Season 8

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series began airing on ITV on 20 August 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011. The winner was Little Mix, a four-piece girl group known earlier in the series as Rhythmix, consisting of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall. They became the first act in the groups category to win in the show's history with new judge Tulisa Contostavlos emerging as their winning mentor. Also they are the only girl group to get to the final. Louis Walsh was the only judge from the previous series to return, and was joined by Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland, who all appeared as judges for the first time. Previous judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole all left to join other shows before recording for this series started. Dermot O'Leary presented the show on ITV, while Caroline Flack and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs co-presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Konnie Huq from the previous year. On 4 August 2011, promotional pictures of the judges surfaced across the internet. The next day, an advertisement premiered on

Season episodes list 8


S08E01 : Auditions 1 (aired on 08/20/2011)

The first set of hopefuls audition in front of the judges hoping to gain a place in the next round…

S08E02 : Auditions 2 (aired on 08/27/2011)

Dermot O'Leary hosts the second round of auditions, which come from London and Liverpool. Louis…

S08E03 : Auditions 3 (aired on 09/03/2011)

Dermot O'Leary hosts the third set of auditions in the search for a new pop sensation. Judges Louis…

S08E04 : Auditions 4 (aired on 09/10/2011)

Dermot O'Leary presents the fourth set of auditions from Britain's biggest singing competition.…

S08E05 : Auditions 5 (aired on 09/11/2011)

Dermot O'Leary presents the fifth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa…

S08E06 : Auditions 6 (aired on 09/17/2011)

Dermot O'Leary presents the sixth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa…

S08E07 : Auditions 7 (aired on 09/18/2011)

Dermot O'Leary presents the seventh set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa…

S08E08 : Bootcamp 1 (aired on 09/24/2011)

The successful auditionees head to London's Hammersmith Apollo for the biggest bootcamp ever.…

S08E09 : Bootcamp 2 (aired on 09/25/2011)

Join host Dermot O'Leary for the second in our bootcamp weekend double bill. The 50 remaining acts…

S08E10 : Judges' Houses 1 (aired on 10/01/2011)

The remaining acts jet off around the world to the judges' homes, where they will battle it out for…

S08E11 : Judges' Houses 2 (aired on 10/02/2011)

In four locations around the world, it is make or break time for the remaining hopefuls as they…

S08E12 : Live Show 1 (aired on 10/08/2011)

After weeks of gruelling auditions, the remaining 16 contestants have reached the live rounds.…

S08E13 : Live Show 1 Results (aired on 10/09/2011)

Dermot O'Leary hosts the live results show in which the finalists find out who is going home. There…

S08E14 : Live Show 2 (aired on 10/15/2011)

Watch all 11 acts strut their stuff as they make their claim to The X Factor throne. Tonight the…

S08E15 : Live Show 2 Results (aired on 10/16/2011)

Join host Dermot O'Leary live as the 11 remaining acts find out the results of the public vote. The…

S08E16 : Live Show 3 (aired on 10/22/2011)

The 10 remaining acts battle it out to win the public's votes and stay in the competition.

S08E17 : Live show 3 Results (aired on 10/23/2011)

Celebrity performers: Kelly Clarkson ("Mr. Know It All") Professor Green/Emeli Sandé ("Read All…

S08E18 : Live Show 4 (aired on 10/29/2011)

Theme: Halloween

S08E19 : Live Show 4 Results (aired on 10/30/2011)

Celebrity performers: Cher Lloyd ("With Ur Love") Nicole Scherzinger ("Try with Me")

S08E20 : Live Show 5 (aired on 11/05/2011)

Theme: Dancefloor fillers

S08E21 : Live Show 5 Results (aired on 11/06/2011)

Celebrity performers : JLS ("Take a Chance on Me") Florence and the Machine ("Shake It Out") Group…

S08E22 : Live Show 6 (aired on 11/12/2011)

Theme: Songs by Lady Gaga or Queen (billed as "Lady Gaga vs. Queen")

S08E23 : Live Show 6 Results (aired on 11/13/2011)

Celebrity performers: One Direction ("Gotta Be You") Lady Gaga ("Marry the Night") Group…

S08E24 : Live Show 7 (aired on 11/19/2011)

Theme: Songs from films (billed as "movie week")

S08E25 : Live Show 7 Results (aired on 11/20/2011)

Celebrity performers: Rebecca Ferguson ("Nothing's Real But Love") Rihanna ("We Found Love") Group…

S08E26 : Live Show 8 (aired on 11/26/2011)

Themes: Guilty pleasures, Musical Heroes

S08E27 : Live Show 8 Results (aired on 11/27/2011)

Celebrity performers: Olly Murs featuring The Muppets ("Dance with Me Tonight") Jessie J ("Who You…

S08E28 : Semi-Final (aired on 12/03/2011)

Themes: Motown, "the song to get you to the final"

S08E29 : Semi-Final Results (aired on 12/04/2011)

Celebrity performers: Justin Bieber ("Mistletoe") Kelly Rowland ("When Love Takes Over" / "Down for…

S08E30 : Final (aired on 12/10/2011)

Dermot O'Leary presents the final of the singing competition from Wembley Arena. The remaining…

S08E31 : Final Results (aired on 12/11/2011)

Dermot O'Leary reveals the results of the public vote. The two acts left battling for the crown…