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The X-Factor is a long-running talent show created by Simon Cowell. It made its debut on ITV in 2004 following the success of previous shows such as 'Pop Idol.' It usually airs on ITV from August until just before Christmas, often ensuring a Christmas Number One hit single for its winner. That hasn't happened since 2014 as the show has been finished earlier in the month of December. 

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It's not good news for fans of the series. Last year saw the series put on hold and it isn't expected to return until 2022. After a few series that haven't gone so well, Simon Cowell is again planning changes to the show. There's word that Cheryl might return to the series when it does return.  This time Simon Cowell has to get it right.

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For decades there had been talent shows on television with 'Opportunity Knocks' producing a host of stars. The same can be said of 'New Faces' which introduced us to stars such as the late, great Victoria Wood and Marti Caine and Sir Lenny Henry and Jim Davidson. That show included a judging panel and the Simon Cowell of his day was Tony Hatch. Where 'The X-Factor' differs though is the fact that we now get to see the auditions and this is where the fun begins. There's the moment when you see a really talented singer and the comedy from the really appalling ones. Older contestants are able to take part which wasn't the case with shows such as 'Pop Idol' which was geared to the younger singers.

The winner of each series of the show wins a recording contract. Many of the previous winners didn't manage to keep that contract too long though especially the first winner of the show Steve Brookstein, who the show conveniently tends to ignore when looking back at its past.

The show has four judges who are also mentors, each has their own category to look after so it becomes a battle between the judges as well as a quest to find a new star.

The series has several stages beginning with the auditions. This often take place in rooms with just the judges present or sometimes in arenas in front of an audience. All a singer has to do is sing in tune and they seem to get a standing ovation. Other parts of the series include the boot camp where the number of competitors is again narrowed down. This can include the six chair section but who knows what we'll get in the 2021 series. The final 'qualifying' stage is the Judge's House where those who will be taking part in the live shows will be determined.

The show has several categories:

  • Groups
  • Boys
  • Girls
  • Over 25's


Now it's onto the live shows where each act perform and be judged often leading to spectacular arguments. Viewers can then vote for their favourites. Thi. Sometimes there are two eliminations with the act with the least number of votes automatically leaving and the next two with the lowest amount of votes going into the sing-off.

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When is it on?

Weekly on Saturday nights on ITV 1 from September, dates are yet to be confirmed for 2021.

What can you bet on?

Using your free bet you can back anything from a range of markets including the most popular: the overall winner.

Markets are also available for the respective categories with bets available on each category, the winning judge and who will be eliminated each week. you can also bet on whether the competition will be won by a male or female contestant.

Previous X-Factor Winners

2019: Celebrity winner - Megan McKenna

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2018: Dalton Harris

2017: Rak-Su

2016: Matt Terry

2015: Louisa Johnson

2014: Ben Haenow

2013: Sam Bailey

2012: James Arthur

2011: Little Mix

2010: Matt Cardle

2009: Joe McElderry

2008: Alexandra Burke

2007: Leon Jackson

2006: Leona Lewis

2005: Shayne Ward

2004: Steve Brookstein

You don't have to be a winner to go on and launch a successful career. JLS only finished second in 2008 with Stacey Solomon third and Olly Murs was runner-up in 2009. Rylan Clark-Neal didn't even make the final but has forged a hugely successful presenting career particularly following events in the most famous reality TV house in Britain.

Simon Cowell has mentored the winning act on three occasions (2004, 2006 and 2014), Cheryl Cole has 2 wins and is the only judge to mentor the victors act two series in a row. Also on two wins are Nicole Scherzinger and Dannii Minogue with Sharon Osbourne, Tulisa Contostavios and Rita Ora on one. Despite being the only act to appear in every series, Louis Walsh only has one win and that was with Shayne Ward back in 2005.

Using your X Factor Free Bet

X Factor free bets and offers are credited in the same way as a sporting free bet. Once you have opened a new account with your choosing online bookmaker and adhered to their sign-up terms and conditions, the X Factor bonus will usually be added to your betting account balance.

In order to use the token or bonus you simply need to make your betting selection in the normal manner, but before placing the bet tick the box that indicates you wish to use your free bet amount.

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