologised on the live results show on 11 October, saying Danyl was not upset by her comments. It has since been reported that Ofcom received around 4000 complaints from viewers over the comment.

Trivia

  • One notable auditionee was British gymnast Louis Smith who was criticized by all four judges for his singing skills and did not pass the audition stage. He went on to win a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.


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