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The X Factor (TV series)

The X Factor (TV series)

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

The X Factor is a television talent show franchise originating in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol. It is a singing competition, now held in various countries, which pits contestants against each other. These contestants are aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions. The programs are produced by executive producer Simon Cowell and his company Syco TV. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. 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 format creator is Simon Cowell who used to also judge and mentor on the UK series. The UK version is responsible for the launch of the internationally successful singer Leona Lewis. As of June 2011, there have been 53 winners of The X Factor around the world, the most recent being Matthew Raymond-Barker from France.

Television stations in many countries, but especially the Scandinavian ones, have expressed an interest in showing the UK version, but have not been able to acquire the rights. This is due to legal issues as the British version of the show is only available in the UK and Ireland. The X Factor has recently started its 8th Series.

The similarities between The X Factor and Idol formats prompted the creator of Pop Idol Simon Fuller, along with 19 Entertainment to file a lawsuit against Cowell, Syco TV, and FremantleMedia in 2004. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005 allowing Fuller to gain an executive producer status, a 10% share in The X Factor format, and preventing an American version until 2010.[1][2] Fuller later filed a lawsuit again in 2011 after Syco, FremantleMedia, and Fox Broadcasting Company failed to fulfill the settlement of crediting him as an executive producer. [3][4][5][6]

Unlike Pop Idol, where contestants are solely judged by the judges, on 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 of the other categories.

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[edit] The X Factor series

Region/country Local title Television network Seasons and Winners Judges Presenters
Albania Albania
Republic of Kosovo Kosovo
X Factor Albania TV Klan
Website
Season 1, 2011: Upcoming season   Alketa Vejsiu
Arab League Arab World The X Factor, XSeer Al Najah
سير النجاح X
Rotana TV Season 1, 2006: Rajaa Kasabni
Season 2, 2007: Muhammad El Majzoub
Khaled El Sheikh (2006–2007)
Michel Elefteriades (2006–2007)
Nelly (2006)
Anoushka (2007)
Joelle Rahme
Argentina Argentina Factor X El Trece Season 1, 2012: Upcoming season    
Armenia Armenia X-Factor
ԻՔՍ-ՖԱԿՏՈՐ
Shant TV
Website
Season 1, 2010-2011: Vrezh Kirakosyan Egor Glumov
Naira Gyurjinyan
Garik Baboyan
Gisane Palyan
Aram MP3
Australia Australia The X Factor The X Factor
Network Ten (2005)
Seven Network (2010–present)
The Xtra Factor
Network Ten (2005)
7Two (2010)

Season 1, 2005: Random
Season 2, 2010: Altiyan Childs
Season 3, 2011: Current season

Current
Ronan Keating
Natalie Bassingthwaite
Guy Sebastian
Mel B
Former
Natalie Imbruglia
Kyle Sandilands
Mark Holden
Kate Ceberano
John Reid
Current
Luke Jacobz
Former
Daniel MacPherson
Natalie Garonzi (The Xtra Factor)
Chloe Maxwell (The Xtra Factor)
Belgium Belgium X Factor VTM
Website
Season 1, 2005: Udo Mechels

Season 2, 2008: Dirk De Smet

Kris Wauters
Jean Blaute (Season 1)
Liliane Saint-Pierre (Season 1)
Do (Season 2)
Maurice Engelen (Season 2)
Koen Wauters (Season 1)
Hadise (Season 2)
Bulgaria Bulgaria X Factor NovaTv
Website
Season 1, 2011: Upcoming season Maria Ilieva
Vasko Vasilev
Poli Genova
Magomed Aliev - Maga
Deyan Slavchev - Deo
Chile Chile Factor X TVN
TVN HD
Website
Season 1, 2011: Sergio Járlaz

Season 2, 2012: Upcoming season

Zeta Bosio
Karen Doggenweiler
Tito Beltrán
Nydia Caro (guest judge)
Julián Elfenbein
Colombia Colombia El Factor X RCN TV
Website

Season 1, 2005: Julio César Meza
Season 2, 2006: Francisco Villarreal
Season 3, 2009: Siam
Season 4, 2011: Upcoming Season

Marbelle (Season 1-present)
Juan Carlos Coronel (Season 1-present)
José Gaviria (Season 1-present)
Wilfrido Vargas (El Factor Xs 2)
Andrea Serna
El Factor X: Batalla de Estrella Season 1, 2006: Luz Amparo Alvarez
El Factor Xs Season 1, 2006: Andres Camilo Hurtado

Season 2, 2007: Camilo Echeverry Correa

Czech Republic Czech Republic X Factor TV Nova
Website

Season 1, 2008: Jiří Zonyga

Gábina Osvaldová
Ondřej Soukup
Petr Janda
Leoš Mareš
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Slovakia Slovakia
X Faktor TV Prima
TV JOJ
Season 1, 2012: Upcoming season TBD TBD
Denmark Denmark X Factor DR
Website

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: Upcoming season

Remee (Seasons 1-3)
Lina Rafn (Seasons 1-2)
Thomas Blachman (Seasons 1-2 & 4)
Carsten "Soulshock" Schack
(Season 3)
Pernille Rosendahl
(Seasons 3-4)
Cutfather (Season 4)
Lise Rønne (Seasons 1-2 & 4)
Signe Muusmann (Season 3)
Finland Finland X Factor MTV3
Website
Season 1, 2010: Elias Hämäläinen Linda Brava
Renne Korppila
Gugi Kokljuschkin
X Factor
Heikki Paasonen
Xtra Factor
Jukka Rossi
France France
BelgiumWallonia Wallonia
X Factor France
W9 (2009)
M6 (2011)
Website series 1
Website series 2

Belgium
RTL TVI
(2009–2011)
Website series 1 Website series 2

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


Current
Henry Padovani
Olivier Schultheis
Véronic DiCaire
Christophe Willem

Series 1
Marc Cerrone
Julie Zenatti
Alain Lanty
 
Current
X Factor
Sandrine Corman
[email protected] Factor
Jérôme Anthony
Former
X Factor
Alexandre Devoise
Germany Germany X Factor VOX
Kick-off on RTL
Website
Season 1, 2010: Edita Abdieski
Season 2, 2011: Current season
Sarah Connor (Season 1-2)
Till Brönner (Season 1-2)
George Glueck (Season 1)
Das Bo (Season 2)
Jochen Schropp
Greece Greece
Cyprus Cyprus
The X Factor ANT1
ANT1 Cyprus
Website
Season 1, 2008-2009: Loukas Giorkas

Season 2, 2009-2010: Stavros Michalakakos
Season 3, 2010-2011: Haris Antoniou

Current
Giorgos Theofanous
Katerina Gagaki
Nikos Mouratidis
Former
George Levendis
Current
Sakis Rouvas (live shows)
Giorgos Lianos (audition shows)
Maria Sinatsaki (audition shows)
Former
Despina Kampouri (audition shows)
Hungary Hungary X-Faktor RTL Klub
Website


After X
Cool TV
Website

Season 1, 2010: Csaba Vastag
Season 2, 2011: Upcoming season
Current
Feró Nagy
Péter Geszti
Ildikó Keresztes
Ifj. Miklós Malek
X Faktor
Nóra Ördög
Sebestyén Balázs (2010)
After X
Attila Müller
Iceland Iceland X Factor Stöð 2
Website

Series 1, 2006: Jógvan Hansen

Einar Bárðarson
Elínborg Halldórsdóttir
Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson
Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir
India India X Factor Sony Entertainment TV
Website
Season 1, 2011: Geet Sagar Sonu Nigam
Shreya Ghoshal
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Aditya Narayan
Indonesia Indonesia The X Factor RCTI
Website

Season 1, 2013: Upcoming season

TBA TBA
Italy Italy X Factor Rai 2 (2008-2010)
Rai 4 (2009-2010)
Website
Sky Uno (2011)
Website

Season 1, 2008: Aram Quartet
Season 2, 2008-2009: Matteo Becucci
Season 3, 2009: Marco Mengoni
Season 4, 2010: Nathalie
Season 5, 2011: Upcoming season

Current

Morgan (Series 1 - 3, 5)
Simona Ventura (Series 1 - 2, 5)
Arisa (Series 5)
Elio (Series 4 - 5)
Former
Mara Maionchi (Series 1 - 4)
Claudia Mori (Series 3)
Anna Tatangelo (Series 4)
Enrico Ruggeri (Series 4)

Current
Alessandro Cattelan (Series 5)
Former
Francesco Facchinetti (Series 1 – 4)
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan X Factor Perviy Kanal Evraziya
Website
Season 1, 2011: Dariya Gabdull

Season 2, 2012: Upcoming season

Nagima Eskalieva
Alexander Shevchenko
Sultana Karazhigitova
Adil Liyan
Netherlands Netherlands X Factor RTL 4
Website

Season 1, 2007: Sharon Kips
Season 2, 2009: Lisa Hordijk
Season 3, 2010: Jaap van Reesema
Season 4, 2011: Rochelle Perts
Season 5, 2012: Upcoming season

Current
Eric van Tijn
Stacey Rookhuizen
Angela Groothuizen
Gordon Heuckeroth
Former
Henkjan Smits
Marianne van Wijnkoop
Henk Temming

Wendy van Dijk
Martijn Krabbe

New Zealand New Zealand The X Factor TV3 Season 1, 2012: Upcoming season TBD TBD
Norway Norway X Factor TV 2
Website
Season 1, 2009: Chand Torsvik
Season 2, 2010: Hans Bollandsås
Current
Jan Fredrik Karlsen (Season 1-2)
Elisabeth Andreassen (Season 2)
Marion Ravn (Season 2)
Klaus Sonstad (Season 2)

Former
Mira Craig (Season 1)
Peter Peters (Season 1)

Current
X Factor
Ravi
Guri Solberg
Xtra Factor
Peter Moi Brubresko, Katarina Flatland
Former
X Factor
Charlotte Thorstvedt
(Season 1)
Poland Poland X Factor TVN
Website
Season 1, 2011: Gienek Loska
Season 2, 2012: Upcoming season
Czesław Mozil
Maja Sablewska
Kuba Wojewódzki
Jarosław Kuźniar
Romania Romania X Factor Antena 1
Website
Season 1, 2011: Current season Mihai Morar
Paula Seling
Adrian Sana
Răzvan Simion
Dani Oțil
Russia Russia Sekret Uspekha
Секрет Успеха
RTR
Website
Season 1, 2005: Vladimir Sapovskiy
Season 2, 2007: Nikolai Timohin
Season 1
Valeriy Meladze
Katerina Von Gechmen-Valdek
Aleksandr Revzin
Valeriya
Season 2
Valery Garkalin
Tigran Keosayan
Season 1
Aleksey Chumakov
Elena Vorobey
Season 2
Tutti Larsen
Faktor A
Фактор А
Russia 1
Website
Season 1, 2011: Sergei Savin Lolita Milyavskaya
Roman Emelyanov
Boris Krasnov
Alla Pugacheva (chairperson)
Philipp Kirkorov
Vladimir Zelenski
Spain Spain Factor X Cuatro
Website
Season 1, 2007: María Villalón
Season 2, 2008: Vocal Tempo
Miqui Puig
Eva Perales
Jorge Flo
Núria Roca
Ukraine Ukraine X Factor STB
Website|
Website

Season 1, 2010-2011: Alexey Kuznetsov
Season 2, 2011: Current season

Igor Kondratyuk
Sergei Sosedov
Yolka
Seryoga
Oksana Marchenko
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland Ireland[nb 1]
The X Factor

ITV1, ITV1 HD, itv.com
(England, Wales, Scottish Borders, Isle of Man);
STV, STV HD, stv.tv
(North and Central Scotland);
UTV, UTV HD, u.tv
(Northern Ireland);
Channel Television, channelonline.tv
(Channel Islands);
ITV2, ITV2 HD (The Xtra Factor)

TV3
(Republic of Ireland)

Series 1, 2004: Steve Brookstein
Series 2, 2005: Shayne Ward
Series 3, 2006: Leona Lewis
Series 4, 2007: Leon Jackson
Series 5, 2008: Alexandra Burke
Series 6, 2009: Joe McElderry
Series 7, 2010: Matt Cardle
Series 8, 2011: Current series

Current
Louis Walsh
Gary Barlow
Kelly Rowland
Tulisa
Former
Simon Cowell
Dannii Minogue
Cheryl Cole
Sharon Osbourne
Brian Friedman

Current
Dermot O'Leary
Caroline Flack (The Xtra Factor)
Olly Murs (The Xtra Factor)
Former
Kate Thornton
Ben Shephard (The Xtra Factor)
Fearne Cotton (The Xtra Factor)
Holly Willoughby (The Xtra Factor)
Konnie Huq (The Xtra Factor)

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

Series 1, 2006: Lucy Benjamin

United States United States The X Factor Fox

Season 1, 2011: Current season

Current
Simon Cowell
Paula Abdul
L.A. Reid
Nicole Scherzinger
Former
Cheryl Cole[nb 2]
Steve Jones
  1. ^ In series 3, 4 and 7, auditions were held in Dublin, and viewers in Ireland were allowed to vote on contestants.
  2. ^ Cole was originally to be a judge for the upcoming first season. A few weeks later, she lost her judging status. Nicole Scherzinger was originally to set on her co-host role, but she replaced Cole for her judging role.

[edit] Disputes and controversies

Throughout the years many controversies have erupted. Right from start, Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller claimed the format of The X Factor was copied from his own show and through his company 19 TV filed a lawsuit against The X Factor producers FremantleMedia, Simon Cowell, and Cowell's company Syco.[7] A settlement was reached out of court.

Author:Bling King
Published:Sep 24th 2011
Modified:Jan 10th 2012
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