The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by Simon Cowell. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol (2001–03).

X-Factor is now a worldwide television show. It is shown in countries like Denmark, U.S.A and New Zealand. There have been a total of 171 winners of The X Factor worldwide.

In X-Factor the judges only critique the contestants’ performances, on The X Factor each judge “mentors” the finalists in a particular category, aiding them with song selection and styling, while also participating together in judging the contestants in the other categories.