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The X Factor UK (Series 8)
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Series 8
Broadcast from 20 August 2011 – 11 December 2011
Judges Gary Barlow
Kelly Rowland
Alexandra Burke (guest)
Tulisa Contostavlos
Louis Walsh
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Caroline Flack
Olly Murs
Network ITV
ITV2
Number of finalists 16
Winner Little Mix
Runner-up Marcus Collins
Ratings 12.04 (millions)
Chronology
Previous Series 7
Next Series 9

Series 8 premiered on August 20, 2011 and ended on December 11, 2011.  

It was won by girl group Little Mix, the first and so far only group to win the original version. They were part of the Groups category mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos.  Fellow finalists Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily also secured record deals but eventually moved into musical theater.

It was watched by 12.04 million viewers - over 2 millon less than the previous series.

Production

This series marked the departures of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue with Louis Walsh the only original judge remaining.  He was accompanied by Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow.  Dermot O'Leary returned to present the show for the fifth year while spin-off show The Xtra Factor was presented by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

Twists/Changes

Auditions: The arena auditions returned and auditions were held in Cardiff, London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester. It was the first time auditions took place in Liverpool, and the city replaced Dublin, where auditions were held in 2010.

Wildcards: The wildcard from the previous series was scrapped.

Live Shows: As with the previous series, there were 16 finalists in the live shows. This was the first series to feature the Top 3 acts performing with their mentors rather than a celebrity duet. The live final was also held over two nights.

Charity single: For the fourth year in a row, the finalists released a cover of the 1978 Rose Royce single "Wishing on a Star" with the proceeds going to charity Together for Short Lives. The single also featured appearances from Series 5 runners-up JLS and Series 7 finalists One Direction.

Finalists

Contestant Category Finish Elimination
Jonjokerrmini Jonjo Kerr
27, Chorley, Lancashire
Over 25s 14-16th
week one
By mentor
Jamesmichaelmini James Michael
20, Widnes, Cheshire
Boys 14-16th
week one
By mentor
2shoesmini 2 Shoes
21-23, Brentwood, Essex
Groups 14-16th
week one
By mentor
Nuvibemini Nu Vibe
16-19, various places
Groups 13th
week two
Majority vote
Samibrookesmini Sami Brookes
31, Rhyl, Denbighshire
Over 25s 12th
week three
Majority vote
Sophiehabibismini Sophie Habibis
20, Tufnel Park, London
Girls 11th
week four
Majority vote
X Factor 2012 Live Tour
Theriskmini The Risk
19-25, various places
Groups 10th
week five
Fewest public votes
Johnnyrobinsonmini Johnny Robinson
45, Harrow, London
Over 25s 9th
week five
Majority vote
Frankiecocozzamini Frankie Cocozza
18, Brighton
Boys 8th
week six
Ejected
Kittybrucknellmini Kitty Brucknell
27, Cheltenham
Over 25s 7th
week six
Majority vote
Craigcoltonmini Craig Colton
23, Kirkby
Boys 6th
week seven
Deadlock
Janetdevlinmini Janet Devlin
17, Gortin, County Tyrone
Girls 5th
week eight
Majority vote
Mishabmini Misha B
19, Manchester
Girls 4th
week nine
Fewest public votes
Amelialilymini Amelia Lily
17, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough
Girls 3rd
week ten
Fewest public votes
Marcuscollinsmini Marcus Collins
23, Liverpool
Boys Runner-up
week ten
Fewest public votes
Littlemixmini Little Mix
18-20, various places
Groups Winners
week ten
Most public votes

Note: Even though Frankie Cocozza finished in the top 9, thus qualifying for the Live Tour, he was not given a spot due to his ejection from the show, which led to Amelia Lily's return and eventual placement on the tour.

Selection process

Auditions

See: List of The X Factor auditionees (series 8)

Bootcamp

See: Bootcamp (series 8)

Judges' Houses

See: Judges' Houses (series 8)

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Barlow Boys Los Angeles Robbie Williams Joe Cox, Luke Lucas, Max Vickers, John Wilding
Rowland Girls Miami Jennifer Hudson Melanie McCabe, Holly Repton, Jade Richards, Sarah Watson
Tulisa Groups Mykonos Jessie J Girl v Boy, The Estrelles, The Keys, The Lovettes
Walsh Over 25s Barcelona Sinitta Sami Brookes, Joseph Gilligan, Carolynne Poole, Terry Winstanley

Live Shows

Results Summary

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Eliminated Jonjokerrmini Jamesmichaelmini 2shoesmini Nuvibemini Samibrookesmini Sophiehabibismini Theriskmini Johnnyrobinsonmini Frankiecocozzamini Kittybrucknellmini Craigcoltonmini Janetdevlinmini Mishabmini Amelialilymini Marcuscollinsmini Littlemixmini
Little Mix Saved 4th
8.7%
6th
6.0%
2nd
13.7%
4th
11.9%
3rd
15.3%
1st
26.1%
2nd
22.4%
1st
34.4%
1st
39.0%
Winner
(week 10)
48.2%
Marcus Collins Saved 7th
6.8%
4th
11.2%
6th
10.1%
2nd
16.0%
4th
12.9%
4th
14.4%
3rd
21.0%
2nd
24.0%
2nd
34.5%
Runner-up
(week 10)
42.8%
Amelia Lily Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
1st
27.4%
5th
11.3%
1st
23.8%
3rd
21.4%
3rd
26.5%
Eliminated
(week 10)
Misha B Saved 5th
7.8%
3rd
11.8%
10th
5.1%
3rd
12.2%
7th
8.0%
2nd
22.5%
5th
14.5%
4th
20.2%
Eliminated
(week 9)
Janet Devlin Saved 1st
23.6%
1st
17.2%
1st
14.7%
1st
18.0%
2nd
17.4%
3rd
14.8%
4th
18.3%
Eliminated
(week 8)
Craig Colton Saved 6th
6.9%
8th
6.0%
3rd
13.0%
5th
10.1%
5th
10.6%
6th
10.9%
Eliminated
(week 7)
Kitty Brucknell Saved 10th
5.9%
11th
5.0%
4th
12.9%
8th
7.6%
6th
8.4%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Frankie Cocozza Saved 11th
5.2%
7th
6.0%
8th
5.7%
6th
8.7%
Ejected
(week 5)
Johnny Robinson Saved 8th
6.5%
2nd
17.1%
5th
12.2%
7th
8.3%
Eliminated
(week 5)
The Risk Saved 2nd
10.9%
5th
8.3%
7th
7.2%
9th
7.2%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Sophie Habibis Saved 3rd
8.9%
9th
5.8%
9th
5.4%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Sami Brookes Saved 9th
6.2%
10th
5.6%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Nu Vibe Saved 12th
2.6%
Eliminated
(week 2)
2 Shoes Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
James Michael Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Jonjo Kerr Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Bottom two None Cocozza,
Nu Vibe
Brookes,
Brucknell
Misha B,
Habibis
Brucknell,
Robinson
Misha B,
Brucknell
Colton,
Lily
Misha B,
Devlin
No final showdown or judges' votes;
results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote
to eliminate
Kerr Nu Vibe Brookes Habibis Robinson Misha B Colton Devlin
Tulisa's vote
to eliminate
2 Shoes Cocozza Brucknell Habibis Robinson Brucknell Lily Devlin
Rowland's vote
to eliminate
Lily Nu Vibe Brookes Habibis Robinson Brucknell Colton None (refused)
Barlow's vote
to eliminate
Michael Nu Vibe Brookes N/A N/A Brucknell Lily N/A

Ratings

Controversies

Trivia

  • As with Series 2 to Series 6, the winning act and runner-up performed the same potential winner's single.

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