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9 January 2012
Can The X Factor muster another number one?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
UK X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix (who were the first group to ever win the X Factor) were beaten to the Christmas number one by the Military Wives Choir, but how did it play out?

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Misha B

9 December 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 9

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
With The X Factor final just a stones throw away, and last weeks analysis and infographic pointing to a Little Mix win, have things changed and where does it leave the other contestants in the social media stakes?

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Little Mix

26 November 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 7

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
There's fresh controversy around how the Marks & Spencers ad featuring the finalists is creating a bit of stir about favouritism, with new editing swapping Misha B’s spot for Amelia Lily. I have also raised twice over the last seven weeks over what could be perceived favouritism of 17 year old Irish contestant Janet Devlin, due to her prominence on the programme’s official YouTube channel and email shots.

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Kitty Brucknell

18 November 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 6

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Creating quite the media storm certainly helped The X Factor’s social profiles, with the programmes YouTube channel seeing an extra one million upload views and a 350 increase in subscribers this week compared to Week 5. The interesting figures for The X Factor come when you look at its Facebook engagement and Twitter followers.

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The X Factor: Social media and the live shows Sophie Habisis – Week 4

6 November 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 4

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
The X Factor week 4 saw the Halloween the theme for the 10 hopeful contestants left in the competition. It certainly was an apt theme in that it turned out to be a living nightmare for the programme maker, judges and of course for one contestant in particular.

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The X Factor: Social media and the live shows - Week 2

29 October 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 3

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Just before the fourth live show, taking a look at how the social media stats measure up for last week’s live show, can we use that to predict who will be in the bottom two?

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The X Factor and Frankie Cocozza

22 October 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 2

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
The second of the X Factor live shows brought some interesting television viewing and results last week. The activity and engagement from social media quarters wasn’t bad either, with one of the shows favourites Frankie Cocozza in the bottom two with NuVibe in the first sing-off, what role is social media have to play?

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X Factor judges 2011

15 October 2011
Will social media marketing determine the X Factor winner?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
The X Factor may have hit our screens from 20 August with its infamous audition and judge’s houses episodes, but it’s the live shows are where it’s at. With the judges keen to win the title with one of their remaining three acts, it’s not just the performance on stage that may make the difference. Production companies, contestants and judges are beginning realise how social media can be another friend in the battle of viewers and votes.

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The X Factor: Social media and the live shows - Week 1

14 October 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 1

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Each week we’ll be bringing you an overview of The X Factor (UK), and what is transpiring in a social media environment. Over time we'll look at questions such as: Do ITV’s viewing figures correspond to growth and engagement across social channels and can social media determine the winner of The X Factor 2011?

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