Series 9 of The X Factor began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012 and ended on 9 December 2012. This series was won by 24-year-old singer-songwriter James Arthur who was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. He made history as the first-ever achiever of the original series to have previously been in the Bottom Two. fellow finalists Jahméne Douglas, Christopher Maloney, Union J, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan besides secured record deals with varying levels of success post-series while Rylan Clark moved into television award. It was watched by a total of 9.63 million viewers – over 3 million viewers less than the previous series.

production

On 17 April 2012, Gary Barlow was confirmed to be returning to the evaluate panel, and on 3 May it was announced that Louis Walsh would besides return for his ninth year as a evaluator. Tulisa besides confirmed her return but Kelly Rowland did not return with Nicole Scherzinger being confirmed as her surrogate. Dermot O’Leary returned to present for the sixth year in a row while Olly Murs and Caroline Flack returned to present by-product show The Xtra Factor. however, Murs was absent during the audition stages due to touring commitments in the US with One Direction so Flack was assisted by Jedward, JLS and Westlife .

Judges

Twists/Changes

Auditions: This series, for the first time, applicants were able to audition on-line via Facebook. The picture ‘s producers besides sent a “ mobile hearing van ” to 18 locations throughout the UK and Ireland in order to audition singers who could not make the stadium auditions. There were respective rule changes in relative to the auditions : acts with current management deals were allowed to audition for the first time, in a bid to “ [ diversify ] the net and [ open ] it up thus that everybody gets an opportunity. ” besides, singers could perform their own compositions and playing period instruments. Bootcamp: Bootcamp was held away London for the first time in the testify ‘s history, due to London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. It took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool over three days, starting on Thursday 19 July. The age ranges of the categories were changed for this series during bootcamp ; the over 25s became the over 28s ( as in Series 7 ), so the boys and girls categories contain contestants aged 16–27, preferably than 16-24. It was reported that the reason for this was because the Series 8 finalists were considered besides young, and contestants in their former 20s did not make it into the over 25s category because of “ far-out previous ” contestants. The judges learned which category they would mentor on the moment day of bootcamp via a earphone call from Simon Cowell. Wildcards: At the end of judges ‘ houses, it was announced that each judge could bring back one far act second as a wildcard as they had done in Series 7. however, the public were given the probability to vote for which of the four wildcards would become the thirteenth finalist. Live Show Judges Commenting Order Change: This serial featured a deepen in the order in which the judges would comment on an act ’ randomness performance during the know shows. previously, Louis Walsh ( after the performances of acts not mentored by Walsh ), or the judge seated left of Walsh ( after the performances of acts mentored by Walsh ) would comment beginning and Simon Cowell or Gary Barlow would be the penultimate ( after the performances of acts not mentored by Cowell or Barlow ) or ultimate ( merely after the performances of acts mentored by Cowell or Barlow ) to comment on the acts ’ performances. From this series onwards, the evaluator seated left of the dissemble ’ s mentor would comment first, followed by that judge ’ mho left, then that judge ’ s left, and finally the act ’ sulfur mentor. The commenting order was conducted as follows :

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

Winner’s Single: In a change to previous years, the finalists did not release a charity individual. alternatively, proceeds from the achiever ‘s single were donated to UK charity Together for Short Lives .

Finalists

choice process

Auditions

See: List of The X Factor UK auditionees (series 9) The judges ‘ auditions, primitively supposed to start in Cardiff on 15 May 2012 but postponed due to delays in signing up a new permanent fourth estimate, began on 23 May in Liverpool and continued from 26–30 May in London. From 5–7 June, auditions moved to Manchester, and on 11 June, they took put in Glasgow. Further auditions took position on 18 June in Newcastle ( Metro Radio Arena ) and concluded on 25 June in Cardiff. Returning auditionees included Joe Cox, Jade Richards, Melanie McCabe and Carolynne Poole, who all reached judges ‘ houses the previous class .

Bootcamp

See: Bootcamp (UK series 9) Held outside London for the first time ever ascribable to the 2012 Olympics, 211 acts reached bootcamp. On the first day, judges reviewed the hearing tapes and sent home 60 acts before they had a casual to sing. The remaining contestants were then put into groups and they took part in a sing-off. The number of acts was reduced to 70 : 21 girls, 22 boys, 12 over-28s and 15 groups. The follow day, the remaining acts each performed one birdcall for the judges in front of a know audience, and the day after, the judges decided which acts to put through to judges ‘ houses. They could not decide between groups Union J and District3, so they had them each perform again before making a final decisiveness. however, both ended up going through when Rough Copy were eliminated .

Judges Houses

See: Judges’ Houses (UK series 9)

Summary of judges’ houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated Wildcard
Barlow Over 28s Boughton House, Northamptonshire Cheryl Nicola Marie, Brad Shackleton Christopher Maloney
Scherzinger Boys Dubai Ne-Yo Nathan Fagan-Gayle, Jake Quickenden Adam Burridge
Contostavlos Girls Saint Lucia Tinie Tempah Jade Collins, Leanne Robinson Amy Mottram
Walsh Groups Las Vegas Sharon Osbourne Duke, Mitsotu, Poisonous Twin Times Red

live Shows

Results compendious

Weekly results per act
Week 1 2 3 4 5

6 7 Quarter-Final Semi-Final concluding
Eliminated Carolynnepoolemini.png Melaniemassonmini.png Mk1mini.png Jadeellismini.png Lucyspragganmini.png Kyesonesmini.png District3mini.png Ellahendersonmini.png Rylanclarkmini.png Unionjmini.png Christophermaloneymini.png Jahmenedouglasmini.png Jamesarthurmini.png
James Arthur 6th
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%*
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%*
Christopher Maloney 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 4th
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 Week Withdrew
(week 5)
Jade Ellis 9th
4.0%
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 11th
3.2%
12th
4.6%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Carolynne Poole 13th
2.9%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Bottom Two Clark,
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’s vote
to eliminate
Poole Masson Sones Ellis Clark None (abstained) Arthur Clark
Tulisa’s vote
to eliminate
Clark Masson Sones Union J Sones N/A* Arthur Clark
Barlow’s vote
to eliminate
Clark District3 MK1 Ellis Clark District3 Henderson Clark
Scherzinger’s vote
to eliminate
Poole District3 MK1 Ellis Sones District3 Henderson Union 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
  • In Week 6, Tulisa did not need to vote as there was already a majority. However, she confirmed that she would have voted to eliminate Union J.
  • Although Christopher Maloney finished in 3rd place and was already eliminated, he gained 7.4% of the total vote on the second night of the final.

Ratings

Summary of episode ratings
Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating Weekly rank Share (%) Official ITV1 HD rating Official ITV1+1 rating Total ITV1 viewers
(millions)
Auditions 1 18 August 8.08 6 39.4 1.02 0.67 9.77
Auditions 2 25 August 8.57 1 36.1 1.05 0.51 10.13
Auditions 3 1 September 8.39 3 35.0 0.97 0.43 9.79
Auditions 4 8 September 8.03 4 33.9 0.95 0.52 9.50
Auditions 5 9 September 7.50 9 30.2 1.06 0.51 9.07
Auditions 6 15 September 8.70 4 39.5 1.03 0.58 10.31
Auditions 7 16 September 9.07 2 36.4 1.10 0.43 10.60
Bootcamp 1 22 September 9.52 3 34.9 0.94 0.44 10.90
Bootcamp 2 23 September 9.76 2 33.6 1.21 0.50 11.47
Judges’ houses 1 29 September 8.44 6 35.9 1.28 0.49 10.21
Judges’ houses 2 30 September 9.35 2 35.4 1.21 0.41 10.97
Live show 1 6 October 8.61 5 33.9 1.19 0.39 10.19
Live results 1 7 October 9.09 3 31.9 1.10 N/A N/A
Live show 2 13 October 8.47 8 36.2 1.34 0.34 10.15
Live results 2 14 October 8.83 3 35.3 1.20 N/A N/A
Live show 3 20 October 8.25 11 34.8 1.05 0.40 9.70
Live results 3 21 October 8.83 5 34.7 1.02 0.31 10.16
Live show 4 27 October 8.23 11 34.8 1.11 0.33 9.67
Live results 4 28 October 8.51 6 33.6 1.03 0.34 9.88
Live show 5 3 November 7.63 16 32.3 1.12 0.38 9.13
Live results 5 4 November 8.29 9 33.2 1.20 0.27 9.76
Live show 6 10 November 7.97 11 33.7 1.22 0.31 9.50
Live results 6 11 November 8.25 7 33.3 1.06 N/A N/A
Live show 7 17 November 7.89 15 33.8 1.06 N/A N/A
Live results 7 18 November 8.91 5 33.3 1.03 N/A N/A
Live show 8 24 November 7.65 20 33.1 1.04 N/A N/A
Live results 8 25 November 8.37 14 34.0 1.20 N/A N/A
Live show 9 1 December 7.40 20 32.3 1.06 N/A N/A
Live results 9 2 December 8.22 14 32.0 1.06 0.29 9.57
Live final 8 December 8.78 4 38.4 1.41 0.22 10.41
Live final results 9 December 10.04 3 39.1 1.46 N/A N/A
Series average 8.51 N/A N/A 1.19 0.41 10.00

Controversies

Trailer
On 30 July 2012, the preview for the series premiered. Entitled “ Whose Time Is nowadays ? “, it features six former contestants— winners Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Little Mix, and runner-up JLS, Olly Murs and One Direction — talking about their fourth dimension on the appearance and how it changed their lives. Male winners Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leon Jackson, Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle were not included. Ward blasted this, calling the express “ pathetic ” for leaving him out and saying it was like he was “ being erased lento from their history. ” McElderry, who won in 2009, said “ I ‘m merely gon na keep doing my thing ”, which many fans believed to be prompted by the dawdler. McElderry late admitted that he was not angry about not being included in the dawdler. In an interview with the Daily Star Sunday, he said : “ I ‘m not on Simon [ Cowell ] ‘s label so I would n’t expect him to promote me. If they want to erase the fact I won [ The ] X Factor or try to hide it, I do n’t care. personally I am proud I came from The X Factor. If [ Cowell ] does n’t feel the same then you ‘ll have to ask him why. ” Auditions
During the first base auditions episode, broadcast on 18 August, one of the auditionees in Cardiff, Zoe Alexander, a Pink protection singer, tried to “ smash ” equipment after arguing with the judges about her claim that she was told to sing a Pink song after she sang “ thus What ”. Barlow asked her to sing a second song, which was “ next to Me ” by Emeli Sandé. After being criticised and given a “ no ”, Alexander threw down her microphone as she left the stage. Her forefather brought her back to the stage where she swore at the judges. She then stormed wing, hit a television camera operator, continued curse and, when the cameras were turned off, hit a female producer of the show. Alexander was later cautioned by the patrol. She late claimed that her part had been Auto-Tuned for the circulate. Executive producer Richard Holloway said that every auditionee had a option of five songs, adding : “ All the contestants that go in front of the judges, they ‘re all spoken to by the product team as they have to get all the tracks to play indeed the conversation takes place between them and us about what they want to sing and they go through their choices and the final decision about what they are going to sing when they walk on the stage is theirs, 100 % theirs. ” alexander complained to Ofcom ; her complaint was not uphold. Ofcom received 35 complaints about Alison Brunton ‘s audition, in which she performed “ The Edge of Glory ”, from people concerned about the impingement on her two children, aged 14 and 16, who were watching from backstage. The broadcasting code states that under-18s must not be “ cause unnecessary distress or anxiety by their engagement 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 conclusion of this, ” though smiling at the clock. An ITV spokeswoman said : “ The X Factor does not include child contestants but takes the wellbeing of any children featured in the show very badly. 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 exploited when appropriate consent has been obtained. ” Ofcom besides received 34 complaints about the audition of Lorna Bliss, a Britney Spears impersonator who wore a body stocking, saying the broadcast 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 edit was cautiously considered by the producers and ITV. We do not believe her routine exceeded broadly accepted standards or the expectations of the huge majority of the hearing. ” Lucy Spraggan
In workweek 4, Lucy Spraggan, who had previously been one of the favourites to win, was given a adieu through to the following week due to illness. Some viewers felt it was unfair that she had been given “ extra treatment ”, particularly as she had been on a string of “ bibulous nights ” with chap contestant Rylan Clark. additionally, Jade Ellis, who was sent home plate that workweek, sing for survival despite a afflictive throat. A indicate generator insisted that Spraggan had been in a far worse condition that any of the other contestants. The succeed workweek, Spraggan withdrew from the show. Christopher Maloney’s absence
Maloney was allegedly excluded from the concluding group operation at the get down of the populate concluding results show on 9 December, due to being late for rehearsals, the fact that he “ smell of alcohol ” and a battle that occurred between him and Carolynne Poole, during which he reportedly called her a “ cunt ”. A spokesperson for The X Factor said : “ Chris decided he [ no ] long wanted to be part of the X Factor Final and has gone back to Liverpool. ” Writing on Twitter, Poole hinted at the alarm backstage, saying The X Factor “ can besides create monsters ”. Maloney responded by saying Poole was “ disgraceful ” and would “ do anything to get a headline ”. He late tweeted the testify and Barlow, saying, “ [ I ] ca n’t believe all the bulls*** so far again ! [ T ] his is a enchantress hunt for [ definite ]. [ T ] he show is over ”, and claimed : “ I am being bullied ! [ B ] immunoglobulin time. ” Maloney claimed he missed the group performance due to illness. Judges’ comments
During the second survive express on 13 October, O’Leary apologised after Tulisa used the term MILF, referring to Melanie Masson ‘s performance. The apology was criticised as Tulisa ‘s comments came at the end of the episode at 10.30pm, 90 minutes after the 9pm watershed, and she had not actually sworn. After Maloney ‘s performance during the fourth bouncy usher on 27 October, Barlow insulted Tulisa. She had criticised Barlow, Maloney ‘s mentor, for “ [ doing ] the lapp matter over and over again with him ”, to which Barlow replied, “ Tulisa, I do n’t know what ‘s offended me more—what you ‘ve said or the tire ash breath. ” Tulisa responded by telling Barlow to “ lay off the red wine because I can in truth smell that deoxyadenosine monophosphate well. ” Barlow belated apologised for his gloss, and agreed that he had previous enjoyed the smell of cigarettes as he is a former stag party. The one-seventh results show on 18 November attracted controversy when Scherzinger introduced Arthur by saying “ This is James effing Arthur ! ”. As “ effing ” is an option way of saying the denotative word “ sleep together ” and the show was broadcast before the watershed, Scherzinger later apologised on the following episode of The Xtra Factor : “ I ‘m so deplorable. You spend every day with these people, you spend therefore much time with them. Ella was the last female in the competition. I was passionate about her arsenic well as James Arthur, who is one of the greatest human talents always. I ‘m so deplorable for my sleep together. ” Voting
In the first gear live testify, the vote lines opened before the contestants had performed, the first time this had happened in the history of the show. This was branded “ money grab ” by some viewers, and it was reported that the change to the rules could have affected the vote results, as the acts who performed beginning would get a “ head startle ” in the votes. The two acts in the bottom two, Clark and Poole, had performed 9th and 12th respectively out of 13 acts. The acts performing 11th and 13th, Ella Henderson and Jahméne Douglas, were already among the favourites to win. ITV defended the change, stating it would allow viewers “ to interact immediately with their darling acts ”. On 7 October, the first results show spark major controversy when Poole was eliminated over Clark in the final examination confrontation. With Scherzinger having voted against Poole and Barlow and Tulisa having voted against Clark, Walsh had the project vote. Walsh ’ sulfur decisiveness would either mean if he sent home Clark, Clark would be eliminated or if he voted against Poole, the leave would go to deadlock where the public right to vote would decide the result. Walsh appeared to change his take care while deliberating. When O’Leary asked him who he wanted to send home, Walsh deliberated for some time, before stating that he wanted to “ keep Carolynne ”. O’Leary then asked if that meant he was sending home Clark, to which Walsh said he wanted to save both Clark and Poole. O’Leary then reiterated that he needed Walsh to say who he was sending family, and then Walsh last made his decision by saying, “ I want to take it to deadlock ! ”. O’Leary then revealed that Poole had received the fewest public votes and she was eliminated ; after hearing this, Barlow, Poole ‘s mentor, slammed his pen on the desk, angrily got up from his chair, walked off stage and out of the studio into his dress room, saying “ this is a joke ”. During Poole ‘s final confrontation performance, members of the public were besides outraged when Richard Holloway was seen approaching Walsh and speaking to him. This sparked rumor that Holloway told Walsh not to send Clark home, and that Walsh may have been conflicted as to whether to go with his own feelings or follow Holloway ‘s instructions. On the sequence of The Xtra Factor that followed, Barlow stated that he thought it was “ disgusting ” that a talented singer had been eliminated over a “ joke act ” who had “ little endowment ”. respective celebrities besides vented their ferocity about the result on chitter : Barlow ‘s Take That bandmate Howard Donald said : “ Joke decision on xfactor tonight kids. Based on the singing the wrong person was dropped from a great stature. That ‘s xfactor for you ! “, whilst Coleen Nolan stated : “ I ‘m dismay ! ! What a antic and a total cook ! ! ” Ofcom and ITV received more than 2,500 complaints over the events, and Ofcom said they may launch an question. Holloway said in a argument : “ We regularly chat to the judges during the show, they do n’t wear earpieces like Dermot so we have to speak to them on anything from timings to running order changes. On Sunday I was telling Louis the order the judges would vote in. We do n’t tell [ the ] judges how to vote. ” On 6 November, it emerged that Maloney had been voting for himself throughout the know shows, something which he openly admitted. This raised wrath with chap Over 28s contestant Kye Sones, who was eliminated the week ahead. Sones called Maloney “ identical tactical ” and said “ he must have an expensive phone bill ”. Maloney stated : “ I have voted for myself a few times. So has everyone else—I doubt my calls have made much of a difference … If I had more credit on my telephone I ‘d vote more. ” A member of production crew stated he had seen Maloney “ dial and redialling his own number over and over again. ” A extremity of production said, “ You ca n’t outlaw this sort of behavior but it leaves a identical false taste. It ‘s against the spirit of the testify. ” During the VT before Maloney ‘s performance in the know testify following the reports, Maloney denied that he had been voting for himself. The seventh results show on 18 November attracted controversy when Henderson and Arthur received fewer votes from the public than any other act, particularly Clark and Maloney, because both Henderson and Arthur had been favourites to reach the concluding. The judges scalded the decisiveness made by the public when it came to deciding that night ‘s elimination, in which Henderson was eliminated when the result went to deadlock. Cowell expressed his shock over the result on Twitter, whilst bookmakers Ladbrokes announced that odds for both Maloney to win outright and for the show to be axed by ITV were slashed. Performances
Part of Clark ‘s performance during the second exist read was cut from repeats on ITV1+1 and recaps on ITV2, and the entire performance was removed from itv.com and YouTube for legal reasons, believed to be because he renamed the song “ Gangnam Style ” to “ Rylan Style ”. An edit version of the performance was late put back on itv.com and YouTube. After his performance of LMFAO ‘s “ Sexy and I Know It ” on the third base live appearance on 20 October, Arthur was accused of plagiarism. His rendition was identical like to that of YouTube star only1Noah, which was uploaded on 9 May 2012 and has since gathered over 19 million views. however, Arthur late tweeted : “ Btw does n’t everyone know I was putting a spin on Noah ‘s version ? It had 13 something million hits ! Was I supposed to state the obvious ? ” Excessive promotion
In January 2013, Ofcom ruled that The X Factor had breached air rules by excessively promoting the hotel where the finalists stayed, saying it was mentioned in eight out of the 13 pre-recorded introduction video recording for the finalists, including shots of them arriving featuring close-up shots of the hotel ‘s gestural. Ofcom found “ the overall number of references to be excessive ” and “ therefore judged that there was insufficient editorial justification for the recur references to the hotel during the course of study. ” They concluded that “ the accumulative effect of these references resulted in the program as a hale giving undue prominence to the hotel. ”

team Rankings

1. Boys ( mentored by Nicole Scherzinger )
2. Groups ( mentored by Louis Walsh )

3. Girls ( mentored by Tulisa )
4. Over 28s ( mentored by Gary Barlow )

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