british television competition

Season of television series
The fifteenth and final examination series of the british television receiver music competition The X Factor began airing on ITV on 1 September 2018, presented by Dermot O’Leary. Simon Cowell returned aboard raw judges Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Field ( credited as Ayda Williams ), and Robbie Williams who replace departing judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, and Louis Walsh. Nile Rodgers filled in for Williams while he was aside on his go for weeks 3–5 of the bouncy shows. On 2 December, Jamaican-born singer Dalton Harris won the series making him the first and only alien rival to win the UK usher. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] This was the lone series that featured Tomlinson, Field, and Williams as judges.

Judges and presenters.

On 6 June 2018, it was announced that Sharon Osbourne would return to judge the fifteenth series, but only for the populate shows, due to her ongoing bring commitments in the United States. The following sidereal day, long-serving judge Louis Walsh announced that after thirteen years on the express, he would leave to focus on other projects. [ 3 ] Earlier in the year, it was reported that Nicole Scherzinger would not return as a judge for the fifteenth series. [ 4 ] On 30 September 2018, Osbourne announced her decision to no long appear as a evaluator during the alive shows, stating that she had “ seen the newly judges finding their cycle and are doing brilliantly ”. [ 5 ] Simon Cowell confirmed his reelect as read/write head evaluate and Dermot O’Leary ’ randomness return as presenter. After much speculation, it was announced on 16 July 2018 that Ayda Field ( credited as Ayda Williams ), Louis Tomlinson, and Robbie Williams would join Cowell on the serial ‘ estimate panel to replace Osbourne, Scherzinger, and Walsh. [ 6 ] On 23 August 2018, it was announced that Xtra Bites would return after a inaugural series, presented by Becca Dudley again, and she would be joined by a co-host named Tinea Taylor. [ 7 ] On 2 November 2018, it was revealed that Nile Rodgers would fill in for Williams on the panel during some of the bouncy shows, due to Williams ‘ touring commitments. Rodgers sat aboard Williams on 3 November, before fully substituting for him on 4, 10, 11 & 17 November. In a statement, Rodgers stated : “ I had such a capital time with Louis at the Judge ‘s House in Ibiza a match of weeks ago that when the opportunity came to step in for Robbie I could not say ( ‘no ‘ ) ”, “ From Chic and Sister Sledge to Duran Duran and Daft Punk, I ‘ve had great experiences with Groups in my career, so I look forth to giving them as a lot support as I can while Rob is away ! ”. Williams returned to the panel on 24 November. [ 8 ]

survival process.

Auditions.

Auditions for performers took position lone at London ‘s SSE Arena, Wembley, on 18–20, 22–24 and 26–28 July 2018 .

Deliberations.

rather of the traditional bootcamp stages, a deliberation stage ( similar to that employed by Britain’s Got Talent ) was introduced to cut down the total of performers at the six-chair challenge. This took place on 30 July 2018 at the Tobacco Dock in London. [ citation needed ] It was broadcast on a single episode on 23 September 2018 after the final auditions show. After the “ slowness ” and “ unwrap ” stages, but before the begin of the “ six-chair challenge ”, the judges found out the categories they are mentoring : Cowell mentored the “ Girls ”, Field mentored the “ Over 29s ”, Williams mentored the “ Groups ”, and Tomlinson mentored the “ Boys ”. [ 9 ]

Six Chair Challenge.

The Six Chair Challenge took topographic point over the run of three days, from 1–3 August 2018, at the SSE Arena in Wembley. [ citation needed ] A new twist was added with the insertion of a golden release, similar to Got Talent ‘s Golden Buzzer. When this was pressed, the act in question was guaranteed a ‘Safe Seat ‘, and would go square through to Judges ‘ Houses. The Six Chair Challenge was aired over 3 episodes starting on 29 September 2018 and finished on 6 October 2018. [ 10 ]

Judges ‘ Houses.

It was announced by O’Leary during an appearance on This Morning that the Judges ‘ Houses would be filmed in late September 2018, and that three of the judges ‘ houses would be in Los Angeles ( Cowell, Field and Williams ) ; Tomlinson ‘s houses would be hosted in Ibiza. Cowell judged from Malibu, while Field and Williams each judged their categories individually from their home in Beverley Hills. The guest judges were announced to be including american english Idol alumnus Adam Lambert and Series 3 Alumna Leona Lewis in assisting Field, David Walliams with Williams, and Cowell ‘s american Idol colleagues Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest along with Diane Warren, Babyface, Lewis and Sinitta to assist Cowell, who hosted a house party consisting of assorted singers, songwriters and record producers for the Girls to perform in front of. Tomlinson ‘s One Direction bandmate Liam Payne and Nile Rodgers were announced to assist him. [ 11 ] Maria Laroco was not able to secure the correct visa in time to travel to Malibu with the remaining Girls for this stage of the contest. Unlike similar instances where the affect contestants withdrew from the competition, Laroco sang to Cowell via video yoke from a London studio. 16 finalists were put through to the populate shows at this stagecoach, four from each category. This last-minute change was lobbied by Cowell who was unable to narrow his Girls gloomy to barely three ; the other judges were then allowed one more act each for their own categories as good .

Contestants.

Key :

– Winner
– Runner-Up
Yellow ffff00 pog.svg – Golden Buzzer/Safe Seat (Six-Chair Challenge)

live shows.

The finalists were announced after each class performed at Judges ‘ Houses. There were 16 finalists ( 4 from each category ) this year. The survive Shows were broadcast for 7 weeks from 20 October to 2 December. [ 12 ] [ 13 ] This year the live shows reverted to the previous format of all performances on the Saturday night and the results show on the Sunday night. [ 14 ] however, there are 16 finalists and a reduce number of live shows, so about all of the live result shows had double eliminations. [ 15 ] [ 16 ] nile Rodgers temporarily replaced Williams on the panel, due to touring commitments. Rodgers appeared in Williams ‘s identify from 4–18 November. [ 8 ] For the beginning time since 2008, there was no elimination on the Saturday ( 1 December 2018 ). alternatively, all 3 finalists progressed the Sunday ( 2 December 2018 ) live final results show. [ 17 ]

musical guests.

Keala Settle and Rak-Su, the winners of the former series, performed on the first know results show. small Mix and Kylie Minogue performed on the second live results show. James Arthur and Jonas Blue, Liam Payne and Lennon Stella performed on the third base live results show. Michael Bublé, Olly Murs and Lady Leshurr performed on the fourth populate results show. Cheryl and Tom Walker performed on the fifth populate results show. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus appeared on the sixth populate picture ( Andersson doing a Masterclass with the semi-finalists and Ulvaeus appearing on the judge jury alongside Williams, Field, Tomlinson and Cowell to judge the performances ). Zara Larsson performed on the one-sixth live results show. The live concluding featured a performance from Robbie Williams ( with Take That ) on the live final results show. [ 18 ]

Final venue.

Unlike the former serial where the live final was held at The ExCeL Center in London, alternatively this class ‘s concluding was held at the normal venue which is The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. [ 19 ]

Winners single.

The winners single was the winning contestant ‘s couple from the Sunday ( 2 December 2018 ) leave read with all proceeds going to the children ‘s charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. It is the one-eighth class running that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has waived any VAT on The X Factor ‘s winners single. [ 20 ] The winner was announced to be Dalton Harris who performed a pas de deux with James Arthur on “ The Power of Love “ .

Results summary.

Colour key

Act in team Louis Tomlinson Act in team simon Act in team Robbie Act in team Ayda

 – Act was in the bottom two/three and had to perform again in the sing-off
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 sing-off)
Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per act[21]
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
First Vote Second Vote First Vote Second Vote First Vote Second Vote Saturday Vote Sunday Vote
Dalton Harris 3rd
9.3%
1st
15.5%
2nd
15.2%
1st
15.9%
2nd
17.3%
2nd
17.8%
1st
23.8%
1st
22.8%
1st
26.9%
1st
31.4%
Winner
41.3%
Scarlett Lee 6th
7.4%
5th
6.8%
4th
7.2%
3rd
9.5%
4th
8.9%
4th
9.3%
5th
9.4%
4th
11.3%
2nd
19.1%
3rd
22.3%
Runner-Up
31.3%
Anthony Russell 1st
11.5%
2nd
15.4%
1st
15.6%
2nd
14.8%
1st
18.6%
1st
18.8%
2nd
19.0%
2nd
19.9%
3rd
18.9%
2nd
23.5%
3rd
27.4%
Acacia & Aaliyah 9th
6.2%
6th
6.6%
7th
6.8%
10th
6.5%
9th
7.0%
8th
8.0%
6th
8.9%
6th
9.8%
4th
12.3%
4th
14.7%
Eliminated
( semi-final )
Brendan Murray 10th
4.9%
12th
4.7%
12th
4.8%
9th
6.6%
5th
8.6%
5th
8.8%
4th
9.5%
5th
10.5%
5th
11.9%
Eliminated
(semi-final)
Danny Tetley 8th
6.8%
7th
6.3%
6th
6.8%
7th
7.2%
7th
7.8%
7th
8.1%
3rd
12.8%
3rd
12.6%
6th
10.9%
Shan Ako 2nd
10.0%
3rd
7.9%
3rd
7.9%
4th
9.2%
3rd
9.6%
3rd
9.8%
7th
8.5%
7th
8.9%
Eliminated
(quarter-final)
Bella Penfold 4th
8.5%
9th
5.3%
9th
5.6%
6th
7.2%
6th
8.1%
6th
8.5%
8th
8.1%
Eliminated
(quarter-final)
Giovanni Spano 13th
3.4%
10th
4.9%
10th
5.0%
5th
7.8%
8th
7.2%
9th
7.3%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Misunderstood 5th
8.0%
4th
6.8%
5th
7.2%
8th
7.0%
10th
6.9%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Molly Scott 7th
7.2%
8th
5.6%
8th
5.9%
11th
4.5%
Eliminated
(week 3)
United Vibe 12th
4.5%
11th
4.9%
11th
4.8%
12th
3.8%
LMA Choir 11th
4.8%
13th
4.7%
13th
4.5%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Janice Robinson 14th
3.2%
14th
4.6%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Armstrong Martins 15th
2.4%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Olatunji Yearwood 16th
1.9%
Final Showdown Martins,
Robinson
No sing-off or judges’ votes: results were based on public votes alone LMA Choir,
Murray
Acacia & Aaliyah,
Scott
No sing-off or judges’ votes: results were based on public votes alone Acacia & Aaliyah,
Spano
No sing-off or judges’ votes: results were based on public votes alone Acacia & Aaliyah,
Ako
No sing-off or judges’ votes: results were based on public votes alone Acacia & Aaliyah,
Lee
No sing-off or judges’ votes: results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Eliminate Eliminate Eliminate Eliminate Send Through
Rodgers’ vote (Groups) N/A N/A Scott Spano Ako N/A
Williams’ vote (Groups) Martins Murray N/A N/A N/A Acacia & Aaliyah
Field’s vote (Over 29s) Martins LMA Choir Scott Acacia & Aaliyah Ako Lee
Tomlinson’s vote (Boys) Robinson LMA Choir Scott Spano Acacia & Aaliyah Lee
Cowell’s vote (Girls) Martins Murray Acacia & Aaliyah Spano Acacia & Aaliyah Lee
Eliminated Olatunji Yearwood
1.9%
to save
Janice Robinson
4.6%
to save
LMA Choir
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
United Vibe
3.8%
to save
Misunderstood
6.9%
to save
Giovanni Spano
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Bella Penfold
8.1%
to save
Shan Ako
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Danny Tetley
10.9%
to save
Acacia & Aaliyah
1 of 4 votes
Minority
Anthony Russell
27.4%
to win
Armstrong Martins
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Molly Scott
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Brendan Murray
11.9%
to save
Scarlett Lee
31.3%
to win

Live indicate details.

week 1 ( 20/21 October ).

This week ‘s results show featured a double elimination. The three acts with the fewest votes were announced as the bottom three, and the act out of the three with the fewest public votes was then mechanically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final confrontation for the judges ‘ votes .

Judges’ votes to eliminate
  • Field: Armstrong Martins – backed her own act, Janice Robinson, saying she deserves to be in the competition.
  • Tomlinson: Janice Robinson – backed his own act, Armstrong Martins.
  • Williams: Armstrong Martins – gave no reason but many fans accused Williams of backing his wife’s act.
  • Cowell: Armstrong Martins – said that despite Martins being more interesting, Robinson was the better singer.

workweek 2 ( 27/28 October ).

This week ‘s results show featured a double elimination. Lines were frozen on Sunday at 7:30 prime minister, 30 minutes before the results show, and Janice Robinson was eliminated after the limited guest performance from Little Mix after receiving the fewest votes. Lines then reopened and the two acts with the future few votes then performed in the sing-off .

Judges’ votes to eliminate
  • Williams: Brendan Murray – backed his own act, LMA Choir.
  • Tomlinson: LMA Choir – backed his own act, Brendan Murray.
  • Cowell: Brendan Murray – gave no reason.
  • Field: LMA Choir – could not decide and sent the result to deadlock.

With the acts in the sing-off receive two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. LMA Choir were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes .

workweek 3 ( 3/4 November ).

The bouncy show was pre-recorded during Saturday good afternoon to allow Williams to be confront before flying to South America for touring commitments. Nile Rodgers appeared as a guest estimate, filling in for Williams during the third base results express and the one-fourth & fifth exist shows and results shows. This workweek ‘s results show featured a doubly elimination. Lines were originally scheduled to be frozen on Sunday at 7:30 promethium, 60 minutes before the results show, the act receiving the fewest votes leaving the competition at the begin of the testify before lines would reopen and the two acts with the next fewest votes would then perform in the sing-off. however, due to a technical foul issue that affected the sound during Danny Tetley and Anthony Russell ‘s performances, Saturday ‘s public vote was cancelled and lines rather opened in the results show on Sunday. [ 28 ] At the start of the exist results show, all of the performances were shown in full before the public vote opened for 14 minutes. [ 29 ]

Judges’ votes to eliminate
  • Rodgers: Molly Scott – based on the sing-off performances, effectively backing Williams’ own act, Acacia & Aaliyah.
  • Cowell: Acacia & Aaliyah – backed his own act, Molly Scott.
  • Field: Molly Scott – based on the sing-off performances.
  • Tomlinson: Molly Scott – said both acts have potential but he was not sure Scott was “quite there yet”.

workweek 4 ( 10/11 November ).

This week ‘s results show featured a double elimination. Lines were frozen on Sunday at 7:30 phase modulation, 60 minutes before the results show, and Misunderstood were eliminated after the limited guest operation from Bublé after receiving the fewest votes. Lines then reopened and the two acts with the adjacent fewest votes then performed in the sing-off.

Judges’ votes to eliminate
  • Rodgers: Giovanni Spano – backed Williams’ own act, Acacia & Aaliyah.
  • Field: Acacia & Aaliyah – backed her own act, Giovanni Spano, saying he brought fun and vital entertainment to the competition.
  • Tomlinson: Giovanni Spano – believed Acacia & Aaliyah had a future as recording artists while Spano had more of a future in musical theatre.
  • Cowell: Giovanni Spano – gave no specific reason but praised both acts’ sing-off performances.

week 5 : Quarter-Final ( 17/18 November ).

This workweek ‘s results show featured a double elimination. Lines were frozen on Sunday at 7:30 promethium, 30 minutes before the results show, and Bella Penfold was eliminated immediately at the begin of the show. once that occurred, lines reopened for a few more minutes and the two acts with the following fewest votes performed in the spill the beans off. During the results show, Cowell originally told the acts that the final six would go on The X Factor Live Tour in 2019. After the elimination of Shan Ako, Cowell stated that he would allow both her and Penfold to join the final examination six on tour as well. His statement meant that the final examination eight would perform on the go quite than the final six .

Judges’ votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Acacia & Aaliyah – backed his own act, Shan Ako.
  • Rodgers: Shan Ako – backed Williams’ own act, Acacia & Aaliyah.
  • Tomlinson: Acacia & Aaliyah – based on “vocal ability” without being led by his emotions.
  • Field: Shan Ako – praised both acts’ sing-off performances but could not decide and sent the result to deadlock, though fans accused Field of not wanting her husband to return without an act in the competition.

With the acts in the sing-off receive two votes each, the resultant role went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier populace vote. Shan Ako was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes .

workweek 6 : Semi-Final ( 24/25 November ).

24 November
  • Theme: Get Me to the Final (Part I) & Mamma Mia[35]

This week ‘s semi-final featured a ternary elimination. During Saturday ‘s appearance, the lines froze where the two acts with the fewest votes were immediately eliminated. They then re-opened and closed during Sunday ‘s results show ahead of the concluding sing-off of the series. In addition, following all of the act ‘s foremost performance during Saturday ‘s display, each act performed a section from an ABBA sung where Björn Ulvaeus joined the evaluate control panel for the performances .

25 November
Judges’ votes to send through to the final
  • Cowell: Scarlett Lee – based on the sing-off performances, and said he would have made the same choice even if Scarlett Lee was not his own act; he said without her, the final would not be the same.
  • Williams: Acacia & Aaliyah – backed his own act, Acacia & Aaliyah.
  • Field: Scarlett Lee – based on the sing-off performances.
  • Tomlinson: Scarlett Lee – based on the vocals only in the sing-off performances.

week 7 : Final ( 1/2 December ).

1 December[18]
2 December[18]

reception.

Ratings.

As of September 2018, all official ratings include those who watched on demand via the ITV Hub .

Episode Air date Official rating
(millions)[36]
Weekly rank[36]
Auditions 1 1 September 7.59 1
Auditions 2 2 September 6.43 8
Auditions 3 8 September 6.57 9
Auditions 4 9 September 6.38 13
Auditions 5 15 September 7.08 7
Auditions 6 16 September 6.08 15
Auditions 7 22 September 6.59 11
Auditions 8 23 September 6.34 15
Six-chair challenge 1 29 September 6.27 15
Six-chair challenge 2 30 September 6.38 12
Six-chair challenge 3 6 October 6.38 11
Judges Houses 1 7 October 6.19 13
Judges Houses 2 13 October 6.88 11
Judges Houses 3 14 October 6.26 14
Live show 1 20 October 5.55 15
Live results 1 21 October N/A Outside top 15
Live show 2 27 October 5.29 15
Live results 2 28 October N/A Outside top 15
Live show 3 3 November N/A Outside top 15
Live results 3 4 November N/A Outside top 15
Live show 4 10 November 5.03 15
Live results 4 11 November N/A Outside top 15
Live show 5 17 November 4.99 15
Live results 5 18 November 5.42 13
Live show 6 24 November N/A Outside top 15
Live results 6 25 November N/A Outside top 15
Live final 1 1 December N/A Outside top 15
Live final 2 2 December N/A Outside top 15
^1ITV Hub using BARB’s four-screen dashboard system (includes viewers watching on tablets/smartphones).
^2

Controversies.

Accusations of transphobia.

During the hearing stage, 20-year-old transgender homo Felix Shepherd impressed the judges with his interpretation of “ All I Want “ by Kodaline, and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Before tattle, Williams asked him about his background ; Shepherd said he was there to prove to people that he was “ more than equitable a transgender guy. ” Williams responded by asking him : “ so when you were born, what was your appoint ? “, therefore misgendering him. Although many fans of the show were supportive of the representation, many were outraged by Williams ‘ wonder, though Shepherd stated that he was not offended by Williams. [ 37 ] [ 38 ]

Sharon Osbourne.

On 5 September 2018, whilst on Howard Stern ‘s radio prove, Osbourne accused Cowell of underpaying her for the new series. She used some nauseating language to criticise Cowell and the indicate ‘s auditionees, which led to a backlash from fans who suggested that Osbourne should be replaced. [ 39 ] Osbourne subsequently announced her decisiveness to not participate during the live shows. [ 5 ] Various sources reported that Osbourne had been fired over the interview and Stern stated that he believed she had been tipped off to keep quiet. Osbourne late refuted Stern ‘s allegations and stated that her comments were entirely made in jest and were not to be taken literally, but that they were misappropriated by other people including The X Factor ’ mho production caller due to Stern wanting to give Cowell a bad reputation by using his radio receiver show. She added that although the company wanted to fire her, Cowell was not upset with the comments and wanted her to remain on the usher, but that it was ultimately her decision to step down out of concern of awkwardness between her and boyfriend judges Williams and Field, with whom she is near friends, though she did not rule out a hark back to the usher in the future .

sound problems.

During the third week of live shows, sound issues caused the judges, O’Leary and contestants to sound tinge. As the show was not survive, O’Leary did not address the sound problems until the play along night ‘s bouncy results show, but at the end of the broadcast, another message said : “ Due to a technical foul issue, tonight ‘s vote has been cancelled. It will open in tomorrow night ‘s usher. ” During the results show all the performances of the night were replayed before the lines opened to make the vote equally fair as possible for the contestants. [ 28 ]

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