The X Factor UK Season 8

SEASON 8 - 2011

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.The eighth series won the award National Television Award for Best Television Talent Show on 25 January 2012.


The contestants were divided into 4 categories:

  • Mentored by Walsh

  • Mentored by Rowland

  • Mentored by Barlow

  • Mentored by Tulisa


Judges' houses, the final part of the selection process, was filmed in September. Judges were given their categories in late August. Barlow mentored the Boys, Rowland the Girls, Walsh the Over 25s, and Contostavlos the Groups. Robbie Williams joined Barlow in Los Angeles, Jennifer Hudson assisted Rowland in Miami, Walsh was accompanied by Sinitta in Barcelona, and Tulisa received help from Jessie J in Mykonos. At judges' houses each act performed two songs for their mentor and his/her guest judge, although only one song was mentioned and shown on the main show, with the other song shown on The Xtra Factor instead. The judges selected their final four acts during judges' houses. The live shows started on 8 October. The final was held at Wembley Arena and lasted for four hours, split over Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2011.


  • 2 Shoes

    2 Shoes

  • Little Mix

    Little Mix

  • Nu Vibe

    Nu Vibe

  • The Risk

    The Risk


  • Amelia Lily

    Amelia Lily

  • Janet Devlin

    Janet Devlin

  • Misha B

    Misha B

  • Sophie Habibis

    Sophie Habibis


  • Craig Colton

    Craig Colton

  • Frankie Cocozza

    Frankie Cocozza

  • James Michael

    James Michael

  • Marcus Collin

    Marcus Collin

Over 25s

  • Johnny Robinson

    Johnny Robinson

  • Jonjo Kerr

    Jonjo Kerr

  • Kitty Brucknell

    Kitty Brucknell

  • Sami Brookes

    Sami Brookes


  • Little Mix

    Little Mix

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org