The X Factor Australia Season 5

SEASON 5 - 2013

The fifth series premiered on the Seven Network on 29th July 2013 and ended on 28th October 2013. The winner was Dami Im and her winner's single "Alive" was released after the final. Im was mentored throughout by Dannii Minogue, who won as mentor for the first time. The show was presented by Luke Jacobz. Ronan Keating and Natalie Bassingthwaighte returned as judges. Minogue and Redfoo joined the judging panel as replacements for former judges, Melanie Brown and Guy Sebastian.

In February 2013, it was reported that Guy Sebastian would not be returning for the fifth series, due to tour commitments and to focus on a music career in the United States. It was also reported that Melanie Brown was not returning, due to visa troubles in Australia and her commitments with America's Got Talent. The following month Ronan Keating confirmed in an interview with News Limited that both judges had left. Following their departures, American recording artist Redfoo and former X Factor UK judges Dannii Minogue and Sharon Osbourne were rumoured to be in the running to join the panel. Minogue was announced as Brown's replacement on 12th April. The Sunday Telegraph confirmed on 21th April that Redfoo would be Sebastian's replacement.

Open auditions in front of the show's producers took place in 14 cities throughout December 2012 and January 2013. The last set of auditions, in front of the judges and a live studio audience, were filmed in April. Following auditions was super bootcamp, where Keating, Minogue and Redfoo worked together and collectively chose 24 acts (six from each category). Bassingthwaighte did not attend the Sydney auditions and bootcamp because she was pregnant at the time and was advised not to fly from her home in Melbourne.

During bootcamp, the Over 25s category was changed to Over 24s (soloists aged 24 and over), the Under 25 Boys was changed to Under 24 Boys (male soloists aged 14 to 23) and the Under 25 Girls was changed to Under 24 Girls (female soloists aged 14 to 23).

Bassingthwaighte returned for the home visits stage, and each judge reduced their six acts to three. They were also assisted by guest mentors Jon Bon Jovi, will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Osbourne and Guy Sebastian.

The live shows, which began on 25th August 2013, returned to Sunday and Monday nights as seen in series two. This was a change of format from series three and four, in which the live shows were broadcast on Monday and Tuesday nights.


The contestants were divided into 4 categories:

  • Mentored by Redfoo

  • Mentored by Natalie

  • Mentored by Minogue

  • Mentored by Ronan


Girls under 24


Over 25

Boys under 24


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