The X Factor: Celebrity
Series Spin Off
Broadcast from 12 October - 30 November 2019
Judges Simon Cowell
Nicole Scherzinger
Louis Walsh
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Vick Hope (Xtra Bites UK)
Network ITV
YouTube (Xtra Bites UK)
Number of finalists 13
Winner Megan McKenna
Runner-up Max & Harvey
Notable returnees Megan McKenna (11, 12)
Previous Series 15
Next The X Factor: The Band

The X Factor: Celebrity is a British celebrity special edition of The X Factor, which premiered on 12 October 2019 and concluded on 30 November 2019 on ITV.

It was won by 27-year-old reality TV star and singer Megan McKenna, who competed as part of the Under 31s category mentored by Louis Walsh.


Due to dwindling ratings for the original series, it was announced in September 2018 that the show would be put on hiatus.  It was later revealed that a celebrity version of the show would be screened.

Simon Cowell judged alongside Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, with Dermot O'Leary presenting the series.

Among the celebrities participating was ex-footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones who originally withdrew due to the death of his wife. He was invited to sit out the auditions but was put straight through to the live shows.


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Simon Cowell Louis Walsh Nicole Scherzinger


Auditions: The audition process for this edition differed to the usual format of a room/live arena audience. The celebrities sang for the three judges at Simon's mansion in Malibu as well as an audience of industry professionals.

Category Change: The Boys and Girls categories were replaced by the “Under 31s” category and the Over 31s were replaced by the “Overs” category.

Bootcamp: Bootcamp was replaced by a judge eliminating on contestant in their category.

Six Chair Challenge: The Six Chair Challenge was axed in this series and was not replaced by any new rounds. This is the first time a series did not feature the Six Chair Challenge since series 10.

Judges Houses: The judges houses was also axed in this series and was not replaced by any round like the Six Chair Challenge. This is the second series to not feature Judges Houses with the first being The X Factor: Battle of the Stars.

Results Show: For the first time since Series 5 in 2008, there was no results show on Sundays with two acts being sent home on Satuday night.  After two acts were eliminated in Week 3, Cowell announced that there would be a public vote to allow the most popular eliminated act to enter the grand final.


Act Category Finish Elimination
Ricki Lake.jpg Ricki Lake
51,Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Over 31s 13th

week one

Fewest public votes
Olivia Olson.jpg Olivia Olson
27, Los Angeles, California
Under 31s 12th

week one

Majority vote
Victoria Ekanoye.jpg Victoria Ekanoye
36, Bury
Over 31s 10th
week two
Fewest public votes
Jonny Labey.jpg Jonny Labey
26, Jersey, Channel Islands
Under 31s 10th
week two
Martin Bashir.jpg Martin Bashir
56, London
Over 31s 9th
week three
Fewest public votes
No Love Lost.jpg No Love Lost
21-24, Various
Groups 8th
week three
Majority vote
Kevin Mchale.jpg Kevin McHale
31, Plano, Texas
Under 31s 7th
Majority vote
Vinnie Jones.jpg Vinnie Jones
54, Watford
Over 31s 6th
Fewest public votes
Try Star.jpg Try Star
, Various
Groups 5th
Majority vote
V5.jpg V5
18-21, Various
Groups 4th
Fewest public votes
Jenny Ryan.jpg Jenny Ryan
37, Bolton
Over 31s 3rd
Fewest public votes
Max and Harvey.jpg Max & Harvey
16, Berkshire
Groups Runners-up
Fewest public votes
Megan Mckenna.jpg Megan McKenna
27, East London
Under 31s Winner
Most public votes

Selection process


The celebrity auditions were held in the garden of Simon‘s mansion in Malibu. There were two episodes of the auditions. After the auditions the judges categories were revealed. Each judge had to eliminate one contestant from their category.

Notable returnees

Notable celebrities who had previously auditioned included The Only Way is Essex star Megan McKenna, who had auditioned for both Series 11 and Series 12 of the original show, before being eliminated at bootcamp both times. Her appearances were never aired. 

Live Shows

The live shows spanned across 6 weeks. Each week results in a double elimination. Each judge had one “Safe Seat” to advance a contestant immediately thought to the next week.


Episode Air date Duration (minutes) Total viewers
Weekly rank
Auditions 1 October 12,
90 6.29 7
Auditions 2 October 19,
90 5.15 11
Live Shows 1 October 26,
140 6.21 Over 15
Live Shows 2 November 2,
125 4.63 Over 15
Live Shows 3 November 9,
110 4.93 Over 15
Live Shows 4 November 16,
95 4.99 Over 15
Live Shows 5 November 23,
TBA 5.15 Over 15
Live Shows 6 November 30,
TBA 6.46 Over 15
Series average N/A TBA N/A

Criticism and controversies

The X Factor: Celebrity was one of the most criticised and controversial series ever in The X Factor history. It was deemed “fixed” several of times thought the series and due to heavy criticism, the “Safe Seat” feature was removed from the live shows.

Jenny Ryan's elimination

During episode twos elimination process, Jenny Ryan was among the three celebrities eliminated despite receiving a standing ovation. Her elimination attracted heavy criticism across social media which lead to the decision of bringing her back into the show.

Martin Bashir

Celebrity Martin Bashir survived being in the bottom three for the first two live shows. His first survival was decided by judge Simon Cowell. His second survival was by surviving deadlock after Simon Cowell refused to choose who to eliminate. Viewers later called the show a "fix".

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell was criticised after he decided Martin Bashir would go through to the next live shows. He was also criticised after he decided not to choose who would be eliminated during the third live shows.

Nicole Scherzinger

Judge Nicole Scherzinger was accused of "motorboating" judge Louis Walsh by pressing her chest on Louis's head.

Pussycat Doll's performace

The Pussycat Doll's performance recieved over 400 complaints with some declaring it as "too racy". Nicole Scherzinger said that the performance wasn't meant to upset any viewers however she said "Our true fans know our intention. Our real fans know we’re empowering and we come from a place of strength as singers and dancers.".


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