The X Factor UK Season 9

SEASON 9 - 2012

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The ninth series began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012 and ended on 9 December 2012. Before the start of the auditions process it was confirmed that Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos would return to the judging panel. Nicole Scherzinger was confirmed as the fourth permanent judge after Geri Halliwell, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Mel B, Anastacia and Scherzinger herself stood in as guest judges for the vacant position left by Kelly Rowland. Dermot O'Leary returned as host on ITV, whilst Caroline Flack and Olly Murs returned to host The Xtra Factor on ITV2. After the 8 December show, two of Scherzinger's acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas, became the two finalists, meaning that Scherzinger was guaranteed to win. Arthur was announced as the winner on 9 December.

Auditions for the series took place between 23 May and 25 June 2012, in Liverpool, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Cardiff. Bootcamp took place in Liverpool for three days, between 19 July and 22 July. Barlow mentored the over 28s, Scherzinger had the boys, Tulisa mentored the girls and Walsh had the groups.


The contestants were divided into 4 categories:

  • Mentored by Barlow

  • Mentored by Tulisa

  • Mentored by Scherzinger

  • Mentored by Walsh


The judges selected their final three acts during judges' houses, which took place in Boughton House in Northamptonshire, Dubai, Saint Lucia and Las Vegas. The 12 finalists were joined by a 13th wildcard, voted for by the public after each judge picked one of their rejected to return. The live shows started on 6 October. The final was held at Manchester Central.


  • District 3

    District 3

  • MK1


  • Union J

    Union J


  • Ella Henderson

    Ella Henderson

  • Jade Ellis

    Jade Ellis

  • Lucy Spraggan

    Lucy Spraggan


  • Jahmene Douglas

    Jahmene Douglas

  • James Arthur

    James Arthur

  • Rylan Clark

    Rylan Clark

Over 28s

  • Carolynne Poole

    Carolynne Poole

  • Christopher Maloney

    Christopher Maloney

  • Kye Sones

    Kye Sones

  • Melanie Masson

    Melanie Masson


  • James Arthur

    James Arthur

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org