X Factor (Albania season 1)

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X Factor
Season 1
Broadcast from January 8, 2012
Judges Pandi Laço
Vesa Luma
Juliana Pasha
Alban Skënderaj
Host(s) Alketa Vejsiu
Broadcaster Klan Television
Winner:
Sheila Haxhiraj
Runner-up
Kristo Thano

X Factor is an Albanian television music competition to find new singing talents. The first season began on 8 January 2012 on TV Klan.[1]

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; bootcamp; judges' houses and then the live finals.[2] Auditions for the show began in September and concluded in October 2011. The show is hosted by Albanian singer Alketa Vejsiu, while the judging panel consists of the biggest Albanian artists. Albanian famous writer, composer and TV presenter Pandi Laço, Albanian Kosovar pop singer Vesa Luma, Albania's representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Juliana Pasha and the Albanian superstar Alban Skënderaj. The winner of the first season of X factor Albania was Sheila Haxhiraj.

Judges[edit]

The X Factor's host television Klan invited over 10 Albanian artists to be a part of The X Factor judging panel. It was rumored that Albanian singer Aurela Gaçe will be a judge/mentor. But, after giving birth to her first child, Aurela posted in Facebook that she will be staying with her family the whole month.[3] Until the show started, the judges were not confirmed. In Vlorë auditions, Besa Kokëdhima was a "Guest-judge" even though, she was rumored to be a part of the judging panel. While the current judge, Vesa Luma to an interview, she told that she was only a guest in X Factor first, but later she was asked to be a part of it.[4] Later that month, Vesa did not continue the contract with Digitalb, where she was signed.[5] In Summer of 2011, Vesa was entertaining Albanian public on "E Diell" in Top Channel, a part of Digitalb platform. After not continuing the contract with Digitalb, she accepted the offer to be a judge on X Factor. Vesa is an Albanian singer from Kosovo, she is known for her hit song, "Jemi dhe S'jemi", which hit the charts in Balkan. In 2006 that song was awarded as the Best Song in Kosovo for 2006 in Videofest.

Albanian singer Juliana Pasha, was on the cover of Eurovision magazines, that she will be a guest judge.[6][7] Later that week, she was officially asked to be a permanent mentor. Juliana represented Albania in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway. She got through to the final, finishing 16th.[8]

While Pandi Laço was in every audition around Albania, after TV Klan released the news, he was officially a judge. Pandi is an Albanian writer, composer and previously a TV presenter. He is four-time winner in Festivali i Këngës for his songs. He wrote three Albanian Eurovision songs, Tomorrow I Go by Ledina Çelo, Hear My Plea by Frederik Ndoci and Zemrën e lamë peng by Olta Boka. Since a couple of years, Pandi has started his own show in TV Klan, about Albanian culture in film.

The biggest superstar in Albania Alban Skënderaj, was rumored to be a judge, since the beginning of the show. His fiance Miriam Cani, Albanian-German singer, who is currently a judge in The Voice of Albania, to an interview told that it has been difficult to be away in two major shows in Albania. Skënderaj it is one of the most followed Albanian singers. He's songs "Let Me Die With You", "Vetëm ti" and many more, were hits in Albania in previous years.

Selection process[edit]

Cities where X Factor auditions were held

Auditions[edit]

Audition process was based on the British and American version. First up were "The Producer's Audition", where the producers chose singers to proceed to the second faze which was "The Audition before the Judging panel". The Auditions took place in the biggest centers of Albania, including Kosovo's capital Pristina. The producer's auditions started in September 2011, while the Auditions before the judging panel started in October. The Producer's auditions took place in over 10 cities of Albania, including Pogradec, Durrës and Korçë.[9]

The first city to start the auditions was Vlora in 11 and 12 October 2011. It was announced that there was over 3,000 applicants, where 800 got to perform. The auditions were held in the city's Palace of Sports. From the southern capital of Albania, judges traveled to the northern capital of Albania, Shkodër. The auditions in Shkodra took place in 17 and 18 October 2011. The auditions took place in the "Migjeni" theatre. In 25 and 26 October, judges moved to Albania's center city Elbasan. The auditions took place in the city's Palace of Sports.[10]

After that, the judges left Albania and went to Pristina. The auditions took place in "Palace of Youth Complex" in Amphitheater Studios in 29 October. From the producer's auditions, there were 10 qualifiers.[11]

The last city to hold the auditions was Albania's capital and biggest city Tirana. The auditions took place in Klan Television Studios from 1–4 November 2011.

Bootcamp[edit]

The Bootcamp phase was broadcast on February 12. There were 150 contestants in Bootcamp from each category. In the first day, the producers of the show decided to test the participants on dancing, by telling them that, that the only way to proceed in the Judges' houses would be by dancing. But, after the time passed midnight, the producers told the participants it was just a joke. However, after each contestant performed once and by group performing, the judges advanced 32 participants for the judges houses.

Judges' houses[edit]

Two days after the phase of Bootcamp was over, the producers of X Factor, telephoned each judge to communicate the category they would coach. Alban Skënderaj took the Boys category, Vesa Luma took the Over 23s, Juliana Pasha got the Girls category while Pandi Laço got the Groups category. The judges traveled to several cities of Albania, while Juliana Pasha traveled to Venice, Italy. Pandi Laço, who got the Groups Category, chose only 7 acts in Bootcamp, making thirty one participants in Judges' houses. The results were shown in the second week of the Judge's houses where 16 acts proceeded to the live shows.

The 15 eliminated acts were:

  • Boys: Dritan Maraj, Gentian Deda, Leotrim Zejnullahu, Rezart Saliasi
  • Girls: Antonela Çekixhi, Flaka Salihaj, Maria Prifti, Sigi Bastri
  • Over 23s: Anxhela Dusha, Doriana Bircaj, Edmond Themeli, Florian Kollaj
  • Groups: Different Girls, New Born, X Angels

Finalists[edit]

The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Skënderaj) Amarildo Shahinaj Anxhelo Miho Arianit Bellopoja Kristo Thano
Girls (Pasha) Festina Mejzini Savjana Vjerdha Sheila Haxhiraj Xhesika Polo
Over 23s (Luma) Besa Breca Gerald Zyfi Lirije Rashiti Matilda Shushari
Groups (Laço) Classic Boys Focus Red Roses X Group

Live shows[edit]

After four phases of selection and audition, X Factor arrived to the Live Shows. Sixteen acts proceeded to this round, four from each category. The first live show began on March 3.

Results summary[edit]

Color key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
     – Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15
Round One Round Two
Sheila Haxhiraj Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Winner
Kristo Thano Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
Xhesika Polo Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd 3rd Eliminated
(week 15)
Classic Boys Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th 4th Eliminated
(week 14)
Festina Mejzini Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe 5th Eliminated (week 13)
Lirije Rashiti Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 12)
X Group Safe Safe 14th Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated (week 11)
Anxhelo Miho Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 9th Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 10)
Savjana Vjerdha Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 9)
Amarildo Shahinaj Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe 10th Eliminated (week 8)
Focus Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 7)
Besa Breca Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 6)
Gerald Zyfi Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 5)
Matilda Shushari Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 4)
Arianit Bellopoja Safe Bottom two 15th Eliminated (week 3)
Red Roses Safe Bottom two Eliminated (week 2)
Final showdown N/A Arianit Bellopoja
Red Roses
Arianit Bellopoja
X Group
Matilda Shushari
Savjana Vjerdha
Gerald Zyfi
Kristo Thano
Amarildo Shahinaj
Besa Breca
Focus
Xhesika Polo
Amarildo Shahinaj
Anxhelo Miho
Savjana Vjerdha
Xhesika Polo
Anxhelo Miho
X Group
Festina Mejzini
X Group
Lirije Rashiti
Sheila Haxhiraj
Classic Boys
Festina Mejzini
Classic Boys
Xhesika Polo
No final showdown or judges' vote:
results are based on public votes alone
Judges voted to: Eliminate
Skënderaj's vote N/A Red Roses X Group Matilda Shushari Gerald Zyfi Besa Breca Focus Anxhelo Miho Savjana Vjerdha X Group X Group Lirije Rashiti Classic Boys Xhesika Polo
Pasha's vote N/A Red Roses X Group Matilda Shushari Gerald Zyfi Besa Breca Focus Amarildo Shahinaj Savjana Vjerdha Anxhelo Miho X Group Lirije Rashiti Classic Boys Classic Boys
Luma's vote N/A Red Roses Arianit Bellopoja Savjana Vjerdha Kristo Thano Amarildo Shahinaj Focus Anxhelo Miho Xhesika Polo Anxhelo Miho X Group Sheila Haxhiraj Festina Mejzini Classic Boys
Laço's vote N/A Arianit Bellopoja Arianit Bellopoja Matilda Shushari Gerald Zyfi Besa Breca Xhesika Polo Amarildo Shahinaj Savjana Vjerdha Anxhelo Miho Festina Mejzini Lirije Rashiti Festina Mejzini Xhesika Polo
Eliminated None Red Roses
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Arianit Bellopoja
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Matilda Shushari
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Gerald Zyfi
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Besa Breca
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Focus
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Amarildo Shahinaj
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Savjana Vjerdha
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Anxhelo Miho
3 of 4 votes
Majority
X Group
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Lirije Rashiti
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Festina Mejzini
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Classic Boys
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Xhesika Polo
Third Place
Kritso Thano
Runner-Up
Sheila Haxhiraj
Winner

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (4 March 2012)[edit]

The first live show was held on March 4 in Klan Studios in Tirana. For the first time, X Factor debuted "High Definition" format in TV Klan. The show was broadcast entirely in 1080i HD. After sixteen artists performed, the host of the show Alketa Vejsiu communicated to the public, that the X Factor Albania producers in collaboration with the producers of The X Factor, decided to eliminated none of the performers.

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Classic Boys 1 "New York, New York" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 2 "Bad Day" Safe
Gerald Zyfi 3 "Baby One More Time" Safe
Festina Mejzini 4 "Just the Way You Are" Safe
Saviana Vjerdha 5 "When You Believe" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 6 "Incomplete" Safe
Red Roses 7 "I'm So Excited" Safe
Matilda Shushari 8 "Hush Hush" Safe
Arianit Bellopoja 9 "Jar of Hearts" Safe
X Group 10 "You Raise Me Up" Safe
Xhesika Polo 11 "Sober" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 12 "At Last" Safe
Besa Breca 13 "I Surrender" Safe
Focus 14 "Don't Let Go (Love)" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 15 "Firework" Safe
Kristo Thano 16 "You Can Leave Your Hat On" Safe
No Final Showdown

Week 2 (11 March 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Focus 1 "Fallin'" Safe
Kristo Thano 2 "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" Safe
Besa Breca 3 "Because of You" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 4 "Sweet Dreams" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 5 "Fairytale Gone Bad" Safe
Gerald Zyfi 6 "Save the Last Dance for Me" Safe
Matilda Shushari 7 "Earth Song" Safe
Red Roses 8 "Candyman" Bottom Two
Savjana Vjerdha 9 "Holding Out for a Hero" Safe
Arianit Bellopoja 10 "Stand by Me" Bottom Two
X Group 11 "I Swear" Safe
Xhesika Polo 12 "Man in the Mirror" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 13 "It's Impossible" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 14 "Sex on Fire" Safe
Festina Mejzini 15 "She Said" Safe
Classic Boys 16 "Mama" Safe
Final showdown details
Arianit Bellopoja 1 "Run" Safe
Red Roses 2 "Lady Marmalade" Eliminated
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Skënderaj: Red Roses
  • Laço: Arianit Bellopoja
  • Pasha: Red Roses
  • Luma: Red Roses

Week 3 (18 March 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Savjana Vjerdha 1 "I'm Alive" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 2 "Set Fire to the Rain" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 3 "If I Ain't Got You" Safe
Focus 4 "Stayin Alive" Safe
Matilda Shushari 5 "Stop!" Safe
Arianit Bellopoja 6 "Use Somebody" Bottom Two
Lirije Rashiti 7 "Rehab" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 8 "Angels" Safe
Classic Boys 9 "Hallelujah" Safe
Gerald Zyfi 10 "Laura non c'è" Safe
Festina Mejzini 11 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Safe
Kristo Thano 12 "Beggin'" Safe
X Group 13 "I Want It That Way" Bottom Two
Xhesika Polo 14 "Someone like You" Safe
Besa Breca 15 "River Deep-Mountain High" Safe
Final showdown details
Arianit Bellopoja 1 "Let It Be" Eliminated
X Group 2 "What a Wonderful World" Safe
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Laço: Arianit Bellopoja
  • Skënderaj: X Group
  • Pasha: X Group
  • Luma: Arianit Bellopoja

Week 4 (25 March 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Sheila Haxhiraj 1 "We Found Love" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 2 "Cryin'" Safe
X Group 3 "Part-Time Lover" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 4 "I've Got to See You Again" Safe
Matilda Shushari 5 "Can't Fight the Moonlight" Bottom Two
Amarildo Shahinaj 6 "It Will Rain" Safe
Festina Mejzini 7 "Stereo Hearts" Safe
Gerald Zyfi 8 "Supergirl" Safe
Savjana Vjerdha 9 "The Boy Does Nothing" Bottom Two
Classic Boys 10 "Those Were the Days" Safe
Kristo Thano 11 "Wicked Game" Safe
Besa Breca 12 "Call Me When You're Sober" Safe
Focus 13 "Chain of Fools" Safe
Xhesika Polo 14 "Born This Way" Safe
Final showdown details
Matilda Shushari 1 "A Moment Like This" Eliminated
Savjana Vjerdha 2 "You Lost Me" Safe
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Skënderaj: Matilda Shushari
  • Pasha: Matilda Shushari
  • Luma: Savjana Vjerdha
  • Laço: Matilda Shushari

Week 5 (1 April 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Classic Boys 1 "Delilah" Safe
Xhesika Polo 2 "Cry Baby" Safe
Gerald Zyfi 3 "Lemon Tree" Bottom Two
Kristo Thano 4 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" Bottom Two
X Group 5 "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 6 "In the Shadows" Safe
Besa Breca 7 "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" Safe
Savjana Vjerdha 8 "Call Me" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 9 "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" Safe
Festina Mejzini 10 "I Want to Break Free" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 11 "What's a Woman?" Safe
Focus 12 "Lose My Breath" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 13 "Apologize" Safe
Final showdown details
Gerald Zyfi 1 "Wonderful Life" Eliminated
Kristo Thano 2 "Kryptonite" Safe
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Skënderaj: Gerald Zyfi
  • Luma: Kristo Thano
  • Pasha: Gerald Zyfi
  • Laço: Gerald Zyfi

Week 6 (8 April 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song Result
Xhesika Polo 1 "What's Up?" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 2 "Always" Safe
X Group 3 "Here Without You" Safe
Besa Breca 4 "My Immortal" Bottom Two
Festina Mejzini 5 "This Love" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 6 "Grenade" Bottom Two
Focus 7 "Hot Stuff" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 8 "Crazy in Love" Safe
Classic Boys 9 "My Way" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 10 "Born Free" Safe
Kristo Thano 11 "Stay" Safe
Savjana Vjerdha 12 "Something's Got a Hold on Me" Safe
Final showdown details
Besa Breca 1 "Just Walk Away" Eliminated
Amarildo Shahinaj 2 "Bright Lights" Safe
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Luma: Amarildo Shahinaj
  • Skënderaj: Besa Breca
  • Pasha: Besa Breca
  • Laço: Besa Breca

Week 7 (15 April 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song Result
Kristo Thano 1 "Siamo Soli" Safe
Savjana Vjerdha 2 "Je t'aime" Safe
Xhesika Polo 3 "Jetoj" Bottom Two
X Group 4 "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" Safe
Focus 5 "Eye of the Tiger" Bottom Two
Amarildo Shahinaj 6 "Who I Am" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 7 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 8 "Kiss" Safe
Classic Boys 9 "Per Ty Atdhe" Safe
Festina Mejzini 10 "Zemrën e lamë peng" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 11 "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Safe
Final showdown details
Xhesika Polo 1 "It Hurt So Bad" Safe
Focus 2 "If I Were a Boy" Eliminated
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Pasha: Focus
  • Laço: Xhesika Polo
  • Luma: Focus
  • Skënderaj: Focus

Week 8 (22 April 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order Song Result
Anxhelo Miho 1 "What I've Done" Bottom Two
Savjana Vjerdha 2 "Hurt" Safe
X Group 3 "Valerie" Safe
Kristo Thano 4 "Breathe Easy" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 5 "Nah Neh Nah" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 6 "What About Now" Bottom Two
Sheila Haxhiraj 7 "Nobody's Perfect" Safe
Xhesika Polo 8 "Family Portrait" Safe
Classic Boys 9 "Lo Ti Amo" Safe
Festina Mejzini 10 "Could You Be Loved" Safe
Final showdown details
Anxhelo Miho 1 "Feel" Safe
Amarildo Shahinaj 2 "Rolling in the Deep" Eliminated
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Pasha: Amarildo Shahinaj
  • Luma: Anxhelo Miho
  • Laço: Amarildo Shahinaj
  • Skënderaj: Anxhelo Miho

Week 9 (29 April 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order Song Result
Savjana Vjerdha 1 "Think" Bottom Two
Classic Boys 2 "Caruso" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 3 "The Lazy Song" Safe
Festina Mejzini 4 "I Need a Dollar" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 5 "Feeling Good" Safe
Kristo Thano 6 "Everybody Talks" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 7 "Fever" Safe
Xhesika Polo 8 "Crazy" Bottom Two
X Group 9 "Never Let You Go" Safe
Final showdown details
Savjana Vjerdha 1 "Help!" Eliminated
Xhesika Polo 2 "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Safe
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Pasha: Savjana Vjerdha
  • Skënderaj: Savjana Vjerdha
  • Luma: Xhesika Polo
  • Laço: Savjana Vjerdha

Week 10 (6 May 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
Act Order Song Result
Festina Mejzini 1 "You Know I'm No Good" Safe
Anxhelo Miho 2 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Bottom Two
Xhesika Polo 3 "Dimmi Come" Safe
X Group 4 "Home" Bottom Two
Lirije Rashiti 5 "A Song for You" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 6 "A Woman's Worth" Safe
Kristo Thano 7 "You Give Love a Bad Name" Safe
Classic Boys 8 "Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano" Safe
Final showdown details
Anxhelo Miho 1 "Keep the Faith" Eliminated
X Group 2 "[[]]" Safe
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Skënderaj: X Group
  • Laço: Anxhelo Miho
  • Luma: Anxhelo Miho
  • Pasha: Anxhelo Miho

Week 11 (13 May 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the eleventh live show
Act Order Song Result
Classic Boys 1 "Per colpa di chi" Safe
Xhesika Polo 2 "GoldenEye" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 3 "Ain't No Other Man" Safe
X Group 4 "Careless Whisper" Bottom Two
Festina Mejzini 5 "Walking on Sunshine" Bottom Two
Kristo Thano 6 "Let Me Entertain You" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 7 "All That Jazz" Safe
Final showdown details
Festina Mejzini 1 "Turning Tables" Safe
X Group 2 "[[]]" Eliminated
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Pasha: X Group
  • Laço: Festina Mejzini
  • Luma: X Group
  • Skënderaj: X Group

Week 12 (20 May 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the twelfth live show
Act Order Song Result
Kristo Thano 1 "I'm a Believer" Safe
Xhesika Polo 2 "Shine" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 3 "Beat It" Bottom Two
Festina Mejzini 4 "Back It Up" Safe
Classic Boys 5 "Cielito Lindo" Safe
Sheila Haxhiraj 6 "Dance with Me" Bottom Two
Final showdown details
Sheila Haxhiraj 1 "I'd Rather Go Blind" Safe
Lirije Rashiti 2 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Eliminated
Judge's vote to eliminate
  • Pasha: Lirije Rashiti
  • Luma: Sheila Haxhiraj
  • Laço: Lirije Rashiti
  • Skënderaj: Lirije Rashiti

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