The X Factor UK Season 6

SEASON 6 - 2009

The sixth series started on ITV on 22 August 2009 and was won by Joe McElderry on 13 December 2009. Cheryl Cole emerged as the winning mentor for the second consecutive year, the first time in the show's history that a mentor has won back-to-back series. The show was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor hosted by Holly Willoughby on ITV2.

Public auditions by aspiring singers began in June 2009 and were held in five cities across the UK. Judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh, and Cheryl Cole returned to judge the contestants, with auditions being held in front of a live audience for the first time.


Following initial auditions, the "Boot camp" stage took place in August 2009, where the number of contestants was narrowed down to 24. The 24 contestants were split into their categories, Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups, and given a judge to mentor them at the "Judges' houses" stage and throughout the finals.

  • Mentored by Cowell

  • Mentored by Minogue

  • Mentored by Cole

  • Mentored by Walsh


During "Judges' houses", the 24 acts were reduced to twelve, who went on to the live finals, with one act being eliminated each week by a combination of public vote and judges' decision until a winner was found. The live shows started on 10 October 2009. The acts performed every Saturday night with the results announced on Sundays. This was change of format from previous series in which the results were announced later on the Saturday evening. The winner's single for this series was a cover version of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb". The final 12 acts were confirmed as follows.


  • John & Edward

    John & Edward

  • Kandy Rain

    Kandy Rain

  • Miss Frank

    Miss Frank


  • Lucie Jones

    Lucie Jones

  • Rachel Adedeji

    Rachel Adedeji

  • Stacey Solomon

    Stacey Solomon


  • Joe McElderry

    Joe McElderry

  • Lloyd Daniels

    Lloyd Daniels

  • Rikki Loney

    Rikki Loney

Over 25s

  • Danyl Johnson

    Danyl Johnson

  • Jamie Archer

    Jamie Archer

  • Olly Murs

    Olly Murs


  • Joe McElderry

    Joe McElderry

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org