The X Factor 3rd November
Cheryl Cole emerged as the winning mentor for the second consecutive year, the first time in the show's history that a mentor has won back-to-back series. Public auditions by aspiring singers began in June 2009 and were held in five cities across the UK. Simon Cowell , Louis Walsh , Dannii Minogue and Cole returned as judges. For the first time, auditions were held in front of a live audience, due to. Following initial auditions, the "bootcamp" stage took place in August 2009, where the number of contestants was narrowed down to 24. The 24 contestants were split into their categories, Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups, and given a judge to mentor them at the "judges' houses" stage and throughout the finals.During "judges' houses", the 24 acts were reduced to twelve, who went on to the live finals, with one act being eliminated each week by a combination of public vote and judges' decision until a winner was found. The live shows started on 10 October 2009. The acts performed every Saturday night with the results announced on Sundays. This was change of format from previous series in which the results were announced later on the Saturday evening. In a change to previous series, auditions were held in front of a live audience due to the success of a similar system on Britain's Got Talent . However, Glaswegian auditionees had already been judged using the old format, meaning that they had to apply again, as their initial audition was void. Approximately 200 acts attended bootcamp. They were initially split into groups of three, and judges gave instant decisions on who would leave based on the group performances, bringing the number of acts down to 100. The judges then cut the number of acts down to 50. Following a further set of auditions, the number of contestants was narrowed to 24. Originally, the group Trucolorz were chosen by the judges for the final 24 but were disqualified due to one of the group's members being too young for the show, and they were replaced by Harmony Hood. The contestants were then split into the usual four categories before the judges discovered which category they would mentor for the rest of the competition. The Boys (16–24) were mentored by Cole, Minogue had the Girls (16–24), Cowell mentored the Over 25s, and Walsh took charge of the Groups. At Judges' Houses, each act sang for their respective judge, and each judge and their guest eliminated three acts, leaving 12 acts to perform in the live shows. The live shows began on 10 October 2009, and continued through to the finale on 12 December 2009. For this series the results shows were on Sunday nights instead of Saturdays as they were for the first five series. In another change to the format of previous years, the remaining finalists performed a song as a group at the start of each results show. As previously, each week had a different song theme. Each act performed one song on the Saturday night show and the results were announced on the Sunday. Beginning with week 8 of the live shows, with five acts remaining, each contestant would sing two songs. Up to week 8, the two acts with the fewest public votes were in the bottom two and would sing again in the "final showdown". The songs they performed in the bottom two were of their own choice and did not necessarily follow that week's theme. The four judges then each chose one act from the bottom two that they wanted to be eliminated from the show. If each act received an equal number of judges' votes, the result was deadlocked and the act with the fewest public votes was eliminated. From week 8 onwards, there was no bottom two and the act with the fewest votes was eliminated. In a change to the format of previous years, the remaining finalists performed a song as a group at the start of each results show. During each results show, either one or two guest artists would perform. Series 5 winner Alexandra Burke and Robbie Williams performed on the first live results show,. He added: "In an age when there are very few truly mass-audience platforms left, the X Factor has become pivotal for those labels and artists seeking to reach a family-based audience.". Paul Williams, editor of Music Week , explained: "The impact of the programme's incredible numbers on music sales is all too evident, with the top end of the singles and albums charts week after week since the current season began heavily dominated by whoever has been on the show.". ^1 On behalf of Walsh in his absence, a vote was cast against Rachel Adedeji on the assumption that he would try to save his own act, Kandy Rain. ^2 Walsh did not vote due to his absence, but confirmed on the following The Xtra Factor that he would have voted to eliminate Rikki Loney. Walsh was absent from the Sunday night results show due to the sudden death of Boyzone singer and close friend Stephen Gately , whom he managed. Due to this, the show did not take its usual format; there were no lights and neither O'Leary nor the three other judges made an entrance. Instead, the show commenced with O'Leary already on stage and the judges already sitting at their desk. Both O'Leary and Cowell addressed the viewers and audience regarding Gately's death and Walsh's absence. With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Kandy Rain were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. Walsh was absent from both shows this weekend, again due to Stephen Gately 's death. The funeral took place on 17 October and Walsh paid his respects. This statement was released: "Due to recent tragic events, Louis Walsh will not be appearing on either the Saturday or Sunday live The X Factor shows this weekend as he is attending Stephen Gately's funeral. Louis has been in close contact with his acts throughout the week, although his opinions will not be represented in the show this weekend.". For the first time in the show's history, a contestant sang a cover version of a new song that had not yet even been sung live by the original recording artist. Walsh was not present for the results show, but according to a phone call on The Xtra Factor, he would have sent home Loney. With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Miss Frank were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. Cowell: Rachel Adedeji – gave no specific reason but said Adedeji was better than Daniels but felt that the public were not accepting her as this was her third time in the bottom two, and he also took into account Daniels' sore throat. With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Adedeji was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Jones was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Archer was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. This week did not feature a final showdown and instead the the x factor 3rd november act with the fewest public votes, Lloyd Daniels, was automatically eliminated. After his elimination, Daniels reprised his week 8 performance of "A Million Love Songs" as his exit song. The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Danyl Johnson, was automatically eliminated. After his elimination, Johnson reprised his week 9 performance of "Man in the Mirror" as his exit song. The first episode, which was broadcast on 22 August and showed the first set of auditions, attracted 9.9 million viewers; 47.9% of the viewing audience and the largest amount of viewers within its timeslot. The X Factor reached a record high number of viewers for the second and third results shows on 18 and 25 October, scoring 14.8 million viewers each. On 2 August 2009, The People reported that some bootcamp contestants felt they had been poorly treated by the show's producers; one compared the experience with that of a concentration camp and another claimed that those competing were only allowed to use the toilet twice a day. However, a spokesperson for the programme refuted the claims, saying "Yes, it was long hours but they knew what they were signing up for. The hopefuls got breakfast at the hotel and decent food throughout the day".The new audition format (whereby auditions are held in front of a studio audience) was criticised by fans, by Cole and by certain former contestants. The show was criticised in September 2009 for "recycling" contestants, as three singers from the final 24 acts had already been in pop bands, two had auditioned for The X Factor in previous years and one had appeared on Britain's Got Talent . Controversy began after the first live show on 10 October, after Minogue commented on press reports regarding Danyl Johnson's sexuality, sparking an online backlash. resulting in Minogue releasing a statement on the issue:"I want to clear up exactly what happened on last night's X Factor show and post my sincere apologies to anyone who took offense [ sic ]. I made a comment about Danyl changing the lyrics of his song. It was meant to be a humorous moment about the fact he has an opportunity to have fun with his song. An openly bi-sexual singing a song that is lyrically a 'girl's song'. Danyl and I were joking about the very same thing in rehearsals on Friday, so it carried on to the show. I'd like to apologise to anyone that was offended by my comments, it was never my intention. I spoke to Danyl straight after the show last night and he wasn't offended or upset by my comments, and knew exactly what I was saying.".