Nouvelle Star

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Nouvelle Star
NouvelleStar.jpg
Format Singer search
Created by Simon Fuller
Starring Benjamin Castaldi (2003-06, 2015-)
Virginie Efira (2006-08)
Virginie Guilhaume (2008-10)
Cyril Hanouna (2012-14)
Country of origin France
Production
Producer(s)

FremantleMedia

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 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 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 (2012-13)
Sophie-Tith 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)
Series 10 (2013-14)
Mathieu Saikaly Winner
Yseult Onguenet 20 February
Broadcast
Original channel M6 (2003–2010)
D8 (2012- present)
Original run 27 March 2003 – present
External links
Website

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.

Auditions[edit]

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's seasons 2, 3 and 4, auditions were held in Toulouse, Rennes, Marseilles, Lyon, and Paris and in one location in Belgium, at Liège. No auditions were held in Canada.

Judges[edit]

Past :

Current :

Spin-offs[edit]

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.

Summary[edit]

Season Premiere Final Winner Runner-up Third place Judges Host(s)
1* March 27, 2003 July 10, 2003 Jonatan Cerrada Thierry Amiel Jean Sébastien Lavoie Dove Attia
Varda Kakon
Lionel Florence
André Manoukian
Benjamin Castaldi
2 February 11, 2004 May 13, 2004 Steeve Estatof Julien Laurence Amel Bent Dove Attia
Marianne James
Manu Katché
André Manoukian
3 February 11, 2004 May 13, 2004 Myriam Abel Pierrick Lilliu Roland Karl
4 February 22, 2006 June 8, 2006 Christophe Willem Dominique Michalon Gaël Faure
5 February 28, 2007 June 13, 2007 Julien Doré Tigane Drammeh Gaëtane Abrial
6 February 21, 2008 June 13, 2008 Amandine Bourgeois Benjamin Siksou Cédric Oheix Lio
Philippe Manœuvre
Sinclair
André Manoukian
Virginie Efira
7 February 24, 2009 June 9, 2009 Soan Leïla Aissaoui Camélia Jordana Virginie Guilhaume
8 March 2, 2010 June 16, 2010 Luce Brunet François Raoult Ramon Mirabet Lio
Philippe Manœuvre
André Manoukian
Marco Prince
9 December 11, 2012 February 26, 2013 Sophie-Tith Charvet Florian Bertonnier Philippe Krier Olivier Bas
André Manoukian
Maurane
Sinclair
Cyril Hanouna
10 October 31, 2013 February 20, 2014 Mathieu Saikaly Yseult Onguenet Pauline de Tarragon

*Also known as À la Recherche de la Nouvelle Star

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