Factor X (Spanish TV series)

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El Factor X
Also known as Factor X (Season 1-2)
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Nuria Roca (2007-08)
Judges Miqui Puig (2007-08)
Eva Perales (2007-08)
Jorge Flo (2007-08)
Country of origin Spain
Broadcast
Original channel Cuatro (2007-08)
Original run Original series
13 May 2007 (2007-05-13) – 17 June 2008 (2008-06-17)
Revived series
2015 – (2015 –)

Factor X is the Spanish version of the British television music competition The X Factor, created by Simon Cowell. The show, which airs on Cuatro, follows series 2-3 of the British format, with three categories, mentored by one judge each, whom choose the acts to represent the category in the live shows. The judges are singer and DJ Miqui Puig, headhunter Eva Perales and music radio producer Jorge Flo. Nuria Roca hosts the show. The first series was won by María Villalón. The second series was won by Vocal Tempo. It was announced that a third show entitled El Factor X would come to Spain in 2015. The judges were confirmed on the day of the series announcement. The auditions will open in March 2015.

Series 1 (2007)[edit]

The first series, started its run on Sunday 13 May 2007. The show was then broadcast nightly with 'Los Castings' (the auditions), which lasted until 20 May 2007. From the 21 May until the 27 May 2007 'La Selección Final' (final selection) was shown, again nightly. On 28 May 'Las Galas' (live shows) began.

The categories and acts were as follows

16 to 24s
(Jorge Flo)
Over 25´s
(Eva Perales)
Groups
(Miqui Puig)
María Villalón Leire Martínez Sometimes
Angy Fernández Pedro Heredia United
Walter Renato Yolanda Yugueros Mr Roch
Ailyn David Hooper Lady's

Factor X proved successful for TV station Cuatro. It achieved an average audience of 12.3%. Factor X live shows were shown at 10pm every Monday evening.

Results summary[edit]

     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order)
     – 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
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
María Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(Week 8)
Angy Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
(Week 8)
Walter Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two Safe Safe Safe 3rd Eliminated
(Week 8)
United Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two 4th Eliminated
(Week 8)
Pedro Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two Bottom Two Eliminated
(Week 7)
Leire Safe Safe Bottom Two Safe Safe Bottom Two Eliminated
(Week 6)
Sometimes Safe Safe Safe Bottom Three Bottom Two Eliminated
(Week 5)
Ailyn Safe Bottom Two Safe Bottom Three Eliminated
(Week 4)
David Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Yolanda Bottom Two Safe Bottom Two Eliminated
(Week 3)
Lady's Safe Bottom Two Eliminated
(Week 2)
Mr. Roch Bottom Two Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Mr. Roch
Yolanda
Lady's
Ailyn
Leire
Yolanda
Sometimes
Ailyn
Sometimes
Walter
Pedro
Leire
United
Pedro
No bottom two/judges' vote; public votes alone decide who is eliminated
Judges voted to Eliminate
Puig's vote Yolanda Ailyn Leire Ailyn Walter Pedro Pedro
Perales's vote Mr. Roch Lady's Yolanda Ailyn Sometimes Leire United
Flo's vote Mr. Roch Lady's Yolanda Sometimes Sometimes Leire Pedro
Eliminated Mr. Roch
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Lady's
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Yolanda
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
David
Public vote
to save
Sometimes
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Leire
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Pedro
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
United
Public vote
to win
Walter
Public vote
to win
Angy
48%
to win
Ailyn
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
María
52%
to win

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

The second series started its run September 1, 2008 with the auditions. The first "gala" or live show was aired on September 22, on primetime. In a similar fashion to the last seasons in the original British series, each gala had a different theme (number-one hits or 80's music, for example). Five acts were chosen for the finals in each category, and an additional contestant was chosen in the middle of the season through Internet auditions:

16 to 24's
(Eva Perales)
Over 25's
(Miqui Puig)
Groups
(Jorge Flo)
Gera Márquez Alex Alikindoi
Javier Luis Delgado Jer New Boys
Mario Gómez Dunia Trujillo Élenis
Marta Cabrera Evelyn Evangelisti Lunáticas
Miriam Milanés María López Vocal Tempo
Laura Gónzalez (Internet Wildcard)

Results summary[edit]

     – Contestant did not against public vote
     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order)
     – 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
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Groups 16 to 24's 25 and Over's Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Vocal Tempo Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(Week 8)
Laura Not in the competition Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
(Week 8)
Élenis Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 Safe 3rd Eliminated
(Week 8)
Gera Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe 4th Eliminated
(Week 8)
Dunia Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 5th Eliminated
(Week 8)
María Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Week 7)
Alex Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 7th Eliminated
(Week 7)
Alikindoi Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Week 6)
Mario Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 6)
Marta Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 5)
New Boys Bottom 2 Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 4)
Javier Luis Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 3)
Jer Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 2)
Evelyn Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Miriam Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Lunáticas Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Lunáticas
New Boys
Miriam
Javier Luis
Evelyn
Jer
Jer
María
Javier Luis
Marta
María
New Boys
Marta
Gera
Alikindoi
Alex
María
Élenis
No bottom two/judges' vote; public votes alone decide who is eliminated
Judges voted to Eliminate
Puig's vote Lunáticas Miriam Evelyn Jer Javier Luis New Boys Marta Alikindoi Élenis
Perales's vote New Boys Miriam Evelyn Jer Javier Luis New Boys Marta Alikindoi María
Flo's vote Lunáticas Miriam Jer María Javier Luis María Marta Alex María
Eliminated Lunáticas
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Miriam
3 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Evelyn
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Jer
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Javier Luis
3 of 3 votes
to eliminate
New Boys
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Marta
3 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Mario
Public vote
to save
Alex
Public vote
to save
Dunia
Public vote
to win
Élenis
Public vote
to win
Laura
Public vote
to win
Alikindoi
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
María
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Gera
Public vote
to win
Vocal Tempo
Public vote
to win

Post Factor X[edit]

A few weeks after the first series ended, eventual winner María Villalon released a debut EP entitled María Villalon, an album with all the songs she sang whilst in the competition. A few months later, she released her debut album Te Espero Aquí, which made the Spanish top 40 album chart, just like her debut Lp did. But she wasn't the only one who received a record deal, runner-up Angy released her debut self-titled album (with the artistic name Angy) a couple of weeks after Villalon's debut album release. She also began an acting career starring in the teen drama television series Física y Química, aired on Antena 3. 3rd placed Walter released a single, but it didn't see much success. Angy's debut single 'Sola En Silencio' was a major hit across Spain, making the top 20 in Spanish Los 40 Principales. In turn, Maria Villalon's first two singles 'Aguita De Abril' and 'Te Espero Aqui' failed to gain chart stardom, but her second album saw the success of its lead single 'La lluvia' which made it into the top 5 in Los 40 Principales.

Months after the contest finished, 6th placed Leire Martínez's popularity boosted as she was chosen to replace Amaia Montero as the new lead singer of La Oreja de Van Gogh, one of the best-selling pop bands in Spain and Latin America.[1] Her first album with the band, A las cinco en el Astoria, was released on September 2, 2008 reaching the number-one spot in the Spanish charts.

8th placed Ailyn submitted a song to Salvemos Eurovisión, the Spanish selection for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, but failed to get to the final round. She was later chosen to be the new female vocalist of the Norwegian Gothic Metal band Sirenia.

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