Nouvelle Star

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Nouvelle Star
Format Singer search
Created by Simon Fuller
Starring Benjamin Castaldi (2006-06)
Virginie Efira (2006-08)
Virginie Guilhaume (2008-10)
Cyril Hanouna (2012- present)
Country of origin France


Finalists (With dates of elimination)
Series 1 (2003)
Jonatan Cerrada Winner
Thierry Amiel 10 July
Jean-Sébastien Lavoie 3 July
Alexis Juliard 26 June
Laetizia Alberti 19 June
Yoann Kelyann 12 June
Jonathan Hassen-Ali 5 June
Cindie Bruzzi 29 May
Priscilla 22 May
Gabrielle Ducomble 15 May
Series 2 (2004)
Steeve Estatof Winner
Julien Laurence 13 May
Amel Bent 6 May
Laura Tabourin 29 April
Charles Cattaert 22 April
Babeth Lando 15 April
Pascal Crisinel 8 April
John Zéra 1 April
Geoffrey Lupart 25 March
SimonGad Barbey 17 March
Series 3 (2005)
Myriam Abel Winner
Pierrick Lilliu 12 May
Roland Karl 5 May
Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy 28 April
Francine Massiani 21 April
Dan Pérez 14 April
Sarah Riani 7 April
Philippe Léger 31 March
Benjamin Delcroix 24 March
Malik Hemaidi 16 March
Series 4 (2006)
Christophe Willem Winner
Dominique Michalon 8 June
Gaël Faure 31 May
Cindy Santos 24 May
Valérie Castan 17 May
Florian Lesca 12 May
Bruno Rua 4 May
Stéphanie Lipstadt 26 April
Beverly 19 April
Joana Boumendil 12 April
Series 5 (2007)
Julien Doré Winner
Tigane Drammeh 13 June
Gaëtane Abrial 7 June
Julie Mazi 31 May
Pierre Darmon 24 May
Raphaëlle Dess 17 May
Soma Dufour 9 May
Alex Fondja 2 May
Canelle Zahy 25 April
Ilyes Yangui 18 April
Series 6 (2008)
Amandine Bourgeois Winner
Benjamin Siksou 11 June
Cédric Oheix 4 June
Ycare Cavens 28 May
Jules Pélissier 21 May
Lucile Malghem 15 May
Thomas Marfisi 7 May
Kristov Leroy 9 April/30 April
Siân Pottok 23 April
Julien Pierson 16 April
Series 7 (2009)
Soan Faya Winner
Leïla Aissaoui 9 June
Camélia Jordana 2 June
Thomas Bonneau 26 May
Dalé Grenoble 19 May
Damien Vanni 12 May
Lary Lambert 5 May
Mahdi Jaggae 28 April
Mélissa Reffas 21 April
Yoann Pigny 14 April
Series 8 (2010)
Luce Brunet Winner
François Raoult 16 June
Ramon Mirabet 9 June
Lussi Lebrun 2 June
Benjamin Boehm 26 May
Dave Mgy 19 May
Annabelle 13 May
Stéphanie Vondenhoff 5 May
Sacha Page 28 April
Marine Villeret 21 April
Series 9 (2013)
Sophie-Tith Charvet Winner
Florian Bertonnier 26 February
Philippe Krier 19 February
Florian "Flo" Devos 12 February
Julie Obré 5 February
Paul Kay 29 January
Timothée Rossignol 22 January
Charlotte Morgane Berry 15 January
Adélaïde Pratoussy 15 January (jury)
Léa Layne 15 January (jury)
Original channel M6 (2003–2010)
D8 (2012- present)
Original run 27 March 2003 – present
External links

Nouvelle Star (a.k.a. À la Recherche de la Nouvelle Star for the first series) is a French television series based on the popular Pop Idol programme produced by FremantleMedia. It was broadcast by M6 in seasons 1–8 and is currently broadcast on D8.

It was hosted by Benjamin Castaldi for the first three series (2003–2005). He also hosted 13 episodes of Series 4 (2006). Virginie Efira presented the remainder of Series 4, as well as presenting Series 5 and 6 (2007 and 2008). Seasons 7 (2009) and 8 (2010) are presented by Virginie Guilhaume. Since season 9, Cyril Hanouna is the Nouvelle Star's TV host.

On 4 July 2012, Bibiane Godfroid, program director of Nouvelle Star announced that the show will not return on M6 but will instead be on D8, after its acquisition by Canal +.

Format of the series[edit]

The four members of the jury have to judge about 25,000 contestants in various towns around France and Belgium. Until the final rounds begin, the show presents both the successful and the poorest performers, known as the "inoubliables" (unforgettable ones). Some of the worst performers have also performed as guests during the final stages.

Of the 25,000 contestants, only 150 (140 in series 6) are selected for the next round of auditions, which takes place at the Theatre Trianon in central Paris. There are two auditions over the space of three days, the highlights of which are shown over the course of two shows. Specific exercises are given to the contestants in order to evaluate their artistic talents: pitch, rhythmic accuracy, ability to remember lyrics and to learn songs, sing in a trio, and deal with tiredness and stress, etc. During the first day of the Theatre stage of auditions, contestants perform on stage in lines of eight, each contestant performing the song of their choice a capella. On day 2, 70 contestants who made it through the previous day are given a choice of three songs (two specifically for boys or for girls, and one for both, as of Series 6) and have to form trios with other contestants of their choice but of the same sex, they will be accompanied by a guitar and a piano. The 50 remaining contestants will interpret a song, in French, accompanied by an orchestra band. For the first time at this ultimate step before the live primes, this year, the contestants have performed in front of more than 400 persons including the jury at the theatre.

The jury will have to decide between 20 remaining contestants (27 in series 6) on a television screen, reviewing the all auditions of those contestants, of which they will select 15 for the first live television prime where they will be submitted to viewers' vote. In series 6, the viewers rejected 6 contestants of which the jury saved one.

There is no wildcard round in the French format, and viewers only vote by text or by phone. Only viewers' votes decide of the result during the prime, but the judges comment by giving first an illustrated verdict by colored traffic lights in front of them Blue for Good, and Red for bad performance (coloured lights introduced in series 5, and taken the form of traffic lights in series 6). The voting is different from American Idol as viewers vote during the programme and results are given at the end of it, by Virginie (The Host) and Maitre Najar(bailiff), where Virginie selects at random the saved contestants leaving only the ones dropped by the viewers. The previous series' jury (Mainly Marianne James) was used to contesting a lot the results.


The first series featured auditions in France, Belgium, and Quebec, Canada. Later series dropped Quebec from the audition tour, as Canadian Idol had started, and therefore, Francophones could audition in their home country.

For Nouvelle Star 2 & Nouvelle Star 3, auditions were held in Toulouse, Rennes, Marseilles, Liège, Lyon, and Paris.

For Nouvelle Star 4, auditions were held in :

Rennes (18 October 2005)
Marseille (31 October 2005)
Lille (6 November 2005)
Toulouse (14 November 2005)
Liège (21 November 2005)
Lyon (5 December 2005)
Paris (17 December 2005)


Past :

Current :


Finals elimination chart[edit]

Series 1 (2003)[edit]

Date Theme Bottom Three
15 May Favourite Songs Gabrielle Ducomble Cindie Bruzzi Yoann Kelyann
22 May My Birth Year Priscilla Cindie Bruzzi (2) Alexis Juliard
29 May Film Songs Cindie Bruzzi (3) Jonathan Hassen-Ali Thierry Amiel
5 June Love Songs Jonathan Hassen-Ali (2) Yoann Kelyann (2) Alexis Juliard (2)
12 June Cartoon Songs Yoan Kelyann (3) Laetizia Alberti Alexis Juliard (3)
Bottom Two
19 June Années 2000 Laetizia Alberti (2) Alexis Juliard (4)
26 June Le Voyage Alexis Juliard (5) Jonatan Cerrada
3 July Hommage Jean-Sébastien Lavoie
10 July Grand Finale Thierry Amiel (2) Jonatan Cerrada

Series 2 (2004)[edit]

Date Bottom Two
18 March Simon-Gad Barbey Charles Cattaret
25 March Geoffrey Lupart Amel Bent
1 April John Zera Charles Cattaret (2)
8 April Pascal Crisinel Laura Tabourin
15 April Babeth Lando Charles Cattaret (3)
22 April Charles Cattaret (4) Laura Tabourin (2)
29 April Laura Tabourin (3) Steeve Estatof
6 May Amel Bent (2)
13 May Julien Laurence Steeve Estatof

Series 3 (2005)[edit]

Date Bottom Three
17 March Malik Benjamin Myriam Abel
24 March Benjamin (2) Dan Perez Sarah Riani
31 March Phillipe Léger Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy Pierrick Lilliu
7 April Sarah Riani (2) Dan Perez (2) Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy (2)
14 April Dan Perez (3) Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy (3) Francine Massiani
Bottom Two
21 April Francine Massiani (2) Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy (4)
28 April Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy (5) Pierrick Lilliu (2)
5 May Roland Carle
13 May Pierrick Lilliu (3) Myriam Abel

Series 4 (2006)[edit]

Date Bottom Five
30 March Joana Gaël Faure Stéphanie Lipstadt Válerie Castan Dominique Michalon
5 April Célia Perez Jean-Charles Chapuis Sophie Vladimir Streiff Beverly
Bottom Three
13 April Joana Beverly Stéphanie Lipstadt
19 April Beverly (2) Stéphanie Lipstadt (2) Florian Lesca
28 April Stéphanie Lipstadt (3) Bruno Rua Valérie Castan
4 May Bruno Rua (2) Valérie Castan (2) Florian Lesca (2)
12 May Florian Lesca (3) Valérie Castan (3) Dominique Michalon
18 May Valérie Castan (4) Cindy Santos
Bottom Two
25 May Cindy Santos (2) Dominique Michalon (2)
31 May Gaël Faure
8 June Dominique Michalon (3) Christophe Willem

Series 5 (2007)[edit]

Top 10 Finalists

Date Theme Bottom Three
18 April Rock'n'Roll Ilyès Yangui Julie Mazi Canelle
25 April French Hits Canelle (2) Soma Gaëtane Abrial
2 May Idols and Legends Alex Raphaëlle Dess Julie Mazi (2)
9 May Viewer's Choice Soma (2) Gaëtane Abrial (2) Tigane
17 May Big Band Raphaëlle Dess (2) Julie Mazi (3) Gaëtane Abrial (3)
24 May Love Songs Pierre Darmon Gaëtane Abrial (4)
Date Theme Bottom Two
31 May Acoustic Julie Mazi (4) Tigane (3)
7 June Free Choice Gaëtane Abrial (5)
13 June Grand Final Tigane (4) Julien Doré

Series 6 (2008)[edit]

The judges this series were eligible to exercise a veto power on one eliminated contestant at any given point of the competition and spare them from elimination. The power was exercised in the very first live programme when Kristov received the least amount of votes and thus no-one was sent home the first week.

Top 10 Finalists

Date Theme Bottom Three
9 April Rock Kristov Leroy Ycare Cavens Lucile Malghem
16 April Big Band Julien Pierson Kristov Leroy (2) Thomas Marfisi
23 April Personal Siân Pottok Ycare Cavens (2) Kristov Leroy (3)
30 April Unplugged Kristov Leroy (4) Lucile Malghem (2) Ycare Cavens (3)
7 May Viewer's Choice Thomas Marfisi (2) Ycare Cavens (4) Benjamin Siksou
15 May Free Choice 1 Lucile Malghem (3) Jules Pélissier Ycare Cavens (5)
Bottom Two
21 May Free Choice 2 Jules Pélissier (2) Ycare Cavens (6)
28 May Movie Song Ycare Cavens (7) Benjamin Siksou (2)
4 June Love Song Cédric Oheix (2) Benjamin Siksou (3)
11 June Grand Finale Benjamin Siksou (4) Amandine Bourgeois

Series 7 (2009)[edit]

Top 10 Finalists

  • Soan Faya (27) - Winner
  • Leïla Aissaoui (18) - Runner-up
  • Camélia Jordana (16)
  • Thomas Bonneau (17)
  • Dalé (24)
  • Damien Vanni (29)
  • Lary Lambert (20)
  • Mahdi Jaggae (27)
  • Mélissa Reffas (18)
  • Yoann Pigny (21)

NOTE: Lary selected as the 10th finalist by the jury.

Semifinalists (Top 15)

  • Antoine Vignette (25)
  • Charlotte Robin (21)
  • Maria Paz (21)
  • Mickaël Frémeaux (25)
  • Yasmina (17)

Eliminations - Top 10

Date Theme Bottom Three
14 April Yoann Pigny Leïla Aissaoui Thomas Bonneau
21 April Love Songs Mélissa Reffas Thomas Bonneau (2) Leïla Aissaoui (2)
28 April Dance Floor Mahdi Jaggae Leïla Aissaoui (3) Lary Lambert
5 May Lary Lambert (2) Thomas Bonneau (3) Dalé Grenoble
12 May Cinema Damien Leïla Aissaoui (4) Dalé Grenoble (2)
19 May Viewer's Choice Dalé Grenoble (3) Soan Faya Thomas Bonneau (4)
Bottom Two
26 May Quarterfinal Thomas Bonneau (5) Camélia Jordana
2 June Semifinal Camélia-Jordana (2) Soan Faya (2)
9 June Final Leïla Aissaoui (5) Soan Faya

Series 8 (2010)[edit]

Top 10 Finalists

  • Luce Brunet (20) - Winner
  • François Raoult (25) - Runner-up
  • Ramón Mirabet (25)
  • Lussi Lebrun (27)
  • Benjamin Boehm (16)
  • Dave Mgy (28)
  • Annabelle (20)
  • Stéphanie Vondenhoff (29)
  • Sascha Page (19)
  • Marine Maiwa (26)

Marine selected as the 10th finalist by the jury.

Semifinalists (Top 15)

  • Ambre Dupont (23)
  • Anna Torné (18)
  • Lucia de Carvalho (29)
  • Manon Trinquier (19)
  • Siegfried Martin-Diaz (27)

Eliminations - Top 10

Date Theme Bottom Three
21 April Marine Maiwa Annabelle Dave Mgy
28 April Sascha Page Stéphanie Vondenhoff Ramón Miarbet
5 May Stéphanie Vondenhoff (2) Dave Mgy (2) Ramón Miarbet (2)
13 May Annabelle (2) Lussi Lebrun
19 May Dave Mgy (3) François Raoult Lussi Lebrun (2)
26 May Benjamin Boehm Ramón Mirabet (3) Lussi Lebrun (3)
Bottom Two
2 June Quarterfinal Lussi Lebrun (4) François Raoult (2)
9 June Semifinal Ramón Mirabet (4) François Raoult (2)
16 June Final François Raoult (3) Luce Brunet

Series 9 (2012-2013)[edit]

Top 10 Finalists

  • Sophie-Tith Charvet (16) - Winner
  • Florian Bertonnier (19) - Runner-up
  • Philippe Krier (24)
  • Florian Devos aka. Flo[1]" (20)
  • Julie Obré (25)
  • Paul Kay (18)
  • Timothée Rossignol (25)
  • Charlotte Morgane Berry (24)
  • Adélaïde Pratoussy (20)
  • Léa Layne (18)

No semifinalist for this season, all were directly selected before the first prime.

Eliminations - Top 10

Date Theme Bottom Three
15 January[2] Léa Layne (jury) Adélaïde Pratoussy (jury) Charlotte Morgane Berry
22 January Timothée Rossignol Julie Obré
29 January Paul Kay Philippe Krier Flo Devos
5 February Julie Obré (2) Flo Devos (2) Florian Bertonnier
Final round
12 February Quarterfinal Flo Devos
19 February Semifinal Philippe Krier
26 February Final Florian Bertonnier Sophie-Tith Charvet
  1. ^ to avoid confusion with the future runner-up
  2. ^ During this season, rules changed: only during the first prime, 3 contesters were eliminated, 2 by the jury and 1 by the classic way.

Series 10 (2013-2014)[edit]


  • Mathieu Saikaly - Winner
  • Yseult Onguenet (20) - Runner-up
  • Pauline de Tarragon (17)
  • Alvaro Echánove (21)
  • Dana Ali-Ahmad (25)
  • Sirine Betton (18)
  • Mehdi Dahmane (26)
  • Claudia Chu (16)
  • Léopoldine Hummel (28)
  • Hugo Chalan-Marchio (16)
  • Kimberly Kitson (23)
  • Julie Dessoude (18)
  • Chehinaze (21)
  • Ezra Van Vliet (20)
  • Laura Migné (20)
  • Marc Touati (21)


Nouvelle Star, ça continue...[edit]

Nouvelle Star, ça continue... is a program broadcast directly after the prime Nouvelle Star shows. It was broadcast on Fun TV (2003-2005), W9 (2006-2009), M6 (2010) and now on D8. The show includes interviews with judges, saved or eliminated contestants des jurés, invited musical guests. Hosts were Adrien Lemaître on Fun TV, Alexandre Devoise, Jérôme Anthony and Sidonie Bonnec all on W9, Estelle Denis and Jérôme Anthony on M6 with Camille Combal giving a diary, Enora Malagré on D8.

Saga Nouvelle Star[edit]

Saga Nouvelle Star or La Saga Nouvelle Star was an old daily show hosted by Virginie Efira on M6, following various seasons of the Nouvelle Star show. It was broadcast only in 2007 and then stopped. In each show, she would present Top des Inoubliables internationaux (meaning best of international unforgettables), being winners from various countries where Idol series are broadcast. Broadcast at 19h00 in access prime time, it brought in an average 1.1 million of viewers.

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