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The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by British producer 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 X Factor
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GenreReality competition
Created bySimon Cowell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Production
Producer(s)
Production company(s)
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkITV
Original release4 September 2004 (2004-09-04) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byPop Idol (2001–2003)
Related showsGot Talent (2006–)

Unlike Idol, where the judges only critique the contestants' performances, 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 in the other categories. Not only Idol, but also new singing shows The Voice and All Together Now have become revivals and more popular in recent years.

The X Factor around the worldEdit

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

There have been a total of 200 winners of The X Factor worldwide.

     Franchise currently airing
     Franchise not currently airing, but slated to return in the future
     Ended franchise
     Franchise whose status is unknown

Country/Region Local title Network Hosts Judges Winner
  Albania
  Kosovo
X Factor TV Klan
  Arab world

    
    
    
    
     

The X Factor
سير النجاحX
Rotana (1–2)
CBC (3)
MBC 4 (4)
ԻՔՍ–ՖԱԿՏՈՐ
X–Factor
Shant TV
  • Season 1, 2010–11: Vrezh Kirakosyan
  • Season 2, 2012–13: Kim Grigoryan
  • Season 3, 2014: Vahé Margaryan
  • Season 4, 2016–17: Edgar Ghandilyan
  Australia The X Factor Seven Network (2–8)
Network Ten (1)
      Balkan countries X Factor Adria TV Sitel (1–2)
Federalna (1–2)
RTV Pink (1)
RTL Televizija (2)
Prva (2)
RTRS (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)
  Belgium X Factor vtm
  Bolivia Factor X Bolivia Red Uno
  • Season 1, 2018: Juan Lovera
  • Season 2, 2019:   DÚO MÍA
  Brazil X Factor Band
Website
TNT
  Bulgaria X Factor NovaTv
Website
  • Maria Ignatova (2–5)
  • Alexandra Raeva (2–5)
  • Deo (1)
  Chile Factor X TVN
Website
  China The X Factor: 激情唱响
The X Factor: Passionate Singer (1)

The X Factor: 中国最强音
The X Factor: China's Strongest Voice (2)

Liaoning TV (1)

HBS:Hunan TV (2)

  • Da Zuo (1)
  • Shao Wenjie (1)
  • Zhu Dan (2)
  • He Jiong (2)
  • Season 1, 2011: Li Shangshang
  • Season 2, 2012: Chen Yumeng
  Colombia El Factor X
The X Factor
RCN TV
Website
  • Marbelle
  • José Gaviria
  • Juan Carlos Coronel
El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars
  • Season 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
El Factor X Family
  • Season 1, 2015: Dúo Herencia
  Czech Republic X Factor TV Nova
Website
  Czech Republic
  Slovakia
X Factor   Prima family
Website
  TV JOJ
Website
  Denmark X Factor Current
TV 2 (12–)
Former
DR (1–11)
  • Current
  • Sofie Linde Ingversen (9–)
  • Rasmus Brohave (Z Factor, 12–)
  • Former
  • Eva Harlou (7–8)
  • 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
  Finland X Factor MTV3
  • Current
  • Heikki Paasonen (1)
  • Jukka Rossi (Xtra Factor, 1)
  • Ile Uusivuori (2)
  • Viivi Pumpanen (2)
  France X Factor   W9 (1)
  M6 (2)
   RTL–TVI
X Factor Georgia
X ფაქტორი
Rustavi 2 (2014-2017)
Imedi TV (2018)
  • Gega Palavandishvili (1)
  • la Sukhitashvili (1)
  • Giorgi Kipshidze (2)
  • Ruska Makashvili (3–5)
  • Erekle Getsadze (3)
  • Vaniko Tarkhnishvili (4-5)
  • Season 1, 2014: Tornike Kipiani
  • Season 2, 2015: Giorgi Nakashidze
  • Season 3, 2016: Avto Abeslamidze
  • Season 4, 2017: Sandro Kurcxalidze
  • Season 5, 2018: Anri Guchmanidze
  Germany X Factor VOX (1–3)
Sky 1 (4)
  Greece
  Cyprus
The X Factor Current
Open TV (6–)
Omega (6–)
Website
Former
ANT1 (1–3)
Skai TV (4–5)
Sigma TV (4–5)
  • Current
  •   Despina Vandi (6–)
  • Aris Makris (backstage, 6–)
  • Former
  • Sakis Rouvas (1–5)
  •   Giorgos Lianos (auditions, 1–3)
  • Despina Kampouri (auditions, 1–2)
  • Maria Sinatsaki (auditions, 3)
  • Evangelia Aravani (backstage, 4–5)
  Hungary X-Faktor RTL Klub
Website
  Iceland X Factor Stöð 2
Website
  • Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir (1)
  India X Factor India Sony Entertainment TV
Website
  Indonesia X Factor Indonesia RCTI
Website
  • Robby Purba (1–2)
  Israel The X Factor ישראל
The X Factor Israel
Current
Reshet 13 (3–)
Website
Former
Channel 2 (1–2)
Reshet (1–2)
  Italy X Factor Current
Sky Uno (5–)
TV8 (10–)
Website
Former
Rai 2 (1–4)
Current
Current

Former

  Japan
  Okinawa
X Factor Okinawa Japan Okinawa TV
Website
  • Season 1, 2013–14: Sky's the Limit
  Kazakhstan X Factor Perviy Kanal Evraziya
Website
  • Current
  • Daniyar Dzumadilov
  • Former
  • Adil Liyan (1)
  • Arnur Istybaev (2–6)
  • Current
  • Nagima Eskalieva
  • Nurbergen Makhambetov (5 from live–)
  • Dilnaz Akhmadieva (4–5, until live, 7)
  • Former
  • Alexander Shevchenko (1–5)
  • Sultana Karazhigitova (1–2, until live)
  • Ismail Igіlmanov (2, from live)
  • Erlan Kokeev (3)
  • Eva Becher (6)
  • 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, 2018: Dilnura Birzhanova
  Latvia X Faktors TV3
Website
  • Season 1, 2017: Artūrs Gruzdiņš
  • Season 2, 2018:   Kattie
  • Season 3, 2019: Upcoming season
  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, 2017–18: 120
  • Season 6, 2018–19: Good Time Boys
  • Season 7, 2019–20: Upcoming season
  Malta X Factor Malta TVM[2]
  • Ben Camille
  • Howard Keith Debono
  • Ray Mercieca
  • Alexandra Alden
  • Ira Losco
  • Season 1, 2018–19: Michela Pace
  • Season 2, 2019–20: Upcoming season
  Myanmar The X Factor Myanmar MRTV 4
  • Zaw Htet (1)
  • Hmu Thiha Thu (2)
  • Si Thu Lwin (1–2)
  • Nge Nge (1–2)
  • Eaint Chit (1)
  • Za War (1–2)
  • Zam Nuu (2)
  • Season 1, 2016: Htun Naung Sint
  • Season 2, 2017: David Derrick
  • Season 3, 2018: TBD
  Netherlands X Factor RTL 4
Website
  • 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
  Norway X Factor TV 2
  • Ravi (2)
  • Guri Solberg (2)
  • Peter Moi Brubresko (Xtra Factor)
  • Katarina Flatland (Xtra Factor)
  •   Charlotte Thorstvedt (1)
  Philippines The X Factor Philippines ABS–CBN
  Poland X Factor TVN
Website
  Portugal Factor X SIC
  • Season 1, 2013–14: Berg
  • Season 2, 2014:   Kika Kardoso
  Romania X Factor Antena 1
Website
  Russia Секрет успеха
Secret of Success (1–2)
Фактор А
The A Factor (3–5)
Главная сцена
The Main Stage (6–7)
RTR (1–2)
Website
Russia 1 (3–7)
Website
  Slovenia X Faktor POP TV
  • Damjan Damjanovič
  • Jadranka Juras
  • Aleš Uranjek
  • Season 1, 2012: Demetra Malalan
  South Africa The X Factor SA SABC 1
Website
  • Andile Ncube
  • Season 1, 2015: FOUR
  Spain Factor X Cuatro (1–2)[4]
Telecinco (3–)
  Sweden X Factor TV4
  Thailand The X Factor Thailand Workpoint TV
Website
  • Season 1, 2017: Slow
  • Season 2, 2019: TBD
  Turkey X Factor: Star Işığı Kanal D
Website
  • Season 1, 2014: Cancelled
  Ukraine The X Factor STB
Website
Current
  United Kingdom1 The X Factor ITV
Website
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars
The X Factor: All Stars
  • Series 1, 2019: Upcoming Season
  United States The X Factor Fox
Website
El Factor X
The X Factor
(Spanish Kids version)
MundoFox
  • Season 1, 2013: Los Tres Charritos
  Vietnam The X Factor Vietnam
Nhân tố bí ẩn
VTV3
  • Current
  • Thành Trung (2–)
  • Gil Lê (2–)
  • Former
  • Nguyên Khang
  • Thu Thủy
  • Season 1, 2014: Giang Hồng Ngọc
  • Season 2, 2016: Trần Minh Như
  • Season 3, 2018: TBD
West Africa

                

X Factor AIT, NTA,
STV, ViaSat,
WAP TV
  • Season 1, 2013:   DJ Switch
Notes
  1. ^ Also shown in 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 is also shown in Malta on channel TVM.

Celebrity versionsEdit

From 29 May to 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 and judged by Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. It was won by actress Lucy Benjamin. In late 2019, the series will return as a revival with Cowell and Walsh returning as judges, while Nicole Scherzinger will replace Osbourne as the third judge. Dermot O'Leary will serve as presenter, replacing Thornton. More info on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Described as "something you can't quite put your finger on" by Cheryl Cole, a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, The Xtra Factor, 23 November 2009
  2. ^ "The X Factor Malta minn Ottubru - TVM".
  3. ^ "Mihai Bendeac și Vlad Drăgulin, prezentatorii noului sezon X Factor". A1.RO.
  4. ^ "Factor X". Cuatro. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)