|The X Factor|
|Running time||60–150 minutes|
|Episode(s) featuring Adele||December 13, 2015|
The X Factor is a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent. The contestants are aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and has since aired annually from August/September until December. It is broadcast on the ITV network in the UK and simulcast on TV3 in Ireland. The “X Factor” in the title refers to the undefinable “something” that makes for star quality. The series consists of auditions, bootcamp, judges’ houses, several weeks of live shows, semi-finals, and the final.
On October 18, 2015, a commercial aired during The X Factor that previewed new Adele music, later revealed to be the lead single from 25, “Hello.” On December 13, she performed “Hello” during the season finale of the show, telling host Olly Murs, “I’ve honestly been waiting my whole life to do this.”