The X Factor

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Jesy Nelson on leaving Little Mix: ‘I felt everybody hated me’
The singer left one of the most successful girl bands of all time after a decade of relentless trolling. Now, as she prepares to go solo, she reveals why she’s ready to return to the spotlight on her own terms

Simon Hattenstone

21, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Alexandra Burke: ‘I got asked to bleach my skin after X Factor’
Her career has taken her from pop success to Strictly and the stage. She discusses the pain of racist comments, the joy of duetting with Beyoncé – and the enduring influence of her late mother

Arifa Akbar

09, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Pop maestro Simon Cowell finally bows to the public’s resounding ‘no’ vote | Rebecca Nicholson
The X Factor won’t be returning to our screens. It had long outstayed its welcome

Rebecca Nicholson

31, Jul, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The good, the bad and Harry Styles: X Factor’s most memorable entrants
As ITV confirms it has no plans for a new series, we take a look back at some of the characters that the show foisted on the world

Kevin Rawlinson

29, Jul, 2021 @5:54 PM

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It’s a no from me: ITV confirms The X Factor will not be back
No plans for a new series, says broadcaster, with Simon Cowell reportedly not keen to carry on

Kevin Rawlinson and agency

29, Jul, 2021 @2:57 PM

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Little Mix: Confetti review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
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Liberated from Simon Cowell, Britain’s biggest girl band are free to make the music they want. But it sounds strangely familiar…

Alexis Petridis

05, Nov, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Alexandra Burke says music industry told her to bleach her skin
X Factor star also says she was told not to wear braids in order to appeal to a white audience

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Jun, 2020 @3:22 PM

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From Big Brother to Strictly and The X Factor, reality TV has a black women problem
Misrepresentation of black women is all over television, but talent shows create the perfect storm of anxiety viewing – and don’t look set to change any time soon

Yomi Adegoke

17, Jun, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Tulisa denies accusations of racism from X Factor contestant Misha B
TV presenter says she regrets publicly accusing talent show singer of bullying but says ‘it’s not to do with skin colour’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

16, Jun, 2020 @11:43 AM

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Rylan Clark-Neal: 'I regret pretty much everything I wore on The X Factor'
The TV presenter on finally being able to dress the way he wants to, and the importance of talking about cosmetic work

As told to Leah Harper

26, May, 2020 @1:40 PM

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X Factor star Danny Tetley jailed for sexual exploitation of boys
Singer imprisoned for nine years for getting teenagers to send him explicit pictures

Jessica Murray

24, Jan, 2020 @4:51 PM

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Cher Lloyd: ‘After The X Factor, I had to do damage control. I still have to’
In a decade, the singer has gone from ‘the most hated teen in Britain’ to top 10 success in the US. So why is she still having to defend her past?

Elle Hunt

14, Jan, 2020 @12:00 PM

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