X Factor UK 2006

X factor 2004 - 2011This timeline details the events of series 3 of the X Factor UK 2006

X Factor UK Series 3 – 2006
Prior to the Show exact date unknown
A new-look website was launched with a red and blue theme.
Judges Appointed
Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Paula Abdul was guest judge for London auditions
Kate Thornton was appointed host of X Factor and Ben Shephard host of Xtra Factor
19th August
1st Audition shown on TV

Auditions were held in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Leeds and Glasgow. Each TV programme showed a selection of auditions from different locations.

26th August
2nd Audition shown on TV
2nd September
3rd Audition shown on TV
9th September
4th Audition shown on TV
16th September
5th Audition shown on TV
23rd September
6th Audition shown on TV

Categories Allocated at the end of the 6th Audition show.

Judges were allocated categories:
Simon Cowell – 16-24 year olds, Sharon Osbourne – over 25s, Louis Walsh – groups

30th September
7 contestants in each category were selected to go to Judges’ Houses. However Simon Cowell decided he had made a mistake and wanted an 8th contestant to go through so all judges selected an additional contestant.
7th October
Judges Homes was shown on TV

4 Contestants in each category were selected to go to the next round:
16 – 24 years – Nikitta Angus, Leona Lewis, Ashley McKenzie, Ray Quinn
Over 25s – Robert Allen, Kerry McGregor, Ben Mills, Dionne Mitchell
Groups – 4Sure, Avenue, The MacDonald Brothers, The Unconventionals

Prior to Live Shows
The Group Avenue were found to have broken the rules over an existing record contract and were disqualified. The group Eton Road were put through in their place.
14th October
First live show – Motown theme
Robert Allen – All Night Long
Eton Road – My Girl
Nikitta Angus – Heaven Must Have Sent You
Ben Mills – The Tracks of My Tears
The MacDonald Brothers – Three Times a Lady
Ray Quinn – Ben
Dionne Mitchell – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
The Unconventionals – Dancing in the Street
Ashley McKenzie – Easy
Kerry McGregor – You are the Sunshine of My Life
4Sure – What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Leona Lewis – I’ll Be There

Live results show

Guest Singer – Lionel Ritchie

Bottom 2 – Dionne Mitchell, The Unconventionals
Sent home – The Unconventionals

21st October
Second live show – Songs by Rod Stewart
Leona Lewis – The First Cut is the Deepest
Kerry McGregor – I Dont Want to Talk About It
The MacDonald Brothers – Sailing
Ashley McKenzie – I’d Rather Go Blind
Dione Mitchell – Tonight’s the Night (Gunna Be Alright)
4Sure – You’re in my Heart
Nikitta Angus – Bring it on Home to Me
Robert Allen – Try a Little Tenderness
Eton Road – This Old Heart of Mine
Ray Quinn – What a Wonderful World
Ben Mills – Maggie May

Live results show

Guest Singer – Rod Stewart

Bottom 2 – Robert Allen, 4 Sure
Sent home – 4 Sure

28th October
Third live show – Big Band Theme
Ray Quinn – Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
Dione Mitchell – For Once in my Life
Nikitta Angus – Sway
Ben Mills – Smile
The MacDonald Brothers – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Leona Lewis – Summertime
Kerry McGregor – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Ashley McKenzie – Moondance
Robert Allen – Mr Bojangles
Eton Road – Mack the Knife

Live results show – Double elimination

Guest Singer – Tony Bennett

Bottom 3 – Ashley McKenzie, Dione Mitchell, Kerry McGregor
Sent home – Dione Mitchell, Kerry McGregor

4th November
Fourth live show – Songs by Abba
Nikitta Angus РDancing  Queen
Eton Road – Does Your Mother Know
Robert Allen – Take a Chance on me
Leona Lewis – Chiquititi
The MacDonald Brothers – Fernando
Ray Quinn – Waterloo
Ben Mills – SOS
Ashley McKenzie – The Winner Takes it All

Live results show

Guest Singer – Bjorn Ulvaeus and cast of Mama Mia

Bottom 2 – Ashley McKenzie, Robert Allen
Sent home – Ashley McKenzie

11th November
Fifth live show – Love Songs
Ben Mills – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
The MacDonald Brothers – She’s The One
Ray Quinn – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Nikitta Angus – Last Dance
Eton Road – From Me to You
Leona Lewis – Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word
Robert Allen – Always and Forever

Live results show

Guest Singer – Julio Iglesias

Bottom 2 – Nikitta Angus, Ray Quinn
Sent home – Nikitta Angus

18th November
Sixth live show – Number Ones
Ray Quinn – Livin’ La Vida Loca
Robert Allen – You Are Not Alone
Eton Road – Dancin’
Leona Lewis – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Ben Mills – With a Little Help From My Friends
The MacDonald Brothers – Love is All Around

Live results show

Guest Singers – Westlife, Delta Goodrum

Bottom 2 – Eton Road, Robert Allen
Sent home – Robert Allen

25th November
Seventh live show – Songs from the Movies
Leona Lewis – Lady Marmalade and I Will Always Love You
The MacDonald Brothers – When You Say Nothing At All and I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)
Ben Mills – Live and Let Die and Your Song
Eton Road – Everybody Needs Somebody to Love and Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Ray Quinn – The Way You Look Tonight and Jailhouse Rock

Live results show

Guest Singers – Il Divo

Bottom 2 – Eton Road, Ben Mills
Sent home – Eton Road

2nd December
Eighth live show – Songs by Barry Manilow chosen by contestants
The MacDonald Brothers – Can’t Smile Without You and Shang-a-lang
Ray Quinn – Mandy and My Way
Ben Mills – I Made it Through The Rain and Somebody to Love
Leona Lewis – Could it Be Magic and Without You

Live results show

Guest Singer – Barry Manilow

Sent home by public vote – The MacDonald Brothers

9th December
Semi-Final – No Specific Theme
Ray Quinn – Smile and You’ll Never Walk Alone
Leona Lewis – I Have Nothing and Over the Rainbow
Ben Mills – (Everything I do) I do it for You and I Still Haven’t Found What I am Looking For

Live results show

Guest Singer – Gloria Estefan

Sent home by public vote – Ben Mills

16th December
Final – 1. Favourite Song, 2. Celebrity Duet, 3. Audition Song 4. Winner’s Single
Ray Quinn – 1. My Way, 2. That’s Life with Westlife, 3. Fly Me To The Moon, 4. A Moment Like This
Leona Lewis – 1. I Will Always Love You, 2. A Million Love Songs with Take That, 3. All By Myself, 4. A Moment Like This

Live Results

Group Performance – Auditionees
Group Performance – Finalists
Guest Singer – Take That
Guest Singer – Shaun Rogerson

Winner – Leona Lewis

20th December
Winner’s Single Released
A Moment Like This by Leona Lewis reached No 1 in the UK Single chart, No 1 in the Irish Singles Chart, No3 in the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles


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