X Factor (Romanian TV series)

X Factor was a Romanian television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions based on The X Factor series. It was broadcast on the Antena 1 channel in Romania.

X Factor
Created bySimon Cowell
Presented by
  • Răzvan Simion (1–7, 9-10)
  • Dani Oțil (1–7, 9-10)
  • Mihai Bendeac (8)
  • Vlad Drăgulin (8)
Judges
Country of originRomania
Original languageRomanian
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes144
Production
ProducersFremantleMedia
Syco
Running time60–140 mins (inc. adverts)
Original release
NetworkAntena 1
Release17 September 2011 (2011-09-17) –
23 December 2021 (2021-12-23)
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The competition was open to both solo artists and groups and has no upper age limit. Each judge was assigned one of three categories; the criteria for each has varied between seasons. Throughout the live shows, the judges acted as mentors to their category, helping to decide song choices, styling, and staging, while judging contestants from the other categories; they also competed to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning judge.

The original judging panel line-up in 2011 consisted of Adrian Sînă, Paula Seling, and Mihai Morar. In May 2012, it was announced that Morar, Sînă, and Seling had all left and would not be returning for the second season. On 15 June, before auditions began, Dan Bittman, Delia Matache and Cheloo were confirmed as the three new judges. When the show was revived in 2014, Bittman and Cheloo were replaced by Horia Brenciu and Ștefan Bănică, Jr.[1][2] On 12 July 2016 it was announced that Carla's Dreams will join the jury panel as the fourth judge.[3] Horia Brenciu and Carla's Dreams were replaced in 2020 with Loredana Groza and season 3 winner, Florin Ristei.[4]

Format

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The competition was split into three categories: Solo Singers aged 16–24, Solo Singers aged 25 and over and Vocal Groups. Before the Judges' houses stage each judge got one category which they mentored.

Stages for season 1-3

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There were 5 stages to X Factor competition:[5]

  • Stage 1: Pre-auditions (open auditions where producers decided who will perform in front of the judges)
  • Stage 2: Auditions (filmed auditions with the judges and a live audience)
  • Stage 3: Eliminations (known as 'Bootcamp' in the UK version)
  • Stage 4: Judges' houses
  • Stage 5: Live shows
Cities that auditions and/or pre-auditions were held in.

Stages for season 4-5

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There were 5 stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: Producers' auditions (these auditions decided who will sing in front of the judges)
  • Stage 2: Judges' auditions
  • Stage 3: Six-chair challenge
  • Stage 4: The Duels
  • Stage 5: Live shows (finals)

Stages for season 6 onwards

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There were 5 stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: Producers' auditions (these auditions decided who will sing in front of the judges)
  • Stage 2: Judges' auditions
  • Stage 3: Four-chair challenge
  • Stage 4: The Duels
  • Stage 5: Live shows (finals)

Auditions

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The filming began at this stage. The acts who got a phone call from the producers after the pre-auditions were invited to take part in the actual auditions with the judges and a live audience. They sang one or two songs and then the judges vote. These who got through would participate in Eliminations.

Eliminations

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Originally known as Bootcamp. Each act who received at least two yeses from the judges during the auditions took part in the Eliminations stage, which lasted for two days. Here the contestants were allocated to their categories. Each category sang one song and then the judges decides who left the competition and who stayed in the selection process. Remaining acts had to prepare with a help of the vocal coaches one chosen song that they performed in front of the panel. Then the judges chose five acts from each category that got through to the Judges' houses stage. Both the judges and the contestants found out which judge would be mentoring which category.

Judges' houses

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This stage lasted for two days. The acts visited their mentors' homes. Each judge pciked up a guest judge who would help them. Each contestant sang one song. Then the mentor and the guest judge decided which three acts would take part in the live shows in the studio. In season four, these stages of the competition were replaced by a new stage called "The Six-Chair Challenge",[6] first introduced in the US version of the series. After the Six-chair challenge, each mentor had six contestants for the Duels. The contestants were not told who they were up against until the day of the Duels. Each contestant sang a song of their own choice, back to back, and each duel concluded with the respective mentor eliminating one of the two contestants; the three winners for each mentor advanced to the Live shows.

Wildcard

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A new element was added in season 4; mentors were given one "steal", allowing each mentor to select one individual who was eliminated during the Bootcamp by another mentor.

Live shows

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The finals consisted of two shows: during the first each act performed one, or later in the series twice, and the second show was the results show, where the public vote. The judges mentored a category, where they were responsible for three final acts each.

During the first live broadcast each of the contestants performed one song in front of a studio audience and the judges, usually all the contestants sang live to a backing track. Some performances were accompanied by choreography and instruments. After the song, the judges commented on the performance, and often there was some competition between the judges' views. The lines for voting opened immediately after all the contestants have performed. When there are just 4 or 5 acts left, the format changed a little, with two songs performed by each act. Three acts remained until the grand final where the public vote alone chooses the winner of the season.

Performances

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The show was primarily concerned with identifying a potential pop star or star group, and singing talent, appearance, personality, stage presence and dance routines were all important elements of the contestants' performances. In the initial live shows, each act performed once in the first show in front of a studio audience and the judges, usually singing over a pre-recorded backing track. Dancers were also commonly featured. Acts occasionally accompanied themselves on guitar or piano. Each live show has had a different theme; each contestant's song was chosen according to the theme. After each act had performed, the judges commented on their performance. Heated disagreements, usually involving judges defending their contestants against criticism, were a regular feature of the show. Once all the acts had appeared, the phone lines opened and the viewing public voted on which act they wanted to keep. Once the number of contestants had been reduced to five (season 1), or six (season 2), each act would perform twice in the performances show. This continued until only three acts remained. These acts went on to appear in the grand final which decided the overall winner by public vote.

Results

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Before the results were announced, the results show occasionally began with a group performance from the remaining contestants. However, the song was pre-recorded and the contestants mimed, due to problems with the number of microphones. The two acts polling the fewest votes were revealed. Both these acts performed again in a "final showdown", and the judges voted on which of the two to send home. They were able to pick new songs to perform in the "final showdown". "Double elimination" took place in some of the results show, where the bottom three acts were revealed and the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated, and the two with the next fewest votes performed in the "final showdown" as normal.

Ties were possible as there were four judges voting on which of the two to send home. In the event of a tie the result went to deadlock, and the act who came last in the public vote was sent home. The actual number of votes cast for each act was not revealed, nor even the order. However, a twist occurred in season two where the rankings of the acts based on the public vote for the week were revealed after the eliminations on the show. Once the number of contestants had been reduced to four, the act which polled the fewest votes was automatically eliminated from the competition (the judges did not have a vote; their only role was to comment on the performances).

In the final episode the three remaining acts sang two songs, including one performed with an invited music star. The viewers chose the winner by SMS voting or phoning. The winner received a price of €200,000.

Twists

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Season 1

The finals consist of two shows: during the first each act performs one, or later in the series twice, and the second show is the results show, where the public vote. The judges mentor a category, where they are responsible for three final acts each. During the first live broadcast each of the contestants perform one song in front of a studio audience and the judges, usually all the contestants sing live to a backing track. Some performances are accompanied by choreography and instruments. After the song, the judges comment on the performance, and often there is some competition between the judges' views. The lines for voting opens immediately after all the contestants have performed. When there are just 4 or 5 acts left, the format changes a little, with two songs performed by each act. Three acts remain until the grand final where the public vote alone chooses the winner of the series.

Season 2

Owing to the addition of four wildcard contestants, two acts were eliminated from the series' first results show. The three acts with the fewest votes were announced as the bottom three and the act with the fewest public votes was then automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown for the judges' votes.

Season 3

The live shows underwent a change in this season. In the first three live shows, each category will have its own final showdown, the result of which is decided solely by its mentor. The outcome of the fourth show will only rely on the public vote and will have two eliminations (one of which will happen halfway through of the show, when the voting will have been frozen). Thus, the final will have four contestants (not three as in previous seasons). Two of the finalists will be eliminated halfway through the final show, when the voting will have been frozen. The winner is still determined by the public vote.

Season 4

The live shows will have a change in this season. Only four live shows will take place. In the first two live shows, each category will have its own final showdown, the result of which is decided solely by its mentor. The outcome of the third show will only rely on the public vote and will have two eliminations (one of which will happen halfway through of the show, when the voting will have been frozen). The final will have four contestants. Two of the finalists will be eliminated halfway through the final show, when the voting will have been frozen. The winner is still determined by the public vote.

eXtra Factor

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X Factor
Also known aseXtra Factor
GenreImprovised situation comedy
Presented by
  • Ilona Brezoianu
No. of episodes12
Original release
NetworkAntenaPlay
X Factor Romania YouTube channel
Kaufland Romania YouTube channel
Release11 September (2020-09-11) –
21 November 2020 (2020-11-21)

On 10 July 2020, Antena 1 announced that the ninth season will be accompanied by an online behind-the-scenes show called eXtra Factor. The show's presenter was the actress Ilona Brezoianu, known for the role of secretary Flori from the comedy series Mangalița and the episodes were weekly published on YouTube.[7] The first episode premiered 11 September 2020 on Kaufland Romania's YouTube channel.[8]

Series 2020

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Season summary

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  Contestant in "Mihai Morar" category
  Contestant in "Adrian Sînă" category
  Contestant in "Paula Seling" category
  Contestant in "Cheloo" category
  Contestant in "Dan Bittman" category
  Contestant in "Delia Matache" category
  Contestant in "Horia Brenciu" category
  Contestant in "Ștefan Bănică Jr" category
  Contestant in "Carla's Dreams" category
  Contestant in "Loredana Groza" category
  Contestant in "Florin Ristei" category

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning mentor Hosts Sponsor Judges
One 17 September 2011 1 January 2012 Andrei Leonte Alin Văduva Iulian Vasile T&L Mihai Morar Răzvan Simion
Dani Oțil
Orange Adrian Sînă
Paula Seling
Mihai Morar
Two 23 September 2012 23 December 2012 Tudor Turcu Ioana Anuța Natalia Selegean Red Cheloo Orbit Professional Dan Bittman
Delia Matache
Cheloo
Three 22 September 2013 22 December 2013 Florin Ristei Alex Mațaev Mădălina Lefter Bogdan Bratiș Delia Matache
Four 19 September 2014 26 December 2014 Adina Răducan Alexandra Crișan Trupa 69 Alessio Paddeu Horia Brenciu Orange, Coca-Cola Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Delia Matache
Horia Brenciu
Five 17 September 2015 27 December 2015 Florin Răduţă Xenia Chitoroagă B52 Bravissimo Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Six 9 September 2016 23 December 2016 Olga Verbiţchi Raul Eregep Alex Mladin Marcel Roșca Carla's Dreams Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Delia Matache
Horia Brenciu
Carla's Dreams
Seven 8 September 2017 22 December 2017 Jeremy Ragsdale Ad Libitum Francesca Nicolescu Pierluca Salvatore Horia Brenciu
Eight 26 August 2018 23 December 2018 Bella Santiago Ioana Bulgaru Cristian Moldovan Doinița Ioniță Delia Matache Mihai Bendeac
Vlad Drăgulin
Nine 11 September 2020 18 December 2020 Andrada Precup Sonia Mosca Adrian Petrache Super 4 Ștefan Bănică, Jr. Răzvan Simion
Dani Oțil
Kaufland
Sun Wave Pharma
Ștefan Bănică Jr.
Loredana Groza
Delia Matache
Florin Ristei
Ten 6 September 2021 23 December 2021 Nick Casciaro Loredana Groza

Judges

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Judges

The X Factor debuted in 2011[9] with Romanian recording artist Adrian Sînă, pop singer Paula Seling and radio DJ Mihai Morar as the judges. When it was announced that The X Factor would return in 2012, the jury was entirely changed. In May 2012, it was announced that Morar, Sînă, and Seling had all left and would not be returning for the second season. They were replaced by Holograf singer Dan Bittman, pop singer Delia Matache and rapper Cheloo.[10] In February 2014, rumours began circulating that Cheloo would not be returning for the fourth series, because of his aggressive behavior. When it was announced that The X Factor would return in 2014, Bittman was linked to the role. For the fourth season Bittman and Cheloo were replaced by pop singer Horia Brenciu and rock star Ștefan Bănică, Jr.[1][2] In July 2016, Carla's Dreams joined the jury, making the jury panel for the first made up of 4 members.[3] In 2020, both Carla's Dreams and Horia Brenciu would be replaced by pop-singer Loredana Groza and former winner Florin Ristei.[4]

Hosts

The show is hosted by Răzvan Simion and Dani Oțil, who are also known for hosting a well known morning show on Antena 1.

Timeline of judges

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Judge Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mihai Morar
Paula Seling
Adrian Sînă
Cheloo
Dan Bittman
Delia Matache
Horia Brenciu
Ștefan Bănică Jr.
Carla's Dreams
Loredana Groza
Florin Ristei

Legend

  Featured as a judge
  Featured as a winner of the talent show

Judges' categories and their contestants

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In each season, each judge is allocated a category to mentor and chooses small number of acts (four or five, depending on the season) to progress to the live finals. This table shows, for each season, which category each judge was allocated and which acts he or she put through to the live finals.

Key:  – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.

Series Adrian Sînă Paula Seling Mihai Morar
One
Over 25s
Alin Văduva
Iulian Vasile
Diana Hetea
Cristian Parmac
Groups
T&L
Duo Voice
Refresh
X-Treme
16-24s
Andrei Leonte
Irina Florea
Antonia Filip
Ovidiu Nae
Two Dan Bittman Delia Matache Cheloo
16-24s
Ioana Anuța
Iulia Manolache
Tudor Toduț
Nadir Tamuz
Ráduly Botond
Groups
Red
Nord X
Station 4
2B
R Family
Over 25s
Tudor Turcu
Natalia Selegean
Dragoș Udilă
Ioan Mann
Iulia Glăvan
Three Under 20s
Mădălina Lefter
Bogdan Bratiș
Florena Țicu Șandro
Ana-Maria Mihăieș
Ruxandra Tomulesei
Over 20s
Florin Ristei
Alex Mațaev
Oana Muntean
Paolo Lagana
Dumitru Botnaru
Groups
Double X
November
Bruiaj
Căminu' 16
Quattro
Four Horia Brenciu Delia Matache Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Under 20s
Adina Răducan
Sergiu Braga
Cristian Goaie
Monica Sannino
Groups
Trupa 69
Alessio Paddeu
Contrast
R-Twins
Over 20s
Alexandra Crișan
Nicoleta Nucă
Alexandru Florea
Miruna Buză
Five Groups
B52
Bravissimo
Tomato
Over 20s
Andrei Ioniță
Anastasia Ursu
Alex Vasilache
Under 20s
Florin Răduţă
Xenia Chitoroagă
Endy Glikman
Erika Isac
Six Horia Brenciu Delia Matache Ștefan Bănică, Jr. Carla's Dreams
Over 24s
Marcel Roşca
Loredana Anghelache
Boys
Raul Eregep
Alex Mladin
Emilian Nechifor
Groups
3 O'Clock
Apollo
Girls
Olga Verbiţchi
Izabela Simion
Seven Over 24s
Jeremy Ragsdale
Katarina Biehu
Girls
Francesca Nicolescu
Teodora Sava
Alina Mocanu
Boys
Salvatore Pierluca
Anton Banaghan
Groups
Ad Libitum
Flashback
Eight Groups
Vox
Diamonds
Over 24s
Bella Santiago
Cristian Sanda
Cristina Vasopol
Girls
Ioana Bulgaru
Doinița Ioniță
Boys
Cristian Moldovan
Alexandru Stremițeanu
Nine Florin Ristei Delia Matache Loredana Groza Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Groups
Super 4
Tiny Tigers
Over 24s
Sonia Mosca
Alina Dincă
Boys
Adrian Petrache
Iulian Selea
Girls
Andrada Precup
Alexandra Sîrghi
Ten
Girls
Bryana Holingher
Betty Iordăchescu
Groups
Omajii
The Jazzy Jo Experience

Over 24s
Nick Casciaro
Stefan J. Doyle

Boys
Andrei Duțu
Ionuț Hanțig

Seasons

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The auditions for the first season were carried in May 2011. The first series of the show aired starting 17 September 2011. Auditions for producers began in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on 14 May 2011. They then took place in Constanța, on 21 May in Timișoara on 24 May 2011, on 4 June in Iași and concluded on 11 June 2011 in Bucharest. The first season ended on 1 January 2012, Andrei Leonte (16-24s) mentored by Mihai Morar was declared the first winner of The X Factor in Romania. Alin Văduva (Over 25s) was runner-up followed by Iulian Vasile (Over 25s) in third place. Leonte won by 51.0% of the votes.

The second season of the show aired starting 23 September 2012. Auditions for producers began in Craiova, România, on 15 June 2012. They then took place in Sibiu, on 18 June in Timișoara on 21 June 2012, on 27 June in Iași and concluded on 1 July 2012 in Bucharest. In the second season the judges are Dan Bittman, Delia Matache and Cheloo. The second season ended on 23 December 2012, Tudor Turcu (Over 25s) mentored by Cheloo was declared the second winner of The X Factor in Romania. Ioana Anuța (16-24s) was runner-up followed by Natalia Selegean (Over 25s) in third place.

 
Alex Mațaev

The third season of the show aired starting on 22 September 2013. This season has the slogan "Muzică și suflet" (literally "Music and soul"). Auditions for producers began in Craiova, România, on 2 June.[11] They then took place in Arad, on 5 June in Cluj Napoca on 8 June 2013, on 11 June in Iași,[12] on 14 June in Constanța and concluded on 17 June 2013 in Bucharest. All three judges are returning for season 3. On 22 December 2013, the season was won by Florin Ristei, mentored by Matache. Alex Mațaev, mentored also by Matache finished in second place and in third place was Mădălina Lefter, mentored by Dan Bittman.

The fourth season of the show aired starting on 19 September 2014. The first auditions took place at Craiova, on 24 May. They then took place in Sibiu, on 26 May, in Arad, on 28 May in Cluj Napoca on 30 May 2014, on 2 June in Iași, on 5 June in Galați[13] and concluded on 7 June 2013 in Bucharest.[14] Singer Delia Matache returned to the judging panel, while Horia Brenciu and Ștefan Bănică, Jr. joined the panel as replacements for the departing judges.

Reception

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Television ratings

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Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of X Factor on Antena 1.

Season Season premiere Premiere
viewers
(in millions)
Season finale Finale
viewers
(in millions)
TV season Rank Source
1 17 September 2011 0.65 1 January 2012 1.26 2011–2012 2 [15][16]
2 23 September 2012 1.66 23 December 2012 1.24 2012 2 [17][18]
3 22 September 2013 1.59 22 December 2013 1.06 2013 2 [19][20]
4 19 September 2014 1.39 26 December 2014 1.016 2014 2 [21][22]
5 18 September 2015 1.01 27 December 2015 1.120 2015 2
6 9 September 2016 23 December 2016 2016

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Category Recipient Result Source
2011 TVmania Awards Best Talent Show X Factor Nominated [23]
2012 TVmania Awards Best Talent Show X Factor Nominated [24]
2013 TVmania Awards Best Talent Show X Factor Nominated [25]
2014 TVmania Awards Best Talent Show X Factor Nominated [26]

References

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