Xfactor 2012 auditions

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The X Factor (American season 2)

Season of television series

Season two of the American television music competition show The X Factor premiered on Fox on September 12, 2012, and ended on December 20, 2012.[1][2]

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; bootcamp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in May 2012 and concluded in July 2012. The show is hosted by reality star Khloé Kardashian and Extra host Mario Lopez, replacing Steve Jones from the previous year. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid returned as judges, while Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

Judges and hosts[edit]

On January 9, 2012, Fox announced that The X Factor would undergo some changes for its second season. On January 30, it was confirmed that host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger[3][4] and Paula Abdul[5] would not be returning for the second season. Following Scherzinger's departure, she was relocated to the UK show replacing Kelly Rowland on the UK judging panel for the 2012 UK series. On February 6, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were the only confirmed judges for season 2.[citation needed] Prior to her death, Whitney Houston was approached as a potential replacement judge.[6] It was also reported that Cowell was in talks with Britney Spears for her to join the show, reportedly offering her $15 million.[7] On May 9, reports surfaced that Spears officially signed on to judge the show.[8] It was also rumored that Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus were in talks to be the second replacement judge.[9] Lovato reportedly signed the deal on May 13, making them the youngest ever X Factor judge.[10][11] The following day, it was officially confirmed that Spears and Lovato would join The X Factor as the two newest judges.[12] When asked about the new judges, Cowell said:

I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us. Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot the X factor. Demi's had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She's young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it's really important that she speaks to our younger audience.[13] The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show."[14]

On June 26, 2012, Cowell confirmed that in his search for a new host he had narrowed the possibilities to five candidates.[15] On June 29, Cowell revealed that there will be one male and one female host, and neither of them will have hosted before.[16][17] People considered for hosting slots included Stacy Keibler, Mario Lopez, Khloé Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Terrence J, Erin Andrews, and Mike Catherwood.[18] It was also reported that Glee star Kevin McHale was in talks for the male hosting position.[19] According to then-recent reports, Kardashian, McHale, and Nick Jonas were the front runners to host the show.[20][21][22] On October 15, 2012, it was officially confirmed by E! News that Kardashian had officially signed on as co-host for the show, with Lopez close to signing a deal and was later confirmed as co-host the next day.[23][24]

Irish music manager and The X Factor UK judge Louis Walsh filled in for Cowell at the Kansas City auditions while Cowell was recovering from bronchitis.[citation needed] On August 27, it was reported that Nick Jonas had signed a deal to help Lovato at judges' houses.[25] It was later reported that Justin Bieber would be helping Reid, Marc Anthony helping Cowell, and will.i.am helping Spears.[26]

This was the final season to feature L.A. Reid as a judge, after he announced that he was quitting the show in order to concentrate on other projects.[27]

Selection process[edit]

Auditions[edit]

The producers' auditions began on March 14, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. More producers' auditions were held on March 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, April 20 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, May 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and concluded on May 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The judges' auditions took place between May and July. The auditions went without a host as they had yet to hire new hosts by the time auditions started.

Bootcamp[edit]

Filming for bootcamp was held on July 25–27, 2012 in Miami. As with the auditions, there were no hosts at bootcamp.

120 contestants made it to the Bootcamp stage. At bootcamp the contestants had to perform two tasks. Task 1 involved the contestants had to sing solo, after which the judges eliminated half of the acts, bringing the total down to 60. In Task 2 the contestants were paired up to perform together. After Task 2 the judges narrowed down the acts to the 24 who progress on to the Judges's homes round.

The groups Fifth Harmony, Playback, and LYRIC 145 were formed from eliminated contestants from the Teens, Young Adults and Groups categories in bootcamp. Fifth Harmony was known as LYLAS at this stage; their name was changed after they made the top 16 when a group consisting of four of Bruno Mars' sisters, called "The Lylas", claimed the show stole their name.[28] Their name changed again for the Top 13 performances, as their mentor Simon Cowell was not in favor of the name 1432 and felt that the show's viewers could make a better name for the group.[29]

Judges' houses[edit]

The judges' houses was filmed September 28 & 29, 2012. The judges received news of their categories from the producers by telephone, seen during the third bootcamp episode on October 10. Reid mentored the over 25s in Beverly Hills, California, assisted by Justin Bieber, accompanied by his manager Scooter Braun; Cowell took the groups to Miami Beach, Florida with Latin singer Marc Anthony, Spears had the teens in Malibu, California with The Black Eyed Peas member and The Voice UK coach will.i.am, and Lovato had the young adults in Los Angeles, with Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas.

Finalists[edit]

The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
Act Age(s) Hometown Category (Mentor) Result
Tate Stevens37Belton, MissouriOver 25s (Reid)Winner
Carly Rose Sonenclar13 Mamaroneck, New YorkTeens (Spears) Runner-up
Fifth Harmony15-19 Various Groups (Cowell) 3rd place
Emblem316-20 Sequim, WashingtonGroups (Cowell) 4th place
Diamond White13 Los Angeles, CaliforniaTeens (Spears) 5th place
CeCe Frey 21 Decatur, IllinoisYoung Adults (Lovato) 6th place
Vino Alan 40 Waynesville, MissouriOver 25s (Reid) 7th place
Paige Thomas 22 San Antonio, TexasYoung Adults (Lovato) 8th place
Beatrice Miller13 Maplewood, New JerseyTeens (Spears) 9th place
Arin Ray 17 Cincinnati, OhioTeens (Spears) 10th place
Jennel Garcia 18 Rochester, MassachusettsYoung Adults (Lovato) 11th place
LYRIC 145 19-24 Queens, New York/Flint, MichiganGroups (Cowell) 12th place
Jason Brock 35 San Francisco, CaliforniaOver 25s (Reid) 13th place
Sister C 18-21 Harris County, TexasGroups (Cowell) 14th place
David Correy 27 Riva, MarylandOver 25s (Reid) 15th place
Willie Jones 18 Shreveport, LouisianaYoung Adults (Lovato) 16th place

Live shows[edit]

The live shows began on October 31, 2012. This was the debut episode for Lopez and Kardashian as hosts on the show. Each week, the contestants performed on Wednesday, with the voting lines opening after the performances. As with previous season, each live show has a different theme. The live final took place on December 19 and 20. A recording of "Live and Let Die" by The X Factor (UK) series five winner Alexandra Burke featured on the second week of live shows.[citation needed]

Each results show featured musical performances from at least two artists. There was no guest performer on the first result show. The second results show featured two performances from The X Factor (UK) series seven second runner-up One Direction,[30] while Taylor Swift performed on the third result show.[31]The X Factor (UK) series seven third runner-up Cher Lloyd and Becky G performed on the fourth results show.[32][33] Week five included the premiering of a music video by will.i.am featuring judge Spears and performances from season one runner-up Josh Krajcik and Alicia Keys.[34][35] Season one winner Melanie Amaro and Kesha performed on the sixth week.[36] The semi-final results show featured performances from Bruno Mars and Bridgit Mendler.[37] One Direction performed again in the final, and Pitbull also performed. This was the only season to feature the leaderboard which reveals which act has the most votes.

Results summary[edit]

Color key
  –Act was chosen as the bottom two by their mentor and had to sing again in the sing-off (no public vote)
  –Act was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
  –Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
  –Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
  –Act received the most public votes
Act Week 11Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Quarter-FinalSemi-FinalFinal
Mentor Vote First Vote Second Vote
Tate Stevens Saved1st1st2nd2nd1st3rd1stWinner
Carly Rose Sonenclar2nd2nd1st1st2nd1st2ndRunner-Up
Fifth Harmony Saved5th6th7th4th4th2nd3rdEliminated (final)
Emblem3 Saved6th4th4th3rd3rd4thEliminated (semi-final)
Diamond White Eliminated4th7th5th6th5thEliminated (quarter-final)
CeCe Frey Saved12th5th9th5th6th
Vino Alan Saved3rd3rd3rd7thEliminated (week 5)
Paige Thomas 8th11th6th8th
Beatrice Miller 10th8th8thEliminated (week 4)
Arin Ray Saved11th9th10th
Jennel Garcia Saved7th10thEliminated (week 3)
LYRIC 145 9th12th
Jason Brock Saved13thEliminated (week 2)
Sister C EliminatedEliminated (week 1)
David Correy
Willie Jones
Final Showdown Frey,
Jones
Brock,
Frey
Garcia,
Thomas
Frey,
Miller
Alan,
White
Fifth Harmony,
White
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Brock,
Correy
Ray,
White
Fifth Harmony,
Sister C
Judges voted to Send ThroughEliminate
Reid's vote (Over 25s) Alan,
Stevens
CorreyFreyGarciaMillerWhiteWhite
Spears' vote (Teens) Miller,
Sonenclar
WhiteFreyGarciaFreyAlanFifth Harmony
Lovato's vote (Young Adults) Garcia,
Thomas
JonesBrockThomasMillerAlanWhite
Cowell's vote (Groups) Emblem3,
LYRIC 145
Sister CBrockGarciaMillerAlanWhite
Eliminated Willie Jones
by Lovato
Jason Brock
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
LYRIC 145
Public vote
to save
Arin Ray
Public vote
to save
Paige Thomas
Public vote
to save
CeCe Frey
Public vote
to save
Emblem3
Public vote
to save
Fifth Harmony
Public vote
to win
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
David Correy
by Reid
Diamond White2
by Spears
Jennel Garcia
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Beatrice Miller
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Vino Alan
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Diamond White
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Sister C
by Cowell
Reference(s) [38][39][40][41][42][43]
  • ^1 There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two acts from their own category to advance to the second week and the two remaining acts as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in the sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of the bottom two acts they selected.[44]
  • ^2 White returned to the competition in week two because the judges felt that she should not have been eliminated in week one.

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (October 31/November 1)[edit]

  • Theme: Songs by American artists (billed as "Made in America")[45]
  • There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two finalists from their own category as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in a sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance.
Judges' decisions to eliminate[38]
  • Lovato: Willie Jones – gave no reason
  • Reid: David Correy – gave no reason
  • Spears: Diamond White – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Sister C – gave no reason

Week 2 (November 7/8)[edit]

One of the four acts that did not face the public vote in week one and was eliminated by mentor was reinstated to the show as the judges felt that the act should not have been eliminated in the previous week. The reinstated act was announced as Diamond White at the start of the season's second live show.[47] 1432 being known as Fifth Harmony started in week two.[48]

Judges' votes to eliminate[39]
  • Lovato: Jason Brock – gave no reason, though effectively backed their own act, CeCe Frey.
  • Reid: Cece Frey – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Jason Brock.
  • Spears: CeCe Frey – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Jason Brock – gave no reason.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Brock was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[39]

Week 3 (November 14/15)[edit]

Starting from week three, two acts were eliminated from each results show until week six. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced and then the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown and face the judges' votes.[50]

Judges' votes to eliminate[40]
  • Reid: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason.
  • Spears: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason.
  • Lovato: Paige Thomas – gave no reason but after the show in an interview, they felt that Garcia “was more talented” despite Thomas having “more star quality”.
  • Cowell: Jennel Garcia – stated he had an easy decision and felt that Thomas had star potential after watching her final showdown performance.

After Reid and Spears voted against Garcia, Lopez asked Cowell for his vote. Cowell stated he wanted Lovato to vote before him. Lopez attempted to persuade Cowell to vote before Lovato but Cowell insisted. As a result, Lopez asked Lovato to vote before Cowell. The second before Lovato appeared to give their response, they pushed Cowell to vote before them but Lopez told Lovato the show was pressed for time and Cowell objected. Lovato voted against Thomas and then Cowell voted against Garcia. In an interview after the show, Cowell persisted to have Lovato vote before Cowell because he knew if he voted before Lovato that they would not have to vote, was curious as to who Lovato wanted to stay and thought the audience wanted to know who Lovato was going to vote against.

Week 4 (November 21/22)[edit]

Judges' votes to eliminate[41]
  • Lovato: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason, though effectively backed their own act, CeCe Frey.
  • Spears: CeCe Frey – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Beatrice Miller.
  • Reid: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Beatrice Miller – thought the competition was too much for Miller and that it was not her time.

Week 5 (November 28/29)[edit]

Judges' votes to eliminate[42]
  • Reid: Diamond White – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Vino Alan.
  • Spears: Vino Alan – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Diamond White.
  • Lovato: Vino Alan – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Vino Alan – gave no reason.

Week 6: Quarter-Final (December 5/6)[edit]

For the first time this season, each contestant will perform two songs. The list of song choices for the Pepsi Challenge was released via Twitter on December 1, 2012.[57]

Judges' votes to eliminate[43]
  • Cowell: Diamond White – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Fifth Harmony.
  • Spears: Fifth Harmony – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Diamond White.
  • Reid: Diamond White – gave no reason.
  • Lovato: Diamond White – gave no reason.

Week 7: Semi-Final (December 12/13)[edit]

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown nor a leaderboard. Instead the act with the fewest public votes, Emblem3, were automatically eliminated.[61]

Week 8: Final (December 19/20)[edit]

The final consisted of two two-hour episodes on December 19 and 20.

December 19
December 20

Contestants who Appeared on Other Seasons or Shows[edit]

Famous Relations[edit]

Reception[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ abDue to a three-hour rain delay during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, only the first hour of the third judges' houses episode aired. Due to the delay, ratings for the October 17 episode were lower than usual. The second hour aired as a separate episode in a special airing on October 23 on Fox in United States. In Canada on CTV, due to the delay caused by the Championship Series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was scheduled to air at 10:00pm, aired at 8:00pm EST. in place of The X Factor, while The X Factor aired in full from 9:00pm to 11:00pm EST.
  2. ^ abDue to the 2012 World Series, The X Factor was preempted on October 18, 24 and 25. It returned on October 31. The first live show was originally scheduled to air on November 1, while the first results show was originally scheduled as a special airing on Sunday November 4.

Controversy[edit]

Broadcast interruption of judges' houses[edit]

During the airing of the judges' houses episode on October 17, the show was stopped abruptly in the middle of Lovato's selection for the top 16 and cut immediately to a game of the National League Championship Series. This was due to the fact that the game was halted and rescheduled later in the day due to a rain delay, to be played concurrently with The X Factor.[110] Between the two, Fox decided to air the game instead of the rest of the episode. Many viewers took to the internet and called Fox to complain about the interruption. Cowell even took to his Twitter to comment that: "It's what's known as a total f up." The show instead aired the following week in its entirety.

"Rejected" votes of Paige Thomas[edit]

During the fifth live show in November, many voters reported of having their votes "rejected" and their calls cut off when attempting to vote for Paige Thomas; Thomas was eliminated the following night. Fox and The X Factor affiliates have not confirmed or denied whether this had anything to do with Thomas' subsequent elimination the following night.

Don Philip audition[edit]

In the season two premiere, Don Philip, who once collaborated with Britney Spears on her debut album, auditioned in front of the judges, and received a "no" from all judges. He then told Access Hollywood that ten minutes of footage from the interview was edited out because he felt like the judges bullied him into revealing that he is gay.[111] Spears reportedly replied "I think it’s fine that you’re gay," though that was edited out as well.[112] Fox then released a statement saying:

"The judges were not given any information at all about Mr. Philip prior to his audition. The personal information that Mr. Philip quickly volunteered at the start of his audition was a surprise to the judges, who asked what had happened during the past 10 years, as they were interested in Mr. Philip’s career. While we understand his decision to discuss his personal life, Mr. Philip’s sexual orientation was not something that any of the judges or producers felt was relevant to this audition. When advertising and promoting open auditions, thousands of people are informed about the ways to enter the show. Mr. Philip himself chose to enter for a chance to win a five million dollar recording contract."[113]

Later that year, an insider revealed that he was contacted specifically by producers because of his association with Spears, and that according to him, "she already knew he was going to be there, of course, because this is a reality show".[114]

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The X Factor is an American television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a $5 million recording contract. The second season began airing on Fox on September 12, 2012 and ended on December 20, 2012.

This season was won by 37-year-old country singer Tate Stevens.

This season was preceded by the first season in 2011 and succeeded by the final season in 2013.

Judges and hosts[]

Judges:

Hosts:

Selection process[]

Auditions[]

The producers' auditions began on March 14, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. More producers' auditions were held on March 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, April 20 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California]], May 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex|Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and concluded on May 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The judges' auditions took place between May and July. The auditions went without a host as they had yet to hire new hosts by the time auditions started.

Bootcamp[]

Filming for bootcamp was held on July 25 ~ 27, 2012 in Miami, Florida. As with the auditions, there were no hosts at bootcamp.

120 contestants made it to the Bootcamp stage. At bootcamp the contestants had to perform two tasks. Task 1 involved the contestants had to sing solo, after which the judges eliminated half of the acts, bringing the total down to 60. In Task 2 the contestants were paired up to perform together. After Task 2 the judges narrowed down the acts to the 24 who progress onto the Judges's homes round.

The groups Fifth Harmony, Playback, and Lyric 145 were formed from eliminated contestants from the Teens, Young Adults and Groups categories in bootcamp. Fifth Harmony was known as LYLAS at this stage; their name was changed after they made the top 16 when a group consisting of four of Bruno Mars' sisters, called "The Lylas," claimed the show stole their name.

Judges' houses[]

The judges' houses was filmed September 14 & 15, 2012. The judges received news of their categories from the producers by telephone, seen during the third bootcamp episode on October 10. Reid mentored the over 25s in Beverly Hills, California|Beverly Hills, assisted by Justin Bieber, accompanied by his manager Scooter Braun; Cowell took the groups to Miami Beach with Latin singer Marc Anthony, Spears had the teens in Malibu with The Black Eyed Peas member and The Voice UK coach will.i.am, and Lovato had the young adults in Los Angeles, with Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas.

Finalists[]

The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place

Results[]

Color key
     –Act was chosen as the bottom two by their mentor and had to sing again (no public vote)
     –Act was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     –Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     –Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
     –Act received the most public votes
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
First Vote Second Vote
Tate Stevens Saved1st1st2nd2nd1st3rd1stWinner
Carly Rose Sonenclar 2nd2nd1st1st2nd1st2ndRunner-Up
Fifth Harmony Saved5th6th7th4th4th2nd3rdEliminated (Final)
Emblem3 Saved6th4th4th3rd3rd4thEliminated (Semi-Final)
Diamond White Eliminated4th7th5th6th5thEliminated (Quarter-Final)
CeCe Frey Saved12th5th9th5th6th
Vino Alan Saved3rd3rd3rd7thEliminated (Week 5)
Paige Thomas 8th11th6th8th
Beatrice Miller 10th8th8thEliminated (Week 4)
Arin Ray Saved11th9th10th
Jennel Garcia Saved7th10thEliminated (Week 3)
LYRIC 145 9th12th
Jason Brock Saved13thEliminated (Week 2)
Sister C EliminatedEliminated (Week 1)
David Correy
Willie Jones
Final Showdown Brock,
Correy,
Ray,
White,
Frey,
Jones,
Fifth Harmony,
Sister C
Brock,
Frey
Garcia,
Thomas
Frey,
Miller
Alan,
White
Fifth Harmony,
White
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Reid's vote to eliminate CorreyFreyGarciaMillerWhiteWhite
Spears' vote to eliminate WhiteFreyGarciaFreyAlanFifth Harmony
Lovato's vote to eliminate JonesBrockThomas*MillerAlanWhite
Cowell's vote to eliminate Sister CBrockGarcia*MillerAlanWhite
Eliminated Willie Jones
by Lovato
Jason Brock
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
LYRIC 145
Public vote
to save
Arin Ray
Public vote
to save
Paige Thomas
Public vote
to save
CeCe Frey
Public vote
to save
Emblem3
Public vote
to save
Fifth Harmony
Public vote
to win
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
David Correy
by Reid
Diamond White
by Spears
Jennel Garcia
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Beatrice Miller
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Vino Alan
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Diamond White
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Sister C
by Cowell
  • In Week 3, after Reid and Spears voted against Garcia, Cowell was then asked to vote but he said he wanted Lovato to vote before him. Lopez unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Cowell to vote before Lovato but Cowell insisted on Lovato voting first and Lopez asked for Lovato’s vote. Before Lovato revealed who she was voting against, she pushed for Cowell to vote before Lovato. Cowell objected and Lopez stated that the show was pressed for time. Lovato voted against Thomas and then Cowell voted against Garcia.

Adapted from Wikipedia.org

Notable past contestants[]

  • Will Champlin, who was cut in bootcamp, later tried out for season 5 of The Voice in 2013 with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine as his mentor. He finished in 3rd place.
  • Jillian Jensen, who was cut at Judges' Homes, later tried out for season 13 of American Idol and made the semi finals.
  • Macy Kate, who auditioned but didn't make it past the audition phase, later tried out for and made the top 13 on the ABC singing show Rising Star.
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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 (SECC).[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
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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]

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