X Factor UK 2008

X factor 2004 - 2011This timeline details the events of series 5 of the X Factor UK 2008

X Factor UK Series 5 – 2008
Prior to show – exact date unknown
Judges Appointed
Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole (replaced Sharon Osbourne)
Dermot O’Leary main show presenter, Holly Willoughby to present Xtra Factor on ITV2
16th August
1st Audition shown on TV

Auditions were held in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow

23rd August
2nd Audition shown on TV
30th August
3rd Audition shown on TV
6th September
4th Audition shown on TV
13th September
5th Audition shown on TV
20th September
6th Audition shown on TV
27th September
Bootcamp stage 1
Held at the Indigo O2 in Greenwich, London. Approximately 150 acts performed in front of all 4 judges.
28th September
Bootcamp stage 2
The acts were told their fate.
6 contestants in each category were selected to go to Judge’s Houses.
Categories Allocated
Judges were allocated categories:
Simon Cowell – Boys, Dannii Minogue – over 25’s, Cheryl Cole – Girls, Louis Walsh – Groups

Location of Judges Houses was revealed:
Simon Cowell – Barbados, Dannii Minogue – St Tropez, Cheryl Cole – Cannes, Louis Walsh – Castle Leslie, Ireland

4th October
Judges Houses 1 was shown on TV
All acts performed one song in front of their mentor and a guest judge.

Simon Cowel was joined by Sinitta, Dannii Minogue was joined by Emma Bunton, Cheryl Cole was joined by Kimberley Walsh, Louis Walsh was joined by Shane Filan

5th October
Judges Houses 2 was shown on TV
The Judges revealed to the Contestants who would be put forward to the live shows. Three acts from each category were successful.

Boys – Scott Bruton, Austin Drage, Eoghan Quigg
Girls – Alexandra Burke, Diana Vickers, Laura White
Over 25s – Daniel Evans, Rachel Hylton, Ruth Lorenzo
Groups – Bad Lashes, Girlband, JLS

11th October
First Live Show – UK or US No 1s
Girlband – Venus
Austin Drage – Every Breath You Take
Daniel Evans – I Want To Know What Love Is
Alexandra Burke – I Wanna Dance with Somebody
JLS – I’ll Make Love To You
Scott Bruton – Yeh, Yeh
Rachel Hylton – With Every Heartbeat
Diana Vickers – With or Without You
Bad Lashes – It Must Have Been Love
Eoghan Quigg – Imagine
Ruth Lorenzo – Take My Breath Away
Laura White – Fallin’
Live Results Show
Guest Singer – Leon Jackson

Bottom 2 – Girlband, Bad Lashes

Girlband – That’s What Friends Are For
Bad Lashes – Wonderwall

Sent home – Bad Lashes (on public vote as went to deadlock)

18th October
Second Live Show – Michael Jackson
Alexandra Burke – I’ll Be There
Scott Bruton – She’s Out Of My Life
Ruth Lorenzo – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
Girlband – Heal The World
Laura White – You Are Not Alone
Austin Drage – Billie Jean
Daniel Evans – One Day In Your Life
JLS – The Way You Make Me Feel
Diana Vickers – Man in the Mirror
Rachel Hylton – Dirty Diana
Eoghan Quigg – Ben
Live Results Show
Guest Singer – Girls Aloud

Bottom 2 – Ruth Lorenzo, Girlband


Ruth Lorenzo – Purple Rain
Girlband – I Don’t Miss a Thing Sent home – Girlband

25th October
Third Live Show – Big Bands Theme
Scott Bruton – That’s Life
Daniel Evans – The Lady is a Tramp
Laura White – God Bless the Child
Eoghan Quigg – L-O-V-E
Ruth Lorenzo – Summertime
Alexandra Burke – Candyman
Austin Drage – Mack the Knife
JLS – Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
Diana Vickers – Smile
Rachel Hylton – Feeling Good
Live Results Show
Group Perfomance – Hero

Bottom 2 – Scott Bruton, Daniel Evans

Scott Bruton – I Can’t Make You Love Me
Daniel Evans – To Where You Are

Sent Home – Scott Bruton

1st November
Fourth Live Show – Disco
Rachel Hylton – Lost in Music
Austin Drage – Wishing on a Star
Diana Vickers – Call Me
Daniel Evans – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Laura White – Somebody Else’s Guy
Eoghan Quigg – It Could be Magic
Ruth Lorenzo – No More Tears (Enough is Enough)
Alexandra Burke – On the Radio
JLS – Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl
Live Results Show
Guest Performance – Will Young

Bottom 2 – Rachel Hylton, Austin Drage


Rachel Hylton – No More Drama
Austin Drage – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Sent Home – Austin Drage

8th November
Fifth Live Show – Songs by Mariah Carey
Eoghan Quigg – Any Time You Need a Friend
Ruth Lorenzo – My All
Laura White – Endless Love
Rachel Hylton – Against All Odds
Diana Vickers – Did not perform due to illness
JLS – One Sweet Day
Daniel Evans – Open Arms
Alexandra Burke – Without You
Live Results Show
Guest Performance – Mariah Carey

Bottom 2 – Ruth Lorenzo, Laura White


Ruth Lorenzo – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Laura White – Over the Rainbow

Sent home – Laura White

15th November
Sixth Live Show – British Classics
Daniel Evans – It’s Not Unusual
Alexandra Burke – You Are So Beautiful
JLS – I Want To Hold Your Hand/Twist and Shout/Hey Jude
Eoghan Quigg – One More Try
Diana Vickers – Yellow
Ruth Lorenzo – Angels
Live Results Show
Guest Performance – Leona Lewis

Bottom 2 – Daniel Evans, Rachel Hylton


Daniel Evans – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Rachel Hylton – One

Sent Home – Daniel Evans

22nd November
Seventh Live Show – Songs By Take That
Alexandra Burke – Re-Light My Fire
Ruth Lorenzo – Love Ain’t Here Any More
JLS – A Million Love Songs
Rachel Hylton – Rule the World
Diana Vickers – Patience
Eoghan Quigg – Never Forget
Live Results Show
Guest Performance – Take That, Same Difference, Rhydian

Bottom 2 – JLS, Rachel Hylton


JLS – Stand by Me/Beautiful Girls
Rachel Hylton – And I am Telling You I’m Not Going

Sent Home – Rachel Hylton

29th November
Eighth Live Show – Songs By Britney Spears, American Classics
Ruth Lorenzo – 1. I Love Rock n Roll, 2. Always
JLS – 1. Baby One More Time, 2. You Light Up My Fire
Alexandra Burke – 1. Toxic, 2. Listen
Eoghan Quigg – 1. Sometimes, 2. We’re All In This Together
Diana Vickers – 1. I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman, 2. Everybody Hurts
Live Results Show
Guest Performance – Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus

Sent Home – Ruth Lorenzo/div>

6th December
Semi Final – Mentor’s Choice and Contestant’s Choice
Eoghan Quigg – 1. Year 3000 2. Does Your Mother Know
Diana Vickers – 1. Girlfriend 2. White Flag
Alexandra Burke – 1. Don’t Stop the Music 2. Unbreak My Heart
JLS – 1. Umbrella 2. I’m Already There
Live Results Show
Guest Performance – Il Divo

Sent Home – Diana Vickers

13th December
Final – 1. Christmas Songs, 2 Celebrity Duet, 3. Favourite Performances, 4. Winner’s Single
Group Performance – 1. auditionees 2. finalists

Eoghan Quigg – 1. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, 2. Picture of You with Boyzone, 3. We’re All In This Together, 4. Not Sung as Eliminated
JLS – 1. Last Christmas, 2. Flying Without Wings with Westlife, 3. I’m Already There, 4. Hallelujah
Alexandra Burke – 2. Silent Night, 2. Listen with Beyonce, 3. You Are So Beautiful, 4. Hallelujah

X Factor UK 2008 Winner – Alexandra Burke

17th December
Winner’s Single Released
Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke reached No 1 in the UK Single Chart, No 1 in the Irish Singles Chart, No 6 in the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, No 53 in Australia

Jeff Buckley’s earlier release of the same song reached No 2 at the same time and Leonard Cohen’s original version reached No 36


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