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X Factor 2012 final 12: Who made it through to the live shows

The 12 finalists in this year’s X Factor have been revealed – but are you still confused as to who’s who? Here’s Metro’s guide to the runners and riders, together with their thoughts on making the live shows.

X Factor Rylan Clark
BOYS (mentored by Nicole Scherzinger ) James Arthur

24-year-old James, from Middlesborough, wowed the panel with his emotional acoustic rendition of Tulisa’s Young at the auditions – and revealed a traumatic past which saw him spend time in care and also homeless after his parents split up.

Nicole’s sidekick Ne Yo was impressed with James’s performance of I Can’t Make You Love Me, saying that he seemed to be ‘singing for his life’.

Jahmene Douglas

Shy Asda worker Jahmene, 21, is from Swindon and became the hottest favourite in X Factor history when his first audition was screened in the first show of the series.

He has suffered with nerves during the competition but still impressed Nicole and Ne Yo with his version of David Guetta’s Titanium at the judges’ houses – and admitted, ‘Maybe I need to believe in myself a little more because I need this, I really need this.’

Rylan Clark

Rylan is a 23-year-old model and performer from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, who has performed in Westlife and Take That tribute bands and who divided the judges with his initial audition – but his acoustic version of Rihanna’s We Found Love won him a place in the finals.

Although Ne Yo admitted he was ‘not the strongest singer’, Nicole praised Rylan for having this ‘little sparkle about him’ – although he has since admitted receiving death threats on Twitter following his initial audition.

Eliminated: Jake Quickenden, Nathan Fagan-GayleWild Card: Adam Burridge

X Factor Jade Ellis
GIRLS (mentored by Tulisa) Ella Henderson

16-year-old Ella is from Tetney in Lincolnshire, and became one of the early favourites when she appeared on the launch edition, and made it through after singing the Jason Mraz song I Won’t Give Up at the judges’ houses, spawning an emotional reaction from Tulisa,

 but admitted, ‘When I sang my own song for the first audition the reaction that I got was an incredible feeling but I feel like there’s an added pressure now. I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove.’

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy, who is 20 years old and from Buxton in Derbyshire, became an instant favourite with viewers when she appeared on the second auditions show singing her self-penned ‘beer fear’ anthem Last Night – but she admitted she struggled at the judges’ houses, where she performed an acoustic rendition of the Whitney Houston hit I Will Always Love You.

‘You could tell, I went up there and I wanted to go,’ she said. ‘I just wanted to leave whereas every other time I’ve been on stage I’ve gone ‘oh my God, this is amazing.’

Jade Ellis

25-year-old single mum Jade is from south London and works as a bike mechanic – but her singing career looks set to get off the ground now after she impressed Tulisa and Tinie Tempah at the judges’ houses with her rendition of Stand By Me.

‘I’ve never ever wanted anything as badly as this, but it’s not just for me, I would like to give my daughter that security,’ she said of her ambitions for the show.

Eliminated: Jade Collins, Leanne RobinsonWild Card: Amy Mottram

X Factor Union J
GROUPS (mentored by Louis Walsh)Union J

Originally known as Triple J the boys – JJ, 23, Josh, 19, and 22-year-old Jaymi – initially missed out on boot camp after a sudden death sing-off with GMD3 – but were brought back in following Rough Copy’s departure.

A fourth member, boot camp reject George Shelley, 18, was added to the line-up and the band underwent their name change, winning their way through to the finals with their acapella rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe.

GMD3

Boy band trio GMD 3 – featuring members Greg, Dan and Mickey, all aged 17-19 – narrowly made it into the competition after judges found it impossible to choose between them and another boyband trio, Triple J.

After an impromptu sing-off GMD3 were chosen – and their version of Rascal Flatts’ God Bless The Broken Road proved a hit with Louis and Sharon Osbourne.

MK1

Male-female duo MK1 consist of members Simeon and Lotte, who originally auditioned as a trio but have since shrunk to a duo.

The pair proved especially popular with Sharon Osbourne after singing Professor Green’s Just Be Good To Me at the judges’ houses, leading her to comment, ‘I just love their confidence, I think they’re really great together.’

Eliminated: Mitsotu, Poisonous Twin, DukeWild Card: Times Red

X Factor Melanie Masson
OVER 28s (mentored by Gary Barlow)

Melanie Masson

Glasgow native Melanie 44, is a session singer who wowed the judges at her first audition, and made a similarly big impression on Gary and Cheryl Cole when she sang Paul Young’s Every Time You Go Away at the judges’ houses.

The mum of two admitted making the finals would have a profound effect on her life, saying, A couple of days ago I was at home, I was bathing the kids, I was doing the dinner, I was doing the school run and now everything could change.’

Kye Sones

Singing chimney sweep Kye is  30 comes from London and was one of the standout acts of the second auditions show – eventually making it through after his performance of Maroon 5’s Payphone at the judges’ houses.

After years of trying to make it in music, he is hoping The X Factor will be the break he needs, saying, ‘I don’t want to clean chimneys and shovel up soot all day. I’d rather be singing dry day for my supper that’s for sure.’

Carolynne Poole

32-year-old Carolynne, from Huddersfield, narrowly missed out on reaching the live shows last year – but her rendition of Ronan Keating’s When You Say Nothing At All at judges’ houses proved to be her ticket to the live shows this year.

The former Fame Academy finalist admitted she was desperate to make the cut, saying, ‘I know everybody wants it really badly, I know they do but I want it more.’

Eliminated: Brad Shackleton, Nicola-Marie Bloor

Wild card: Christopher Maloney

Sours: https://metro.co.uk/2012/09/30/x-factor-2012-final-12-who-made-it-through-to-the-live-shows-589956/

The final 12: Polly Hudson's verdict on the X Factor finalists

THE GIRLS

Jade Ellis

IN A NUTSHELL: Sweet single mum with the simply beautiful voice, who you can’t help immediately rooting for.

Her daughter’s glasses are AMAZING.

CHANCES OF WINNING: High.

Ella Henderson

Ella- X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL: The goose-bump inducing girl who is as gifted at writing songs as she is at singing them. Just wow.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Pretty unbeatable.

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy- X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL : Quirky, unique, clever singer-songwriter.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Really, really high - as long as you’re talking about her chances of winning Britain’s Got Talent, the TV contest she should have entered.

Just not right for X Factor.

THE BOYS

James Arthur

James - X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL : Awkward misfit, who is so busy thinking about what an awkward misfit he is that he hasn’t noticed he’s amazing, charming and super talented.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Another really strong contender.

Rylan Clark

Rylan- X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL: For one glorious moment it seemed like we might not have a Chico/Jedward/Wagner this year because Louis didn’t have the option.

There would have only been proper talent and no irritating joke acts who will be as successful in the competition as Chico/Jedward/Wagner were.

Great job, Nicole.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Yawn.

Jahmene Douglas

Jahmene - X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL: Astonishingly brilliant singer mystifyingly crippled with self doubt.

I want to give him confidence and change his life! Is it too soon to vote?

CHANCES OF WINNING: High.

THE GROUPS

GMD3

GMD3 - X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL: Busted.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Probably won’t win, but could well pull a JLS/One Direction (be really successful even though you didn’t win).

MK1

MK1 - X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL: Really exciting, fresh, talented group who now have the fight of their life on their hands.

They MUST win... in their weekly fights with Louis Walsh over who gets to choose their song.

CHANCES OF WINNING: If they pick the song, high. If Louis does, bye.

Union J

Union J - X Factor

IN A NUTSHELL: Boyband with bonus Harry Styles-alike.

CHANCES OF WINNING: High.

THE OVERS

Melanie Masson

Melanie-X factor

IN A NUTSHELL: There have been rumours that Simon Cowell doesn’t like Gary Barlow.

In other news, Gary Barlow’s been lumbered with The Overs. Funny That.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Like it says on the tin, The Overs are always over before they begin. No chance.

Carolynne Poole

Carolynne- x factor

IN A NUTSHELL: Nice girl who needs a break, but won’t get it.

CHANCES OF WINNING: None. She’s an Over, remember?

Kye Sones

Kye - X factor

IN A NUTSHELL: Gary Barlow’s best chance of winning this year.

CHANCES OF WINNING: Slightly more than Melanie and Carolynne, but still none.

THE WILDCARD

Must be Amy Mottram, OK? Thanks.

Who do you think will win? Add your comments below.

Sours: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/x-factor-finalists-the-final-12-1353439
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Series 9 of The X Factor began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012 and ended on 9 December 2012.

This series was won by 24-year-old singer-songwriter James Arthur who was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger.  He made history as the first-ever winner of the original series to have previously been in the Bottom Two.

Fellow finalists Jahméne Douglas, Christopher Maloney, Union J, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan also secured record deals with varying levels of success post-series while Rylan Clark moved into television presenting.

It was watched by a total of 9.63 million viewers - over 3 million viewers less than the previous series.

Production

On 17 April 2012, Gary Barlow was confirmed to be returning to the judging panel, and on 3 May it was announced that Louis Walsh would also return for his ninth year as a judge. Tulisa also confirmed her return but Kelly Rowland did not return with Nicole Scherzinger being confirmed as her replacement.

Dermot O'Leary returned to present for the sixth year in a row while Olly Murs and Caroline Flack returned to present spin-off show The Xtra Factor. However, Murs was absent during the audition stages due to touring commitments in the US with One Direction so Flack was assisted by Jedward, JLS and Westlife.

Judges

Twists/Changes

Auditions: This series, for the first time, applicants were able to audition online via Facebook. The show's producers also sent a "mobile audition van" to 18 locations throughout the UK and Ireland in order to audition singers who could not make the arena auditions.

There were several rule changes in relation to the auditions: acts with current management deals were allowed to audition for the first time, in a bid to "[broaden] the net and [open] it up so that everybody gets an opportunity." Also, singers could perform their own compositions and play instruments.

Bootcamp: Bootcamp was held outside London for the first time in the show's history, due to London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. It took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool over three days, starting on Thursday 19 July.

The age ranges of the categories were changed for this series during bootcamp; the over 25s became the over 28s (as in Series 7), so the boys and girls categories contain contestants aged 16–27, rather than 16-24. It was reported that the reason for this was because the Series 8 finalists were considered too young, and contestants in their late 20s did not make it into the over 25s category because of "quirky older" contestants.

The judges learned which category they would mentor on the second day of bootcamp via a phone call from Simon Cowell.

Wildcards: At the end of judges' houses, it was announced that each judge could bring back one further act back as a wildcard as they had done in Series 7. However, the public were given the chance to vote for which of the four wildcards would become the thirteenth finalist.

Live Show Judges Commenting Order Change: This series featured a change in the order in which the judges would comment on an act’s performance during the live shows. Previously, Louis Walsh (after the performances of acts not mentored by Walsh), or the judge left of Walsh (after the performances of acts mentored by Walsh) would comment first and Simon Cowell or Gary Barlow (after the performances of acts not mentored by Cowell or Barlow) would be the penultimate or ultimate (only after the performances of acts mentored by Cowell or Barlow) to comment on the acts’ performances. From this series onwards, the judge seated left of the act’s mentor would comment first, followed by that judge’s left, then that judge’s left, and the act’s mentor. The commenting order was conducted as follows:

  • After the performances from acts mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh commented first, then Tulisa, followed by Barlow, with Scherzinger commenting last.
  • After the performances from acts mentored by Barlow, Scherzinger commented first, then Walsh, followed by Tulisa, with Barlow commenting last.
  • After the performances from acts mentored by Tulisa, Barlow commented first, then Scherzinger, followed by Walsh, with Tulisa commenting last.
  • After the performances from acts mentored by Walsh, Tulisa commented first, then Barlow, followed by Scherzinger, with Walsh commenting last.

Winner's Single: In a change to previous years, the finalists did not release a charity single. Instead, proceeds from the winner's single were donated to UK charity Together for Short Lives.

Finalists

Act Category Finish Elimination
Carolynnepoolemini.pngCarolynne Poole
32, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Over 28s 13th
week one
Deadlock
Melaniemassonmini.pngMelanie Masson
44, Cathcart, Glasgow
Over 28s 12th
week two
Deadlock
Mk1mini.pngMK1
20-25, Hackney, London
Groups 11th
week three
Deadlock
Jadeellismini.pngJade Ellis
25, Charlton, London
Girls 10th
week four
Majority vote
Lucyspragganmini.pngLucy Spraggan
21, Buxton, Derbyshire
Girls 9th
week five
Withdrew
Kyesonesmini.pngKye Sones
30, Pinner, London
Over 28s 8th
week five
Deadlock
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District3mini.pngDistrict3
18-19, various places
Groups 7th
week six
Majority vote
Ellahendersonmini.pngElla Henderson
16, Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Girls 6th
week seven
Deadlock
Rylanclarkmini.pngRylan Clark
24, Corringham, Essex
Boys 5th
quarter-final
Majority vote
Unionjmini.pngUnion J
19-24, various places
Groups 4th
semi-final
Fewest public votes
Christophermaloneymini.pngChristopher Maloney
34, Liverpool, Merseyside
Over 28s 3rd
final
Fewest public votes
Jahmenedouglasmini.pngJahméne Douglas
21, Swindon, Wiltshire
Boys Runner-up
final
Fewest public votes
Jamesarthurmini.pngJames Arthur
24, Saltburn, Teesside
Boys Winner
final
Most public votes

Selection process

Auditions

See: List of The X Factor UK auditionees (series 9)

The judges' auditions, originally supposed to start in Cardiff on 15 May 2012 but postponed due to delays in signing up a new permanent fourth judge, began on 23 May in Liverpool and continued from 26–30 May in London. From 5–7 June, auditions moved to Manchester, and on 11 June, they took place in Glasgow. Further auditions took place on 18 June in Newcastle (Metro Radio Arena) and concluded on 25 June in Cardiff.

Returning auditionees included Joe Cox, Jade Richards, Melanie McCabe and Carolynne Poole, who all reached judges' houses the previous year.

Bootcamp

See: Bootcamp (UK series 9)

Held outside London for the first time ever due to the 2012 Olympics, 211 acts reached bootcamp. On the first day, judges reviewed the audition tapes and sent home 60 acts before they had a chance to sing. The remaining contestants were then put into groups and they took part in a sing-off. The number of acts was reduced to 70: 21 girls, 22 boys, 12 over-28s and 15 groups.

The following day, the remaining acts each performed one song for the judges in front of a live audience, and the day after, the judges decided which acts to put through to judges' houses. They could not decide between groups Union J and District3, so they had them each perform again before making a final decision. However, both ended up going through when Rough Copy were eliminated.

Judges Houses

See: Judges' Houses (UK series 9)

Live Shows

Results Summary

  • In Week 6, Tulisa did not need to vote as there was already a majority. However, she confirmed that she would have voted to eliminate Union J.
  • Although Christopher Maloney finished in 3rd place, he gained 7.4% of the total vote on the second night of the final.

Ratings

Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating Weekly rank Share (%) Official ITV1 HD rating Official ITV1+1 rating Total ITV1 viewers
(millions)
Auditions 1 18 August8.08639.41.020.679.77
Auditions 2 25 August8.57136.11.050.5110.13
Auditions 3 1 September8.39335.00.970.439.79
Auditions 4 8 September8.03433.90.950.529.50
Auditions 5 9 September7.50930.21.060.519.07
Auditions 6 15 September8.70439.51.030.5810.31
Auditions 7 16 September9.07236.41.100.4310.60
Bootcamp 1 22 September9.52334.90.940.4410.90
Bootcamp 2 23 September9.76233.61.210.5011.47
Judges' houses 1 29 September8.44635.91.280.4910.21
Judges' houses 2 30 September9.35235.41.210.4110.97
Live show 1 6 October8.61533.91.190.3910.19
Live results 1 7 October9.09331.91.10N/AN/A
Live show 2 13 October8.47836.21.340.3410.15
Live results 2 14 October8.83335.31.20N/AN/A
Live show 3 20 October8.251134.81.050.409.70
Live results 3 21 October8.83534.71.020.3110.16
Live show 4 27 October8.231134.81.110.339.67
Live results 4 28 October8.51633.61.030.349.88
Live show 5 3 November7.631632.31.120.389.13
Live results 5 4 November8.29933.21.200.279.76
Live show 6 10 November7.971133.71.220.319.50
Live results 6 11 November8.25733.31.06N/AN/A
Live show 7 17 November7.891533.81.06N/AN/A
Live results 7 18 November8.91533.31.03N/AN/A
Live show 8 24 November7.652033.11.04N/AN/A
Live results 8 25 November8.371434.01.20N/AN/A
Live show 9 1 December7.402032.31.06N/AN/A
Live results 9 2 December8.221432.01.060.299.57
Live final 8 December8.78438.41.410.2210.41
Live final results 9 December10.04339.11.46N/AN/A
Series average 8.51N/AN/A1.190.4110.00

Controversies

Trailer
On 30 July 2012, the trailer for the series premiered. Entitled "Whose Time Is Now?", it features six former contestants— winners Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Little Mix, and runners-up JLS, Olly Murs and One Direction — talking about their time on the show and how it changed their lives. Male winners Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leon Jackson, Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle were not included. Ward blasted this, calling the show "pathetic" for leaving him out and saying it was like he was "being erased slowly from their history." McElderry, who won in 2009, said "I'm just gonna keep doing my thing", which many fans believed to be prompted by the trailer. McElderry later admitted that he was not angry about not being included in the trailer. In an interview with the Daily Star Sunday, he said: "I'm not on Simon [Cowell]'s label so I wouldn't expect him to promote me. If they want to erase the fact I won [The] X Factor or try to hide it, I don't care. Personally I am proud I came from The X Factor. If [Cowell] doesn't feel the same then you'll have to ask him why."

Auditions
During the first auditions episode, broadcast on 18 August, one of the auditionees in Cardiff, Zoe Alexander, a Pink tribute singer, tried to "smash" equipment after arguing with the judges about her claim that she was told to sing a Pink song after she sang "So What". Barlow asked her to sing a second song, which was "Next to Me" by Emeli Sandé. After being criticised and given a "no", Alexander threw down her microphone as she left the stage. Her father brought her back to the stage where she swore at the judges. She then stormed backstage, hit a camera operator, continued swearing and, when the cameras were turned off, hit a female producer of the show. Alexander was later cautioned by the police. She later claimed that her voice had been Auto-Tuned for the broadcast. Executive producer Richard Holloway said that every auditionee had a choice of five songs, adding: "All the contestants that go in front of the judges, they're all spoken to by the production team as they have to get all the tracks to play so the conversation takes place between them and us about what they want to sing and they go through their choices and the final decision about what they are going to sing when they walk on the stage is theirs, 100% theirs." Alexander complained to Ofcom; her complaint was not upheld.

Ofcom received 35 complaints about Alison Brunton's audition, in which she performed "The Edge of Glory", from people concerned about the impact on her two children, aged 14 and 16, who were watching from backstage. The broadcasting code states that under-18s must not be "caused unnecessary distress or anxiety by their involvement in programmes". O'Leary asked the children if they would be teased at school, to which Brunton's son said, "I'm never going to hear the end of this," though smiling at the time. An ITV spokeswoman said: "The X Factor does not include child contestants but takes the welfare of any children featured in the show very seriously. It is a well-established format and contestants regularly bring along their family to support them, as Alison did. Footage of family members is only used when appropriate consent has been obtained." Ofcom also received 34 complaints about the audition of Lorna Bliss, a Britney Spears impersonator who wore a body stocking, saying the programme may have broken guidelines on taste and decency. Bliss gave Walsh a lapdance and chased Barlow through the studio during her performance. The spokeswoman stated: "Lorna's performance and its editing was carefully considered by the producers and ITV. We do not believe her routine exceeded generally accepted standards or the expectations of the vast majority of the audience."

Lucy Spraggan
In week 4, Lucy Spraggan, who had previously been one of the favourites to win, was given a bye through to the following week due to illness. Some viewers felt it was unfair that she had been given "special treatment", especially as she had been on a string of "boozy nights" with fellow contestant Rylan Clark. Additionally, Jade Ellis, who was sent home that week, sang for survival despite a sore throat. A show source insisted that Spraggan had been in a far worse condition that any of the other contestants. The following week, Spraggan withdrew from the show.

Christopher Maloney's absence
Maloney was allegedly excluded from the final group performance at the start of the live final results show on 9 December, due to being late for rehearsals, the fact that he "smelt of alcohol" and a fight that occurred between him and Carolynne Poole, during which he reportedly called her a "cunt". A spokesperson for The X Factor said: "Chris decided he [no] longer wanted to be part of the X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool." Writing on Twitter, Poole hinted at the dismay backstage, saying The X Factor "can also create monsters". Maloney responded by saying Poole was "disgraceful" and would "do anything to get a headline". He later tweeted the show and Barlow, saying, "[I] can't believe all the bulls*** yet again! [T]his is a witch hunt for [definite]. [T]he show is over", and claimed: "I am being bullied! [B]ig time." Maloney claimed he missed the group performance due to illness.

Judges' comments
During the second live show on 13 October, O'Leary apologised after Tulisa used the term MILF, referring to Melanie Masson's performance. The apology was criticised as Tulisa's comments came at the end of the episode at 10.30pm, 90 minutes after the 9pm watershed, and she had not actually sworn.

After Maloney's performance during the fourth live show on 27 October, Barlow insulted Tulisa. She had criticised Barlow, Maloney's mentor, for "[doing] the same thing over and over again with him", to which Barlow replied, "Tulisa, I don't know what's offended me more—what you've said or the fag ash breath." Tulisa responded by telling Barlow to "lay off the red wine because I can really smell that as well." Barlow later apologised for his comment, and agreed that he had previous enjoyed the smell of cigarettes as he is a former smoker.

The seventh results show on 18 November attracted controversy when Scherzinger introduced Arthur by saying "This is James effing Arthur!". As "effing" is an alternative way of saying the explicit word "fucking" and the show was broadcast before the watershed, Scherzinger later apologised on the following episode of The Xtra Factor: "I'm so sorry. You spend every day with these people, you spend so much time with them. Ella was the last female in the competition. I was passionate about her as well as James Arthur, who is one of the greatest human talents ever. I'm so sorry for my effing."

Voting
In the first live show, the voting lines opened before the contestants had performed, the first time this had happened in the history of the show. This was branded "money grabbing" by some viewers, and it was reported that the change to the rules could have affected the voting results, as the acts who performed first would get a "head start" in the votes. The two acts in the bottom two, Clark and Poole, had performed 9th and 12th respectively out of 13 acts. The acts performing 11th and 13th, Ella Henderson and Jahméne Douglas, were already among the favourites to win. ITV defended the change, stating it would allow viewers "to interact immediately with their favourite acts".

On 7 October, the first results show sparked major controversy when Poole was eliminated over Clark in the final showdown. With Scherzinger having voted against Poole and Barlow and Tulisa having voted against Clark, Walsh had the casting vote. Walsh’s decision would either mean if he sent home Clark, Clark would be eliminated or if he voted against Poole, the result would go to deadlock where the public vote would decide the result. Walsh appeared to change his mind while deliberating. When O'Leary asked him who he wanted to send home, Walsh deliberated for some time, before stating that he wanted to "keep Carolynne". O'Leary then asked if that meant he was sending home Clark, to which Walsh said he wanted to save both Clark and Poole. O'Leary then reiterated that he needed Walsh to say who he was sending home, and then Walsh finally made his decision by saying, “I want to take it to deadlock!”. O'Leary then revealed that Poole had received the fewest public votes and she was eliminated; after hearing this, Barlow, Poole's mentor, slammed his pen on the desk, angrily got up from his chair, walked off stage and out of the studio into his dressing room, saying "this is a joke". During Poole's final showdown performance, members of the public were also outraged when Richard Holloway was seen approaching Walsh and speaking to him. This sparked rumours that Holloway told Walsh not to send Clark home, and that Walsh may have been conflicted as to whether to go with his own feelings or follow Holloway's instructions. On the episode of The Xtra Factor that followed, Barlow stated that he thought it was "disgusting" that a talented singer had been eliminated over a "joke act" who had "little talent". Several celebrities also vented their fury about the result on Twitter: Barlow's Take That bandmate Howard Donald said: "Joke decision on xfactor tonight kids. Based on the singing the wrong person was dropped from a great height. That's xfactor for you!", whilst Coleen Nolan stated: "I'm horrified!! What a joke and a total fix!!" Ofcom and ITV received more than 2,500 complaints over the events, and Ofcom said they may launch an inquiry. Holloway said in a statement: "We regularly chat to the judges during the show, they don't wear earpieces like Dermot so we have to speak to them on anything from timings to running order changes. On Sunday I was telling Louis the order the judges would vote in. We don't tell [the] judges how to vote."

On 6 November, it emerged that Maloney had been voting for himself throughout the live shows, something which he openly admitted. This raised anger with fellow Over 28s contestant Kye Sones, who was eliminated the week before. Sones called Maloney "very tactical" and said "he must have an expensive phone bill". Maloney stated: "I have voted for myself a few times. So has everyone else—I doubt my calls have made much of a difference... If I had more credit on my phone I'd vote more." A member of production crew stated he had seen Maloney "dialling and redialling his own number over and over again." A member of production said, "You can't outlaw this sort of behaviour but it leaves a very sour taste. It's against the spirit of the show." During the VT before Maloney's performance in the live show following the reports, Maloney denied that he had been voting for himself.

The seventh results show on 18 November attracted controversy when Henderson and Arthur received fewer votes from the public than any other act, especially Clark and Maloney, because both Henderson and Arthur had been favourites to reach the final. The judges scalded the decision made by the public when it came to deciding that night's elimination, in which Henderson was eliminated when the result went to deadlock. Cowell expressed his shock over the result on Twitter, whilst bookmakers Ladbrokes announced that odds for both Maloney to win outright and for the show to be axed by ITV were slashed.

Performances
Part of Clark's performance during the second live show was cut from repeats on ITV1+1 and recaps on ITV2, and the entire performance was removed from itv.com and YouTube for legal reasons, believed to be because he renamed the song "Gangnam Style" to "Rylan Style". An edited version of the performance was later put back on itv.com and YouTube.

After his performance of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" on the third live show on 20 October, Arthur was accused of plagiarism. His rendition was very similar to that of YouTube star only1Noah, which was uploaded on 9 May 2012 and has since gathered over 19 million views. However, Arthur later tweeted: "Btw doesn't everyone know I was putting a spin on Noah's version? It had 13 something million hits! Was I supposed to state the obvious?"

Excessive promotion
In January 2013, Ofcom ruled that The X Factor had breached broadcasting rules by excessively promoting the hotel where the finalists stayed, saying it was mentioned in eight out of the 13 pre-recorded introduction videos for the finalists, including shots of them arriving featuring close-up shots of the hotel's sign. Ofcom found "the overall number of references to be excessive" and "therefore judged that there was insufficient editorial justification for the repeated references to the hotel during the programme." They concluded that "the cumulative effect of these references resulted in the programme as a whole giving undue prominence to the hotel."

Trivia

  • This was the third series where the winning mentor had an act as the winner and runner-up. This previously happened in 2006 and again in 2007.
  • This was the first series where a judge had alltheiracts advance to the quarter-final.
  • This is the first series in which the winner had survived the final showdown.
  • This is the first series in history where the eliminated act in every week finished last in the public vote.
  • This is the only series in which every judge had the last vote in the final showdown at least once with every judge sending the result to deadlock at least once.
  • The final had the lowest ratings since 2005 when Shayne Ward won and Andy Abraham finished as runner-up.
  • This was the only series where a wildcard was chosen by the public. Future series would introduce the wildcard twist but with the mentors selecting them instead.
  • This is the first series where only two maleacts won the public vote throughout the live shows.
  • This is the second series to have a category age limit change in which soloists between the ages of 16-27 were part of either the Boys or Girls category while soloists older than 27 were in the Over 28s category.
  • As with Series 1 and Series 7, the winning act and runner-up performed different potential winner's singles.
  • This was the only series to have an all male final five.
  • This was the final series to feature Tulisa on The X Factor UK.
Sours: https://xfactor.fandom.com/wiki/The_X_Factor_UK_(Series_9)
James Arthur's audition - Tulisa's Young - The X Factor UK 2012

The X Factor (British series 9)

British TV competition

Season of television series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The ninth series began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012[1] and ended on 9 December 2012. Dermot O'Leary returned as presenter of the main show on ITV, whilst Caroline Flack and Olly Murs returned to co-present The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa returned as judges. Nicole Scherzinger was confirmed as the fourth permanent judge after Geri Halliwell, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Mel B, Anastacia and Scherzinger herself stood in as guest judges for the vacant position left by Kelly Rowland. After the show of 8 December, two of Scherzinger's acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas, became the top two, meaning that Scherzinger was guaranteed to win. Arthur was announced as the winner on 9 December, and released a cover of Shontelle's "Impossible" as his winner's song. As of 2016, it is the most successful winner's single in the show's history.[citation needed]

Auditions for the series took place between 23 May and 25 June 2012, in Liverpool, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Cardiff. Bootcamp took place in Liverpool for three days, between 19 and 22 July. Barlow mentored the over 28s, Scherzinger had the boys, Tulisa mentored the girls and Walsh had the groups. They selected their final three acts during judges' houses, which took place in Boughton House in Northamptonshire, Dubai, Saint Lucia and Las Vegas. The 12 finalists were joined by a 13th wildcard, voted for by the public after each judge picked one of their rejected to return. The live shows started on 6 October. The final was held at Manchester Central.

The trailer for the series, entitled "Whose Time Is Now?", premiered on 30 July, featuring former contestants Lewis, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Murs, One Direction and Little Mix talking about their time on The X Factor and how it had changed their lives. It was criticised by former winner Shayne Ward because he was not included. The series was beset by several controversial issues throughout its run. In the auditions, these included Zoe Alexander, who swore at judges and assaulted a member of staff; Alison Brunton, whose audition was believed to have "caused unnecessary distress or anxiety" to her children; and Lorna Bliss, who gave Walsh a lap dance. The live shows were controversial for the eliminations of Carolynne Poole (after which Gary Barlow walked off the stage[2]) and Ella Henderson, the fact that the voting lines opened before the contestants had performed, and also comments made by the judges—Tulisa using the term "MILF", Barlow insulting Tulisa's breath, and Scherzinger saying "effing". This series' launch was the lowest rated since 2006, and the show was often beaten in the ratings by other programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The final received the lowest ratings of an X Factor final since 2005, until the following year's series final attracted worse ratings.

Within four-and-a-half months of the final, six of the series' finalists—Arthur,[3] Douglas,[4] Henderson,[5]Christopher Maloney,[6]Union J[7] and Lucy Spraggan[8]—had been signed to record labels.

Judges, presenters and other personnel[edit]

On 17 April 2012, Gary Barlow was confirmed to be returning to the judging panel,[9][10] and on 3 May it was announced that Louis Walsh would also return for his ninth year as a judge.[11][12]Tulisa was also confirmed to be returning,[13] but Kelly Rowland did not return due to other commitments.[14][15] However, Rowland was relocated to the American show where she would become a judge to replace L.A. Reid for the 2013 American series. Individuals rumoured to be permanently replacing Rowland included Alesha Dixon, and Rochelle Wiseman and Frankie Sandford.[16] Former judges Sharon Osbourne,[17]Dannii Minogue,[18] and Cheryl Cole,[19] as well as Katy Perry and Rihanna, were said to have declined the role.[16] As a fourth permanent judge was not confirmed in time for the start of the auditions, guest judging roles were brought in. They were filled by Halliwell,[20]series 3 winner Leona Lewis,[21]Rita Ora,[22] former judge and Over 30s runner-up mentor of The X Factor USA, Nicole Scherzinger,[23][24] judge of The X Factor Australia, Mel B[25] and Anastacia.[citation needed] Scherzinger was announced as the fourth permanent judge on 15 June 2012, filling the fourth chair from the Newcastle auditions onwards.[26][27]

Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV for his sixth series,[28] while Caroline Flack and Olly Murs returned to co-present companion show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, but Murs was absent for the auditions, bootcamp and judges' houses as he was on tour with One Direction in America.[29] In Murs' absence, Flack was joined by guest presenters such as Jedward, JLS[30] and Westlife.[31] Brian Burke returned as creative director, but Elizabeth Honan did not. Brian Friedman, who left as creative director on the show after series 7 in 2010, returned this year,[32] but left after the third live show to work on the live shows of the 2012 series of the American show.[33] Also, Natalya Nair, head of make-up, did not have her contract renewed.[32]Yvie Burnett and Annabel Williams gave vocal coaching during the live shows.[34] This was the final series for Tulisa as a main judge; she left after this series, but reappeared in 2014 to assist Walsh in choosing his groups during judges' houses in series 11, then once more as a guest judge during the final.

Selection process[edit]

Applications and auditions[edit]

This series, for the first time, applicants were able to audition online via Facebook.[35] The show's producers also sent a "mobile audition van" to 18 locations throughout the UK and Ireland to audition singers who could not make the arena auditions. The mobile auditions began in Plymouth and ended 18 days later in Brighton. The van visited a different location every day except when it spent two days in Dublin on 28 and 29 April. The other towns and cities it visited were Aberystwyth, Bangor, Blackpool, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Middlesbrough, Wakefield, Derby, Norwich, Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Chatham.[36] Producers also had researchers invite certain people to audition, who had not applied to audition.[37] There were several rule changes in relation to the auditions: acts with current management deals were allowed to audition for the first time, in a bid to "[broaden] the net and [open] it up so that everybody gets an opportunity."[38] Also, singers could perform their own compositions and play instruments.[39]

The judges' auditions—originally supposed to start in Cardiff on 15 May 2012 but postponed due to delays in signing up a new permanent fourth judge[40]—began on 23 May in Liverpool (Echo Arena)[41] and continued from 26 to 30 May in London (The O2 Arena).[41] From 5–7 June, auditions moved to Manchester (EventCity),[41] and on 11 June, they took place in Glasgow (SEC Centre).[41] Further auditions took place on 18 June in Newcastle (Metro Radio Arena)[41] and concluded on 25 June in Cardiff (Motorpoint Arena Cardiff).[41]

Halliwell was the first guest judge, attending the Liverpool auditions.[20] Guest judges in London were Lewis,[21] Ora,[22] and Scherzinger.[23] Mel B filled the guest judging role in Manchester[25] and Anastacia judged in Glasgow.[citation needed] On 13 June, Scherzinger was announced to be returning as a guest judge for the Newcastle auditions,[24] before being announced as the new permanent fourth judge two days later.[26][42]

The first episode of auditions was broadcast on 18 August 2012, and featured auditions from London (with Scherzinger), Cardiff and Manchester.[43][44] The second episode featured auditions from London (with Ora), Manchester and Newcastle.[45] More Manchester auditions, along with those from Glasgow, were shown on 1 September,[46] while The Xtra Factor additionally included auditions from Newcastle.[47] The episode broadcast on 8 September included auditions from Liverpool and more from Manchester,[48] with the corresponding episode of The Xtra Factor featured auditions from London (with Scherzinger).[49] 9 September episode showcased auditions from London (with Lewis and Scherzinger),[50] and The Xtra Factor featured more auditions from London (with Lewis and Scherzinger).[51] On 15 September, auditions from London (with Ora and Lewis), Manchester and Glasgow were shown.[52] The final episode of auditions was shown on 16 September, and included more of London (with Ora), Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester.[53]

Notable auditionees included Lucy Spraggan,[43] whose self-released single "Last Night", which she performed at her audition, entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11 following the episode broadcast;[54] Britt Love from the band Mini Viva;[55] glamour model and television personality Bianca Gascoigne; TV presenter, stage actor and former Popstars and Pop Idol contestant Hayley Evetts;[56]Big Brother 9 housemate Stephanie McMichael (in the group Poisonous Twin) and singer and former Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack housemate Nathan Fagan-Gayle.[citation needed] Returning auditionees included Joe Cox, Jade Richards, Melanie McCabe and Carolynne Poole, who all reached judges' houses in series 8.[57][58][59]

Bootcamp[edit]

Bootcamp was held outside London for the first time in the show's history, due to London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics.[60] It took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool over three days,[61] starting on Thursday 19 July,[62] and was broadcast on 22 and 23 September.[61][63]Simon Cowell promised that this bootcamp would be "the toughest yet".[60] The age ranges of the categories were changed for this series during bootcamp; the over 25s became the over 28s (as in series 7), so the boys and girls categories contain contestants aged 16–27, rather than 16–24. It was reported that the reason for this was because the series 8 finalists were considered too young, and contestants in their late 20s did not make it into the over 25s category because of "quirky older" contestants.[64] Also, Scherzinger and Barlow swapped seats, meaning that there was two female judges in the 1st and 3rd seats, and two males judges in the 2nd and 4th seats. Most other The X Factor shows started to do this.

211 acts reached bootcamp. On the first day, judges reviewed the audition tapes and sent home 60 acts before they had a chance to sing.[61][65] The remaining contestants were then put into groups and they took part in a sing-off. Contestants had a choice of the following songs to perform: "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", "Respect", "Moves like Jagger", "Are You Gonna Go My Way", "Crazy in Love", "Next to Me", "She Said", "Use Somebody" and "How to Save a Life". After each performance, the judges decided which acts to keep and which to eliminate. The number of acts was reduced to 70: 21 girls, 22 boys, 12 over 28s and 15 groups. The following day, the remaining acts each performed one song for the judges in front of a live audience, and the day after, the judges decided which acts to put through to judges' houses. They could not decide between groups Triple J and GMD3, so had them each perform again before making a final decision. GMD3 were eventually chosen as the final group through to judges' houses and Triple J were sent home.[63]

Judges' houses and wildcards[edit]

The judges received news of their categories from Cowell via telephone, seen during the second bootcamp episode on 23 September.[63][67] Scherzinger mentored the Boys in Dubai, assisted by R&B star Ne-Yo; Tulisa took the Girls to Saint Lucia with Tinie Tempah, Barlow had the Over 28s in Northamptonshire, and Walsh had the Groups in Las Vegas and original judge Sharon Osbourne returned as his assistant.[68] Barlow was reportedly originally planning to go to Majorca, but changed to Boughton House in Northamptonshire so that he could be close to his wife after the death of their baby. Barlow was rumoured to be joined by Robbie Williams,[69] but was instead joined by former judge Cheryl Cole.[70][71] Her arrival was surrounded in secrecy; contestants had their phones removed and Cole was hidden under a tablecloth, so that contestants could not see her sitting next to Barlow.[70]

Rough Copy were originally put through to judges' houses, but were withdrawn from the contest after getting through bootcamp because group member Kazeem "Kaz" Ajobo had a visa application which was being considered by the UK Border Agency. There had been fears that if he travelled abroad during the judges' houses stage, the Nigerian-born 23-year-old from South London may struggle to re-enter the UK. They were replaced by Times Red and Union J (originally Triple J).[72][73] The judges' houses round was broadcast on 29 and 30 September 2012.[74][75]

Judges Houses Performances
  • Contestant in bold advanced

Boys:

Girls:

Groups:

Over 28s:

Key:

  – Wildcard winner

At the end of judges' houses, it was announced that each judge could bring back one further act back as a wildcard. The public then voted for which of the four wildcards would become the thirteenth finalist.[75] This left one judge with an extra act.[76] Scherzinger chose Adam Burridge, Tulisa chose Amy Mottram, Barlow chose Christopher Maloney and Walsh chose Times Red.[75] Maloney was revealed as the winner on the first live show on 6 October 2012.[77] When the voting statistics were announced at the end of the series, Maloney was revealed to have received 63.5% of the vote to return, while Mottram received 17.8%, Times Red received 12.5% and Burridge received 6.2%.[78]

Finalists[edit]

The finalists were announced during the episode broadcast on 30 September 2012.[75] The winner of the wildcard vote was revealed on the first live show on 6 October 2012 as Christopher Maloney.[77] The group GMD3 decided to change their name before the live shows, with viewers able to suggest names,[79] and on 5 October, the day before the first live show, they announced their new name, District3.[80]

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
  – Withdrew
Playing card club A.svg – Wildcard (Live shows)

Live shows[edit]

The live shows started on 6 October 2012. Each week, the contestants perform on Saturday, with the voting lines opening before the performances for the first time in the history of the show.[81] The results are announced on Sunday, with the bottom two contestants being announced and then judges choosing which of the two to eliminate after the contestants perform another song of their choice (the final showdown). If the judges' votes are tied, the vote goes to deadlock and the act with the fewest viewer votes is eliminated. As with previous series, each live show has a different theme. The results show features a group performance by the remaining contestants and guest live performances. The live final took place in Manchester on 8 and 9 December, at Manchester Central.[82] It is the first time the final has been hosted outside London.[83] On 26 August, it was reported that contestants will be able to perform their own material during the live shows, after original songs proved to be popular with the crowds during the audition stages.[84]

Each results show featured musical performances from at least two artists, while occasionally, artists performed on the main performances show. Leona Lewis and Ne-Yo performed on the first results show,[85] while series 7 runner-up Rebecca Ferguson and Taylor Swift appeared on the second.[86] The third results show featured Labrinth with Emeli Sandé and series 5 runners-up JLS.[87]fun. and Robbie Williams performed the following week,[88] and Rita Ora and No Doubt both performed in the fifth week.[89][90] The sixth week included performances from series 7 contestants One Direction,[91]Ed Sheeran and series 8 winners Little Mix.[92]Alicia Keys and The Xtra Factor presenter and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs performed during the seventh live result show,[93] while Rihanna and Bruno Mars performed on the eighth.[94] The semi-final results show featured performances from Pink and judge Tulisa, who was due to perform the previous week, but due to the delay of the release of her new single, postponed her performance.[95][96] The live final featured performances from Kylie Minogue, Ora and Kelly Clarkson,[97] and the final three performed duets with their mentors, with Only Boys Aloud appearing during Douglas and Scherzinger's,[citation needed] while the final results show featured performances from One Direction, Sandé and Rihanna.[98]

Results summary[edit]

Colour key

  Act in team Gary

  Act in team Tulisa

  Act in team Louis

  Act in team Nicole

  –Act did not face the public vote
  –Act was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
  –Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
  –Act who withdrew from the competition
  –Act received the most public votes
  –Act was given a "Bye Week" and automatically advanced to the following week
Act Week 11Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Quarter-FinalSemi-FinalFinal
Wildcard Vote Elimination Vote Saturday Vote Sunday Vote
James Arthur N/A16th
5.6%
6th
7.4%
6th
7.4%
3rd
12.0%
6th
7.7%
3rd
14.0%
5th
13.7%
1st
40.7%
1st
41.2%
1st
51.7%
Winner
53.7%4
Jahméne Douglas 2nd
13.2%
2nd
11.4%
2nd
15.6%
2nd
15.4%
2nd
16.9%
2nd
14.9%
2nd
17.4%
3rd
18.1%
2nd
22.0%
2nd
31.5%
Runner-up
38.9%4
Christopher Maloney 1st
63.5%
1st
28.8%
1st
21.9%
1st
22.6%
1st
24.7%
1st
27.6%
1st
23.6%
1st
26.4%
2nd
21.0%
3rd
18.7%
3rd
16.8%
Eliminated
(final)
Union J N/A14th
7.3%
7th
7.1%
8th
5.9%
8th
6.3%
4th
10.4%
6th
11.7%
4th
14.7%
4th
11.8%
4th
18.1%
Eliminated
(semi-final)
Rylan Clark 12th
3.1%
3rd
10.2%
4th
8.8%
7th
7.2%
7th
7.2%
5th
12.4%
3rd
15.7%
5th
8.4%
Eliminated
(quarter-final)
Ella Henderson 3rd
13.1%
4th
9.5%
3rd
10.2%
6th
8.2%
5th
8.8%
4th
13.0%
6th
12.1%
Eliminated
(week 7)
District3 8th
4.0%
11th
4.7%
5th
8.4%
4th
10.0%
3rd
14.7%
7th
10.4%
Eliminated
(week 6)
Kye Sones 7th
4.1%
8th
5.3%
10th
4.9%
5th
10.0%
8th
6.7%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Lucy Spraggan 5th
7.3%
5th
7.6%
7th
6.5%
Bye Week2Withdrew
(week 5)
Jade Ellis 11th
3.2%
9th
5.2%
9th
5.1%
9th
6.2%
Eliminated
(week 4)
MK1 10th
3.4%
10th
5.1%
11th
4.6%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Melanie Masson 9th
4.0%
12th
4.6%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Carolynne Poole 13th
2.9%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Amy Mottram 2nd
17.8%
Not Returned
(week 1)
Times Red 3rd
12.5%
Adam Burridge 4th
6.2%
Final Showdown N/A1Clark,
Poole
District3,
Masson
MK1,
Sones
Ellis,
Union J
Clark,
Sones
District3,
Union J
Arthur,
Henderson
Clark,
Union J
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh’ vote to eliminate (Groups) PooleMassonSonesEllisClarkNone (abstained)ArthurClark
Tulisa's vote to eliminate (Girls) ClarkMassonSonesUnion JSonesN/A3ArthurClark
Barlow's vote to eliminate (Over 28s) ClarkDistrict3MK1EllisClarkDistrict3HendersonClark
Scherzinger's vote to eliminate (Boys) PooleDistrict3MK1EllisSonesDistrict3HendersonUnion J
Eliminated Carolynne Poole
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Melanie Masson
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
MK1
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Jade Ellis
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Kye Sones
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
District3
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Ella Henderson
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Rylan Clark
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Union J
18.1%
to save
Christopher Maloney
16.8%
to save
Jahméne Douglas
38.9%
to win
Reference(s) [78][99][86][87][100][101][92][102][94][95][103][104]
  • ^1 At the end of judges' houses, it was announced that each judge could bring back one further act back as a wildcard. One of the four wildcards chosen by the judges who were eliminated during the judges' houses (Adam Burridge, Christopher Maloney, Amy Mottram and Times Red) returned to the competition following a public vote. The winner of the vote was announced as Christopher Maloney with 63.5%.[78]
  • ^2 Spraggan was given a bye week for week 4 as she was too ill to perform. She withdrew during week 5.[105]
  • ^3 Tulisa was not required to vote as there was already a majority. However, she stated that she would have voted to send home Union J.[92]
  • ^4 The voting percentages in the final for the Sunday Vote do not add up to 100%, owing to the freezing of votes. Christopher Maloney received 7.4% of the final vote.[78]

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (6/7 October)[edit]

  • Theme: Songs inspired by the Olympic Games (billed as "heroes night")[106]
  • Special guests: Olympians Laura Trott, Lizzie Armitstead, Danielle King, Joanna Rowsell, Nicola Adams, Luke Campbell, Jade Jones, Tom James, Pete Reed, Alex Gregory and Charlotte Dujardin appeared as guests in the audience,[77] and One Direction made a brief guest appearance on Saturday's show, being interviewed by O'Leary after the first performance and giving advice to the contestants.[77]
  • Group performance: "Read All About It (Pt. III)"[85]
  • Musical guests: Leona Lewis ("Trouble") and Ne-Yo ("Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)")[85]

The result of the wildcard vote was revealed before the performances, with Christopher Maloney announced as the winner.[106]

Judges' votes to eliminate[2][85][99]
  • Scherzinger: Carolynne Poole – backed her own act, Rylan Clark, stating that she "believe[s] in him"
  • Barlow: Rylan Clark – backed his own act, Carolynne Poole, stating that the decision was "easy"
  • Tulisa: Rylan Clark – stated that she loved Rylan "with all her heart" but made her decision based on the vocal performance in the final showdown
  • Walsh: Carolynne Poole – said that he loved both acts, and said he wanted to "keep Carolynne", but when O'Leary asked him if that meant he was sending home Clark, he said he wanted to save them both and then voted to send the result to deadlock. He took 2 minutes to vote as his decision was extremely hard.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Poole was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes;[99] upon this revelation, Barlow immediately stormed off the stage.[2]

Week 2 (13/14 October)[edit]

Judges' votes to eliminate[108]
  • Walsh: Melanie Masson – backed his own act, District3.
  • Tulisa: Melanie Masson – stated her heart was with District3.
  • Barlow: District3 – backed his own act, Melanie Masson.
  • Scherzinger: District3 – felt Masson's final showdown performance showed that she waited her whole life for a record deal opportunity as she was the oldest contestant.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Masson was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[86]

Week 3 (20/21 October)[edit]

Judges' votes to eliminate[87]
  • Walsh: Kye Sones – backed his own act, MK1.
  • Barlow: MK1 – backed his own act, Kye Sones.
  • Scherzinger: MK1 – based on the final showdown performances.
  • Tulisa: Kye Sones – felt she had a better connection with MK1 due to their similarity to her own band N-Dubz and that MK1 were needed for the competition.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. MK1 were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[87]

Week 4 (27/28 October)[edit]

^1 Lucy Spraggan did not perform as she was not well and automatically advanced to the following week. It was the second time this happened in the show's history, with Diana Vickers being the first in series 5.[105]

Judges' votes to eliminate[100]
  • Walsh: Jade Ellis – backed his own act, Union J.
  • Tulisa: Union J – backed her own act, Jade Ellis.
  • Scherzinger: Jade Ellis – thought that Union J had been better performers overall.
  • Barlow: Jade Ellis – wondered if she had the desire to succeed in the competition, and stated he was excited about where Union J could go in the future.

Week 5 (3/4 November)[edit]

On 3 November 2012, it was announced that Spraggan withdrew from the competition due to illness. She was not replaced and the elimination went ahead as normal.[116]

Call Out Order

Union J, Jahmene, Christopher, James, Ella & District3

Judges' votes to eliminate[101]
  • Scherzinger: Kye Sones – backed her own act, Rylan Clark.
  • Barlow: Rylan Clark – backed his own act, Kye Sones, who he said was better in the final showdown.
  • Walsh: Rylan Clark – stated he was doing "the right thing".
  • Tulisa: Kye Sones – stated she looked forward to seeing Clark more and went with her heart.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Sones was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[101]

Week 6 (10/11 November)[edit]

Judges' votes to eliminate[92]
  • Walsh abstained from voting as both acts were in his category.
  • Barlow: District3 – based on the final showdown performances.
  • Scherzinger: District3 – felt that Union J were more mature and had more chance of long-term success.
  • Tulisa was not required to vote since there was already a majority, but confirmed she would have eliminated Union J due to her sharing a deep connection with District3.

Week 7 (17/18 November)[edit]

Judges' votes to eliminate[102]
  • Tulisa: James Arthur – gave no reason but said it was obvious and effectively backed her own act, Ella Henderson, though she was confused by the public vote, saying it was "ridiculous" that both acts were in the bottom two.
  • Scherzinger: Ella Henderson – backed her own act, James Arthur, saying it was "a great tragedy" that both acts were in the bottom two.
  • Walsh: James Arthur – gave no specific reason, though said that Arthur was a "ready-made" recording artist and Henderson had more potential.
  • Barlow: Ella Henderson – said he had backed Arthur from the beginning.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Henderson was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[102]

Week 8: Quarter-Final (24/25 November)[edit]

For the first time this series, each contestant performed two songs.[120][121]

Judges' votes to eliminate[94]
  • Scherzinger: Union J – backed her own act, Rylan Clark.
  • Walsh: Rylan Clark – based on the final showdown performances, effectively backing his own act, Union J.
  • Barlow: Rylan Clark – gave no specific reason, but despite their feud praised Clark for "the best vocals so far" and for his resilience, entertainment factor and tolerance.
  • Tulisa: Rylan Clark – felt Union J had more potential to sell records.

Week 9: Semi-Final (1/2 December)[edit]

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Union J, were automatically eliminated. After their elimination, Union J reprised their week 5 performance of "Love Story".[95]

Week 10: Final (8/9 December)[edit]

The final, held at Manchester Central,[82] consisted of two two-hour episodes on 8 and 9 December.[124][125]

8 December
9 December

Winner's single[edit]

On 31 October 2012, it was reported that there would not be a charity single released by the finalists this year, as there was in the previous four years, and that the winner's single may be released for charity to give it a greater chance of reaching number one.[128][129] This was confirmed by Simon Cowell on 28 November, who announced that the single would be released on 9 December and that 100% of the profits would go to children's charity Together for Short Lives.[130] The winners' songs were revealed on 8 December 2012, with Arthur to release "Impossible" as his debut single. If he had won, Douglas would have released "Let It Be", while Christopher Maloney's winner's song would have been "The Reason", and Union J's would have been "Skyscraper".[131][132]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

This series' launch was the lowest-rated launch episode of the show since series 3, seen by 8.09 million viewers according to overnight figures, a 39.4% share of the total viewing audience at the time, on ITV1 between 8 pm and 9.15 pm and 616,000 (2.9%) on ITV1+1. It peaked with 9.2 million in the last half-hour. The average figure of 8.1 million was down 2.7 million from the previous year.[133] The following week, the ratings increased to an average of 8.4 million,[134] but by the fourth episode, the ratings had dropped to an overnight average of 7.7 million, 2.9 million fewer than the previous year.[135] The fifth episode was the first broadcast on a Sunday, and ratings were still down from the previous year, though The X Factor was the most watched programme on any channel on both days.[136] The following week, Strictly Come Dancing was launched on BBC One, and although the shows did not directly clash, The X Factor had more viewers based on average overnight figures, though Strictly Come Dancing had a higher peak rating of 9.8 million compared to The X Factor's 9.5 million.[137] The next day, The X Factor also received more viewers than the first episode in the third series of Downton Abbey.[138] The two bootcamp episodes performed similarly to the previous week, though the Sunday night episode received 400,000 fewer viewers than the previous week.[139][140] The episode in which the final 12 contestants were revealed was watched by an overnight average of 9.46 million viewers, and was beaten by Downton Abbey for the first time.[141]

When the live shows started, Strictly Come Dancing also started its live shows, and beat The X Factor in the ratings, according to overnight figures.[142] The first live results show was more successful, with overnight ratings of 9.42 million, peaking at 11 million, though it was still beaten by Downton Abbey.[143]The X Factor's second live show, on 13 October, received the same ratings as the previous week, and was again beaten by Strictly Come Dancing, reported as "its most convincing victory over The X Factor in six years".[144] The next week, Strictly Come Dancing's lead on The X Factor increased, with The X Factor's peak rating of 9.3 million being less than Strictly Come Dancing's average rating of 9.91 million.[145] The next day, The X Factor was beaten by Strictly Come Dancing for the first time on a Sunday, as well as Downton Abbey, though The X Factor had a higher peak rating than Strictly Come Dancing.[146] By the fifth live show, ratings had dropped to an average of 7.6 million, the fifth Saturday in a row where The X Factor was beaten in the ratings by Strictly Come Dancing.[147] It was reported that the ratings were the lowest for a fifth live show of The X Factor since series 1 in 2004.[148] While Strictly Come Dancing continued to beat The X Factor on Saturday nights, The X Factor always beat it on Sundays, but continued to be beaten by Downton Abbey, based on overnight figures.[149][150]

By the sixth live show, Strictly Come Dancing was more than 2 million viewers ahead of The X Factor,[147] and the launch of the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. While 8.8 million watched the sixth live results show, 10.3 million tuned in to watch I'm a Celebrity..., meaning that it beat The X Factor in the ratings battle for the first time since 2006.[151] The seventh live show saw I'm a Celebrity... beat The X Factor again, with Strictly Come Dancing again being the most watched Saturday night programme,[152] but the controversial live results show the following night, which saw Ella Henderson eliminated after ending up in the bottom two with James Arthur, produced 9.44 million for The X Factor. I'm a Celebrity... was again the highest rated show of the Sunday night, while Strictly Come Dancing just came up on top of The X Factor by a margin of less than 500,000, though The X Factor's peak of nearly 11 million was higher than Strictly Come Dancing's peak of 10.4 million.[153] The final result received the lowest viewing figures for a final in seven years.[154] It was beaten by Strictly Come Dancing, which was two weeks away from its final, getting 2 million more viewers than The X Factor's 10.04 million.[155]

1 The rank for the ITV1 broadcast, compared with all channels for that week, from Monday to Sunday.
2 The ITV+1 rating for the Live Results show that was broadcast on 7 October 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.28 million viewers.
3 The ITV+1 rating for the Live Results show that was broadcast on 14 October 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.30 million viewers.
4 The ITV+1 rating for the Live Results show that was broadcast on 11 November 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.28 million viewers.
5 The ITV+1 rating for the Live show and Live Results show that was broadcast on 17 and 18 November 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.26 million viewers.
6 The ITV+1 rating for the Live show and Live Results show that was broadcast on 24 and 25 November 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.25 million viewers.
7 The ITV+1 rating for the Live show that was broadcast on 1 December 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.29 million viewers.
8 The ITV+1 rating for the Live Results show that was broadcast on 9 December 2012 is unavailable as it is outside the Top 10 ratings recorded on the BARB website. It had fewer than 0.18 million viewers.

Controversies[edit]

Trailer[edit]

On 30 July 2012, the trailer for the series premiered. Entitled "Whose Time Is Now?", it features six former The X Factor contestants—winners Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Little Mix, and runners-up JLS, Murs and One Direction—talking about their time on the show and how it changed their lives.[168] Male winners Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leon Jackson, Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle were not included. Ward blasted this, calling the show "pathetic" for leaving him out and saying it was like he was "being erased slowly from their history."[169] McElderry, who won in 2009, said "I'm just gonna keep doing my thing", which many fans believed to be prompted by the trailer.[170][171] McElderry later admitted that he was not angry about not being included in the trailer. In an interview with the Daily Star Sunday, he said: "I'm not on Simon [Cowell]'s label so I wouldn't expect him to promote me. If they want to erase the fact I won [The] X Factor or try to hide it, I don't care. Personally I am proud I came from The X Factor. If [Cowell] doesn't feel the same then you'll have to ask him why."[172]

Auditions[edit]

During the first auditions episode, broadcast on 18 August, one of the auditionees in Cardiff, Zoe Alexander, a Pink tribute singer, was accused of attempting to "smash" equipment after arguing with the judges. She claimed that she was told to sing a Pink song after she sang "So What". Barlow asked her to sing a second song, which was "Next to Me" by Emeli Sandé. After being criticized and given a "no", Alexander threw down her microphone as she left the stage, with her father apparently joining her. She then stormed backstage and in the broadcast appears aggressive and violent with both the judges and staff.[173] This was later disputed heavily by Alexander as well as other participants in previous X Factor shows. This included accusations of significant manipulation at the hands of production. Executive Producer with over four decades of work in television, Richard Holloway, said that every auditionee had a choice of five songs, adding: "All the contestants that go in front of the judges, they're all spoken to by the production team as they have to get all the tracks to play so the conversation takes place between them and us about what they want to sing and they go through their choices and the final decision about what they are going to sing when they walk on the stage is theirs, 100% theirs."[174] Alexander complained to Ofcom; her complaint was not upheld.[175] Holloway, who left his position in 2017,[176] has maintained a stance that is in-keeping with the shows practices. Alexander, however, has come forward in the years following with evidence to the contrary. In emails allegedly corresponding with X Factor production, the executives rejected her song selections and encouraged her to perform a song by the artist Pink.[177] Alexander claims the shows decision to manipulate her image as a Pink copycat lead to her infamous onstage breakdown and outrage. Alexander has continued to grow a platform following her performance.[178][179] She has been very vocal regarding the dangerous mental health consequences suffered by those who participate on the X Factor programs.[180] Alexander has also detailed that the public humiliation suffered at the hands of the show resulted in an eventual suicide attempt. Her claims have garnered a great deal of support within YouTube communities since the original airing in 2012.[181][182]

Online criticism continues to draw attention to the show and its treatment of contestants like Alexander, and employees. In the same YouTube video, Alexander describes an email received from X Factor alumna Kitty Brucknell, in which Alexander alleges that Brucknell expressed threatening messages on behalf of Syco Entertainment.[181] Brucknell has since gone on to publicly claim via Instagram Live that she is "terrified" of Simon Cowell.[183] Continued negative allegations surrounding Syco's treatment of its artists support Alexander's claims of manipulation.[184] While heavily covered at the time of its initial broadcast in 2012, Alexander's audition and resulting platform have contributed to mounting backlash against the show and her treatment as a contestant. This is especially evident among internet forums and social media communities.[185][186][187]

Ofcom received 35 complaints about Alison Brunton's audition, in which she performed "The Edge of Glory", from people concerned about the impact on her two children, aged 14 and 16, who were watching from backstage. The broadcasting code states that under-18s must not be "caused unnecessary distress or anxiety by their involvement in programmes". O'Leary asked the children if they would be teased at school, to which Brunton's son said, "I'm never going to hear the end of this," though smiling at the time. An ITV spokeswoman said: "The X Factor does not include child contestants but takes the welfare of any children featured in the show very seriously. It is a well-established format and contestants regularly bring along their family to support them, as Alison did. Footage of family members is only used when appropriate consent has been obtained."[188] Ofcom also received 34 complaints about the audition of Lorna Bliss, a Britney Spears impersonator who wore a body stocking, saying the programme may have broken guidelines on taste and decency. Bliss gave Walsh a lapdance and chased Barlow through the studio during her performance. The spokeswoman stated: "Lorna's performance and its editing was carefully considered by the producers and ITV. We do not believe her routine exceeded generally accepted standards or the expectations of the vast majority of the audience."[188]

Lucy Spraggan[edit]

In week 4, Lucy Spraggan, who had previously been one of the favourites to win, was given a bye week automatically advanced to the following week due to illness.[105] Some viewers felt it was unfair that she had been given "special treatment", especially as she had been on a string of "boozy nights" with fellow contestant Rylan Clark. Additionally, Jade Ellis, who was sent home that week, sang for survival despite a sore throat. A show source insisted that Spraggan had been in a far worse condition that any of the other contestants.[189] The following week, Spraggan withdrew from the show.[116]

Christopher Maloney's absence from the Sunday final[edit]

Maloney was allegedly excluded from the final group performance at the start of the live final results show on 9 December, due to being late for rehearsals, the fact that he "smelt of alcohol" and a fight that occurred between him and Carolynne Poole, during which he reportedly called her a "cunt".[190][191] A spokesperson for The X Factor said: "Chris decided he no longer wanted to be part of the X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool." Writing on Twitter, Poole hinted at the dismay backstage, saying The X Factor "can also create monsters". Maloney responded by saying Poole was "disgraceful" and would "do anything to get a headline". He later tweeted the show and Barlow, saying, "[I] can't believe all the bulls*** (bullshit) yet again! [T]his is a witch hunt for [definite]. [T]he show is over", and claimed: "I am being bullied! [B]ig time."[192] Maloney claimed he missed the group performance due to illness. MK1 & Lucy Spraggan were also not included in the final performance.

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During the second live show on 13 October, O'Leary apologised after Tulisa used the term MILF, referring to Melanie Masson's performance.[citation needed]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X_Factor_(British_series_9)

2012 xfactor finalists

xf_05-tate-daylight_0277.jpgTate Stevens, a 37-year-old country singer from Missouri, is the 2012 winner of "The X Factor."Jeff Lipsky / FOX

On Thursday, the results of "The X Factor" were revealed: Tate Stevens is the recipient of a $5 million recording contract, and of a Pepsi-produced music video that will air during the Grammys.

The live grand finale also included performances by rap-pop star Pitbull and One Direction, the platinum-selling boy band who appeared in the original UK version of "The X Factor" in 2010.

Even though Wednesday was the last time the three finalists performed for votes, viewers still got to see them sing again.

They sang "All You Need Is Love" together as they arrived on the red carpet, and they each performed a Christmas song before watching footage of their supporters rooting them on for a final time before the voting results were revealed. Stevens and the runner-up, Carly Rose Sonenclar, also performed a duet together.

Stevens performed Chris Young's "Tomorrow" to end the episode.

Stevens, 37, is a highway worker from Missouri who gave up early aspirations of the music business to support his family. Throughout the show, judges have hailed him as a great representative of the Over 25s category, and his love for his wife and children have made him one of the more likable contestants.

His knack for consistent performances of country songs earned the respect of his judges and of mentor L.A. Reid, who announced last week that he wouldn't return to the show next season.

The runner up, Carly Rose Sonenclar, called "an alien" by judge Demi Lovato, because of how her formidable voice contrasted with her young age of 13.

With the guidance of Britney Spears, she had a nearly flawless set of performances, and last night's butchered duet with Leann Rimes wasn't enough to deter her fan base from supporting her.

The third place act, Fifth Harmony, was made up of five girls aged 15 to 19 who entered the competition as solo contestants. They were nearly eliminated during the boot camp segment of the show, but judges decided to make them a group. From there, they held their ground on the show while steadily improving every week.

In the show's latter weeks, they strengthened their harmonizing abilities and gained more traction near the top of the leader board. Simon Cowell, the creator of the show, mentored the group.

Sours: https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/flint/2012/12/who_won_the_x_factor_2012_we_h.html
The Finalists sing Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody - Live Week 3 - The X Factor UK 2012

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