X Factor Season 1

X Factor Season 1

Aired on: Fox TV
Time & Slot: Wednesday, 8pm
Last Aired episode: 12/22/2011, Final

The concept & Format:

X Factor is a reality show based on individual singing talent. This is originally a British show, which has now been adapted to several different countries worldwide. The American version of the show was launched in September, 2011 by Fox TV. In this show singers are chosen from thousands of aspiring artists through public auditions by a panel of  judges appointed prior to the show .The winner gets a recording contract amounting to 5 million dollars. In the show, each contestant is placed under the guidance of a judge who is also the mentor of the contestant. The judge helps the contestant in selecting and preparing the selected songs and performs well. The mentor also helps in styling of the contestant. As the name suggests, the show not only judges the singing ability but also something extra quality that makes a person a star. Hence it is called “X Factor”. The show allows individuals as well as groups to participate and has no upper age limit for contestants.

Judges:

Simon Cowell is the name behind the show who is the creator as well as the executive producer. Around the world X Factor now has sixty five winners from various countries. The show was fired aired in UK in 2004 and till now it remains the number one show there.
In USA the judges are

Simon Cowell: The man behind X Factor, one of the most powerful personalities in reality TV.

LA Reid: The most well known face of music industry with three Grammy awards and some of the biggest launches of the decade like Bon Jovi, JLO, Rihanna.
Nicole Scherzinger:  She was the lead singer of Pussycat Dolls which was a worldwide success. She sings, acts, writes and also won the reality show “Dancing with the Stars”
  Paula Abdul: Celebrity pop singer and choreographer with number of awards like Grammy, Emmy, people’s choice awards under her belt. She also judges American Idol for past eight seasons.

Winner & Finale:

America got its first winner in nineteen year old Melanie Amaro. She beat fellow contestants Chris Reneand Josh Krajcik to claim the five million dollar contract with Sony Music. Her debut album will be released in 2012.

The finale was a star studded affair with performances from artists like Justin Bieber, 50 cents, Leona Lewis, Pitbull and Ne-Yo. It is estimated that almost 30 million people have voted for the finale.

X Factor Season 1 U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Episode Airdate Rating Share Rating/share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
Auditions 1 September 21 7.2 12 4.4/12 12.49 #1 #2
Auditions 2 September 22 7.0 11 4.3/11 12.51 #1 #2
Auditions 3 September 28 6.9 11 4.1/11 11.86 #1 #2
Auditions 4 September 29 6.9 11 3.9/11 12.17 #1 #2
Bootcamp 1 October 5 6.8 11 4.1/11 11.93 #1 #2
Bootcamp 2 October 6 7.0 11 4.0/11 11.67 #1 #1
Judges' houses 1 October 13 6.4 10 3.7/10 11.24 #1 #1
Judges' houses 2 October 16   10 3.4/10 8.84 #1 #2
Judges' houses 3 October 18   10 3.9/10 10.39 #1 #1
Live show 1 October 25 7.0 12 4.4/12 12.09 #1 #1
Live show 2 November 2 6.8 11 4.0/11 11.76 #1 #1
Live results 1 November 3 6.4 11 3.7/11 11.64 #2 #2
Live show 3 November 9   10 3.8/10 10.25 #2 #2
Live results 2 November 10   9 3.3/9 10.13 #2 #4
Live show 4 November 16   10 3.9/10 11.31 #1 #2
Live results 3 November 17   9 3.1/9 9.71 #2 #3
Live show 5 November 22 5.8 9 3.2/9 9.43 #2 #3
Live results 4 November 23   8 2.5/8 8.51 #2 #3
Live show 6 November 30   10 3.7/10 11.05 #1 #1
Live results 5 December 1 6.0 9 3.1/9 10.34 #1 #1
Live show 7 December 7   9 3.4/9 10.70 #1 #3
Live results 6 December 8   8 2.9/8 9.84 #2 #3
Live show 8 December 14   9 3.4/9 10.69 #1 #3
Live results 7 December 15   9 2.9/9 9.87 #1 #2
Live final December 21 6.9 10 3.3/10 11.23 #1 #1
Live final results December 22 7.5 11 3.8/11 12.59 #1 #1