The X Factor

The X Factor reality talent competition was created in 2004 by former Pop Idol and American Idol judge Simon Cowell. The X Factor made its series debut in the U.K. on September 4, 2004 with judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, and Westlife and Boyzone manager Louis Walsh.

Singer and actress Dannii Minogue joined The X Factor U.K. as a judge in Season 4 before former Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole took over for Sharon Osbourne who departed the show in Season 5. Journalist and TV personality Kate Thornton hosted The X Factor U.K. until Season 3 before Dermot O’Leary of Big Brother stepped in as her replacement. For Season 8 of the series, The X Factor U.K judge’s panel consisted of Louis Walsh, former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, singer Tulisa Contostavlos and singer Gary Barlow of Take That.

Winners of The X Factor U.K. include Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle.

Following Season 7 of The X Factor, Simon Cowell left the highly successful U.K. series to create the American version of The X Factor, which made its debut on Fox on September 21, 2011. Prior to the show’s debut in the United States, Simon Cowell originally hired Cheryl Cole to serve as a judge on The X Factor U.S.. However, not long after Cheryl Cole was hired for the American X Factor, Cole was suddenly let go in a media storm of controversy amid rumors that her British accent was too thick.

The final judge’s panel for Season 1 of The X Factor U.S. consisted of Simon Cowell, former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, record executive L.A. Reid, and singer Nicole Scherzinger, who replaced Cheryl Cole. Steve Jones of T4 fame was named host of Season 1 of The X Factor U.S..

Latest The X Factor News:

Britney Spears judges talent on on Season 2 of The X Factor - Photo: FOX

Britney Spears Confirms Exit from The X Factor

Music - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Britney Spears has officially left The X Factor after the pop star released an official statement confirming her exit from the Fox singing competition. Following earlier rumors that indicated Spears would not be back as a judge on The X Factor, Britney released a statement to say that she’s leaving read more

Britney Spears judges talent on on Season 2 of The X Factor - Photo: FOX

Should Britney Spears be Fired from The X Factor?

Music, Reality - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

It appears that Britney Spears may soon be let go from The X Factor after serving only one season behind the judge’s table on the Fox singing competition. Although Britney Spears is still an X Factor judge for the moment, US Weekly reveals that Britney will soon be let go read more

The Top 3 acts on The X Factor perform ahead of the Season 2 finale - Photo: FOX

The X Factor Recap: Top 3 Perform 3 Before Finale

Music, Reality, TV - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The Top 3 finalists on The X Factor returned to Fox on Wednesday night to perform three songs each before a second season winner is named on Thursday. After weeks of preparation for The X Factor finale, it all came down to three song choices for Fifth Harmony, Tate Stevens, read more

The Top 3 acts celebrate Christmas on the second season of The X Factor - Photo: FOX

The X Factor: Do the Singers Really Lose?

Music, Reality, TV - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

When The X Factor returns to Fox this week to announce a second season winner, it’s hard to say that any of the final three singers will be losers. On Wednesday night’s finale of The X Factor, either Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens, or Fifth Harmony will walk away with read more

L.A. Reid announced that he will not return to The X Factor for Season 3 - Photo: FOX

The X Factor: Who Should Replace L.A. Reid?

Music, Reality - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid recently announced his departure from The X Factor after two seasons as judge and mentor on the popular Fox singing competition. The departure of L.A. Reid will undoubtedly cause a major shakeup on The X Factor, especially when it comes to professional experience since Simon read more

The Top 4 acts are narrowed to the Top 3 on The X Factor - Photo: FOX

The X Factor Recap: Top 3 Singers Revealed!

Music, Reality, TV - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The X Factor narrowed the final singers to the Top 3 during Thursday’s night elimination episode on Fox ahead of next week’s second season finale. Carly Rose Sonenclar, Fifth Harmony, Emblem3, and Tate Stevens endured countless hours of rehearsals and make-or-break performances on the way to becoming the Top 4 read more

The Top 4 singers on The X Factor strike poses in the latest Fox photo shoot - Photo: FOX

The X Factor Recap: Top 4 Sing for Survival

Music, Reality, TV - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The X Factor returned to the Fox airwaves on Wednesday night as the Top 4 remaining singers performed two songs each ahead of next week’s season finale. After a grueling four months on The X Factor, with so much on the line, Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Emblem 3, and read more

The Top 6 acts celebrate on stage during The X Factor on Fox - Photo: FOX

The X Factor Recap: Two More Leave to Reveal Top 4

Reality, TV - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The X Factor returned for another double elimination on Thursday that sent two of the remaining Top 6 singers home ahead of next week’s semi-final episode. To open the show on Thursday night, first season winner, Melanie Amaro, hit the stage to sing her new single “Long Distance” from her read more

The Top 8 singers take on classic #1 hits on The X Factor - Photo: FOX

The X Factor Recap: Top 8 Take on #1 Hits

Reality, TV - 1 year ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The X Factor returned to the Fox airwaves on Wednesday night as the Top 8 singers performed #1 chart topping hits ahead of the next round of eliminations. Although it was all about the Top 8 and #1 hits on Wednesday, Will.i.am and Britney Spears debuted their new video for read more