The BEST Episodes of The X Factor

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020

Network: ITV

Aspiring singers compete to become the nation's next singing sensation.

Live Show: Week 5

#1 - Live Show: Week 5

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 20, 2004

star 10.00
1 votes
Live Results: Semifinal

#2 - Live Results: Semifinal

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Dec 4, 2004

star 10.00
1 votes
Auditions 3: Birmingham welcomes Natalie Imbruglia!

#3 - Auditions 3: Birmingham welcomes Natalie Imbruglia!

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 4, 2010

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.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Ben Thursby
Writers:
Live Results: Week 2

#4 - Live Results: Week 2

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 30, 2004

star 9.33
3 votes
Live Show: Semifinal

#5 - Live Show: Semifinal

Season 5 - Episode 27 - Aired Dec 6, 2008

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.

star 9.33
3 votes
Live Show: The Final

#6 - Live Show: The Final

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 11, 2004

star 9.33
3 votes
Live Show: Week 2

#7 - Live Show: Week 2

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 18, 2008

star 9.00
2 votes
Live Show: Week 3

#8 - Live Show: Week 3

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 25, 2008

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.

star 9.00
3 votes
Live Show: Week 6

#9 - Live Show: Week 6

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 15, 2008

Theme: Best of British

star 9.00
2 votes
Auditions 6: Now or Never

#10 - Auditions 6: Now or Never

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 20, 2009

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?

star 9.00
1 votes
Judges' Houses 1: Singing For Survival

#11 - Judges' Houses 1: Singing For Survival

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 3, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Results 1: Who's Heading Home?

#12 - Live Results 1: Who's Heading Home?

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 11, 2009

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!

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 2: Diva Week

#13 - Live Show 2: Diva Week

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 17, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Results 2 : And Then There Were Ten

#14 - Live Results 2 : And Then There Were Ten

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 18, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 3: Big Band Week

#15 - Live Show 3: Big Band Week

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 24, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Results 3: Swinging for Survival

#16 - Live Results 3: Swinging for Survival

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 25, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 4: Rock Week

#17 - Live Show 4: Rock Week

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 31, 2009

All the performances and much more from The X Factor's very first Rock week.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Results 4: And The Fourth Act To Leave Is...

#18 - Live Results 4: And The Fourth Act To Leave Is...

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 1, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 5: Movie Week

#19 - Live Show 5: Movie Week

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 7, 2009

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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Results 5 : Who's Made The Cut?

#20 - Live Results 5 : Who's Made The Cut?

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 8, 2009

Dermot O'Leary hosts the live results show. The remaining performers will be on tenterhooks as the results of the public vote are revealed, as the two acts with the lowest number of votes must sing for their survival in the final showdown. Who will judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh choose to send home? Plus performance from Leona Lewis and the Black Eyed Peas.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Results 6 : Another One Bites The Dust

#21 - Live Results 6 : Another One Bites The Dust

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 15, 2009

It is time for the seven remaining acts to find out the result of the public vote. The two acts with the lowest numbers of votes must sing for survival in the final showdown. Then judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will decide who stays in the competition and who is sent home. Plus there is a guest performance by Colombian pop superstar Shakira. Hosted by Dermot O'Leary.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 7: Wham! Week

#22 - Live Show 7: Wham! Week

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 21, 2009

There are only six acts remaining in the competition, and today they must sing live again in a battle to win the biggest prize in pop. Also fighting it out are judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh, who are each mentoring one category of singers. Host Dermot O'Leary will be on hand to deal with all the tears and triumphs.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 8: Take That & Elton John Week

#23 - Live Show 8: Take That & Elton John Week

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired Nov 28, 2009

It is the eighth live show, and with only five acts remaining, the pressure is really on to make an impression on both the judges and the voters at home. Panellists Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will be rooting for the performers in their categories, while host Dermot O'Leary is on hand to deal with all the tears and triumphs.

star 9.00
1 votes
Live Show 9: Michael Jackson Week

#24 - Live Show 9: Michael Jackson Week

Season 6 - Episode 27 - Aired Dec 5, 2009

Dermot O'Leary hosts the semi-finals. The four remaining acts - Danyl, Joe, Olly and Stacey - must perform two songs each, and it will be up to them to really sing their hearts out if they are to be in with a chance of making it to next week's final. Judges Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will be crossing their fingers for their favoured acts. Who will impress the panel and the voters at home?

star 9.00
1 votes
Live show 10: The Final

#25 - Live show 10: The Final

Season 6 - Episode 29 - Aired Dec 12, 2009

It is the final! Hundreds of thousands of hopefuls came to the nationwide auditions, but now only three acts remain to battle it out for the title - and one will be going home today. At stake is the biggest prize in pop - a life-changing record contract and the release of their debut single. Judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh are also joining in the race to the finish line, as they cross their fingers for their own acts. Plus some amazing international guest stars will be appearing. Hosted by Dermot O'Leary.

star 9.00
1 votes