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The X Factor
Series 1
Broadcast from 4 September 2004 – 11 December 2004
Judges Louis Walsh
Sharon Osbourne
Simon Cowell
Presenter(s) Kate Thornton (ITV)
Co-presenter(s) Ben Shephard (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (The X Factor)
Winner:
JAT
Origin Burton upon Trent, England
Song "I Want It That Way"
Genre(s) Pop
Runner-up
Steve Brookstein
Chronology
  2004 ►

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a £1 million recording contract with the Syco Music record label. The first series was broadcast from 4 September to 11 December 2004. The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp and live shows, with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell as judges. Kate Thornton presented the show on ITV, whilst Ben Shephard presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2.

Auditions were held in Dublin, Newcastle, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow.

The series was won by JAT, with Walsh as the winning mentor. Steve Brookstein was runner-up. The two have very differing careers JAT saw seven consecutive number one albums and twenty-two number one singles, whereas Brookstein released one single which only charted at number 194.

FinalistsEdit

The following acts made it to the live shows;

Category (mentor) Acts
16–24s (Osbourne) Tabby Callaghan Cassie Compton Roberta Howett
Over 25s (Cowell) Steve Brookstein Verity Keays Rowetta Satchell
Groups (Walsh) 2 to Go JAT Voices with Soul

Live showsEdit

ResultsEdit

Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
JAT Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner

(week 8)

Steve Brookstein Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Runner-up

(week 8)

Tabby Callaghan Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe 3rd Eliminated

(week 7)

Rowetta Satchell Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th Eliminated

(week 6)

Cassie Compton Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated

(week 5)

Voices with Soul Bottom two Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated

(week 4)

2 to Go Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated

(week 3)

Verity Keays Safe Bottom two Eliminated

(week 2)

Roberta Howett Bottom two Eliminated

(week 1)

Final showdown Howett,

Voices with Soul

2 to Go,

Keays

2 to Go,

Voices with Soul

Brookstein,

Voices with Soul

Callaghan,

Compton

No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote to eliminate Howett Keays 2 to Go N/A Compton
Osbourne's vote to eliminate Voices with Soul Keays 2 to Go Voices with Soul None (refused)
Cowell's vote to eliminate Howett 2 to Go N/A Voices with Soul Compton
Eliminated Roberta Howett

2 of 3 votes Majority

Verity Keays

2 of 3 votes Majority

2 to Go

2 of 2 votes Majority

Voices with Soul

2 of 3 votes Majority

Cassie Compton

2 of 2 votes Majority

Rowetta Satchell

Public vote to save

Tabby Callaghan

Public vote to save

Steve Brookstein

Public vote to win

Live show detailsEdit

Week 1 (23 October)Edit

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Voices with Soul 1 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Bottom two
Verity Keays 2 "I Will Always Love You" Safe
Roberta Howett 3 "Superstar" Eliminated
2 to Go 4 "Don't Know Much" Safe
Steve Brookstein 5 "When a Man Loves a Woman" Safe
Cassie Compton 6 "Alfie" Safe
JAT 7 "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Safe
Rowetta Satchell 8 "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 9 "You Really Got Me" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne: Voices with Soul
  • Walsh: Roberta Howett
  • Cowell: Roberta Howett

Week 2 (30 October)Edit

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Rowetta Satchell 1 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Safe
2 to Go 2 "Always" Bottom two
Cassie Compton 3 "Without You" Safe
Verity Keays 4 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Eliminated
JAT 5 "Hangin' Tough" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 6 "My Oh My" Safe
Steve Brookstein 7 "If You Don't Know Me By Now" Safe
Voices with Soul 8 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: Verity Keays
  • Cowell: 2 to Go
  • Osbourne: Verity Keays

Week 3 (6 November)[edit]Edit

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Tabby Callaghan 1 "Addicted to Love" Safe
Voices with Soul 2 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Bottom two
Steve Brookstein 3 "Smile" Safe
2 to Go 4 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Eliminated
Cassie Compton 5 "I Say a Little Prayer" Safe
Rowetta Satchell 6 "Over the Rainbow" Safe
JAT 7 "Vision of Love" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Walsh: 2 to Go
  • Osbourne: 2 to Go
  • Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Week 4 (13 November)Edit

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
JAT 1 "One Sweet Day" Safe
Rowetta Satchell 2 "MacArthur Park" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 3 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Safe
Voices With Soul 4 "Lady Marmalade" Eliminated
Cassie Compton 5 "Hero" Safe
Steve Brookstein 6 "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Bottom two
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Cowell: Voices with Soul
  • Osbourne: Voices with Soul
  • Walsh was not required to vote as there was already a majority

Week 5 (20 November)Edit

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Steve Brookstein 1 "Let's Stay Together" Safe
Cassie Compton 2 "All by Myself" Eliminated
JAT 3 "By Myself" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 4 "Sweet Child o' Mine" Bottom two
Rowetta Satchell 5 "Somewhere" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate
  • Osbourne refused to send home either of her acts
  • Walsh: Cassie Compton
  • Cowell: Cassie Compton

Week 6 (27 November)Edit

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Rowetta Satchell 1 "River Deep - Mountain High" 5 "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" Eliminated
JAT 2 "The Show Must Go On" 6 "Bye Bye Bye" Safe
Steve Brookstein 3 "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" 7 "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" Safe
Tabby Callaghan 4 "More Than Words" 8 "Livin' on a Prayer" Safe

This week did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Rowetta Satchell, was automatically eliminated.

Week 7: Semi-final (4 December)Edit

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Tabby Callaghan 1 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" 4 "Sailing" Eliminated
Steve Brookstein 2 "Have I Told You Lately" 5 "Greatest Love of All" Safe
JAT 3 "Points of Authority" 6 "Breaking the Habit" Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Tabby Callaghan, was automatically eliminated.

Week 8: Final (11 December)Edit

  • Themes: No theme; song of the series; winner's single
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Order Third song Result
Steve Brookstein 1 "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" 3 "Smile" 5 "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" Winner
JAT 2 "Big Pimpin' / Papercut" 4 "Vision of Love" 6 "I Want It That Way" Runner-up