7 episodes

The fame, fortune and fallout - Chi Chi Izundu looks back at one of Britain's biggest TV shows. The X Factor promised to turn ordinary people into superstars, but at what cost?
Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants felt, the toll it took on some of them and what really happened behind the scenes.

Offstage: Inside The X Factor BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

The fame, fortune and fallout - Chi Chi Izundu looks back at one of Britain's biggest TV shows. The X Factor promised to turn ordinary people into superstars, but at what cost?
Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants felt, the toll it took on some of them and what really happened behind the scenes.

    Introducing… Offstage: Inside The X Factor

    Introducing… Offstage: Inside The X Factor

    Join Chi Chi Izundu as she looks back on The X Factor, where contestants perform in front of celebrity judges to realise their dream. It’s a world of glamour and excitement, but also of hard truths, hard words and hard work. For our hopefuls, the first step is the audition process. We go behind the scenes to look at how the process unfolds, and what staff and contestants remember about the beginning of their road to stardom.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing what contestants and former staff really think, the toll it took on some of them, and what they say happened behind the scenes.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor is available as a box set on Friday 26 January 2024.

    • 2 min
    1. For Our Entertainment

    1. For Our Entertainment

    Join Chi Chi Izundu as she looks back on the world of The X Factor, where contestants perform in front of celebrity judges to realise their dream. It’s a world of glamour and excitement, but also of hard truths, hard words and hard work. For our hopefuls, the first step is the audition process. We go behind the scenes to look at how the process unfolds, and what staff and contestants remember about the beginning of their road to stardom.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants and staff felt, the toll it took on some of them and what they say happened behind the scenes. 

    Presenter: Chi Chi Izundu
    Producers: Rob Brown, Jo Adnitt, Lucy Burns, Joe Kent
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Production Co-ordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Archive:
    The X Factor series 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 (Fremantle/Syco/ITV)
    Youtube/nats89

    • 30 min
    2. It Changed My Life

    2. It Changed My Life

    The X Factor was brilliant at building characters for the audience to love, and hate. Contestants played their roles in each stage, from "bootcamp" to the glitz of the judges' houses.
    Join Chi Chi Izundu as she looks back on the world of The X Factor, where contestants perform in front of celebrity judges to realise their dream of becoming household names. It’s a world of glamour and excitement, but also of hard truths, hard words and hard work.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants and staff felt, the toll it took on some of them and what they say happened behind the scenes. 

    Presenter: Chi Chi Izundu
    Producers: Rob Brown, Jo Adnitt, Lucy Burns, Joe Kent
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Production Co-ordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Archive:
    The X Factor series 2, 7, 9, 10, 13 (Fremantle/Syco/ITV)

    • 28 min
    3. The Biggest Opportunity

    3. The Biggest Opportunity

    The contestants who make it through to the live shows live together in a shared house. Chi Chi hears tales of long days, press stories, painful teeth whitening, and a sense of nervous anticipation.
    Join Chi Chi Izundu as she looks back on the world of The X Factor, where contestants perform in front of celebrity judges to realise their dream of becoming household names. It’s a world of glamour and excitement, but also of hard truths, hard words and hard work.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants and staff felt, the toll it took on some of them and what they say happened behind the scenes. 

    Presenter: Chi Chi Izundu
    Producers: Rob Brown, Jo Adnitt, Lucy Burns, Joe Kent
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Production Co-ordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Archive:
    The X Factor series 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16 (Fremantle/Syco/ITV)
    Youtube/wearebelleamie (2010)

    • 28 min
    4. Fame

    4. Fame

    The X factor finalists become famous overnight; even popping out to the shops becomes an ordeal. They’re a target for a hungry press and publicity machine; how does that affect them and the staff tasked with looking after them? And how did stories make it to the journalists?
    Join Chi Chi Izundu as she looks back on the world of The X Factor, where contestants perform in front of celebrity judges to realise their dream of becoming household names. It’s a world of glamour and excitement, but also of hard truths, hard words and hard work.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants and staff felt, the toll it took on some of them, and what they say happened behind the scenes. 

    Presenter: Chi Chi Izundu
    Producers: Rob Brown, Jo Adnitt, Lucy Burns, Joe Kent
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Production Co-ordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Archive:
    Youtube/jedwardtv (2011)
    Youtube/thehollywoodfix (2020)
    America’s Got Talent (2009, Fremantle USA/Syco/NBC)
    Youtube/OnDemandEntertainment (2009)

    • 28 min
    5. It’s Always the Money

    5. It’s Always the Money

    The X Factor finalists have to make financial and legal decisions, but are they out of their depth? Chi Chi considers how The X Factor makes money even though it is no longer on TV. And how well did the contestants understand the business side of show business?
    Join Chi Chi Izundu as she looks back on the world of The X Factor, where contestants perform in front of celebrity judges to realise their dream of becoming household names. It’s a world of glamour and excitement, but also of hard truths, hard words and hard work.
    Offstage: Inside The X Factor captures the emotion, the excitement and the drama of the show and features some of the captivating characters that led to its enduring success. But it also looks beyond the glitz and glamour revealing how contestants and staff felt, the toll it took on some of them and what they say happened behind the scenes. 

    Presenter: Chi Chi Izundu
    Producers: Rob Brown, Jo Adnitt, Lucy Burns, Joe Kent
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Production Co-ordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Archive:
    The X Factor series 4, 10 (Fremantle/Syco/ITV)
    Youtube/WhatsOnTV (2008)
    So Graham Norton (2002, So Productions/Channel 4)

    • 27 min

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