The BEST Episodes of The X Factor
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Aspiring singers compete to become the nation's next singing sensation.
#1 - Live Show: Week 5
Season 1 - Episode 17
#2 - Live Results: Semifinal
Season 1 - Episode 22
#3 - Auditions 3: Birmingham welcomes Natalie Imbruglia!
Season 7 - Episode 3
Guest judge Natalie Imbruglia helps Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh select the best solo singers and groups at the auditions in Birmingham, where highlights include a female duo whose attitude fails to impress Simon. Plus, more from London, where a pair of twins from Paris bring back memories of Jedward for the judges.
#4 - Auditions 5: Manchester welcomes Nicole Scherzinger!
Season 7 - Episode 5
In the first of two shows from Manchester bringing the 2010 auditions to a close, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh are joined by Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger on the judges' panel, but have to make do without Cheryl Cole, who was recovering from malaria when this double bill was filmed.
#5 - Boot Camp 1
Season 7 - Episode 7
The first of this weekend’s bootcamp double bill, as the cream of the crop from the nationwide auditions head to London. Over 200 acts will be tested to the limit at Wembley Arena in the biggest bootcamp ever. They will face choreography, vocal coaching and styling sessions as they try to stand out from the crowd. Those that make it through the first challenges will get to perform centre stage in front of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and guest judge and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Host Dermot O’Leary will be there at every step of the way as we find out who makes it through and who heads home.
#6 - Live Results: Week 2
Season 1 - Episode 12
#7 - Elimination 9
Season 5 - Episode 27
With only four acts remaining in the competition, we reach the 9th live show of the series. The contestants must each perform 2 songs for the viewers' votes. The 2 acts with the lowest number of votes will have to sing again judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue who, for the last time, will choose an act to send home.
#8 - Live Show: The Final
Season 1 - Episode 23
#9 - Judges' Houses 1
Season 7 - Episode 9
Those who have made it through travel to the judges houses where they have one last chance to impress before the judges decide who they will put through to the live stages of the competition.
#10 - Auditions 5
Season 8 - Episode 5
Dermot O'Leary presents the fifth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are on the lookout for a potential star of the future, but will any of today's contestants live up to the panel's high expectations?
#11 - Auditions 3
Season 9 - Episode 3
#12 - Auditions 1
Season 8 - Episode 1
The first set of hopefuls audition in front of the judges hoping to gain a place in the next round of the competition. Dermot is on hand to console those who fail to make it through. Frankie Cocozza and Kitty Brucknell are amongst the successful acts who manage to make it through to boot camp. Raymond Harding and Wendy Davis fail to impress though and find their hopes dashed at the first hurdle. Goldie Cheung shocks Gary when she gives him a lap dance and ends up making it through to boot camp.
#13 - Elimination 2
Season 5 - Episode 13
#14 - Elimination 3
Season 5 - Episode 15
The 10 remaining acts return to perform live for the third time. This week each act has to perform a Big Band song. The judges give their verdicts on what they have heard. At the end of the show the phone lines are opened for this week's public vote.
#15 - Elimination 6
Season 5 - Episode 21
Theme: Best of British
#16 - Auditions 6: Now or Never
Season 6 - Episode 6
It is the last leg of this year's auditions, and we will see the final group of hopefuls from the record number who applied. Judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh are on a whistle stop tour of Britain to find any other potential winners out there. The wannabes must perform in front of the judges and a large studio audience, so they will need a strong constitution. But host Dermot O'Leary will be there to offer a shoulder to cry on if they need it. Who will make it through?
#17 - Judges' Houses 1: Singing For Survival
Season 6 - Episode 9
The X Factor goes global, as the 24 remaining acts jet off around the world to the judges' houses. Simon is at his home in Los Angeles, while Cheryl is in Marrakech, Louis is in Italy and Dannii is in Dubai. The judges are joined by Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Ronan Keating and Sinitta, who will be helping them make the tough decisions needed to whittle down the contestants to the final 12. Host Dermot O'Leary is on hand to support the singers as they face their biggest performance so far.
#18 - Live Results 1: Who's Heading Home?
Season 6 - Episode 12
It's a brand new live Sunday night results show as the final 12 discover the outcome of the public vote. The two acts with the lowest number of votes will sing for survival in the final showdown. Then it is up to the judges to decide who stays to sing another day and who is out of the competition. Last year's winner Alexandra Burke gives the first performance of her new single - and in a world exclusive Robbie Williams is back performing live!
#19 - Live Show 2: Diva Week
Season 6 - Episode 13
Watch all 11 acts strut their stuff as they make their claim to The X Factor throne. Tonight the competition really hots up, and Whitney Houston is a special guest tomorrow night. Louis Walsh will be absent from both shows as he attends Stephen Gately's funeral in Dublin.
#20 - Live Results 2 : And Then There Were Ten
Season 6 - Episode 14
Join host Dermot O'Leary live as the 11 remaining acts find out the results of the public vote. The two acts with the lowest number of votes must sing for survival in the final showdown. Then it is up to the judges to decide who stays to sing another day and who leaves the competition. Plus the legendary Whitney Houston performs live, in her first UK TV appearance in 12 years.
#21 - Live Show 3: Big Band Week
Season 6 - Episode 15
The 10 remaining acts battle it out to win the public's votes and stay in the competition. Today's theme is Big Band, which means the contestants must face the challenge of singing with a full orchestra. How will they get on? Judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will be keen to support the acts they are mentoring, and host Dermot O'Leary is on hand to keep everyone going as the tension mounts.
#22 - Live Results 3: Swinging for Survival
Season 6 - Episode 16
Join Dermot O'Leary live for the results of the public vote. The two acts with the lowest number of votes must perform again in the final showdown. Then judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will decide who stays to sing another day and who leaves the competition. Plus Michael Bublé and Westlife are live on stage.
#23 - Live Show 4: Rock Week
Season 6 - Episode 17
All the performances and much more from The X Factor's very first Rock week.
#24 - Live Results 4: And The Fourth Act To Leave Is...
Season 6 - Episode 18
Dermot O'Leary hosts the all-new Sunday night X Factor results show, as the nine acts find out the results of the public vote. The two with the lowest number of votes will sing for survival in the final showdown, then it is up to the judges to decide who stays to sing another day and who leaves the competition. Plus Bon Jovi and JLS perform.
#25 - Live Show 5: Movie Week
Season 6 - Episode 19
The battle for the crown continues as the eight remaining acts step onto Britain's biggest stage for the fifth live show. Each of the performers will be hoping to impress the voting audience at home as well as judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh. Host Dermot O'Leary will be on hand to deal with the war of words as the judges give their views on each performance and defend their singers. Next time, one act will be leaving the competition.