Season 5

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The fifth series was broadcast on ITV from 16 August 2008 until 13 December 2008. It was won by Alexandra Burke, with new judge Cheryl Cole emerging as the winning mentor. Auditions in front of producers were held in April/May, with callbacks in front of the judges in June. The number of applicants for series 5 reached an all-time high with a reported 182,000 people auditioning. A number of well-established music acts from around the world, such as Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Girls Aloud, Take That, Il Divo, and series 3 winner Leona Lewis performed during the live stages of the show. Burke's prize, as winner, was a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music. Her debut single, "Hallelujah", written by Leonard Cohen, was released for digital download at 00:01 on 14 December 2008, with the physical format following on 17 December. It was later announced that her single had become the fastest selling song of all time.

Season episodes list 5

S05E01

S05E01 : Episode 1 (aired on 08/16/2008)

S05E02

S05E02 : Episode 2 (aired on 08/23/2008)

S05E03

S05E03 : Episode 3 (aired on 08/30/2008)

S05E04

S05E04 : Episode 4 (aired on 08/06/2008)

S05E05

S05E05 : Episode 5 (aired on 08/13/2008)

S05E06

S05E06 : Episode 6 (aired on 08/20/2008)

S05E07

S05E07 : Episode 7 (aired on 08/27/2008)

S05E08

S05E08 : Episode 8 (aired on 08/28/2008)

S05E09

S05E09 : Episode 9 (aired on 10/04/2008)

S05E10

S05E10 : Episode 10 (aired on 10/05/2008)

S05E11

S05E11 : Episode 11 (aired on 10/11/2008)

S05E12

S05E12 : Episode 12 (aired on 10/11/2008)

S05E13

S05E13 : Episode 13 (aired on 10/18/2008)

S05E14

S05E14 : Episode 14 (aired on 10/18/2008)

S05E15

S05E15 : Elimination 3 (aired on 10/25/2008)

The 10 remaining acts return to perform live for the third time. This week each act has to perform…
S05E16

S05E16 : Elimination 3 (Result) (aired on 10/25/2008)

The finalists performed a cover version of the Mariah Carey song "Hero" on behalf of the Help for…
S05E17

S05E17 : Elimination 4 (aired on 11/01/2008)

Down to nine acts and the contestants must sing again for a place in next week's show. This week…
S05E18

S05E18 : Elimination 4 (Result) (aired on 11/01/2008)

Theme: Disco Celebrity Guest: Will Young Song performed by celebrity guest: Changes
S05E19

S05E19 : Elimination 5 (aired on 11/08/2008)

Dermot O'Leary hosts the fifth live show of the series. This week, the eight remaining acts meet…
S05E20

S05E20 : Elimination 5 (Result) (aired on 11/08/2008)

Theme: Mariah Carey Celebrity Guest: Mariah Carey Song performed by celebrity guest: TBA
S05E21

S05E21 : Elimination 6 (aired on 11/15/2008)

Theme: Best of British
S05E22

S05E22 : Elimination 6 (Result) (aired on 11/15/2008)

Celebrity Guest: Leona Lewis Song performed by celebrity guest: "Run"
S05E23

S05E23 : Episode 23 (aired on 11/22/2008)

S05E24

S05E24 : Episode 24 (aired on 11/22/2008)

S05E25

S05E25 : Elimination 8 (aired on 11/29/2008)

Five acts remain in the competition and the acts must now perform 2 songs each. This week the theme…
S05E26

S05E26 : Elimination 8 (Result) (aired on 11/29/2008)

Theme: Songs by Britney Spears and American Classics Song performed by celebrity guests:…
S05E27

S05E27 : Elimination 9 (aired on 12/06/2008)

With only four acts remaining in the competition, we reach the 9th live show of the series. The…
S05E28

S05E28 : Episode 28 (aired on 12/06/2008)

S05E29

S05E29 : The Live Show - The Grand Final! (aired on 12/13/2008)

There are only three acts remaining in this week's grand final. After auditions, boot camp, the…
S05E30

S05E30 : Episode 30 (aired on 12/13/2008)