The X Factor (UK series 1)

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The X Factor
Series 1
Broadcast from4 September 2004 – 11 December 2004
JudgesSimon Cowell
Sharon Osbourne
Louis Walsh
Presenter(s)Kate Thornton (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)Dermot O'Leary (ITV2)
BroadcasterITV
ITV2 (The Xtra Factor)
Winner:
Steve Brookstein
OriginCamberwell, London, England
Song"Against All Odds"
Genre(s)Blue-eyed soul, jazz
Runner-up
G4
Chronology
  2004
 
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The X Factor
Series 1
Broadcast from4 September 2004 – 11 December 2004
JudgesSimon Cowell
Sharon Osbourne
Louis Walsh
Presenter(s)Kate Thornton (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)Dermot O'Leary (ITV2)
BroadcasterITV
ITV2 (The Xtra Factor)
Winner:
Steve Brookstein
OriginCamberwell, London, England
Song"Against All Odds"
Genre(s)Blue-eyed soul, jazz
Runner-up
G4
Chronology
  2004

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a £1 million recording contract with the Syco Music record label. The first series was broadcast from 4 September to 11 December 2004. The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp and live shows, with Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh as judges. It was won by Steve Brookstein, who went on to have some chart success, with runners-up G4 achieving two platinum albums before splitting up in 2007. Cowell was the winning mentor.

Selection process[edit]

Applications and auditions[edit]

Prior to the audition phase, advertisements appeared on ITV, in newspapers, and trade magazines, promising that the new show would encourage groups, and while the emphasis was on singing, would welcome those who played instruments and wrote their own songs. Thus the show would differetiate itself from its predecessor, Pop Idol.

For the first episode of auditions, which aired 4 September 2004, the judges visited Leeds and London. For the second episode, which aired on 11 September 2004, the judges visited Newcastle. The third episode aired on 18 September 2004, the fourth on 25 September 2004 and the fifth on 2 October 2004.

Bootcamp[edit]

After the initial auditions, each judge was randomly allocated a category:

Each judge chose twelve acts from their category to go through to round two — bootcamp. After bootcamp, each judge selected five acts to progress to round three — "judges' homes". The bootcamp episodes aired on 9 and 16 October 2004.

Judges' homes[edit]

In this round, the 15 acts (five for each judge) went to the "homes" of their respective judges, where they were interviewed and performed again. Each judge then chose three acts to go through to the finals (making a total of nine finalists, unlike later series, which would feature twelve).

Summary of judges' houses
JudgeCategoryContestants eliminated
Cowell25 and oversMark Hawes, Lloyd Wade
Osbourne16-24sTom Cranmer, Andy Steed
WalshGroups4Tune, Advance

Finalists[edit]

The following acts made it to the live shows;

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor)Acts
16–24s (Osbourne)Tabby CallaghanCassie ComptonRoberta Howett
25 and overs (Cowell)Steve BrooksteinVerity KeaysRowetta Satchell
Groups (Walsh)2 to GoG4Voices with Soul

Live shows[edit]

Format[edit]

The finals consisted of two live shows each Saturday evening. For the first five weeks each act performed once in the first show, after which the public voted for the act that they wanted to remain in the show. In the later results show, the two acts with the fewest votes were revealed. These two acts then had to sing again before the three judges decided who was eliminated.

The format changed in the sixth week: each act performed twice in the first show (with the judges offering their opinions after the second songs), and reprised one of their songs in the results show. The act with the fewest public votes was eliminated at the end of the second show, with the judges no longer having a say in who left.

The live shows started on 23 October 2004 and ended on 11 December 2004.

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     –Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     –Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
     –Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
ContestantWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8
Steve BrooksteinSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeSafeWinner
G4SafeSafeSafeBottom twoSafeSafeSafeRunner-up
Tabby CallaghanSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom twoSafe3rdEliminated (week 7)
Rowetta SatchellSafeSafeSafeSafeSafe4thEliminated (week 6)
Cassie ComptonSafeSafeSafeSafeBottom twoEliminated (week 5)
Voices with SoulBottom twoSafeBottom twoBottom twoEliminated (week 4)
2 to GoSafeBottom twoBottom twoEliminated (week 3)
Verity KeaysSafeBottom twoEliminated (week 2)
Roberta HowettBottom twoEliminated (week 1)
Final showdownHowett,
Voices with Soul
2 to Go,
Keays
2 to Go,
Voices with Soul
G4,
Voices with Soul
Callaghan,
Compton
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminateHowettKeays2 to GoVoices with SoulCompton
Osbourne's vote to eliminateVoices with SoulKeays2 to GoVoices with SoulNone (refused)
Cowell's vote to eliminateHowett2 to GoN/A1G4Compton
EliminatedRoberta Howett
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Verity Keays
2 of 3 votes
Majority
2 to Go
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Voices with Soul
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Cassie Compton
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Rowetta Satchell
Public vote
to save
Tabby Callaghan
Public vote
to save
G4
Public vote
to win

^1 Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (23 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
ActOrderSongResult
Voices with Soul1"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"Bottom two
Verity Keays2"I Will Always Love You"Safe
Roberta Howett3"Superstar"Eliminated
2 to Go4"Don't Know Much"Safe
Steve Brookstein5"When a Man Loves a Woman"Safe
Cassie Compton6"Alfie"Safe
G47"Everybody Hurts"Safe
Rowetta Satchell8"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"Safe
Tabby Callaghan9"You Really Got Me"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate

Week 2 (30 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
ActOrderSongResult
Rowetta Satchell1"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"Safe
2 to Go2"Always"Bottom two
Cassie Compton3"Without You"Safe
Verity Keays4"Wind Beneath My Wings"Eliminated
G45"Don't Look Back in Anger"Safe
Tabby Callaghan6"My Oh My"Safe
Steve Brookstein7"If You Don't Know Me By Now"Safe
Voices with Soul8"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate

Week 3 (6 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
ActOrderSongResult
Tabby Callaghan1"Addicted to Love"Safe
Voices with Soul2"Bridge Over Troubled Water"Bottom two
Steve Brookstein3"Smile"Safe
2 to Go4"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"Eliminated
Cassie Compton5"I Say a Little Prayer"Safe
Rowetta Satchell6"Over the Rainbow"Safe
G47"...Baby One More Time"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate

Week 4 (13 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
ActOrderSongResult
G41"Circle of Life"Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell2"MacArthur Park"Safe
Tabby Callaghan3"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"Safe
Voices With Soul4"Lady Marmalade"Eliminated
Cassie Compton5"Hero"Safe
Steve Brookstein6"Help Me Make It Through The Night"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate

Week 5 (20 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
ActOrderSongResult
Steve Brookstein1"Let's Stay Together"Safe
Cassie Compton2"All by Myself"Eliminated
G43"My Way"Safe
Tabby Callaghan4"Sweet Child o' Mine"Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell5"Somewhere"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate

Week 6 (27 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Rowetta Satchell1"River Deep - Mountain High"5"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"Eliminated
G42"You'll Never Walk Alone"6"Somebody to Love"Safe
Steve Brookstein3"I Get the Sweetest Feeling"7"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"Safe
Tabby Callaghan4"More Than Words"8"Livin' on a Prayer"Safe

This week did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Rowetta Satchell, was automatically eliminated.

Week 7: Semi-final (4 December)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Tabby Callaghan1"Pride (In the Name of Love)"4"Sailing"Eliminated
Steve Brookstein2"Have I Told You Lately"5"Greatest Love of All"Safe
G43"O Holy Night"6"Bohemian Rhapsody"Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Tabby Callaghan, was automatically eliminated.

Week 8: Final (11 December)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the final live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songOrderThird songResult
Steve Brookstein1"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"3"Smile"5"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"Winner
G42"Nessun Dorma"4"Bohemian Rhapsody"6"Creep"Runner-up

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

This series achieved an average of 7.4 million viewers per episode.

EpisodeAir dateOfficial ITV1 rating[1]
(millions)
Weekly rank[1]
(millions)
Auditions 14 September5.2521
Auditions 211 September6.5317
Auditions 318 September7.0814
Auditions 425 September7.2416
Auditions 52 October6.7118
Bootcamp 19 October6.6921
Bootcamp 27.8917
Judges' houses16 October7.3217
Live show 123 October7.1817
Live results 17.8315
Live show 230 October6.5320
Live results 27.2617
Live show 36 November6.8919
Live results 37.0223
Live show 413 November7.4215
Live results 46.8818
Live show 520 November7.9116
Live results 57.9814
Live show 627 November8.0622
Live results 68.0123
Live semi-final4 December7.7920
Live results 77.5223
Final11 December8.6215
Final results9.968

Controversy and criticism[edit]

It was reported in tabloid newspapers that the show's audition process was unfair after Walsh was accused of cheating. He was thought to have advised the group Co-Ed on things such as song choices, which caused controversy after it was revealed that he had actually previously managed Co-Ed after they appeared on the Irish version of Popstars in 2001. Around the same time, footage of Cowell and Osbourne coaching contestants to argue back to the judges was being auctioned over the Internet.[2]

Prior to the first live show, Osbourne accused Cowell of "rigging" the show by editing footage to make the contestants in his category more appealing to viewers.[3] Osbourne attracted criticism again following the final in December 2004 when she was forced to make an apology after attracting what Cowell referred to as "record complaints" over an outburst by Osbourne in which she criticised eventual winner Steve Brookstein. This left her place on the show uncertain,[4] although she returned for the second series in 2005

Despite finishing as runners-up, G4 have since referred to The X Factor as "just panto".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 September 2004). "'X Factor' judge accused of cheating". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Wilkes, Neil (22 October 2004). "Osbourne brands Cowell "fucking wanker". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (19 December 2004). "Sharon Osbourne facing 'X Factor' axe?". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Mendoza, Nadia (1 August 2007). "G4: X Factor is just panto". The Sun (News UK). Retrieved 25 September 2013.