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The X Factor
The X Factor
is a television music competition franchise created by British producer Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
and his company SYCOtv. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol (2001–2003), and has been adapted in various countries. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality.[1] The prize is usually a recording contract, in addition to the publicity that appearance in the later stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but also for other highly ranked contestants. The similarities between The X Factor
The X Factor
and Idols prompted Idol creator Simon Fuller, along with 19 Entertainment, to file a lawsuit against Cowell, SYCOtv, and FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia
in 2004. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005 allowing Fuller to gain a 10 per cent share in The X Factor format, and preventing an American version until 2010.[2][3] Fuller later filed another lawsuit in 2011, claiming that he had also been promised that he would be credited as an executive producer of The X Factor
The X Factor
USA, but that Syco, FremantleMedia, and Fox Broadcasting Company had failed to fulfill that promise; that lawsuit is pending.[4][5][6][7] Unlike Idol, where the judges only critique the contestants' performances, on The X Factor
The X Factor
each judge "mentors" the finalists in a particular category, aiding them with song selection and styling, while also participating together in judging the contestants in the other categories. Not only Idol, but also new singing shows The Voice and Rising Star have become rival shows to The X Factor.

Contents

1 The X Factor
The X Factor
around the world 2 Notes 3 Disputes and controversies

3.1 Legal dispute 3.2 Denmark 3.3 New Zealand

3.3.1 Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
outburst 3.3.2 Shae Brider 3.3.3 Natalia Kills' and Willy Moon's abuse of Joe Irvine

3.4 United Kingdom 3.5 United States

3.5.1 Rachel Crow
Rachel Crow
elimination 3.5.2 Don Phillip audition

4 Celebrity versions 5 International versions 6 See also 7 References

The X Factor
The X Factor
around the world[edit]

Location of different franchises of The X Factor   Own version   Joint version   Regional version

There have been a total of 181 winners of The X Factor
The X Factor
worldwide.      Franchise that is currently airing      Franchise that is not currently airing, but will return in the future      Franchise that has ended      Franchise that is in development

Country/Region Local title Network Winner Judges Hosts

 Albania  Kosovo X Factor TV Klan

Season 1, 2012: Sheila Haxhiraj Season 2, 2012–13: Arilena Ara Season 3, 2013–14: Ergi Dini Season 4, 2015: Edea Demaliaj

Pandi Laço (1–4) Alban Skënderaj
Alban Skënderaj
(1–4) Vesa Luma (1) Juliana Pasha
Juliana Pasha
(1) Altuna Sejdiu (2–3) Soni Malaj (2–3) Miriam Cani (4) Bleona Qereti
Bleona Qereti
(4)

Alketa Vejsiu (1–4)

Arab world The X Factor سير النجاحX Rotana

Season 1, 2006: Rajaa Kasabni Season 2, 2007: Muhammad El Majzoub

Nelly (Egyptian entertainer) (1) Michel Elefteriades
Michel Elefteriades
(1–2) Khaled El Sheikh (1–2) Anoushka (1)

Joel Rahme

The X Factor CBC

Season 1, 2013: Mohammed Elrifi

Carole Samaha Elissa Hussain Al Jasmi Wael Kfoury

Bassel Alzaro Yosra Lozy

The X Factor MBC 4

Season 1, 2015: Hamza Hawsawi

Elissa Ragheb Alama Donia Samir Ghanem

Bassel Alzaro Daniella Rahme

 Armenia

ԻՔՍ–ՖԱԿՏՈՐ X–Factor Shant TV Website

Season 1, 2010–11: Vrezh Kirakosyan Season 2, 2012–13: Kim Grigoryan Season 3, 2014: Vahé Margaryan Season 4, 2016-17: Edgar Ghandilyan Season 5, 2018: Upcoming Season

Current Garik Papoyan André (2–) Erik (4-) Shushanik Arevshatyan (4-) Former Egor Glumov (1, 3) Naira Gyurjinyan (1–2) Gisane Palyan (1–2) Emmy (3)

Aram Mp3
Aram Mp3
(1–2) Grisha Aghakhanyan (3)

 Australia The X Factor Former Seven Network
Seven Network
(2–8) Network Ten
Network Ten
(1)

Season 1, 2005: Random Season 2, 2010: Altiyan Childs Season 3, 2011: Reece Mastin Season 4, 2012: Samantha Jade Season 5, 2013: Dami Im Season 6, 2014: Marlisa Punzalan Season 7, 2015: Cyrus Villanueva Season 8, 2016: Isaiah Firebrace

Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea
(8) Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
(8) Dannii Minogue
Dannii Minogue
(5–7) Redfoo
Redfoo
(5–6) Mel B
Mel B
(3–4, 8) Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
(3–6) Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
(7) James Blunt
James Blunt
(7) Kyle Sandilands
Kyle Sandilands
(2) Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia
(2) Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating
(2–6) Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian
(2–4, 7–8) Kate Ceberano
Kate Ceberano
(1) Mark Holden (1) John Reid (1)

Luke Jacobz
Luke Jacobz
(2–7) Daniel MacPherson
Daniel MacPherson
(1) Jason Dundas
Jason Dundas
(8) Chloe Maxwell
Chloe Maxwell
(The Xtra Factor,1) Natalie Garonzi (The Xtra Factor, 2)

Balkan States  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Croatia  Republic of Macedonia  Montenegro  Serbia

X Factor Adria

RTL Televizija
RTL Televizija
(2) TV Sitel
TV Sitel
(1-2) Prva (2) Federalna (1-2) RTV Pink (1) RTRS
RTRS
(2)

Series 1, 2013–14: Daniel Kajmakoski Series 2, 2015: Amel Ćurić

Željko Joksimović
Željko Joksimović
(1–2) Emina Jahović
Emina Jahović
(1) Kiki Lesendrić
Kiki Lesendrić
(1) Kristina Kovač
Kristina Kovač
(1) Aleksandra Kovač
Aleksandra Kovač
(2) Massimo Savić
Massimo Savić
(2) Tonči Huljić (2)

Ana Grubin (live shows, 1) Bane Jevtić (1, Auditions, backstage, 1) Snezana Velkov (1, Auditions, backstage, 1) Una Senić (X Star, judges' houses, 1) Antonija Blaće (selection process, live shows, 2) Aleksandar Radojičić (selection process, live shows, 2) Nikolina Pišek (backstage, 2)

 Belarus

Поющие города Singing
Singing
Cities CTV

 Belgium X Factor vtm Website

Season 1, 2005: Udo Mechels Season 2, 2008: Dirk De Smet

Kris Wauters
Kris Wauters
(1–2) Jean Blaute (1) Liliane Saint-Pierre
Liliane Saint-Pierre
(1) Maurice Engelen
Maurice Engelen
(2) Do (2)

Hadise
Hadise
(2) Koen Wauters
Koen Wauters
(1)

 Brazil X Factor Band Website TNT

Season 1, 2016: Cristopher Clark Season 2, 2017: Cancelled

Rick Bonadio Alinne Rosa Di Ferrero Paulo Miklos

Fernanda Paes Leme
Fernanda Paes Leme
(X Factor) Maurício Meirelles (Pré-Factor)

 Bolivia Factor X Bolivia Red Uno [1] Season 1, 2018: On air

Andrés Barba Mayra González Jonathan Moly Chris Syler

Carlos Rocabado Ximena Zalzer

 Bulgaria X Factor NovaTv Website

Season 1, 2011: Raffi Boghosyan Season 2, 2013: Zhana Bergendorff Season 3, 2014–15: Slavin Slavchev Season 4, 2015–16: Christiana Louizu Season 5, 2017: 4 Magic

Current Krisko (4–) Sanya Armutlieva (2–) Lubo Kirov (2–3, 5–) Zaki (2–3, 5–) Former Maria Ilieva
Maria Ilieva
(1–3) Poli Genova
Poli Genova
(1) Vasko Vasilev (1) Maga (1) Lucy Diakovska
Lucy Diakovska
(4) Magarditch Halvadjian
Magarditch Halvadjian
(4)

Current Maria Ignatova (2–) Alexandra Raeva (2–) Former Deo (1)

 Cambodia X Factor Cambodia Hang Meas HDTV Season 1, TBC: Upcoming season

TBA

TBA

 Chile Factor X TVN Website

Season 1, 2011: Sergio Járlaz Season 2, 2012: Juan Gabriel Valenzuela

Tito Beltrán Karen Doggenweiler Mon Laferte
Mon Laferte
(2) José Luis Rodríguez (2) Zeta Bosio
Zeta Bosio
(1)

Julián Elfenbein

 China The X Factor: 激情唱响 The X Factor: Passionate Singer Liaoning TV

Season 1, 2011: Li Shangshang Season 2, 2012: Chen Yumeng

Angie Chai Chih–ping Aduo Chen Ming Chen Yufan

Da Zuo Shao Wenjie

The X Factor: 中国最强音 The X Factor: China's Strongest Voice HBS: Hunan TV

Season 1, 2013: Zeng Yiming

Eason Chan
Eason Chan
Yik–shun Lo Ta–yu Zheng Jun Zhang Ziyi

Zhu Dan He Jiong

 Colombia El Factor X The X Factor RCN TV Website

Series 1, 2005: Julio César Meza Series 2, 2006: Francisco Villarreal Series 3, 2009: Siam

Marbelle José Gaviria Juan Carlos Coronel

Andrea Serna

El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

Series 1, 2006: Luz Amparo Álvarez

El Factor Xs

Season 1, 2006: Andres Camilo Hurtado Season 2, 2007: Camilo Echeverry Correa Season 3, 2011: Shaira Selena Peláez

Marbelle José Gaviria Juan Carlos Coronel (1, 3) Wilfrido Vargas (2)

El Factor X
El Factor X
Family

Season 1, 2015: Dúo Herencia

Marbelle José Gaviria Juan Carlos Coronel Reykon

 Czech Republic X Factor TV Nova Website

Season 1, 2008: Jiří Zonyga

Gabriela Osvaldová Ondřej Soukup Petr Janda

Leoš Mareš

 Czech Republic  Slovakia X Factor Prima family Website TV JOJ Website

Season 1, 2014: Peter Bažík

Celeste Buckingham Ondřej Brzobohatý Sisa Sklovská Oto Klempíř

Martin "Pyco" Rausch

 Denmark X Factor DR (1–11) Website TV 2 (12–)[8]

Season 1, 2008: Martin Hoberg Hedegaard Season 2, 2009: Linda Andrews Season 3, 2010: Thomas Ring Petersen Season 4, 2011: Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen Season 5, 2012: Ida Østergaard Madsen Season 6, 2013: Chresten Falck Damborg Season 7, 2014: Anthony Jasmin Season 8, 2015: Emilie Esther Season 9, 2016: Embrace Season 10, 2017: Morten Nørgaard Season 11, 2018: Place on Earth Season 12, 2019: Upcoming season

Current Thomas Blachman
Thomas Blachman
(1–2, 4–) Sanne Salomonsen
Sanne Salomonsen
(11–) Remee
Remee
(1–3, 7–) Former Lina Rafn
Lina Rafn
(1–2, 7–8) Soulshock (3) Pernille Rosendahl (3–5) Cutfather (4–5) Ida Corr
Ida Corr
(6) Anne Linnet
Anne Linnet
(6) Mette Lindberg
Mette Lindberg
(9–10)

Current Sofie Linde Ingversen (9–) Former Eva Harlou (7–8) Lise Rønne
Lise Rønne
(1–2, 4–5) Signe Muusmann (3) Signe Molde (6) Emil Thorup (Xtra Factor, 6) Thomas Skov (X Factor Backstage, 8) Joakim Ingversen (11 from 1st to 2nd live shows) Joakim Ingversen (Ultra Factor, 9–11) Jacob Riising (Ultra Factor, 11)

 Ecuador Factor X Kids Ecuador Ecuavisa

Season 1, 2015: Celena Rosero

Jorge Luis del Hierro (1–) Pamela Cortéz (1–) Maykel Cedeño (1–)

Ursula Strenge

 Finland X Factor MTV3 Website

Season 1, 2010: Elias Hämäläinen Season 2, 2018: Current season

Current Michael Monroe
Michael Monroe
(2-) Saara Aalto
Saara Aalto
(2-) Suvi Teräsniska
Suvi Teräsniska
(2-) Mikael Gabriel
Mikael Gabriel
(2-) Former Linda Brava
Linda Brava
(1) Renne Korppila (1) Gugi Kokljuschkin (1)

Current Ile Uusivuori (2-) Viivi Pumpanen (2-) Former Heikki Paasonen (1) Jukka Rossi (Xtra Factor) (1)

 France Wallonia

X Factor M6 (2) W9 (1) Website RTL–TVI Website

Season 1, 2009: Sébastien Agius Season 2, 2011: Matthew Raymond-Barker

Henry Padovani (2) Olivier Schultheis (2) Véronic DiCaire
Véronic DiCaire
(2) Christophe Willem
Christophe Willem
(2) Marc Cerrone
Marc Cerrone
(1) Julie Zenatti
Julie Zenatti
(1) Alain Lanty (1)

Sandrine Corman (2) Jérôme Anthony
Jérôme Anthony
(F@n Factor, 2) Alexandre Devoise (1)

 Georgia

X Factor Georgia X ფაქტორი Rustavi 2

Season 1, 2014: Tornike Kipiani Season 2, 2015: Giorgi Nakashidze Season 3, 2016: Avto Abeslamidze Season 4, 2017: Sandro Lacquer Season 5, 2018: Upcoming season

Current Tamta
Tamta
(1–2, 5–) TBA (5–) TBA (5–) TBA (5–) Former Giorgi Gabunia (1–4) Stephane Mgebrishvili (1,4) Sopho Toroshelidze (1) Sofia Nizharadze
Sofia Nizharadze
(2–4) Anri Jokhadze
Anri Jokhadze
(2) Nina Sublatti
Nina Sublatti
(3) Nika Gvaramia (3) Dato Porchkhidze (3) Lela Tsurtsumia (4)

Ruska Makashvili Giorgi Kipshidze

 Germany X Factor VOX (1-3) Sky 1 (4-)

Season 1, 2010: Edita Abdieski Season 2, 2011: David Pfeffer Season 3, 2012: Mrs. Greenbird Season 4, 2018: Upcoming season

Current Sido (4-) Former Sarah Connor (1–3) Sandra Nasic
Sandra Nasic
(3) HP Baxxter
HP Baxxter
(3) Moses Pelham (3) Till Brönner
Till Brönner
(1–2) Das Bo (2) George Glueck (1)

Current Charlotte Würdig (4-) Former Jochen Schropp (1–3) Janin Reinhardt (backstage, 2)

 Greece  Cyprus The X Factor Current E Channel (6-) Former ANT1
ANT1
(1-3) Skai TV
Skai TV
(4-5) Sigma TV (4-5)

Series 1, 2008–09: Loukas Giorkas Series 2, 2009–10: Stavros Michalakakos Series 3, 2010–11: Haris Antoniou Series 4, 2016: Andreas Leontas Series 5, 2017: Panagiotis Koufogiannis Series 6, 2018: Upcoming season

Current TBA (6-) TBA (6-) TBA (6-) TBA (6-) Former Giorgos Theofanous
Giorgos Theofanous
(1–4) George Levendis (1–3) Katerina Gagaki (1–3) Nikos Mouratidis (1–3) Tamta
Tamta
(4–5) Peggy Zina (4) Thodoris Marantinis (4) Giorgos Papadopoulos (5) Babis Stokas (5) Giorgos Mazonakis
Giorgos Mazonakis
(5)

Current TBA (6-) TBA (6-) Former Sakis Rouvas
Sakis Rouvas
(1–5) Giorgos Lianos (auditions, 1–3) Despina Kampouri (auditions, 1–2) Maria Sinatsaki (auditions, 3) Evangelia Aravani
Evangelia Aravani
(backstage, 4–5)

 Hungary X-Faktor RTL Klub Website

Series 1, 2010: Csaba Vastag Series 2, 2011: Tibor Kocsis Series 3, 2012: Gergő Oláh Series 4, 2013: Dóra Danics Series 5, 2014: Andrea Tóth Series 6, 2016: Barbara Opitz Series 7, 2017: Ricco & Claudia Series 8, 2018: Upcoming season

Current ByeAlex
ByeAlex
(6–) Laci Gáspár (6–) Peti Puskás (6–) TBA (8-) Former Péter Geszti (1–4) Ildikó Keresztes (1–3) Miklós Malek (1–3) Feró Nagy
Feró Nagy
(1–3) Róbert Alföldi
Róbert Alföldi
(4–5) Róbert Szikora (4–5) Gabi Tóth
Gabi Tóth
(4–6) Gigi Radics (7) Little G Weevil (5)

Current Bence Istenes (4–6,7 final) Ramóna Kiss (7–) Alexandra Koholák ( X-Faktor
X-Faktor
backstage, 7) Former Nóra Ördög (1–3) Balázs Sebestyén (1) Lilu (4) Dóra Kovács ( X-Faktor
X-Faktor
backstage, 6)

 Iceland X Factor Stöð 2 Website

Series 1, 2006: Jógvan Hansen

Einar Bárðarson (1) Elínborg Halldórsdóttir (1) Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson (1)

Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir (1)

 India X Factor India Sony Entertainment TV Website

Season 1, 2011: Geet Sagar

Sonu Nigam Shreya Ghoshal Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Aditya Narayan

 Indonesia X Factor Indonesia RCTI Website

Season 1, 2012–13: Fatin Shidqia Season 2, 2015: Jebe & Petty Season 3, 2019: Upcoming season

Current Ahmad Dhani (1–) Bebi Romeo (1–) Rossa (1–) Afgan
Afgan
(2–) Former Anggun
Anggun
(1)

Current Novi Herlina (3–) Former Robby Purba (1–2)

 Israel The X Factor
The X Factor
ישראל The X Factor
The X Factor
Israel Former Channel 2 – Reshet
Reshet
(1–2) Current Reshet
Reshet
13 (3–) Website

Season 1, 2013–14: Rose Fostanes Season 2, 2015: Daniel Yafe Season 3, 2017-18: Eden Alene Season 4, 2019: Upcoming season

Current

Subliminal (3–) Moshe Peretz
Moshe Peretz
(1–) Ivri Lider
Ivri Lider
(1–) Shiri Maimon
Shiri Maimon
(1–)

Former

Rami Fortis
Rami Fortis
(1–2)

Bar Refaeli

 Italy X Factor TV8 (10-) Sky Uno
Sky Uno
(5–) Website Rai 2
Rai 2
(1–4)

Series 1, 2008: Aram Quartet Series 2, 2008–09: Matteo Becucci Series 3, 2009: Marco Mengoni Series 4, 2010: Nathalie Series 5, 2011: Francesca Michielin Series 6, 2012: Chiara Galiazzo Series 7, 2013: Michele Bravi Series 8, 2014: Lorenzo Fragola Series 9, 2015: Giosada Series 10, 2016: Soul System Series 11, 2017: Lorenzo Licitra Series 12, 2018: Upcoming Season

Current Levante (11–) Fedez
Fedez
(8–) Manuel Agnelli
Manuel Agnelli
(10–) Mara Maionchi
Mara Maionchi
(1–4, 11–) Former Morgan (1–3, 5–8) Anna Tatangelo
Anna Tatangelo
(4) Enrico Ruggeri
Enrico Ruggeri
(4) Claudia Mori
Claudia Mori
(3) Elio
Elio
(4–7, 9) Simona Ventura
Simona Ventura
(1–2, 5–7) Victoria Cabello
Victoria Cabello
(8) Arisa
Arisa
(5–6, 10) Mika (7–9) Skin (9) Alvaro Soler
Alvaro Soler
(10)

Current Alessandro Cattelan (5–) Daniela Collu (Xtra Factor, 9–) Aurora Ramazzotti (X Factor daily, 9–) Former Francesco Facchinetti
Francesco Facchinetti
(1–4; Xtra Factor, 4) Alessandra Barzaghi (Xtra Factor, 4) Max Novaresi (Xtra Factor, 5–6) Brenda Lodigiani (Xtra Factor, 5–6) Matteo Bordone (Xtra Factor, 7–8) Mara Maionchi
Mara Maionchi
(Xtra Factor, 8–11)

 Japan  Okinawa X Factor Okinawa Japan Okinawa TV Website

Season 1, 2013–14: Sky's the Limit

Kaz Utsunomiya Rino Nakasone Kiyoshi Matsuo

Jon Kabira Naomi Watanabe

 Kazakhstan X Factor Perviy Kanal Evraziya Website

Season 1, 2011: Dariya Gabdull Season 2, 2012: Andrey Tikhonov Season 3, 2013: Evgeniya Barysheva Season 4, 2013: Kairat Kapanov Season 5, 2014: Evgeny Vyblov Season 6, 2015: Astana Kargabay Season 7, 2017: Current Season

Current Nagima Eskalieva Eva Becher (6–) Nurbergen Makhambetov (5 from live–) Former Alexander Shevchenko (1–5) Sultana Karazhigitova (1–2, until live) Ismail Igіlmanov (2, from live) Erlan Kokeev (3) Dilnaz Akhmadieva (4–5, until live)

Current Arnur Istybaev (2–) Former Adil Liyan (1)

 Latvia X Faktors TV3

Season 1, 2017: Artūrs Gruzdiņš

Current Aija Auškāpa Intars Busulis Reinis Sējāns

Markus Riva

 Lithuania X Faktorius TV3

Season 1, 2012–13: Giedrė Vokietytė Season 2, 2013–14: Žygimantas Gečas Season 3, 2015–16: Monika Pundziūtė Season 4, 2016–17: Iglė Bernotaitytė Season 5, 2017: 120

Current Saulius Prūsaitis Saulius Urbonavičius Marijonas Mikutavičius
Marijonas Mikutavičius
(2–) Justina Arlauskaitė-Jazzu (3–) Andrius Mamontovas
Andrius Mamontovas
(5–) Former Vytautas Šapranauskas
Vytautas Šapranauskas
(1) Rūta Ščiogolevaitė (1–2)

Current Martynas Starkus (2–) Former Marijonas Mikutavičius
Marijonas Mikutavičius
(1)

 Myanmar The X Factor
The X Factor
Myanmar MRTV 4

Season 1, 2016: Htun Naung Sint Season 2, 2017: David Derrick

Si Thu Lwin Nge Nge Eint Chit Za War

Zaw Htet

 Netherlands X Factor RTL 4 Website

Season 1, 2007: Sharon Kips Season 2, 2009: Lisa Hordijk Season 3, 2010: Jaap Reesema Season 4, 2011: Rochelle Perts Season 5, 2013: Haris Alagic

Former Henkjan Smits (1) Marianne van Wijnkoop (1) Henk Temming (1) Eric van Tijn (2–4) Stacey Rookhuizen (2–4) Angela Groothuizen
Angela Groothuizen
(2–5) Gordon Heuckeroth
Gordon Heuckeroth
(2–5) Ali Bouali (5) Candy Dulfer
Candy Dulfer
(5)

Wendy van Dijk (1–4) Martijn Krabbe (2–5) Nathalie Bulters (Backstage, 3) Eva Treurniet (Backstage, 3) Lieke van Lexmond (Backstage, 4) Ferry Doedens (Backstage, 5)

 New Zealand The X Factor TV3 Website

Series 1, 2013: Jackie Thomas Series 2, 2015: Beau Monga

Former Daniel Bedingfield
Daniel Bedingfield
(1) Ruby Frost
Ruby Frost
(1) Stan Walker
Stan Walker
(1–2) Melanie Blatt
Melanie Blatt
(1–2) Willy Moon
Willy Moon
(2, live show 1) Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
(2, live show 1) Shelton Woolright
Shelton Woolright
(2, live show 2-end) Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
(2, live show 2-end)

Former Dominic Bowden Guy Williams (The Xtra Factor, 2) Sharyn Casey (The Xtra Factor, 2) Clint Roberts (The Xtra Factor, 2) Caito Potatoe aka Caitlin Davidson ( The X Factor
The X Factor
RAW, 2)

 Norway X Factor TV 2

Season 1, 2009: Chand Torsvik Season 2, 2010: Hans Bollandsås

Jan Fredrik Karlsen Elisabeth Andreassen
Elisabeth Andreassen
(2) Marion Ravn
Marion Ravn
(2) Klaus Sonstad (2) Mira Craig
Mira Craig
(1) Peter Peters (1)

Ravi (2) Guri Solberg (2) Peter Moi Brubresko (Xtra Factor) Katarina Flatland (Xtra Factor) Charlotte Thorstvedt (1)

 Philippines The X Factor
The X Factor
Philippines ABS–CBN Website

Season 1, 2012: KZ Tandingan

Charice Martin Nievera Gary Valenciano Pilita Corrales

KC Concepcion

 Poland X Factor TVN Website

Season 1, 2011: Gienek Loska Season 2, 2012: Dawid Podsiadło Season 3, 2013: Klaudia Gawor Season 4, 2014: Artem Furman

Maja Sablewska
Maja Sablewska
(1) Czesław Mozil
Czesław Mozil
(1–4) Kuba Wojewódzki
Kuba Wojewódzki
(1–4) Tatiana Okupnik
Tatiana Okupnik
(2–4) Ewa Farna
Ewa Farna
(4)

Jarosław Kuźniar
Jarosław Kuźniar
(1–2) Patricia Kazadi
Patricia Kazadi
(3–4)

 Portugal Factor X SIC

Season 1, 2013–14: Berg Season 2, 2014: Kika Kardoso

Sónia Tavares Paulo Junqueiro Paulo Ventura Miguel Guedes (2)

João Manzarra Cláudia Vieira
Cláudia Vieira
(2) Bárbara Guimarães (1) Carolina Torres (Factor Extra) Tiago Silva (Factor F)

 Romania X Factor Antena 1 Website

Season 1, 2011–12: Andrei Leonte Season 2, 2012: Tudor Turcu Season 3, 2013: Florin Ristei Season 4, 2014: Adina Răducan Season 5, 2015: Florin Răduţă Season 6, 2016: Olga Verbiţchi Season 7, 2017: Jeremy Ragsdale Season 8, 2018: Upcoming season

Current Delia Matache
Delia Matache
(2–) Horia Brenciu
Horia Brenciu
(4–) Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
(4–) Carla's Dreams (6–) Former Paula Seling
Paula Seling
(1) Mihai Morar
Mihai Morar
(1) Adrian Sînă
Adrian Sînă
(1) Dan Bittman
Dan Bittman
(2–3) Cheloo (2–3)

Răzvan Simion Dani Oțil

 Russia Секрет Успеха Secret of Success RTR Website

Season 1, 2005: Vladimir Sapovskiy Season 2, 2007: Nikolai Timohin

Valeriy Meladze Valery Garkalin (2) Tigran Keosayan
Tigran Keosayan
(2) Katerina Von Gechmen–Valdek (1) Aleksandr Revzin (1)

Tutta Larsen Aleksey Chumakov (1) Elena Vorobey (1)

Фактор А Faktor A Russia
Russia
1 Website

Season 1, 2011: Sergei Savin Season 2, 2012: Alexey Sulima Season 3, 2013: Mali

Current Lolita Milyavskaya Roman Emelyanov Igor Nikolayev
Igor Nikolayev
(2–) Alla Pugacheva
Alla Pugacheva
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Nigar Jamal
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Atiye
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Nastya Kamenskykh
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Oleg Vinnik
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Nino Katamadze
(5–6) Ivan Dorn
Ivan Dorn
(5) Andriy Khlyvniuk (6) Kostiantyn Meladze (7) Yuliya Sanina (7) Anton Savlepov (7)

Current

Andriy Bedniakov (7–)

Former

Oksana Marchenko (1–7)

 United Kingdom1 The X Factor ITV Website

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Sharon Osbourne
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Dannii Minogue
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Gary Barlow
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Tulisa
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Kelly Rowland
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Nicole Scherzinger
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Dermot O'Leary
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Olly Murs
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Ben Shephard
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Holly Willoughby
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Konnie Huq
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Caroline Flack
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Olly Murs
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Matt Richardson
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 United States The X Factor Fox Website

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L.A. Reid
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Paula Abdul
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Nicole Scherzinger
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Cheryl Cole
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Demi Lovato
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Britney Spears
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Kelly Rowland
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Paulina Rubio
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Steve Jones (1) Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez
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Khloé Kardashian
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Chino & Nacho (1) Angelica María (1) Belinda (1)

Poncho de Anda
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Hồ Ngọc Hà
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Thanh Lam
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Season 1, 2013: Dj Switch

M.I Reggie Rockstone Onyeka Onwenu

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List of judges who appeared more than one country/region:

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(1–7, 11–) and United States (1–3) Dannii Minogue
Dannii Minogue
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(4–7) and Australia
Australia
(5–7) Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger
United States
United States
(1) and United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(9–10, 13–14) Mel B
Mel B
Australia
Australia
(3–4, 8) and United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(11) Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(8) and United States
United States
(3) Natalie Bassingthwaite – Australia
Australia
(3–6) and New Zealand
New Zealand
(2, second live show onwards) Tamta
Tamta
- Georgia (1–2, 5–) and Greece
Greece
(4–5)

Notes[edit]

^ Also shown in Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
and in series 3, 4, 7 and 13 auditions were held in Dublin, and viewers in Ireland were allowed to vote. The UK version of The X Factor
The X Factor
is also shown in Malta
Malta
on channel TVM.

Disputes and controversies[edit] Since it was first broadcast in 2004, The X Factor
The X Factor
has been the subject of much controversy and criticism in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and many other countries where it was broadcast. Legal dispute[edit] Simon Fuller, the creator of Pop Idol, claimed that the format of The X Factor was copied from his own show. Through his company 19 TV, Fuller filed a lawsuit against The X Factor
The X Factor
producers FremantleMedia, The X Factor
The X Factor
creator Simon Cowell, and Cowell's companies Simco and Syco.[10] A High Court hearing began in London in November 2005, and the outcome was awaited with interest by media lawyers for its potential effect on the legal situation regarding the copyrighting of formats. However, the hearing was quickly adjourned[10] and an out-of-court settlement was reached at the end of the month.[11] Denmark[edit] The Danish version has been criticised by Danish music contract expert and consultant for The Danish Musicians' Association (Dansk Musiker Forbund) Mikael Højris. According to Højris, the contracts for participation in the show are unfair for participants and almost amount to serfdom to DR1 (the channel airing the show) stating that clauses in the contracts forbid the participants – whether they pass the first round or not – from performing or participating in any other musical event for three months. He also criticises that participants are obliged to travel at their own expense.[12] New Zealand[edit] Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
outburst[edit] On the second series of The X Factor
The X Factor
during filming of the final judges' auditions session in December 2014, whilst giving feedback to busker Sally Faherty's rendition of Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You", Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
suggested Faherty had wallflower body language. Kills then said "buskers often end up performing more to themselves than to the people around them because they go unappreciated for so long it's as if the people around them think that they are invisible. You have the body language as you're trying to blend into the background behind you." The audience didn't appreciate what Kills had said and started booing her. Kills then said that Faherty was not invisible on the stage and that it was her time to change that. Judges Melanie Blatt
Melanie Blatt
and Stan Walker
Stan Walker
gave Faherty a "Yes", whilst Willy Moon (Husband of Natalia Kills) gave Faherty a "No". The pressure was on Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
(Moon's wife) to make the final decision. The crowd got involved trying to persuade Kills to put Faherty through. Kills then snapped at the audience saying "Stop, stop it right now, you're going to fuck this for her". Despite her comments, Kills decided to put Faherty through to Bootcamp by giving her a "Yes". Some members of the audience (including children) were shocked at the outburst and walked out. A TV3 spokeswoman said both the network and Kills apologised for the incident.[13] The incident was featured in the final audition episode, with the profanity bleeped out. Faherty was also heard using the F word backstage which was bleeped out.[14] Shae Brider[edit] On the second series of The X Factor, in the sixth audition show which aired on television on 24 February 2015, convicted ex-prisoner Shae Brider auditioned and was put through to the boot camp round. In the episode Brider revealed that he had been involved in a 2004 murder in Wanganui and had served six years in prison for manslaughter.[15] In reaction to criticism from the public and media, MediaWorks issued a statement saying that Brider's criminal record had been fully disclosed when he entered The X Factor
The X Factor
and that the New Zealand justice system considers that Brider has paid his debt to society. Mediaworks also apologized for any distress the episode may have caused viewers.[16] Brider later told media that he regretted appearing on the series and had not thought through the impact of his appearance.[17] TV3 announced that the first two bootcamp episodes would start with an apology to the victim's mother and her family.[18] International The X Factor
The X Factor
producers FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia
Australia
Australia
and Syco Entertainment discussed the situation with the show's producers, with a spokesperson for FreemantleMedia describing the inclusion of Brider on the show as "a very poor editorial decision" and saying that "a more rigid approval process" would ensure a similar situation would not happen in future.[19] Natalia Kills' and Willy Moon's abuse of Joe Irvine[edit] During the first live show of The X Factor, following the performance of contestant Joe Irvine, Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
began bullying and trying to humiliate Irvine during the judges comments, calling him out as "a doppelganger in our midst",[20] referring to Irvine's apparent copying of husband, Willy Moon's hairstyle and dress sense. Kills deemed Irvine a "laughing stock", overtly "cheesy", "disgusting" and "artistically atrocious".[21] Moon continued the assault, stating Irvine was "like Norman Bates
Norman Bates
dressing up in his mother's clothing, it's just a little bit creepy" and "I feel like you are going to stitch someone's skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience". Viewers response to the tirade was overwhelmingly negative, with some calling for Kills and Moon to be fired from the show mid-series, and others simply stating the comments to be disgusting themselves. A Facebook page demanding the two to be fired was set up on 15 March 2015, and within twelve hours had amassed over 50,000 likes. The incident led to criticism from the show's sponsors, franchise owner and fellow judges.[20] A change.org petition asking TV3 to "Take Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
off XFactor", calling for the removal of only Natalia without mentioning her husband, had attracted 77,049 signatures.[22] Moon and Kills were both fired from the show the day after the incident, several hours before the next episode went to air.[23] United Kingdom[edit] Main article: Controversy and criticism of The X Factor
The X Factor
(UK) United States[edit] Rachel Crow
Rachel Crow
elimination[edit]

During week 7 of the live shows during the first season, judge Nicole Scherzinger could not decide which act to send home between contestants Rachel Crow
Rachel Crow
and Marcus Canty. Scherzinger sent the vote to deadlock to let America's votes determine who would be eliminated. Crow was eliminated, shocking Crow, Scherzinger, and fans. Scherzinger was booed off the stage at the end of the show with many calling for her to be fired[24] and subsequently received death threats from some viewers.[25] It is speculated that this is the main reason for Scherzinger's dismissal as a judge following the season ending and subsequent transfer to the UK version of the show.

Don Phillip audition[edit]

In the season two premiere, Don Philip, someone who once collaborated with Britney Spears, auditioned in front of the judges, and received a "no" from all judges. He then told Access Hollywood
Access Hollywood
that ten minutes of footage from the interview was cut as he says he felt bullied into revealing he was gay.[26] Spears reportedly replied "It is fine that you are gay," though that was edited out as well.[27] Those at Fox then released a statement saying "The judges were not given any information at all about Mr Philip prior to his audition."[28] Later that year, an insider revealed that he was contacted specifically by producers because of his association with Britney Spears, and that according to him "she already knew he was going to be there, of course, because this is a reality show".[29]

Celebrity versions[edit] From 29 May – 5 June 2006, ITV broadcast a celebrity version of The X Factor in the UK called The X Factor: Battle of the Stars. It was hosted by Kate Thornton
Kate Thornton
and judged by Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. It was won by actress Lucy Benjamin. There has also been a celebrity version in Colombia, El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas, also broadcast in 2006. International versions[edit] On 24 August 2013, a 24th anniversary television special was broadcast by RCTI
RCTI
in Indonesia
Indonesia
called the X Factor Around the World. It featured winners and runners-up from versions of The X Factor
The X Factor
in Indonesia, United States, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Australia. The judging panel comprised Paula Abdul, Anggun, Daniel Bedingfield, Ahmad Dhani and Louis Walsh. The show was purely a music showcase and no winner was announced.[30][31][32] See also[edit]

Popstars Idols (TV series) Fame Academy Got Talent The Voice (TV series) List of reality television show franchises List of television show franchises

References[edit]

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