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The 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 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, contestants and advertisers.

Viewing figures were impressive from the outset with 7.5 million viewers drawn to their screens in 2004, a figure that rose to an all time high of more than 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, commanding continual coverage in the red tops. While the judges do exert power and inflence over the decision as to who stays and who goes, it's the show's huge audiences that 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 continues

This has drawn all the leading bookmakers to offer a variety of markets each season, such as outright winner, next elimination, and 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 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.

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 the latest news and comment from Who'll Win's expert writers. Of course, vital to the whole process is receiving all the latest betting information, in regularly updated odds tables from all the leading bookmakers.

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