The X Factor UK Season 7

SEASON 7 - 2010

The seventh series started on ITV on 21 August 2010 and ended on 12 December 2010. The winner was Matt Cardle and his debut single "When We Collide" was released after the final. Cardle was mentored throughout by Dannii Minogue, who won as mentor for the second time. A total of 15,448,019 votes were cast throughout the series. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor hosted by Konnie Huq on ITV2, who took over from Holly Willoughby.

Auditions took place throughout June and July 2010, with Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole returning as judges. Special guest judges were brought in to replace Minogue, who was on maternity leave. This was the first series of the show to be filmed in high definition, and was simulcast on ITV1 HD and STV HD. From October, The Xtra Factor was also shown in high definition, simulcast on the new channel ITV2 HD.

This series was the most watched series to date, with an average of 14.13 million viewers per episode. The final was watched by 17.71 million people, making it the highest rated television episode of 2010 in the UK.


Following bootcamp, successful acts were split into four categories: Boys (male soloists aged 16 to 28), Girls (female soloists aged 16 to 28), Over 28s (soloists aged 29 and over) and Groups. Minogue returned for the judges' houses stage, and each judge mentored eight acts through judges' houses.

  • Mentored by Walsh

  • Mentored by Cole

  • Mentored by Minogue

  • Mentored by Cowell


The live shows started on 9 October 2010. Four acts eliminated at judges' houses were brought back as wildcards, making this the first series to have 16 acts perform in the live shows. This series was the last with Cowell, Minogue and Cole as judges, as Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos replaced them in series 8.


  • One Direction

    One Direction

  • Belle Amie

    Belle Amie

  • Diva Fever

    Diva Fever

  • F.Y.D.



  • Cher Lloyd

    Cher Lloyd

  • Katie Waissel

    Katie Waissel

  • Treyc Cohen

    Treyc Cohen

  • Rebecca Ferguson

    Rebecca Ferguson


  • Aiden Grimshaw

    Aiden Grimshaw

  • Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle

  • Nicolo Festa

    Nicolo Festa

  • Paije Richardson

    Paije Richardson

Over 28s

  • John Adeleye

    John Adeleye

  • Mary Byrne

    Mary Byrne

  • Storm Lee

    Storm Lee

  • Wagner



  • Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org