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 itv.com.

Season episodes list 8

S08E01

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

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

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

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

Dermot O'Leary presents the fourth set of auditions from Britain's biggest singing competition.…
S08E05

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

Dermot O'Leary presents the fifth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa…
S08E06

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

Dermot O'Leary presents the sixth set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa…
S08E07

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

Dermot O'Leary presents the seventh set of auditions. Judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa…
S08E08

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

The successful auditionees head to London's Hammersmith Apollo for the biggest bootcamp ever.…
S08E09

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

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

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

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

After weeks of gruelling auditions, the remaining 16 contestants have reached the live rounds.…
S08E13

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theme: Halloween
S08E19

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

Celebrity performers: Cher Lloyd ("With Ur Love") Nicole Scherzinger ("Try with Me")
S08E20

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

Theme: Dancefloor fillers
S08E21

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

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

Theme: Songs by Lady Gaga or Queen (billed as "Lady Gaga vs. Queen")
S08E23

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

Celebrity performers: One Direction ("Gotta Be You") Lady Gaga ("Marry the Night") Group…
S08E24

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

Theme: Songs from films (billed as "movie week")
S08E25

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

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

Themes: Guilty pleasures, Musical Heroes
S08E27

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

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

Themes: Motown, "the song to get you to the final"
S08E29

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

Celebrity performers: Justin Bieber ("Mistletoe") Kelly Rowland ("When Love Takes Over" / "Down for…
S08E30

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

Dermot O'Leary presents the final of the singing competition from Wembley Arena. The remaining…
S08E31

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…