X Factor (Romanian season 1)

X Factor is a Romanian television music competition that aims to find a new music talent to become a star. The first season began airing on September 17, 2011, on Antena 1 and ended on January 1, 2012. The winner received a price of €200,000. Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions in front of specialized judges that afterwards become mentors. Auditions for the show began in May, 2011 and concluded in June, 2011. The show is hosted by TV presenters Răzvan Simion and Dani Oțil, while the judging panel consists of recording artist and producer Adrian Sînă of the group Akcent, singer-songwriter Paula Seling and Radio DJ Mihai Morar.

X Factor
Season 1
Hosted byRăzvan Simion
Dani Oțil
JudgesAdrian Sînă
Paula Seling
Mihai Morar
WinnerAndrei Leonte
Winning mentorMihai Morar
Runner-upAlin Văduva
Release
Original networkAntena 1
Original releaseSeptember 17, 2011 (2011-09-17) –
January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2

Selection processEdit

AuditionsEdit

Auditions for producers began in Cluj-Napoca, România, on May 14, 2011. They then took place in Constanța, on May 21 in Timișoara on May 24, 2011, on June 4 in Iași and concluded on June 11, 2011 in Bucharest.

BootcampEdit

After the bootcamp period, there were twenty-four acts left. 16-24s: Sanziana Nicolae, Andrei Leonte, Cristina Dobrescu, Bogdan Medvedi, Bianca Purcarea, Tania Kramar, Irina Florea, Nae Ovidiu Nicolae

Judges housesEdit

During Judges houses period, they were sectioned into three different categories. Paula Seling, helped by Alexander Rybak, Adrian Sînă, helped by Alexandra Ungureanu and Mihai Morar, helped by Laurențiu Duță

ContestantsEdit

The 12 contestants were confirmed as follows;

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner up
  – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
16-24s (Morar) Antonia Filip Irina Florea Andrei Leonte Ovidiu Nae
Over-25s (Sînă) Diana Hetea Cristian Parmac Alin Văduva Iulian Vasile
Groups (Seling) Duo Voice Refresh T&L X-Treme

Live showsEdit

Results summaryEdit

Color key
  – Winner
  – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
  – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Round 1 Round 2
Andrei Leonte 4th
7.35%
3rd
9.21%
6th
8.83%
2nd
17.00%
2nd
18.35%
2nd
19.56%
3rd
16.07%
2nd
24.34%
1st
35.03%
1st Winner
51.0%
Alin Văduva 2nd
19.48%
1st
26.77%
3rd
12.21%
1st
19.81%
1st
27.39%
1st
31.30%
1st
31.79%
1st
24.53%
2nd
31.04%
2nd Runner-up
32.5%
Iulian Vasile 8th
4.77%
7th
7.15%
5th
10.25%
7th
7.38%
6th
10.15%
5th
9.91%
4th
14.97%
3rd
19.58%
4th
12.79%
3rd
16.5%
Eliminated
(Week 10)
T&L 6th
7.20%
10th
2.95%
1st
20.73%
3rd
15.24%
5th
10.39%
6th
7.53%
2nd
18.94%
5th
15.23%
3rd
21.14%
Eliminated
(Week 9)
Diana Hetea 1st
21.19%
2nd
16.24%
2nd
15.13%
5th
10.25%
4th
13.26%
3rd
13.91%
5th
11.75%
4th
16.32%
Eliminated
(Week 8)
Irina Florea 5th
7.21%
8th
5.01%
7th
7.53%
6th
8.82%
7th
9.90%
4th
13.31%
6th
6.48%
Eliminated
(Week 7)
Duo Voice 7th
5.03%
9th
4.17%
4th
10.81%
4th
10.83%
3rd
13.77%
7th
4.48%
Eliminated
(Week 6)
Antonia Filip 10th
3.47%
6th
8.23%
8th
6.22%
8th
6.86%
8th
6.94%
Eliminated
(Week 5)
Refresh 3rd
18.99%
4th
8.99%
10th
3.67%
9th
3.81%
Eliminated
(Week 4)
Ovidiu Nae 12th
1.51%
5th
8.98%
9th
5.94%
Eliminated
(Week 3)
X-Treme 9th
3.63%
11th
2.30%
Eliminated
(Week 2)
Cristian Parmac 11th
2.17%
Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Ovidiu Nae
Cristian Parmac
X-Treme
T&L
Ovidiu Nae
Refresh
Antonia Filip
Refresh
Antonia Filip
Irina Florea
Duo Voice
T&L
Irina Florea
Diana Hetea
T&L
Diana Hetea
T&L
Iulian Vasile
No judges' vote or final showdown: public votes alone decide who is eliminated and who ultimately wins
Morar's vote to eliminate Cristian Parmac T&L Refresh Refresh Antonia Filip Duo Voice Diana Hetea Diana Hetea T&L
Seling's vote to eliminate Cristian Parmac X-Treme Ovidiu Nae Antonia Filip Irina Florea has not voted Irina Florea Diana Hetea Iulian Vasile
Sînă's vote to eliminate Ovidiu Nae X-Treme Ovidiu Nae Refresh Antonia Filip Duo Voice Irina Florea T&L T&L
Eliminated Cristian Parmac
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
X-Treme
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Ovidiu Nae
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Refresh
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Antonia Filip
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Duo Voice
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Irina Florea
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Diana Hetea
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
T&L
2 of 3 Votes
To Eliminate
Iulian Vasile
16.5%
to win
Alin Văduva
32.5%
to win
Andrei Leonte
51.0%
to win

Live show detailsEdit

Week 1 (October 29/30)Edit

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Song Result
Ovidiu Nae "Down on Me" Bottom two
Irina Florea "A Night like This" Safe
Antonia Filip "Man Down" Safe
Andrei Leonte "Dream Girl" Safe
Alin Văduva "Eternity/The Road to Mandalay" Safe
Iulian Vasile "How Deep Is Your Love" Safe
Diana Hetea "Lângă Mine" Safe
X-Treme "Free Your Mind" Safe
Cristian Parmac "Don't Stop Me Now" Bottom two
Refresh "Atât de singur" Safe
Duo Voice "No me ames" Safe
T&L "911" Safe
Final showdown details
Ovidiu Nae "Grenade" Safe
Cristian Parmac "Your Song" Eliminated

Week 2 (November 5/6)Edit

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Song Result
Ovidiu Nae "Dacă dragostea dispare" Safe
Irina Florea "Mai frumoasă" Safe
Antonia Filip "Tot mai sus" Safe
Andrei Leonte "Vara trecută" Safe
Alin Văduva "Dincolo de nori" Safe
Iulian Vasile "Say Something" Safe
Diana Hetea "Mi-ai frânt inima" Safe
X-Treme "Banii vorbesc" Bottom two
Refresh "Azi vii, mâine pleci" Safe
Duo Voice "Dragostea rămâne" Safe
T&L "Marionette" Bottom two
Final showdown details
T&L "Empire State of Mind" Safe
X-Treme "Hush Hush" Eliminated

Week 3 (November 12/13)Edit

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Song Result
Ovidiu Nae "Shape of My Heart" Bottom two
Irina Florea "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Safe
Antonia Filip "Get the Party Started" Safe
Andrei Leonte "Iris" Safe
Alin Văduva "You Can Leave Your Hat On" Safe
Iulian Vasile "I Have Nothing" Safe
Diana Hetea "Take My Breath Away" Safe
Refresh "All for Love" Bottom two
Duo Voice "Over the Rainbow" Safe
T&L "Bring Me to Life" Safe
Final showdown details
Refresh "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Safe
Ovidiu Nae "Give It to Me Right" Eliminated

Week 4 (November 19/20)Edit

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Song Result
Irina Florea "Marcas de ayer" Safe
Antonia Filip "Hot n Cold" Bottom two
Andrei Leonte "Only Girl (In the World)" Safe
Alin Văduva "Fairytale Gone Bad" Safe
Iulian Vasile "Sex Bomb" Safe
Diana Hetea "I Will Love Again" Safe
Refresh "Always" Bottom two
Duo Voice "You Raise Me Up" Safe
T&L "Ploaie în Luna lui Marte" / "Umbrella" Safe
Final showdown details
Antonia Filip "Rehab" Safe
Refresh "Right Here Waiting" Eliminated

Week 5 (November 26/27)Edit

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Song Result
Irina Florea "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Bottom two
Antonia Filip "Bad Romance" Bottom two
Andrei Leonte "It's My Life" Safe
Alin Văduva "Ordinary People" Safe
Iulian Vasile "De-ai fi tu salcie la mal" Safe
Diana Hetea "Without You" Safe
Duo Voice "I Will Always Love You" Safe
T&L "Who Wants to Live Forever" Safe
Final showdown details
Irina Florea "I Love Rock & Roll" Safe
Antonia Filip "I Follow Rivers" Eliminated

Week 6 (December 3/4)Edit

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Song Result
Irina Florea "Sweet Child o' Mine" Safe
Andrei Leonte "Moves Like Jagger" Safe
Alin Văduva "Sex on Fire" Safe
Iulian Vasile "Always on the Run" Safe
Diana Hetea "Mercy" Safe
Duo Voice "Heal the World" Bottom two
T&L "One"/"Where Is the Love?" Bottom two
Final showdown details
T&L "Back to Black" Safe
Duo Voice "Hallelujah" Eliminated

Week 7 (December 10/11)Edit

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Andrei Leonte 1 "Supergirl" 7 "I'm Yours" Safe
Diana Hetea 2 "Alejandro" 8 "We Found Love" Bottom two
Irina Florea 3 "Privirea ta" 9 "Underneath Your Clothes" Bottom two
T&L 4 "Love the Way You Lie (Parts I & II)" 12 "When Love Takes Over / Give Me Everything" Safe
Alin Văduva 5 "Angels" 10 "Crazy" Safe
Iulian Vasile 6 "Simply the Best" 11 "When a Man Loves a Woman" Safe
Final showdown details
Irina Florea 1 "If I Ain't Got You" Eliminated
Diana Hetea 2 Video Footage* Safe
  • As a worldwide X Factor premiere, Diana Hetea wasn't able to perform a "Save Me Song" because she suffered of Laryngitis that night. So as a convention, the producers decided to put on a footage with all of her performances during the X Factor galas.

Week 8: (December 17/18)Edit

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Andrei Leonte 1 "18 ani" 10 "Home" Safe
Iulian Vasile 2 "Aïcha" 9 "Crazy" Safe
Diana Hetea 3 "Un actor grăbit" 6 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Bottom two
Alin Văduva 4 "Red" 7 "Cerul" Safe
T&L 5 "Vino înapoi" 8 "Numb" Bottom two
Final showdown details
Diana Hetea 1 "Russian Roulette" Eliminated
T&L 2 "Nobody's Perfect" Safe

Week 9: (December 24/25)Edit

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order First song Order Second song Result
Iulian Vasile 1 "Feliz Navidad" 6 "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Bottom two
Alin Văduva 2 "Human" 5 "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Safe
Andrei Leonte 3 "Last Christmas" 8 "Use Somebody" Safe
T&L 4 "I'll Be Missing You" 7 "Iarna (Milioane)" Bottom two
Final showdown details
T&L 1 "Firework"/"Fly" Eliminated
Iulian Vasile 2 "Kiss" Safe

Week 10: (January 1)Edit

  • Theme(s): Audition Songs, Celebrity Duets, Winner's Single
  • Group Performance: We Will Rock You
  • Musical guests: Vama ("Copilul care aleargă către mare"), Mandinga ("Danza Kuduro", "Zaleilah"), ROA ("Ne place", "Sonată în la minor"), Vunk ("Artificii pe tavan"), Laurențiu Duță feat. X Factor Finalists ("Amintirile")
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order First song Order Second song (Duet) Order Third song Result
Alin Văduva 1 "Feeling Good" 6 "Pleacă" (with Vunk) 7 "Ain't No Sunshine" Runner-Up
Iulian Vasile 2 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" 5 "Soarele meu" (with Mandinga) 9 "Hit the Road Jack" Third Place
Andrei Leonte 3 "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" 4 "Vama Veche" (with Vama) 8 "Someone Like You" Winner

RatingsEdit

# Date Viewers (thousands) Rating
Audition 1 17 September 2011 652.000 5,6
Audition 2 18 September 2011 559.000 4,8
Audition 3 24 September 2011 801.000 6,9
Audition 4 1 October 2011 849.000 7,3
Audition 5 8 October 2011 888.000 7,6
Bootcamp 15 October 2011 652.000 5,6

ReferencesEdit

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