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Who'll Win?X Factor
The X Factor came to our screens in 2004, courtesy of Simon Cowell and has been an annual event ever since. Scouring the country for the best singing talent available and offering a lucrative recording contract to the winner, it has become a real TV institution. Running from late August until the week before Christmas it has become TV Gold, for the producers, the contestants and the advertisers. Who will win each series is a matter for national interest.
Viewing figures were impressive from the outset with 7.5 million viewers drawn to their screens in 2004, a figure which rose to an all time high of over 14 million in 2010 before easing down to a still respectable 10 million in 2012.
The programme has not only made stars of its contestants, but of its Judges too and commands continual coverage from the red tops. Whilst the Judges do exert power and inflence over the decision as to who stays and who goes it is those huge audiences who have the final say, by picking up their phones and voting
The British Music Industy has not always been complementary of the programme infering that the talent on show is over produced and contrived, but its popularity has not been influenced by this criticism.
This popularity has drawn all the leading bookmakers to offer a variety of markets each season from Outright Winner, Next Elimination, Winning Judge, to more frivolous books like Which Act Will Be Announced Safe First each week, and What Colour Dress one of the judges will wear.
This plethera of markets is designed to appeal to as many viewers as possible, but the canny punter will pick through them to find the ones with most value. Of course like any Reality TV show, picking the winner early is likely to be awarded with a higher price fom the bookmakers but succeding at this is tricky.
As the nation debates across the media who will win the next series, take the opportunity to test your own views in The X Factor Live Chat room with other enthusiasts.
The best chance of getting good value with your bet is to understand what makes a performer popular and that requires knowledge of past success stories.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the X Factor past and present. Finalists, Winners and Judges are all detailed along with latest news, and comment from our expert Suzi Cairns as the programme unfolds. Of course vital to the whole process all the latest betting information, in regularly updated odds tables from all the leading bookmakers
Latest X Factor News
After a 14 year run as one of the most popular shows on TV, it looks as if The X Factor really is reaching its sell-by date. On Monday, auditions were held for the once-auspicious show in Margate and according to Kent Live, barely anyone turned up. It seems that gone are the days when rafts of aspiring wannabes would queue for hours to get the chance to appear on ITV’s...
The X Factor is rumoured to be taking on a different format this year, following in the footsteps of its sister show, Britain’s Got Talent, with one week of live shows. This would be instead of the weekly Saturday night offering, which has been how the show has been broadcast since the beginning in 2004.
Remember that well mannered, attractive young man that you spent every Saturday night with last Autumn. You know the one that was clearly as loved by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, as he was by the viewers who picked up the phone and voted for him. It is hard to believe that after weeks and months of following the progression of the contestants through the X Factor competition...
Not a day goes past when an X Factor finalist doesn’t pop up on our television screens. Only this week Jo McElderry, winner of the sixth series was on telly promoting Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, in which he is playing the title role and Sam Bailey was hawking her, imminent and much awaited, live tour across the airwaves. Of course, Sam, the no-nonsense...