Season of television series
The first season of the american english version of the music contest show The X Factor began airing on Fox on September 21, 2011. Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience ; bang camp ; judges ‘ houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the prove began in March 2011 and concluded in June 2011. [ 1 ] The display was hosted by Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones, while the master judge panel consisted of Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. Cole late departed from the express after fair two audition rounds and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, who originally co-hosted with Jones.

An early preview of The X Factor aired during the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12, 2011. Another preview was shown following NFL on Fox on September 11. The indicate was simultaneously broadcast in Canada on CTV or CTV Two, depending on schedule. Season one ‘s stopping point aired on December 22, 2011, resulting in Melanie Amaro as the achiever, and Simon Cowell as the winning mentor .

Judges and hosts.

At the prison term of announcing the U.S. adaptation of The X Factor, Cowell was the lone confirmed judge. [ 2 ] He by and by said that he was taking the choices of whom to join him on the usher identical badly, saying, “ It ‘s pointless rent judges who do n’t know anything about the music business. I ‘ll credibly go and find person who did what I did for a populate. I was an A & R guy for 20 years. ” [ 3 ] Eventually, Grammy Award -winning record administrator, songwriter, and phonograph record manufacturer L.A. Reid, [ 4 ] [ 5 ] The X Factor UK estimate Cheryl Cole, [ 6 ] [ 7 ] and Cowell ‘s former American Idol colleague Paula Abdul [ 8 ] [ 9 ] numerous people were speculated to host the series, including High School Musical ace Corbin Bleu and The X Factor UK host Dermot O’Leary. [ 10 ] On May 8, 2011, Nicole Scherzinger and Welsh donor Steve Jones were announced as co-hosts of the show. [ 11 ] [ 12 ]
On May 26, 2011, it was reported that Cole had been dropped from the read and was set to be replaced by Scherzinger. Reports varied over whether she was fired because american audiences had trouble oneself understanding her stress, because of a lack of chemistry between her and Abdul, because Cole is nameless to american audiences, because Cole was confused with Sheryl Crow by American audiences, or that she had stepped down herself due to homesickness. [ 13 ] [ 14 ] Cole ‘s deviation was formally confirmed on June 6 in a statement from Fox, which besides confirmed Scherzinger as her successor. Jones would then serve as the sole presenter. [ 15 ] On August 5, 2011, Cowell announced that the reason why Cole left was because he gave her the option to be a evaluator on the 2011 series of the UK show as he felt that she would have been comfortable there. He said that if her departure had anything to do with her not getting along with Abdul then he would not be judging the display. [ 16 ] Cole later revealed in a 2012 consultation that she had decided to quit the show of her accord and rejected Cowell ‘s offer to return to the UK appearance after Tulisa already replaced her on the UK dialog box and her unwillingness to judge the UK show without Cowell. Cole subsequently patched things up with Cowell in 2014 and she along with Cowell would both return as judges on the UK picture for the 2014 UK series for the replacements of both Sharon Osbourne and Gary Barlow. [ 17 ] [ 18 ]

selection process.


The X Factor (American season 1) is located in the United StatesChicago ChicagoNewark newarkMiami miamiDallas DallasLos Angeles Los AngelesSeattle seattleclass=notpageimage| Cities where the auditions were held. Auditions for producers began in Los Angeles, California, on March 27, 2011, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. They then took put in Miami, Florida, on April 7, 2011, at the BankUnited Center and continued in Newark, New Jersey ‘s Prudential Center on April 14, 2011. More auditions took position in Seattle, Washington ‘s KeyArena on April 20, 2011, and Chicago, Illinois ‘s Sears Centre on April 27, 2011, and finished in Dallas, Texas ‘s American Airlines Center on May 26, 2011. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] It was reported that The X Factor had broken the auditions record in Los Angeles, California on March 27. [ 21 ] The MyStudio HD hearing booths opened in Honolulu, Hawaii ; Phoenix, Arizona ; Nashville, Tennessee ; Anchorage, Alaska ; Kansas City, Kansas ; and Denver, Colorado. [ 22 ] originally scheduled to end on April 30, 2011, the booths ‘ opening ended up being extended until May 8, 2011. After it was announced that people auditioning through this method acting was in such high demand, auditions at the booths ‘ ended up being extended until May 15, 2011. On June 3, Cowell announced that applicants could upload a television of them singing onto YouTube and it was opened for one week entirely ( June 9 ). [ 23 ] Selected applicants would appear in front of the judges. The death fit of auditions took place during May and June 2011. These auditions individually occur simultaneously before both the judges and a exist studio apartment audience ; and with such audience in attendance able to applaud/cheer approval or disapproval and possibly influencing the judges. [ 1 ]
Auditions footage first aired on September 21, though they were not aired in the same rate that they occurred. [ 24 ]

Boot camp.

Day one of boot camp started with dance train with choreographer Brian Friedman and then the acts were called to the stage in groups of 10 to sing in front of the judges. After all of them performed, the acts were brought in front of the judges as share of one of three groups. Two of these groups made it through and one was eliminated, leaving 100 acts still in the competition. The judges threw a party for the remaining acts that for many lasted late into the night. Day two started with everyone getting woken up at 6:00am and heading to meet Reid. He informed them that they would be put into “ ensembles ” and groups, and would be working with stylists, choreographers, and song coaches. They were given five hours to learn the songs they were given. One third base of the acts would be eliminated by the end of the second gear day. Several of the ensembles performances were aired. The foremost corps de ballet performed “ Creep “, the second ensemble performed “ I still Have n’t Found What I ‘m Looking For “, the third corps de ballet performed “ Desperado “, the fourth corps de ballet performed “ Wishing on a Star “, the fifth ensemble performed “ Superman ( It ‘s not Easy ) “, the sixth ensemble performed “ Feeling Good “, the one-seventh ensemble performed “ I Have Nothing “ and the one-eighth ensemble performed “ Run “. Day two continued with more ensembles performing for the judges. The ninth ensemble performed “ What ‘s Going On “. following, they showed a couple of agile shots of some ensembles, presumably consisting of all people that would not make it through to the end. The one-tenth ensemble that was covered in contingent performed “ I Wo n’t Let Go “. The eleventh ( and final examination ) ensemble performed “ Chasing Cars “. following, the judges deliberated, and decided on which a one-third of the acts would be eliminated. once again, three groups were brought in. Group 1 was eliminated, meaning groups 2 and 3 made it through to the following round off of boot camp. Day three had all 64 acts perform for the judges. They were given a list of 35 songs at the end of the day two and were told to choose one that best represented them. At the end of this final examination boot camp round, 32 acts would go through to judges ‘ houses. This final performance was done in front man of a push of 3,000 people. After each of the performances, the judges gave no feedback. The first boot camp episode aired on October 5, 2011 and covered the inaugural two days of boot camp. [ 24 ] The irregular bootcamp episode aired on October 6 and covered the rest of day two and the remainder of bootcamp. By the end of bootcamp, 162 acts were cut to 32, 8 acts in each category. The judges late found out which category they would mentor and their acts joined them at their house .

Judges ‘ houses.

Enrique Iglesias helped Scherzinger select her finalists in Malibu, California and Pharrell Williams acted as a guest judge helping Abdul to pick her finalists in Santa Barbara, California. Rihanna helped Reid choose his finalists in The Hamptons, New York. Mariah Carey was contracted to aid Cowell in France, but was ineffective to attend ascribable to Hurricane Irene grounding her flight to Paris, therefore Cowell was alternatively assisted by three vocal coaches. [ 25 ] In the United States, footage from judges ‘ houses was in the first place scheduled to atmosphere on October 12, 13 and 18. however, due to weather delaying the begin of the 2011 American League Championship Series, the footage from judges ‘ houses 1 was moved to October 13, with footage from judges ‘ houses 2 seen alternatively on October 16. The footage from judges ‘ houses 3 aired on October 18 as scheduled and featured footage of the judges revealing their four finalists ( or five in the case of Cowell ) in each class to take through to the live shows. In Canada, the judges ‘ houses 1 episode was broadcast as in the first place scheduled on October 12. [ 26 ] No episode was shown in Canada on October 13, with CTV and CTV Two opting to follow Fox ‘s schedule changes to take advantage of coincident substitution rules .
Melanie Amaro was initially eliminated from the Girls ‘ class, but was invited back to the competition after Cowell decided he had made a err in not including her, bringing the sum phone number of contestants to 17. [ 28 ]


The top 17 contestants were confirmed as follows ; Key :

– Winner
– Runner-Up
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^1 Act who died years later .

survive shows.

The foremost two-and-a-half hour live testify aired on a particular Tuesday time slot on October 25 ; which followed the like format as the 2011 series of the UK show with each of the judges narrowing their count of acts toss off to three, without a public vote. The populace vote started with the following performance and results shows starting November 2, which aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively ( except for the live shows on November 22 and 23, that aired on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively during Thanksgiving ). The bipartite finale was held on December 21 and 22. [ 29 ] [ 30 ] There was no guest operation during the first week. The second live solution display featured a operation from Outasight. Jessie J and Willow Smith performed on the third exist results show, while the one-fourth live results show featured a performance from Rihanna. Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars performed on the fifth alive solution read while Tinie Tempah performed on the sixth bouncy solution show. Mary J. Blige and Lenny Kravitz performed on the seventh live results show while Florence + The Machine and X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger performed on the semi-final results show. The final sport performances from Justin Bieber, Leona Lewis, 50 penny, Stevie Wonder, Pitbull and Ne-Yo .

Results summary.

Color key

Act in team Simon Cowell Act in team Paula Abdul Act in team L.A. Reid Act in team Nicole Scherzinger

 – Act was eliminated by their mentor (no public vote or final showdown)
 – 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
Weekly results per act
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
First Vote Second Vote
Melanie Amaro Saved 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st Winner
Josh Krajcik 3rd 6th 3rd 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd Runner-Up
Chris Rene 7th 7th 4th 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd Eliminated ( final examination )
Marcus Canty 5th 9th 8th 7th 6th 4th 4th Eliminated (semi-final)
Rachel Crow 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th Eliminated (quarter-final)
Drew 1st 3rd 5th 4th 5th Eliminated (week 6)
Astro 10th 4th 10th 6th 7th
LeRoy Bell 8th 5th 6th 8th Eliminated (week 5)
Lakoda Rayne 9th 10th 7th 9th
Stacy Francis 6th 8th 9th Eliminated (week 4)
The Stereo Hogzz 12th 11th Eliminated (week 3)
InTENsity 11th Eliminated (week 2)
Simone Battle Eliminated Eliminated (week 1)
Tiah Tolliver
Dexter Haygood
The Brewer Boys
Phillip Lomax
Final Showdown None InTENsity,
The Stereo Hogzz
Lakoda Rayne,
The Stereo Hogzz
No final showdown or judges’ votes; results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Send Through Eliminate
Reid’s vote (Boys) Astro,
InTENsity The Stereo Hogzz Francis Bell Drew Crow
Scherzinger’s vote (Over 30s) Francis,
InTENsity The Stereo Hogzz Astro Canty Drew Crow
Abdul’s vote (Groups) The Stereo Hogzz,
Lakoda Rayne,
InTENsity Lakoda Rayne Francis Canty Drew Canty
Cowell’s vote (Girls) Drew,
The Stereo Hogzz The Stereo Hogzz Francis Bell Canty Canty
Eliminated Phillip Lomax
by Reid
3 of 4 votes
The Stereo Hogzz
3 of 4 votes
Stacy Francis
3 of 4 votes
Lakoda Rayne
Public vote
to save
Public vote
to save
Rachel Crow
2 of 4 votes
Marcus Canty
Public vote
to save
Chris Rene
Public vote
to win
Josh Krajcik
Public vote
to win
The Brewer Boys
by Abdul
Dexter Haygood
by Scherzinger
LeRoy Bell
2 of 4 votes
3 of 4 votes
Simone Battle
by Cowell
Tiah Tolliver
by Cowell
Reference(s) [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [ citation needed]

Live show details.

workweek 1 ( October 25 ).

  • There was no public vote in the first week. Instead, each of the judges selected one (or two for Cowell) of their own acts to eliminate.
Judges’ decisions to eliminate[31]
  • Reid: Phillip Lomax – gave no reason.
  • Abdul: The Brewer Boys – gave no reason.
  • Scherzinger: Dexter Haygood – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver – the decision came down to Battle, Tolliver and Melanie Amaro; Cowell believed that Amaro had the potential to win the competition.

week 2 ( November 2/3 ).

Judges’ votes to eliminate[32]
  • Cowell: The Stereo Hogzz – based on the final showdown performance.
  • Abdul: InTENsity – based her decision on her experience working with both groups.
  • Scherzinger: InTENsity – believed that The Stereo Hogzz were more prepared.
  • Reid: InTENsity – gave no reason.

however, voting statistics revealed that InTENsity received more votes than The Stereo Hogzz which meant that if Reid sent the result to deadlock, InTENsity would have been saved and The Stereo Hogzz would have been eliminated .

week 3 ( November 9/10 ).

Judges’ votes to eliminate[33]
  • Reid: The Stereo Hogzz – said he did not like their song choices through the competition.
  • Scherzinger: The Stereo Hogzz – based on her support of “female empowerment”, even though she liked both groups.
  • Abdul: Lakoda Rayne – originally wanted to abstain from voting, but Jones told her that if she abstained, Cowell would vote before Abdul but later reiterated that if she abstained, The Stereo Hogzz would have automatically been eliminated by default as Reid and Scherzinger had already voted to eliminate The Stereo Hogzz and Cowell would not be required to vote, she eventually voted to keep The Stereo Hogzz to give Cowell an opportunity to send the result to deadlock.
  • Cowell: The Stereo Hogzz – based on who he thought had a greater potential to win the competition.

week 4 ( November 16/17 ).

Judges’ votes to eliminate[34]
  • Reid: Stacy Francis – backed his own act, Astro.
  • Scherzinger: Astro – backed her own act, Stacy Francis.
  • Abdul: Stacy Francis – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Stacy Francis – despite chastising Astro for his attitude and not showing respect, he thought Astro had a better chance of winning the competition.

however, voting statistics revealed that Francis received more votes than Astro which meant that if Cowell sent the resultant role to deadlock, Francis would have been saved and Astro would have been eliminated .

workweek 5 ( November 22/23 ).

The Pepsi Choice Group performance was chosen by the hearing and included circus outfits along with a rotate stage and laser special effects in a hip-hop dance manner. Two acts were eliminated during the results show. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced, and the act with the fewest votes was mechanically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final confrontation and faced the judges ‘ votes. [ 48 ]

Judges’ votes to eliminate[35]
  • Reid: LeRoy Bell – backed his own act, Marcus Canty, whom he said was the most consistent of the two.
  • Scherzinger: Marcus Canty – backed her own act, LeRoy Bell.
  • Abdul: Marcus Canty – based on the final showdown performance.
  • Cowell: LeRoy Bell – could not decide and sent the result to deadlock; despite saying Bell sang better in the final showdown while Canty had done better overall in 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. Bell was eliminated as the act with the fewest populace votes. [ 35 ]

week 6 ( November 30/December 1 ).

Michael Jackson ‘s mother, Katherine ; his three children Prince, Paris, and Blanket ; and his brothers Marlon, Tito, and Jackie were present in the consultation during the operation show. [ 50 ] As in the previous workweek, two acts were eliminated during the results show. The three acts with the fewest populace votes were announced, and the act with the fewest votes was mechanically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final examination confrontation and faced the judges ‘ votes. [ 51 ]

Judges’ votes to eliminate[36]
  • Reid: Drew – backed his own act, Marcus Canty.
  • Cowell: Marcus Canty – backed his own act, Drew, while also taking responsibility for her being in the final showdown.
  • Scherzinger: Drew – felt that Canty gave a more emotional final showdown performance.
  • Abdul: Drew – said that Canty’s final showdown performance moved her more.

however, voting statistics revealed that Drew received more votes than Canty which meant that if Abdul sent the consequence to deadlock, Drew would have advanced to the quarter-final and Canty would have been eliminated .

workweek 7 : Quarter-Final ( December 7/8 ).

Nervo served as the house DJs for the first sung of the night. primitively, the second song was going to be chosen by the public as region of the Pepsi Challenge, [ 52 ] [ 53 ] however, due to technical problems that happened with the Pepsi Challenge the night before the performance usher, that have was delayed to the semi-final and executive producers told that the contestants had only 24 hours to choose another song. [ citation needed ]

Judges’ votes to eliminate[37]
  • Reid: Rachel Crow – backed his own act, Marcus Canty.
  • Cowell: Marcus Canty – gave no reason, but effectively backed his own act, Rachel Crow.
  • Abdul: Marcus Canty – said that Crow’s final showdown performance blew her away.
  • Scherzinger: Rachel Crow – could not decide and sent the result to deadlock.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the consequence went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public right to vote. Crow was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. [ 37 ]

week 8 : Semi-Final ( December 14/15 ).

Each act performed two songs .
The semi-final did not feature a final confrontation and rather the act with the fewest public votes, Canty, was automatically eliminated. [ 38 ]

week 9 : Final ( December 21/22 ).

The final lasted for 1.5 hours on Wednesday, December 21 and 2 hours on Thursday, December 22 .

December 21
December 22

Contestants Who Appeared on early Shows or Seasons.

celebrated Relations.

  • Gina Rene, who was cut during the Boot Camp round, is the older sister of fellow contestant Chris Rene.


  • Simone Battle, who was eliminated during the first live show, committed suicide on September 5, 2014.


U.S. Nielsen ratings.

Ep. # Episode Airdate Rating Share Rating/share
1 Auditions 1 September 21 7.2[59] 12 4.4/12 12.49 #1 #2
2 Auditions 2 September 22 7.0[60] 11 4.3/11 12.51[61] #1 #2
3 Auditions 3 September 28 6.9[62] 11 4.1/11 11.86 #1 #2
4 Auditions 4 September 29 6.9[63] 11 3.9/11 12.17 #1 #2
5 Bootcamp 1 October 5 6.8[64] 11 4.1/11 11.93[65] #1 #2
6 Bootcamp 2 October 6 7.0[66] 11 4.0/11 11.67[67] #1 #1
7 Judges’ houses 1 October 13[Note 1] 6.4 10 3.7/10 11.24[68] #1 #1
8 Judges’ houses 2 October 16[Note 1] 10 3.4/10 8.84[69] #1 #2
9 Judges’ houses 3 October 18 10 3.9/10 10.39[70] #1 #1
10 Live show 1/Finalists revealed October 25 7.0 12 4.4/12 12.09[71] #1 #1
11 Live show 2 November 2 6.8 11 4.0/11 11.76[72] #1 #1
12 Live results 2 November 3 6.4 11 3.7/11 11.64[73] #2 #2
13 Live show 3 November 9 10 3.8/10 10.25[74] #2 #2
14 Live results 3 November 10 9 3.3/9 10.13[75] #2 #4
15 Live show 4 November 16 10 3.9/10 11.31[76] #1 #2
16 Live results 4 November 17 9 3.1/9 9.71[77] #2 #3
17 Live show 5 November 22 5.8[78] 9 3.2/9 9.43[79] #2 #3
18 Live results 5 November 23 8 2.5/8 8.51[80] #2 #3
19 Live show 6 November 30 10 3.7/10 11.05[81] #1 #1
20 Live results 6 December 1 6.0[82] 9 3.1/9 10.34[83] #1 #1
21 Live show 7 December 7 9 3.4/9 10.70[84] #1 #3
22 Live results 7 December 8 8 2.9/8 9.84[85] #2 #3
23 Live show 8 December 14 9 3.4/9 10.69[86] #1 #3
24 Live results 8 December 15 9 2.9/9 9.87[87] #1 #2
25 Live final December 21 6.9[88] 10 3.3/10 11.23[89] #1 #1
26 Live final results December 22 7.5[90] 11 3.8/11 12.59[91] #1 #1


  1. a b due to a weather delay of the begin of the fourth crippled of 2011 American League Championship Series on October 12, 2011 ( besides broadcast on Fox ), the judges ‘ houses 1 episode, which was originally scheduled for October 12, was moved back a day to October 13. The judges ‘ houses 2 sequence was in the first place scheduled for October 13 and thus was besides moved to October 16. The time-delay interpretation shown in the UK was besides delayed to avoid the results being shown outside of the U.S. first .


Nicole Scherzinger.

Scherzinger had been proven to be a unpopular judge, with her performance during her one-season stint being panned by critics, ampere well as early controversy of her replacing Cheryl Cole on the evaluate dialog box. [ 92 ] [ 93 ]

In the quarter-final result read, Scherzinger who had the deciding vote, was intelligibly upset with the bottom two acts ( Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty ) because she admired both acts and was undecided about how she would vote. Her vote either mean that if she would eliminate Canty, Canty would be eliminated or if she voted against Crow, the result would go to deadlock and the populace vote would determine the result. While Scherzinger was deliberating, she wanted the public vote to decide the consequence that week and sent the result to deadlock. Following this, Crow was voted out which led to Crow breaking down on stagecoach and Scherzinger was booed off the stage and her future on the picture was put in hazard. [ 94 ] She subsequently received death threats from some viewers. [ 95 ] Scherzinger was let go at the end of the season and later relocated to the United Kingdom to be a judge on the 2012 series of the UK indicate to replace Kelly Rowland. On the UK show, Scherzinger became a successful and popular judge .


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