The X Factor

Series 9 - Episode 8

Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

Boot camp weekend is the next test for the 200-odd contestants whom the judges, in some cases rather rashly, waved through the auditions. Expect forgotten lyrics, tears, the formation of new girl bands and some early favourites falling flat as they’re told what to sing for the first time.

If it’s anything like last year, tonight will be a confusing whittling process, with the real fireworks happening tomorrow at the Liverpool Arena, as the last few dozen try everything to get to the judges’ houses stage. In 2011, this was when Kitty Brucknell unleashed her light-bulb catsuit…

About this programme

8/21. In the first of two boot-camp editions this week, more than 200 contestants who impressed at the auditions head to Liverpool's Echo Arena for a series of challenges. Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh will be on the lookout for star potential as the acts try to raise their game, but the pressure of the competition means some of the more promising singers disappoint, and others forget their lyrics. Dermot O'Leary is with the hopefuls backstage as they rehearse for these make-or-break performances.

Cast and crew


Dermot O'Leary
Gary Barlow
Nicole Scherzinger
Louis Walsh


Phil Heyes
Executive Producer
Richard Holloway
Executive Producer
Beth Hart
Executive Producer
Mark Sidaway
Series Producer
Claudia Cunnell
Series Producer
Cat Lawson