X Factor (Danish TV series)
X Factor is the Danish version of The X Factor, a show originating in the United Kingdom and is created by talent show judge and record and TV producer Simon Cowell. There has been eleven winners to date: Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, Linda Andrews, Thomas Ring Petersen, Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen, Ida Østergaard Madsen, Chresten Falck Damborg, Anthony Jasmin, Emilie Esther, Embrace, Morten Nørgaard, Place on Earth and Kristian Kjærlund.
|Created by||Simon Cowell|
|Presented by||Lise Rønne (1–2, 4–5)|
Signe Muusmann (3)
Signe Molde (6)
Eva Harlou (7–8)
Sofie Linde Ingversen (9–)
Joakim Ingversen (11)
|Judges||Thomas Blachman (1–2, 4–)|
Lina Rafn (1–2, 7–8)
Remee (1–3, 7–11)
Pernille Rosendahl (3–5)
Ida Corr (6)
Anne Linnet (6)
Mette Lindberg (9–10)
Sanne Salomonsen (11)
Oh Land (12–)
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|No. of series||13|
|No. of episodes||168|
|Production location(s)||Site of the final|
DR Byen (1–2, 7, 9–11)
Parken Stadium (3–4)
Jyske Bank Boxen (5–6, 8)
Forum Horsens (12–)
|Running time||60–120 minutes|
|Original network||DR1 (1–11)|
|Original release||4 January 2008 –|
|Related shows||The X Factor|
The original judging panel consisted of Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee. Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl took the places of Blachman and Rafn in season 3. Blachman returned to the panel in season 4 and Cutfather joined, replacing Soulshock and Remee. Ida Corr and Anne Linnet joined the panel in season 6 as replacements for Rosendahl and Cutfather. Rafn will not return for season 9. The original host was Lise Rønne. Signe Muusmann took Rønne's place in season 3, though Muusmann did not return for season 4 and was replaced by Rønne. Signe Molde replaced Rønne in season 6. From seasons 7 to 8, the show has been hosted by Eva Harlou. Since Season 9, the show was hosted by Sofie Linde Lauridsen who replaced Harlou.
To date, thirteen series have been broadcast, as summarised below.
Contestant in (or mentor of) "15–24s", "15–23s", "14–22s" or "15–22s" category
Contestant in (or mentor of) "Over 25s", "Over 24s" or "Over 23s" category
Contestant in (or mentor of) "Groups" category
Rosendahl continued as a judge in seasons 4 and 5, while Soulshock and Remee were replaced with Blachman, who returned after one season away, and Cutfather.
Seasons 7 and 8 returned to the original judging panel consisting of Blachman, Rafn and Remee following the departures of Corr and Linnet.
Season 9 and 10 Blachman and Remee returned as judges joined by a newcomer Mette Lindberg.
Judges' categories and their finalistsEdit
- – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Lina Rafn||Remee|
Heidi Svelmøe Herløw
Lisa Maria Birkekvist
Søren & Anne
Martin Hoberg Hedegaard
Laura Arensbak Kjærgaard
Sidsel Lieknins Vestertjele
Lucas Francis Claver
Alien Beat Club
Thomas Ring Petersen
Tine Midtgaard Madsen
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Pernille Rosendahl||Cutfather|
Rikke & Trine
Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen
Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel
Tandberg & Østenby
Phuong & Rasmus
Ida Østergaard Madsen
Line Dissing Karred Larsen
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Ida Corr||Anne Linnet|
Chresten Falck Damborg
Anna & Lusanda
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Lina Rafn||Remee|
Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann
Finn & Rie
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Mette Lindberg||Remee|
Clifforth & Hein
Ladies with Attitude
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Sanne Salomonsen||Remee|
Place on Earth
Sol & Christian
Anne Mette & Tomas
|Season||Thomas Blachman||Oh Land||Ankerstjerne|
Maria & Bea
Dr. Rolf & Kanylerne
Ilona Mihaela Artene
Kasper "Kali" Andersen
Magnus & Aksel
Season 1 (2008)Edit
The judges were Remee, Lina Rafn and Thomas Blachman. Remee had the Under 25s, Rafn was given the Groups and Blachman was in charge of the Over 25s. The winner was Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, mentored by Remee.
Season 2 (2009)Edit
Remee, Lina Rafn and Thomas Blachman returned as judges. Remee was given the Groups, Rafn was given the Over 25s and Blachman was in charge of the Under 25s. The winner was Linda Andrews, mentored by Rafn.
Season 3 (2010)Edit
Remee returned as a judge, while Thomas Blachman and Lina Rafn were replaced by Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl. Soulshock was given the Groups, Rosendahl was given the Over 25s and Remee was in charge of the Under 25s. The winner was Thomas Ring Petersen, mentored by Rosendahl. British singer and X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole performed her number one single "Fight for This Love".
Season 4 (2011)Edit
Pernille Rosendahl continued as a judge, while original judge Thomas Blachman and new judge Cutfather replaced Soulshock and Remee on the judging panel. Cutfather was given the Under 25s, Rosendahl was given the Groups and Blachman was given the Over 25s. The winner was Sarah, mentored by Cutfather.
Season 5 (2012)Edit
Thomas Blachman, Pernille Rosendahl and Cutfather returned for their respective fourth, third and second seasons. Cutfather was given the Over 25s, Rosendahl was given the Under 25s and Blachman was in charge of the Groups. The winner was Ida Østergaard Madsen, mentored by Rosendahl.
For the first (and currently only) time, a judge made an unforced decision to eliminate their own act.
Season 6 (2013)Edit
Thomas Blachman returned to the judging panel, while Pernille Rosendahl and Cutfather were replaced by new judges Ida Corr and Anne Linnet. Linnet was given the Groups, Corr was given the Over 24s and Blachman was in charge of the Under 24s. The winner was Chresten Falck Damborg, mentored by Corr.
Season 7 (2014)Edit
The seventh season returned to the original judging panel consisting of Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee following the departures of Ida Corr and Anne Linnet. Remee had the Over 23s, Rafn had the Under 23s and Blachman was in charge of the Groups. The winners were Anthony Jasmin, mentored by Blachman.
Season 8 (2015)Edit
Thomas Blachman, Remee and Lina Rafn returned to the judging panel for their respective seventh, fifth and fourth seasons. Remee was given the 15-22s, Rafn was given the Over 23s and Blachman was given the Groups. Superbootcamp was replaced by 5 Chair Challenge. The winner was Emilie Esther, mentored by Remee.
Season 9 (2016)Edit
Thomas Blachman and Remee will return as judges for season 9 along with a new judge Mette Lindberg who will replace Lina Rafn. Rafn said in the final of season 8 that she did not know if she would continue as a judge. Eva Harlou announced on 26 June 2015 that she will not return to host. Sofie Linde Lauridsen will be the new host. Rafn announced on 15 July 2015 that she would not be returning as a judge. The winners were Embrace mentored by Remee.
Season 10 (2017)Edit
Thomas Blachman, Mette Lindberg and Remee Will all return for Season 10 and Sofie Linde will also return as host On 31 March 2016 it was announced that X Factor will return for season 10 in 2017. It will begin on 30 December 2016 the winner was Morten Nørgaard mentored by Remee.
Season 11 (2018)Edit
On 31 March 2017, it was announced by DR that X Factor will return for season 11 in 2018. Sofie Linde Lauridsen will return to host the show for the 3rd time Thomas Blachman and Remee also returned and is joined by a new judge Sanne Salomonsen who will replace Mette Lindberg. The Winner was Place on Earth mentored by Thomas Blachman
Season 12 (2019)Edit
Sofie Linde Lauridsen will return to host the show for the 4th time Thomas Blachman returned and is joined by a new judges Oh Land and Ankerstjerne who will replace Remee and Sanne Salomonsen. The Winner was Kristian Kjærlund mentored by Thomas Blachman
Season 13 (2020)Edit
The Danish X Factor has been criticised by music expert and consultant for The Danish Musicians' Association (Dansk Musiker Forbund) Mikael Højris, who claims that the contracts for participation in the show are unfair on 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.
Bente Boserup, leader of BørneTelefonen, criticized the Danish X Factor for exposing children under 18 to high pressure and stress, after contestants Baraa Qadoura and Tannaz Hakami broke down in tears during the fourth live show of season 8. This was supported by psychologist John Halse, as well as contestant Finn Irs, who protested by not showing up to the all-stars song during the final live show. Irs stated that the producers were more interested in their contestants showing their emotions, rather than making a musical show. Jan Lagermand Lundme, the contributing editor on DR1, stated that all contestants were checked by a psychologist to see if they were fit to handle the pressure.
Despite this, the series has remained quite popular within the Danish public.
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