The X Factor UK (Series 4)
Series 4
Broadcast from 18 August 2007 – 15 December 2007
Judges Simon Cowell
Dannii Minogue
Sharon Osbourne
Louis Walsh
Brian Friedman (only auditions)
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Fearne Cotton
Network ITV
Number of finalists 12
Winner Leon Jackson
Runner-up Rhydian Roberts
Notable returnees Andy Williams (1)
Ratings 8.57 millions
Previous Series 3
Next Series 5
Series 4 of The X Factor premiered on August 18, 2007 and ended on 15 December 2007 on ITV.

It was won by 18-year old Scottish soul/jazz singer Leon Jackson who was part of the Boys category mentored by Dannii Minogue.

This series was watched by an average of 8.57 million viewers - an increase of 300,000 viewers from the previous series.


Dermot O'Leary presented for the first time, replacing Kate Thornton, who had been presenting the show since 2004. Fearne Cotton replaced Ben Shephard as presenter on the spin-off show The Xtra Factor.

The original judging panel consisted of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Brian Friedman and Dannii Minogue. Friedman left the panel and was replaced by former judge Louis Walsh.


Age Limit: The minimum age was lowered to 14 for the first time.

Category Changes: Due to the addition of a fourth judge, the categories were divided into Over 25s, Boys, Girls and Groups.

Judges' Houses: In a change to previous series, the judges' houses round was broadcast over a whole weekend.

Live Shows: In a change to the previous series, the Top 3 finalists duetted with celebrity performers.


Contestant Category Finish Elimination
Kimberleysouthwickmini Kimberley Southwick
19, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Girls 12th
week one
Majority vote
Danieldebourgmini Daniel DeBourg
31, Chelmsford
Over 25s 11th
week two
Majority vote
Emilynakandamini Emily Nakanda
14, London
Girls 10th
week three
Futureproofmini Futureproof
17-23, various places
Groups 9th
week three
Majority vote
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Andywilliamsmini Andy Williams
23, Newport
Boys 8th
week four
Majority vote
Alishabennettmini Alisha Bennett
Wembley, London
Girls 7th
week five
Majority vote
Beverleytrotmanmini Beverley Trotman
38, Luton
Over 25s 6th
week six
Hopemini Hope
16-23, various places
Groups 5th
week seven
Fewest public votes
Nikievansmini Niki Evans
34, Polesworth
Over 25s 4th
week eight
Fewest public votes
Samedifferencemini Same Difference
19-22, Portsmouth
Groups 3rd
week nine
Fewest public votes
Rhydianrobertsmini Rhydian Roberts
24, Powys
Boys Runner-up
week nine
Fewest public votes
Leonjacksonmini Leon Jackson
18, Whitburn, West Lothian
Boys Winner
week nine
Most public votes

Selection process


See: List of The X Factor UK auditionees (series 4)


See: Bootcamp (UK series 4)

Notable returnees included Mollie King as part of the girl group Fallen Angelz. She previously auditioned for the show in Series 2 and was criticized for her outfit by Sharon Osbourne. She would later go on to find fame as a member of English/Irish girl group The Saturdays.

Judges' Houses

See: Judges' Houses (UK series 4)

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Cowell Groups Miami Sinitta Ghostt, I Sette Cantanti, W4
Minogue Boys Ibiza Terry Ronald Luke Bayer, Charlie Finn, Dominic Harris
Osbourne Girls Los Angeles Nicole Scherzinger Victoria Closs, Kimberley Howlett, Stephanie Woods
Walsh Over 25s Dublin Kian Egan Daniel Boulle, Icaro Taborda, Zyta Zebihi

Live Shows

Results Summary

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Eliminated Kimberleysouthwickmini Danieldebourgmini Emilynakandamini Futureproofmini Andywilliamsmini Alishabennettmini Beverleytrotmanmini Hopemini Nikievansmini Samedifferencemini Rhydianrobertsmini Leonjacksonmini
Leon Jackson Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(week 9)
Rhydian Roberts Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
(week 9)
Same Difference Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd
(week 9)
Niki Evans Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th Eliminated
(week 8)
Hope Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Bottom two 5th 5th Eliminated
(week 7)
Beverley Trotman Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe 6th Eliminated
(week 6)
Alisha Benett Bottom two Bottom two Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(week 5)
Andy Williams Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(week 4)
Futureproof Safe Safe Bottom three Eliminated
(week 3)
Emily Nakanda Safe Safe Withdrew
(week 2)
Daniel DeBourg Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(week 2)
Kimberley Southwick Bottom two Eliminated
(week 1)
Bottom two Bennett,
N/A Futureproof,
No final showdown or judges' votes;
results were based on public votes alone
Walsh's vote
to eliminate
Southwick Bennett N/A Futureproof Williams Bennett Hope
Osbourne's vote
to eliminate
None (refused) DeBourg N/A Futureproof Williams Hope Trotman
Minogue's vote
to eliminate
Bennett DeBourg N/A Hope Trotman Bennett Hope
Cowell's vote
to eliminate
Southwick DeBourg N/A Futureproof Williams Bennett Trotman
Eliminated Kimberley Southwick
(2 of 3)
Majority vote
Daniel DeBourg
(3 of 4)
Majority vote
Emily Nakanda
(3 0f 4)
Majority vote
Andy Williams
(3 of 4)
Majority vote
Alisha Benett
(3 of 4)
Majority vote
Beverley Trottman
(2 of 4)




Osbourne's walkout

During the results of the first live show on 20 October, Osbourne walked away from the panel after it was revealed that both the bottom two acts came from her category. This left the three remaining judges, Cowell, Minogue and Walsh, to decide which of the bottom two would be sent home. When O'Leary asked Osbourne for her vote, she claimed to have left the show, saying, "I'm out—gone".

It later emerged that Osbourne was dissatisfied with the last-minute rescheduling of the programme from 17:45 to 17:30, claiming that fewer people saw the performance of her act, Kimberley Southwick, as she was first on stage. After a considerable amount of media coverage, including Paul O'Grady apparently convincing Osbourne live on his chat show to return to The X Factor, Osbourne's spokesman confirmed on 23 October that she would return to the show. A newspaper source explained that leaving prematurely would have been breach of contract and the legal repercussions would have made it in Osbourne's interests to return to the panel.

Alleged feuds and alliances

During the filming of The X Factor, there was much media speculation about rumoured feuds between the judges, most notably between Osbourne and Minogue. One report emerged of a backstage argument just 15 minutes before they were due to go live on television. On one show, Minogue criticised contestant Niki Evans's tuning, which prompted Niki's mentor, Louis Walsh, to suggest live on television that Minogue herself could not sing. Minogue then reportedly missed part of the results show as she was crying.

In an interview published on 2 December 2007, Minogue stated "As for Sharon, you don't click with everybody. But it's her choice not to be friends. Apparently she's envious because I'm younger and prettier.", and in another that she felt "younger and prettier" compared with the other judges.

During Osbourne's appearance on The Graham Norton Show, she stated, in reference to Minogue, "She knows she's there because of her looks, not because of her contribution to the music industry." In a press conference held on 12 December 2007, when asked why she had been publicly talking about Minogue, Osbourne said "It's an even playing field, Dannii speaks about me, I speak about her." Minogue said in turn "I've looked up to Sharon and Louis for years and I wanted to be part of that gang. But when they're slating you, you think: 'Please don't, I really like you.'" Cowell admitted that Osbourne did not feel comfortable about having a new judge and that Osbourne and Minogue would never be "the best of buddies," adding that if Osbourne wanted to leave the show, he would let her. It was also reported that Cowell was forced to sit the judges down, asking them to maintain a civil relationship with each other behind the scenes. The apparent flirting between Cowell and Minogue also generated comment in the popular media.


Series 4 presented a change in the panellists' judging style. Simon Cowell said at the ITV Autumn Launch: "We tried to be bit more impartial as judges, and that, you'll see a lot more of on X Factor. There's still competition within the judges but our job essentially is to find a star." This ethic was put into practice with the judges working together at the bootcamp. During the live shows, the acts were no longer introduced with their mentors at the start of the show. Only the judges were introduced, after which the individual performances began.

Standard of talent

At ITV's Autumn launch on 12 July 2007, Cowell discussed the upcoming series. He said that in previous years the programme had been more like a "popularity contest" than a talent show. When asked about the standard of talent, Cowell said: "It's in a different league this year... we're going to have the best 12 [finalists] we've ever seen". This came with comments that the series 4 auditions had gone "brilliantly".

Series 4 also saw more emphasis placed on the international standing of The X Factor, with Cowell calling it "the biggest show in Europe" with around 150,000 auditioning for the series. Referring to the impact that the international success of Series 3 winner Leona Lewis had had on the show, Dannii Minogue said at the Sheffield auditions: "I think that Leona has completely upped the ante now on this show, and there's no turning back. We're looking for an international standard of acts that can sell millions of albums". In response to the expectation of a raised standard of talent on the show, producers tried with series 4 to assemble what O'Leary called an "international panel of judges"; this was particularly the case with the original judging lineup that included Friedman. There were also more international contestants in series 4, with two acts from the United States, numerous acts from Japan and a Brazilian act auditioning.

Nevertheless, Cowell said before the first live show that "I think we could be heading for a train wreck," referring to the fact that the public did not believe any of the final 12 this year were as good as Lewis, But he added, "But if you take Leona out of the equation, they weren't that good last year. As a whole, we've probably got the most talented 12 we've had. We just haven't had the chance to showcase them properly yet."

Alleged voting irregularities

It was reported that Ofcom received at least 1,900 complaints from would-be voters for eventual runner-up Rhydian Roberts, saying that despite calling numerous times they were unable to get through to vote for Roberts. The programme said the high number of calls meant some people were greeted by engaged tones. Roberts, who refused to attend the wrap party afterwards, had been the odds-on favourite to win and bookmakers described Leon Jackson's victory as "the biggest shock in reality show history". ITV denied the allegations, commenting that "As all numbers go through to the same lines and vote platform it is impossible for there to be any bias in favour or against a particular contestant." They confirmed that Jackson performed strongly throughout the series and won on the night of the final by around 10% of the popular vote. A subsequent Ofcom investigation found that Roberts had not been unfairly disadvantaged.


  • This was the second series in a row where the winning mentor had two acts as the winner and runner-up.
  • This was the first series to have Deadlock votes