The X Factor

Season 1

X factor logo
Creator piperjr

Reality Competition

Host Eileen Davidson
Judges/Mentors Colbie Caillat
Jeff Timmons
Julianne Hough
Ricky Martin
No. of Episodes 27
No. of Contestants 20


Jordin Sparks
Jordin sparks


Carly Rose Sonenclar


Proceeded by
Followed by
Season 2

The X Factor 1 is the first season of the reality music competition based on the original UK series, with the purpose of pitting the best singers in the business against each other, and finding out who will come out victorious. The season was hosted by soap opera star Eileen Davidson and the mentors being pop star Colbie Caillat, former 98 degress singer Jeff Timmons, country star Julianne Hough, hispanic singer Ricky Martin, and rapper Ludacris.

Caillat mentored the girls, Martin mentored the boys, Hough mentored the over 25s, Ludacris mentored the over 40s, and Timmons mentored the groups.

After 10 weeks of competition, Jordin Sparks was crowned winner, and Colbie Caillat was crowned winning mentor, with Carly Rose Sonenclar as Runner-Up.

The Four-Chair Challenge

At the start of this round, the judges are to be allocated their categories that they will mentor for the entire season. This round took place over a 4-night premiere.

     – Contestant was immediately eliminated after performance without switch
     – Contestant was switched out later in the competition and eventually eliminated
     – Contestant was not switched out and made the final four of their own category
Contestants performances on the four-chair challenge
Episode Category
Act Order Song Mentor's decision Switched with
Part 1 Boys
David Archuleta 1 Crush Put in Chair 1
Austin Mahone 2 Mmm Yeah Put in Chair 2
Nick Jonas 3 Jealous Put in Chair 3
Enrique Iglesias 4 Bailando Put in Chair 4
Jake Short 5 Price Tag Eliminated
Cody Simpson 6 All Day Put in Chair 1 David Archuleta
Chord Overstreet 7 Just the Way You Are Put in Chair 4 Enrique Iglesias
Peyton Clark 8 More Eliminated
Austin Butler 9 Whatever My Love Eliminated
Shane Harper 10 One Step Closer Put in Chair 4 Chord Overstreet
Victoria Justice 11 Make It Shine Put in Chair 1
Carly Rose Sonenclar 12 Feeling Good Put in Chair 2
Danielle Bradbury 13 Who I Am Put in Chair 3
Part 2 Jordin Sparks 14 One Step At a Time Put in Chair 4
Becky G 15 Shower Eliminated
Ella Henderson 16 Ghost Put in Chair 3 Danielle Bradbury
Tiffany Houghton 17 Love Like That Eliminated
Sabrina Carpenter 18 The Middle of Starting Over Eliminated
China Anne McClain 19 Beautiful Put in Chair 3 Ella Henderson
Tinashe 20 2 On Put in Chair 1 Victoria Justice
Over 25's
Christina Millian 21 Dip It Low Put in Chair 1
Luke Bryan 22 Crash My Party Put in Chair 2
Jana Kramer 23 Whiskey Put in Chair 3
Jason Mraz 24 93 Million Miles Put in Chair 4
Sara Bareilles 25 Gravity Put in Chair 1 Christina Millian
Part 3 Michael Buble 26 Haven't Met You Yet Eliminated
Kiely Williams 27 Circle Game Eliminated
Harry Shum, Jr. 28 L-O-V-E Eliminated
Christina Aguilera 29 Fighter Put in Chair 1 Sara Bareilles
Kris Allen 30 Live Like We're Dying Put in Chair 4 Jason Mraz
Over 40's
Debbie Gibson 31 Only In My Dreams Put in Chair 1
Brad Paisley 32 River Bank Put in Chair 2
Idina Menzel 33 Let It Go Put in Chair 3
Tom Jones 34 She's a Lady Eliminated
Kristin Chenoweth 35 If You Hadn't, But You Did Put in Chair 4
Steven Tyler 36 Dream On Eliminated
Patti LaBelle 37 On My Own Put in Chair 2 Brad Paisley
Part 4 Gene Simmons 38 No Song Withdrew
Dolly Parton 39 Jolene Put in Chair 1 Debbie Gibson
Clint Black 40 When I Said I Do Eliminated
Little Mix 41 Wings Put in Chair 1
5 Seconds of Summer 42 Amnesia Put in Chair 2
Xscape 43 My Little Secret Eliminated
NSYNC 44 Bye Bye Bye Put in Chair 3
Spice Girls 45 Wannabe Put in Chair 4
Fall Out Boy 46 Young Volcanoes Put in Chair 2 5 Seconds of Summer
The Pussycat Dolls 47 Don't Cha Eliminated
Backstreet Boys 48 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Put in Chair 3 NSYNC
Paramore 49 Ain't It Fun Put in Chair 4 Spice Girls
One Direction 50 Story of My Life Put in Chair 3 Backstreet Boys


The final 20 acts were confirmed as follows:

     – Winner
     – Runner-Up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Martin) Shane Harper Nick Jonas Austin Mahone Cody Simpson
Girls (Caillat) China Anne McClain Carly Rose Sonenclar Jordin Sparks Tinashe
Over 25s (Hough) Christina Aguilera Kris Allen Luke Bryan Jana Kramer
Over 40s (Ludacris) Kristin Chenoweth Patti LaBelle Idina Menzel Dolly Parton
Groups (Timmons) Fall Out Boy Little Mix One Direction Paramore

Results summary

Color key
    Contestant did not face the public vote
    Contestant was eliminated by their mentor (no public vote or final showdown)
    Contestant was in the bottom three (or two) and had to sing again in the final showdown
    Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
    Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
    Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Jordin Sparks Saved Safe 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st Safe Winner
Carly R. Sonenclar Saved Safe 10th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st Bottom 3 Safe Runner-Up
Austin Mahone Saved Safe 1st 6th 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd Safe 3rd
Idina Menzel Saved Safe 4th 4th 6th 4th Bottom 3 3rd 4th Eliminated (Week 9)
China A. McClain Saved Safe 11th 5th 8th 5th 5th Bottom 3 Eliminated (Week 8)
Jana Kramer Saved Safe 3rd Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 4th 6th Eliminated (Week 8)
Little Mix Saved Safe 12th 11th 9th 6th Bottom 3 Eliminated (Week 7)
Nick Jonas Saved Safe 5th 7th 5th 7th 8th Eliminated (Week 7)
Shane Harper Saved Safe 9th 9th 7th Bottom 3 Eliminated (Week 6)
Christina Aguilera Saved Safe 2nd 1st 4th 10th Eliminated (Week 6)
Luke Bryan Saved Safe 13th 8th Bottom 3 Eliminated (Week 5)
One Direction Saved Safe 8th 10th 12th Eliminated (Week 5)
Cody Simpson Not Saved2 Safe 7th Bottom 3 Re-Eliminated (Week 4)
Patti LaBelle Saved Safe Bottom 2 14th Eliminated (Week 4)
Paramore Saved Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated (Week 3)
Dolly Parton Saved 16th Eliminated (Week 2)
Fall Out Boy Not Saved Eliminated (Week 1)
Kristin Chenoweth Not Saved Eliminated (Week 1)
Kris Allen Not Saved Eliminated (Week 1)
Tinashe Not Saved Eliminated (Week 1)
Final showdown None LaBelle,
Little Mix,
Judges voted to Save1 None Eliminate
Martin's vote Jonas,
N/A3 Kramer Kramer Kramer Little Mix McClain
Caillat's vote Sparks,
Paramore Simpson Bryan Harper N/A3 McClain
Hough's vote Aguilera,
Paramore Simpson Bryan Harper Little Mix N/A3
Ludacris' vote Menzel,
Paramore Kramer Kramer Kramer Little Mix N/A3
Timmons' vote Paramore,
One D.,
Little Mix
LaBelle Simpson Bryan Harper Menzel McClain
Eliminated Tinashe
by Caillat
Dolly Parton
Public vote
to save
3 of 4 votes
Patti LaBelle
Public vote
to save
One Direction
Public vote
to save
Christina Aguilera
Public vote
to save
Nick Jonas
Public vote
to save
Jana Kramer
Public vote
to save
Idina Menzel
Public vote
to save
Austin Mahone
Public vote
to win
Kris Allen
by Hough
Kristin Chenoweth
by Ludacris
Cody Simpson
3 of 5 votes
Luke Bryan
3 of 5 votes
Shane Harper
3 of 5 votes
Little Mix
3 of 4 Votes
China Anne

3 of 3 Votes
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
Cody Simpson
by Martin
Fall Out Boy
by Timmons

^1 : There was no public vote in the first week and therefore no final showdown. Each judge was required to reduce their number of acts to three.
^2 : Simpson returned to the competition in week two because the judges felt that he "deserves a second shot".
^3 : This judge was not required to vote as there was already a majority.

Live Show Details

Week 1: Top 20 (November 5th/6th)

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
China Anne McClain 1 Listen Safe
Luke Bryan 2 That's My Kind of Night Safe
Kristin Chenoweth 3 Hopelessly Devoted to You Eliminated
Austin Mahone 4 Say Somethin Safe
Paramore 5 Misery Business Safe
Jordin Sparks 6 Battlefield Safe
Christina Aguilera 7 Ain't No Other Man Safe
Patti LaBelle 8 If Only You Knew Safe
Nick Jonas 9 Your Biggest Fan Safe
Fall Out Boy 10 Centuries Eliminated
Tinashe 11 Pretend Eliminated
Jana Kramer 12 Why Ya Wanna Safe
Dolly Parton 13 9 To 5 Safe
Cody Simpson 14 Pretty Brown Eyes Eliminated
Little Mix 15 Move Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 16 Hallelujah Safe
Kris Allen 17 Prove It To You Eliminated
Idina Menzel 18 Defying Gravity Safe
Shane Harper 19 Dancin' in the Rain Safe
One Direction 20 Steal My Girl Safe

Week 2: Top 16 (November 12th/13th)

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Deceased Artist Result
Christina Aguilera 1 Back to Black Amy Winehouse Safe
Idina Menzel 2 Heaven Knows Donna Summer Safe
Shane Harper 3 Billie Jean Michael Jackson Safe
Little Mix 4 I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 5 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye Safe
Jana Kramer 6 I Look to You Whitney Houston Safe
Dolly Parton 7 Cry Me a River Ella Fitzgerald Eliminated
Austin Mahone 8 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley Safe
One Direction 9 Beat It Michael Jackson Safe
China Anne McClain 10 I Have Nothing Whitney Houston Safe
Luke Bryan 11 Tougher Than the Rest Chris LeDoux Safe
Patti LaBelle 12 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston Safe
Nick Jonas 13 Thriller Michael Jackson Safe
Paramore 14 War Edwin Starr Safe
Jordin Sparks 15 I Wanna Dance with Somebody Whitney Houston Safe
Cody Simpson 16 Bad Michael Jackson Safe

Week 3: Top 15 (November 19th/20th)

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Year Result
Jana Kramer 1 She Works Hard for the Money 1983 Safe
Austin Mahone 2 Not Gon' Cry 1996 Safe
China Anne McClain 3 My All 1998 Safe
One Direction 4 That's the Way Love Goes 1993 Safe
Idina Menzel 5 Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves 1971 Safe
Luke Bryan 6 Sara Smile 1976 Safe
Shane Harper 7 Another Sad Love Song 1993 Safe
Jordin Sparks 8 Like a Prayer 1989 Safe
Paramore 9 Livin' On a Prayer 1986 Bottom Two
Patti LaBelle 10 Long Ago (And Far Away) 1944 Bottom Two
Christina Aguilera 11 Call Me 1980 Safe
Cody Simpson 12 My Heart Will Go On 1997 Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 13 Livin' La Vida Loca 1999 Safe
Little Mix 14 Save the Best For Last 1992 Safe
Nick Jonas 15 Achy Breaky Heart 1992 Safe
Final showdown details
Paramore 1 Still Into You Eliminated
Patti LaBelle 2 Lady Marmalade Safe

Week 4: Top 14 (November 26th/27th)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Shane Harper 1 Not Over You Safe
One Direction 2 Live While We're Young Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 3 When I Was Your Man Safe
Idina Menzel 4 Tomorrow Safe
Luke Bryan 5 Sweet Home Alabama Safe
Nick Jonas 6 Let Me Love You Safe
Little Mix 7 Salute Safe
Jordin Sparks 8 Halo Safe
Cody Simpson 9 I'm Yours Bottom Three
Christina Aguilera 10 I'm Goin' Down Safe
China Anne McClain 11 California King Bed Safe
Jana Kramer 12 Somethin' Bad Bottom Three
Austin Mahone 13 If I Ain't Got You Safe
Patti LaBelle 14 Diamonds Eliminated
Final showdown details
Jana Kramer 1 Love Safe
Cody Simpson 2 On My Mind Eliminated

Week 5: Top 12 (December 3rd/4th)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Luke Bryan 1 Cruise Bottom Three
Jordin Sparks 2 Stay Safe
Nick Jonas 3 Best I Ever Had Safe
One Direction 4 What Makes You Beautiful Eliminated
Christina Aguilera 5 Not Myself Tonight Safe
Austin Mahone 6 What About Love Safe
China Anne McClain 7 True Love Safe
Idina Menzel 8 For the First Time in Forever Safe
Shane Harper 9 Let Her Go Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 10 Unconditionally Safe
Little Mix 11 Born This Way Safe
Jana Kramer 12 Baggage Claim Bottom Three
Final showdown details
Luke Bryan 1 Roller Coaster Eliminated
Jana Kramer 2 One of the Boys Safe

Week 6: Top 10 (December 10th/11th)

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song Result
Idina Menzel 1 See You Again Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 2 Wrecking Ball Safe
Austin Mahone 3 7 Things Safe
Jana Kramer 4 When I Look At You Bottom Three
Little Mix 5 Someone Else Safe
Nick Jonas 6 Adore You Safe
China Anne McClain 7 Breakout Safe
Christina Aguilera 8 The Climb Eliminated
Shane Harper 9 Can't Be Tamed Bottom Three
Jordin Sparks 10 Wherever I Go Safe
Final showdown details
Jana Kramer 1 I Hope It Rains Safe
Shane Harper 2 Rocketship Eliminated

Week 7: Top 8 (December 17th/18th)

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song Movie Result
China Anne McClain 1 Something's Got a Hold On Me Burlesque Safe
Austin Mahone 2 She Will Be Loved The Last Song Safe
Little Mix 3 Don't You (Forget About Me) The Breakfast Club Bottom Three
Jordin Sparks 4 Gotta Go My Own Way High School Musical 2 Safe
Jana Kramer 5 Country Strong Country Strong Safe
Idina Menzel 6 Grateful Beyond the Lights Bottom Three
Nick Jonas 7 Skyfall Skyfall Eliminated
Carly Rose Sonenclar 8 Somewhere Over the Rainbow The Wizard of Oz Safe
Final showdown details
Little Mix 1 Miss Movin' On Eliminated
Idina Menzel 2 Brave Safe

Week 8: Top 6 (December 31st/January 1st)

For the first time this season, each contestant will perform two songs. The list of song choices for the Pepsi Challenge was released via Twitter on December 26, 2014.

Choices for Pepsi Challenge
Act Song choices Result
Austin Mahone Drive By Not chosen
I Don't Want To Be Chosen
It Will Rain Not chosen
Carly Rose Sonenclar Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Not chosen
Treasure Chosen
Vision of Love Not chosen
Jana Kramer Blown Away Not chosen
I Hope You Dance Chosen
I Won't Give Up Not chosen
Jordin Sparks Almost is Never Enough Not chosen
Love The Way You Lie (Part 2) Chosen
A Thousand Miles Not chosen
China Anne McClain Human Not chosen
Rumor Has It Chosen
Skyscraper Not chosen
Idina Menzel Heaven Help My Heart Not chosen
Poker Face Not chosen
You Learn to Live Without Chosen
Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order First Song Order Second Song Result
Austin Mahone 1 Maps 7 I Don't Want To Be Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar 2 Turning Tables 8 Treasure Bottom Three
Jana Kramer 3 My Hallelujah Song 9 I Hope You Dance Eliminated
Jordin Sparks 4 Cannonball 10 Love The Way You Lie (Part 2) Safe
China Anne McClain 5 Bubbly 11 Rumor Has It Bottom Three
Idina Menzel 6 Fast Car 12 You Learn to Live Without Safe
Final showdown details
Carly Rose Sonenclar 1 Brokenhearted Safe
China Anne McClain 2 Impossible Eliminated

Week 9: Semi-Final (January 7th/8th)

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order First Song Order Second Song Result
Carly Rose Sonenclar 1 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) 5 Girl on Fire Safe
Jordin Sparks 2 A Thousand Miles 6 Chandelier Safe
Idina Menzel 3 Poker Face 7 Breakeven Eliminated
Austin Mahone 4 50 Ways to Say Goodbye 8 Marry Me Safe

Week 10: Final (January 14th/15th)

The final consisted of two two-hour episodes on January 14 and 15.

January 14
  • Themes: Retrospective Songs (Best Performance of the Season); Duet with Celebrity; Song For the Win
Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
Act Order First Song Order Second Song (duet) Order Third Song
Jordin Sparks 1 Stay 4 Big Girls Don't Cry (with Fergie) 7 Titanium
Austin Mahone 2 If I Ain't Got You 5 Bruises (with Ashley Monroe) 8 Not a Bad Thing
Carly Rose Sonenclar 3 Turning Tables 6 Who Says (with Selena Gomez) 9 No One
January 15
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order Song Result
Austin Mahone 1 Adiós Third Place
Carly Rose Sonenclar 2 Try Runner-Up
Jordin Sparks 3 Fallin' For You Winner