Simon Cowell has denied claims that his TV shows exploit people, whilst admitting there are moments that make him feel "uncomfortable".
A Pink tribute act who lashed out after a failed X Factor audition has lost her complaint against the show.
A college has launched a course specifically aimed at helping prepare budding performers for the X Factor auditions.
Former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson has signed a record deal with Sony.
X Factor winner James Arthur proved nothing is impossible when his debut single rocketed to the top of the charts. Impossible became the fastest selling single of the year so far, with 490,000 copies, according to the Official Chart Company.
He said: "To everyone from home and around Britain who bought the single, thank you very, very much. You've made my dreams come true.
"The fact that it was in aid of Together For Short Lives, which is a great cause and a great charity, I think that really helped.
"My Number one Award is going to go on my mantelpiece and I'll probably kiss it for two weeks solid every time I pass it!"
Comedian Harry Hill, who is going back on tour for the first time in six-years, has told Daybreak that he is making an X Factor musical.
Watch the full interview on the Daybreak website.
Prime Minister David Cameron was joined by the three X Factor finalists Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Christopher Maloney, judge Nicole Scherzinger and hundreds of school children in Downing Street for the switching on of the Christmas tree lights.
The X Factor saw its semi-final audience plummet with 2.6 million fewer viewers than last year.
The ITV1 singing contest drew an average of eight million during the 90-minute show, as its ratings slump across the series continued.
At this stage last year the Saturday night edition of the show had pulled in 10.6 million viewers.
But compared with the 2010 semi it has proved to be even more disastrous, with the audience dropping almost 42% on the 13.7 million who tuned in two years ago.
X Factor normally experiences a lift in viewer interest as it reaches its climax, but last night's semi-final was actually down 200,000 on the previous Saturday.
The proceeds from this year's X Factor winner's Christmas single are to be donated to the children’s charity Together for Short Lives.
The song will be released after the winner of the ITV talent show is announced.
The two finalists will perform their version of the single live during the final in Manchester.
Simon Cowell said: "Together for Short Lives is such an inspiring and important charity.
"These hospices are really happy and positive places and are a complete lifeline for so many families," he added.
The charity is expected to receive at least £1 for each CD and 20p for each download.
X Factor's Rylan Clark, who became the eight act to be voted off the show, has told Daybreak that he was ready to leave.
He added: "If I'd have won it, there wouldn't be an X Factor next year".