|Number of missions||8 (Mission 18 18 Berlin, Mission 19 19 Valletta, Mission 20 20 Bruges, Mission 21 21 Budapest, Mission 22 22 Lisbon, Mission 24 24 Arnhem, Mission 25 25 Ghent, Mission 26 21 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mission 27 27 Sofia)|
|Gets a destination||always|
|Missions commanded||1 (Mission 23 23 Copenhagen)|
|Draw privilege||Louis' X Factor contest|
|Preceding mascot||Marco Taylor|
|Following mascot||Gozer the Gozerian|
Louis' X Factor contest
This normally occurs over lunch on the excursion day. It is a loose interpretation of the 2008-2010 format of the X Factor TV series. Four Colonel's men are selected at random to play the roles of Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dermot O'Leary; the remainder play members of the studio audience. Dermot also gets a vote as an audience member (note this may differ from the real format)
Special rules when few men are available
When only 4 Colonel's men are available, all 4 get a vote as an audience member. When this happens, judges tend to vote for their protégées, although Rupert (Louis) did once vote against his because he felt sorry for Steve (Simon).
The table below indicates, where known, who has been allocated which judge, which person's destinations where championed and which destinations were picked.
|Mission 19 19 Valletta||Rupert||David||Steve||Mike||Dave|
|Mission 20 20 Bruges|
|Mission 21 21 Budapest|
|Mission 22 22 Lisbon|
|Mission 23 23 Copenhagen|
|Mission 24 24 Arnhem|
|Mission 25 25 Ghent||Rupert||Mike||Steve||Dave||David|
|Mission 26 21 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen||David (David: Tromso (2nd), Las Vegas (3rd), Torshavn (7th))||Mike (Chris: Vienna (4th), Vilnius (5th), Prague (9th))||Rupert (Steve: Dubrovnik (1st), Zadar (6th), Kefalonia (8th))||Steve|
|Mission 27 27 Sofia||Dave (Mike: Venice (3rd), Amsterdam (8th), Balaton (9th))||David (Mascots: Vienna (1st), Douglas (5th), Halifax (7th))||Mike (Steve: Dubrovnik (2nd), Kefalonia (4th), Interlaken (6th))||Steve||Rupert|
The judges are required to save one destination in each round from rounds 1 to 4. In round 5, the judges are not able to cast a vote to send one destination home, with the public vote deciding the overall winner.
Votes to send a destination home for Mission 26:
|Judge||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5|
|Simon (David)||Zadar||Zadar (eliminated)||Vilnius (eliminated)||Vienna (eliminated)|
|Cheryl (Mike)||Kefalonia (eliminated)||Zadar (eliminated)||Las Vegas||Las Vegas|
|Louis (Rupert)||Kefalonia (eliminated)||Vilnius||Vilnius (eliminated)||Vienna (eliminated)|
Votes to send a destination home for Mission 27:
|Judge||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|Simon (Dave)||Interlaken||Douglas (eliminated)||Kefalonia (eliminated)|
|Louis (Mike)||Interlaken (eliminated)||Douglas (eliminated)||Kefalonia (eliminated)|
Interaction with Gløgg
If Gløgg bums Louis, he loses his destination. All that palaver was for nothing.
If Louis is helped, the runner-up of the contest is additionally entered into the draw as "Gløgg's choice".