The X Factor (British series 1)

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The X Factor
Series 1
Broadcast from4 September –
11 December 2004
Judges
Presenter(s)Kate Thornton (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)Ben Shephard (ITV2)
Broadcaster
Winner
Steve Brookstein
OriginCamberwell, London, England
Song"Against All Odds"
Genre(s)Blue-eyed soul, jazz
MentorSimon Cowell
Runner-up
G4
Chronology

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a £1 million recording contract with the Syco Music record label. The first series was broadcast from 4 September to 11 December 2004. The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, judges' homes and live shows, with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell as judges. Kate Thornton presented the show on ITV, whilst Ben Shephard presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.

Auditions were held in Dublin, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Steve Brookstein won the series, with Cowell as the winning mentor.[1] Brookstein went on to have some chart success, with runner-up group G4 achieving two platinum albums before splitting up in 2007, but reuniting in 2014.

Selection process[edit]

Applications and auditions[edit]

Before the auditions, advertisements appeared on ITV, newspapers, and trade magazines, promising that the new show would encourage groups to join, and while the emphasis was on singing, would welcome those who played musical instruments and wrote their own songs. The show would differentiate itself from its predecessor, Pop Idol.

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

Bootcamp and judges' homes[edit]

After the auditions, each judge was allocated a category at random:

  • Simon Cowell: Over 25s
  • Sharon Osbourne: 16-24s
  • Louis Walsh: Groups

Each judge chose 12 acts from their category to go through to round two. After bootcamp, each judge selected five acts to progress to the judges' homes round. The bootcamp episodes aired on 9 and 16 October 2004.

In judges' homes, the 15 acts went to the homes of their respective judges, where they were interviewed and performed again. Each judge then chose three acts to go through to the live shows, making a total of nine finalists.

Summary of judges' homes
Judge Category Location Assistants Contestants eliminated
Cowell Over 25s London Annie Skates, Sinitta Odis Palmer, Lloyd Wade
Osbourne 16-24s Buckinghamshire Mark Hudson, Terry Longden, Jack Osbourne Megan Ramsay, Andy Steed
Walsh Groups Dublin Linda Martin, Faye Sawyer, David Laudat 4Tune, Advance

Finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up


Category (mentor) Acts
16–24s (Osbourne) Tabby Callaghan Cassie Compton Roberta Howett
Over 25s (Cowell) Steve Brookstein Verity Keays Rowetta Satchell
Groups (Walsh) 2 to Go G4 Voices with Soul

Live shows[edit]

Format[edit]

Two live shows were broadcast each Saturday evening during the competition. Until week 5, each act performed once in the first show, then the public voted for the act that they wanted to remain in the show. In the other results show, the two acts with the fewest votes were revealed. These two acts then had to sing again before the three judges decided who to eliminate.

The format changed in the sixth week: each act performed twice in the first show and performed one of their songs in the results show. The act with the fewest votes was eliminated at the end of the second show.

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

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Steve Brookstein Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
G4 Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two Safe Safe Safe

Runner-up

Tabby Callaghan Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two Safe 3rd Eliminated
(week 7)
Rowetta Satchell Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th Eliminated
(week 6)
Cassie Compton Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two Eliminated
(week 5)
Voices with Soul Bottom Two Safe Bottom Two Bottom Two Eliminated
(week 4)
2 to Go Safe Bottom Two Bottom Two Eliminated
(week 3)
Verity Keays Safe Bottom Two Eliminated
(week 2)
Roberta Howett Bottom Two Eliminated
(week 1)
Final showdown Howett,
Voices with Soul
2 to Go,
Keays
2 to Go,
Voices with Soul
G4,
Voices with Soul
Callaghan,
Compton
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate Howett Keays 2 to Go Voices with Soul Compton
Osbourne's vote to eliminate Voices with Soul Keays 2 to Go Voices with Soul None (refused)
Cowell's vote to eliminate Howett 2 to Go N/A1 G4 Compton
Eliminated Roberta Howett
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Verity Keays
2 of 3 votes
Majority
2 to Go
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Voices with Soul
2 of 3 votes
Majority
Cassie Compton
2 of 2 votes
Majority
Rowetta Satchell
Public vote
to save
Tabby Callaghan
Public vote
to save
G4
Public vote
to win

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

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (23 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Voices with Soul 1 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Bottom two
Verity Keays 2 "I Will Always Love You" Safe
Roberta Howett 3 "Superstar" Eliminated
2 to Go 4 "Don't Know Much" Safe
Steve Brookstein 5 "When a Man Loves a Woman" Safe
Cassie Compton 6 "Alfie" Safe
G4 7 "Everybody Hurts" Safe
Rowetta Satchell 8 "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 9 "You Really Got Me" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Roberta Howett – backed his own act, Voices with Soul.
  • Osbourne: Voices with Soul – backed her own act, Roberta Howett.
  • Cowell: Roberta Howett – based on the sing-off performances, but felt that neither act deserved to be in the bottom two.

Week 2 (30 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Rowetta Satchell 1 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Safe
2 to Go 2 "Always" Bottom two
Cassie Compton 3 "Without You" Safe
Verity Keays 4 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Eliminated
G4 5 "Don't Look Back in Anger" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 6 "My Oh My" Safe
Steve Brookstein 7 "If You Don't Know Me by Now" Safe
Voices with Soul 8 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Verity Keays – backed his own act, 2 to Go.
  • Cowell: 2 to Go – backed his own act, Verity Keays.
  • Osbourne: Verity Keays – gave no reason.

Week 3 (6 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Tabby Callaghan 1 "Addicted to Love" Safe
Voices with Soul 2 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Bottom two
Steve Brookstein 3 "Smile" Safe
2 to Go 4 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Eliminated
Cassie Compton 5 "I Say a Little Prayer" Safe
Rowetta Satchell 6 "Over the Rainbow" Safe
G4 7 "...Baby One More Time" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: 2 to Go – gave no reason.
  • Walsh: 2 to Go – said he did not want to send either of his acts home. He asked to vote last but Thornton pressed him for his decision.
  • Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Week 4 (13 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
G4 1 "Circle of Life" Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell 2 "MacArthur Park" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 3 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Safe
Voices With Soul 4 "Lady Marmalade" Eliminated
Cassie Compton 5 "Hero" Safe
Steve Brookstein 6 "Help Me Make It Through The Night" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: Voices with Soul – based on the sing-off performances, and believed that G4 had a future in a recording career.
  • Cowell: G4 – gave no reason.
  • Walsh: Voices with Soul – said he did not want to send either of his acts home, saying the result was worse than last week; he tried to back out but Thornton forced him for his decision.

Week 5 (20 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Steve Brookstein 1 "Let's Stay Together" Safe
Cassie Compton 2 "All by Myself" Eliminated
G4 3 "My Way" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 4 "Sweet Child o' Mine" Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell 5 "Somewhere" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Cassie Compton – believed Callaghan could win the competition.
  • Osbourne refused to send home either of her acts.
  • Cowell: Cassie Compton – wanted to win the competition and believed Callaghan was his biggest threat but after deliberating on whether to send home either Callaghan or Compton, who he felt was the weakest, opted to send Compton home.

Week 6: Quarter-Final (27 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Rowetta Satchell 1 "River Deep - Mountain High" 5 "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" Eliminated
G4 2 "You'll Never Walk Alone" 6 "Somebody to Love" Safe
Steve Brookstein 3 "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" 7 "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 4 "More Than Words" 8 "Livin' on a Prayer" Safe

The quarter-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Rowetta Satchell, was automatically eliminated

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

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Tabby Callaghan 1 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" 4 "Sailing" Eliminated
Steve Brookstein 2 "Have I Told You Lately" 5 "Greatest Love of All" Safe
G4 3 "O Holy Night" 6 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Safe

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

Week 8: Final (11 December)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order First song Order Second song (song of the series) Order Third song (winner's single) Result
Steve Brookstein 1 "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" 3 "Smile" 5 "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" Winner
G4 2 "Nessun Dorma" 4 "Bohemian Rhapsody" 6 "Creep" Runner-up

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

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

Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating[2]
(millions)
Weekly rank[2]
(millions)
Auditions 1 4 September 5.25 21
Auditions 2 11 September 6.53 17
Auditions 3 18 September 7.08 14
Auditions 4 25 September 7.24 16
Auditions 5 2 October 6.71 18
Bootcamp 1 9 October 6.69 21
Bootcamp 2 7.89 17
Judges' houses 16 October 7.32 17
Live show 1 23 October 7.18 17
Live results 1 7.83 15
Live show 2 30 October 6.53 20
Live results 2 7.26 17
Live show 3 6 November 6.89 19
Live results 3 7.02 18
Live show 4 13 November 7.42 15
Live results 4 6.88 18
Live show 5 20 November 7.91 16
Live results 5 7.98 14
Live show 6 27 November 8.06 22
Live results 6 8.01 23
Live semi-final 4 December 7.79 20
Live results 7 7.52 23
Final 11 December 8.62 15
Final results 9.96 8

Controversies[edit]

Cheating[edit]

It was reported in tabloid newspapers that the show's audition process was unfair after Walsh was accused of cheating. He was thought to have advised the group Co-Ed on things such as song choices, which caused controversy after it was revealed that he had actually previously managed Co-Ed after they appeared on the Irish version of Popstars in 2001. Also, footage of Cowell and Osbourne coaching contestants to argue back to the judges was being auctioned over the Internet.[3]

Claims of Rigging[edit]

Before the first live show, Osbourne accused Cowell of "rigging" the show by editing footage to make the contestants in his category more appealing to viewers.[4] Osbourne attracted criticism again following the final in December 2004 when she was forced to make an apology after attracting what Cowell referred to as "record complaints" over an outburst by Osbourne in which she criticised eventual winner Steve Brookstein. This left her place on the show uncertain,[5] although she returned for the second series in 2005.

G4[edit]

Despite finishing as runners-up, G4 have since referred to The X Factor as "just panto".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4089147.stm
  2. ^ a b "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  3. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 September 2004). "'X Factor' judge accused of cheating". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  4. ^ Wilkes, Neil (22 October 2004). "Osbourne brands Cowell "fucking wanker". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (19 December 2004). "Sharon Osbourne facing 'X Factor' axe?". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  6. ^ Mendoza, Nadia (1 August 2007). "G4: X Factor is just panto". The Sun. News UK. Retrieved 25 September 2013.