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The X Factor 

British singing competition in which contestants sing cover songs to try and impress judges and voting viewers.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Louis Walsh ...  Himself - Judge 382 episodes, 2004-2017
Simon Cowell ...  Himself - Judge / ... 343 episodes, 2004-2018
Dermot O'Leary ...  Himself - Presenter 324 episodes, 2007-2018
Sharon Osbourne ...  Herself - Judge / ... 205 episodes, 2004-2017
Peter Dickson Peter Dickson ...  Himself - Voice Over / ... 183 episodes, 2007-2016
Cheryl ...  Herself - Judge / ... 155 episodes, 2008-2017
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British singing competition in which contestants sing cover songs to try and impress judges and voting viewers.

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Taglines:

It's time to face the music

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Music | Reality-TV

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2004 (UK) See more »

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X Factor UK See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The series has divided opinion among music legends. Paul McCartney called it "not a bad thing" which "gives some people an opportunity, it gives them confidence, it gives them work". However, Elton John, despite appearing on it in 2013, described it as "a cruise ship show" which is "cruel" and "no way to find talent". Similarly, Sting called it a "soap opera which has nothing to do with music" and had "put music back decades". See more »

Quotes

Simon Cowell: [to a bad auditionee] You couldn't win this competition even if you were the only one in it!
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Referenced in Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Sir Elton John (2010) See more »

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The ZZZZZZ Factor
1 November 2004 | by Thormod_MorrissonSee all my reviews

What can you say about yet more "talent show" drivel? I watched this (not out of choice) at a friend's house and it is everything one has come to expect from the wannabe genre. And when I say 'wannabe' I'm also referring to the judges, whose idea of musical excellence is woeful. While I'm on the subject, from what corner of obscurity was Sharon Osbourne plucked? With the somewhat dubious honor of managing her rock dinosaur husband Ozzie, a certain ill-advised body has decided she has the ability to comment and advise on the pros and cons of the next (laugh) big thing. This is third rate entertainment of the worst kind. I didn't quite have to be tied down to suffer watching it, although a little whiskey-induced concussion might have helped to soften the blow. Not to be recommended.


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