The sixth UK series of The X Factor was broadcast on ITV1. It began airing on 22 August 2009 and finished with a grand finale on 13 December 2009. Each category was mentored by one of the show's four judges: Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole. Cowell mentored the Over 25s, Minogue was looking after the Girls, Walsh had the Groups and Cole mentored the Boys. In the final, Joe McElderry was declared the winner, Olly Murs was the runner-up and Stacey Solomon finished in third place.