X Factor Season 4

Genre Reality television
Format Interactive talent show
Created by Simon Cowell (uncredited)
Creative director(s)
  • Brian Friedman (2011 - 12)
  • Jamie King (2013 - )
Presented by
  • Steve Jones (2011)
  • Khloe Kardashian (2012)
  • Mario Lopez (2012 - )
  • Simon Cowell
  • Paula Abdul (2011)
  • Cheryl Cole (2011)
  • L.A. Reid (2011 - 12)
  • Nicole Scherzinger (2011)
  • Demi Lovato (2012 - 13)
  • Britney Spears (2012)
  • Kelly Rowland (2013 - )
  • Paulina Rubio (2013 - )
  • Khloe Kardashian
  • Mario Lopez
Composer(s) Simon Cowell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 80 (as of December 19, 2013)
Executive producer(s)
  • Simon Cowell (uncredited)
  • Cecile Frot-Coutaz
  • Siobhan Greene
  • Richard Holloway
  • Andrew Llinares
  • Rob Wade
  • Various (auditions)
  • CBS Television City (live shows)
Running time 60 - 150 minutes
  • FremantleMedia North America
  • Syco Entertainment
Distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises
Original channel Fox
Picture format
  • 480i (SDTV)
  • 720p (HDTV)
Original run September 21, 2011 - present

Series overview

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Main host(s) Sponsors Main judges Guest judges
One September 21, 2011 December 22, 2011 Melanie Amaro Josh Krajcik Chris Rene Simon Cowell Steve Jones Pepsi Sony Verizon Chevrolet Simon Cowell Paula Abdul L.A. Reid Nicole Scherzinger Cheryl Cole
Two September 12, 2012 December 20, 2012 Tate Stevens Carly Rose Sonenclar Fifth Harmony L.A. Reid Khlo Kardashian Mario Lopez Pepsi Sony Verizon Best Buy Simon Cowell L.A. Reid Demi Lovato Britney Spears Louis Walsh
Three September 11, 2013 December 19, 2013 Alex & Sierra Jeff Gutt Carlito Olivero Simon Cowell Mario Lopez CoverGirl Herbal Essences Honda Secret Simon Cowell Demi Lovato Kelly Rowland Paulina Rubio N/A

Judges categories and their finalists

Season Simon Cowell Paula Abdul Nicole Scherzinger L.A. Reid
One Girls Melanie Amaro Rachel Crow Drew Simone Battle Tiah Tolliver Groups Lakoda Rayne The Stereo Hogzz InTENsity The Brewer Boys Over 30s Josh Krajcik LeRoy Bell Stacy Francis Dexter Haygood Boys Chris Rene Marcus Canty Astro Phillip Lomax
Two Simon Cowell Demi Lovato Britney Spears L.A. Reid
Groups Fifth Harmony Emblem3 LYRIC 145 Sister C Young Adults CeCe Frey Paige Thomas Jennel Garcia Willie Jones Teens Carly Rose Sonenclar Diamond White Beatrice Miller Arin Ray Over 25s Tate Stevens Vino Alan Jason Brock David Correy
Three Simon Cowell Demi Lovato Kelly Rowland Paulina Rubio
Groups Alex & Sierra Restless Road Sweet Suspense RoXxy Montana Girls Rion Paige Ellona Santiago Khaya Cohen Danie Geimer Over 25s Jeff Gutt Lillie McCloud Rachel Potter James Kenney Boys Carlito Olivero Josh Levi Tim Olstad Carlos Guevara

Television ratings

Season Premiered Ended TV season Timeslot Season ranking
Date Viewers (in millions) Date Viewers (in millions)
1 September 21, 2011 12.49 Final performances: December 21, 2011 12.67 2011 Wednesday 8:00 pm (performance show) 19
Season finale: December 22, 2011 12.57 Thursday 8:00 pm (results show) 20
2 September 12, 2012 8.73 Final performances: December 19, 2012 8.35 2012 Wednesday 8:00 pm (performance show) 39
Season finale: December 20, 2012 9.65 Thursday 8:00 pm (results show) 40
3 September 11, 2013 6.45 Final performances: December 18, 2013 5.04 2013 Wednesday 8:00 pm (performance show)  
Season finale: December 19, 2013 6.22 Thursday 8:00 pm (results show)

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Reality Competition Show The X Factor Won
Breakout Show The X Factor Won
Male Personality Simon Cowell Won
Female Reality Star Melanie Amaro Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Competition Show The X Factor Won
Favorite Celebrity Judge Demi Lovato Won
Britney Spears Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Villain Simon Cowell Won
Teen Choice Awards Reality Competition Show The X Factor Won
Female Artist Demi Lovato Won
Female Hottie Demi Lovato Nominated
Smile Demi Lovato Nominated
Male Personality Simon Cowell Won
Female Personality Demi Lovato Won
Breakout Group Emblem3 Won
Choice Style Icon Demi Lovato Won
Choice Single: Female Artist Demi Lovato Won