With the tenth series of The X Factor about to start on Saturday evening, millions of people across Britain will be glued to television screens as the X Factor judges start the process of uncovering talented finalists. Here at Ordnance Survey head office, our minds inevitably turned to mapping – and we wondered where the previous X Factor finalists came from, and whether there were hotspots around the country that produce them.
So, we created a finalists map using OS OpenSpace. Anyone who made it to the final three in the last nine series makes it to the map. We’ve placed a marker in their home town (as identified by Wikipedia), in England, Scotland and Wales (the countries we map as Great Britain’s national mapping authority).
As you can see, for groups, we’re highlighting each group member. For anyone with a home town outside Great Britain, we’ll place the marker in London, home of the X Factor recording studios.
Take a look at our X Factor finalists map and see if there any finalists clustered in your area – perhaps it will inspire you to audition next year! You can search on name, category (group, girls etc), season or position.