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X Factor
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Lise Rønne (2008-09, 2011-12)
Signe Muusmann (2010)
Signe Molde (2013)
Eva Harlou (2014-)
Judges Thomas Blachman (2008-09, 2011-)
Lina Rafn (2008-09, 2014-)
Remee (2008-10, 2014-)
Soulshock (2010)
Pernille Rosendahl (2010-12)
Cutfather (2011-12)
Ida Corr (2013)
Anne Linnet (2013)
Country of origin Denmark
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 104
Production
Producer(s) DR1
fremantle Media
SYCOtv
Location(s) Finale steder
DR Byen (2008-2009, 2014)
Parken Stadium (2010-2011)
Jyske Bank Boxen (2012-2013, 2015)
Running time 60–120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel DR1
Picture format 16:9
Original run 4 January 2008 – present
Chronology
Related shows The X Factor
External links
Website

X Factor is the Danish version of The X Factor, a show originating in the United Kingdom and is created by talent show judge and record and TV producer Simon Cowell. There has been eight winners to date: Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, Linda Andrews, Thomas Ring Petersen, Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen, Ida Østergaard Madsen, Chresten Falck Damborg, Anthony Jasmin and Emilie Esther.

The original and current judging panel consist of Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee. Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl took the places of Blachman and Rafn in season 3. Blachman returned to the panel in season 4 and Cutfather joined, replacing Soulshock and Remee. Ida Corr and Anne Linnet joined the panel in season 6 as replacements for Rosendahl and Cutfather. The original host was Lise Rønne. Signe Muusmann took Rønne's place in season 3, though Muusmann did not return for season 4 and was replaced by Rønne. Signe Molde replaced Rønne in season 6. Since season 7, the show has been hosted by Eva Harlou.

Series summary[edit]

     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Under 25s", "Under 24s" or "Under 23s" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Over 25s", "Over 24s" or "Over 23s" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Groups" category

Season Year Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Host(s) Judges Finale Destination
One
2008 Martin Hoberg Hedegaard Laura Arensbak Kjaergaard Heidi Svelmøe Herløw Remee Lise Rønne Thomas Blachman
Lina Rafn
Remee
DR Byen
Two
2009 Linda Andrews Alien Beat Club Mohamed Ali Lina Rafn
Three
2010 Thomas Ring Petersen Tine Midtgaard Madsen Jesper Nohrstedt Boesgaard Pernille Rosendahl Signe Muusmann Remee
Soulshock
Pernille Rosendahl
Parken
Four
2011 Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen Annelouise Babou Cutfather Lise Rønne Thomas Blachman
Pernille Rosendahl
Cutfather
Five
2012 Ida Østergaard Madsen Line Dissing Karred Larsen Sveinur Pernille Rosendahl Jyske Bank Boxen
Six
2013 Chresten Falck Damborg Karoline Wasteland Ida Corr Signe Molde Thomas Blachman
Ida Corr
Anne Linnet
Seven
2014 Anthony Jasmin Lucy Mardou Henriette Haubjerg Thomas Blachman Eva Harlou Thomas Blachman
Lina Rafn
Remee
DR Byen
Eight
2015 Emilie Esther Jógvan Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann Remee Jyske Bank Boxen
Nine
2016

Judges[edit]

Judge Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8
Thomas Blachman
Lina Rafn
Remee
Soulshock
Pernille Rosendahl
Cutfather
Ida Corr
Anne Linnet

The judges in seasons 1 and 2 were Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee.

Remee continued as a judge in season 3, while Blachman and Rafn resigned and were replaced by Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl.

Rosendahl continued as a judge in seasons 4 and 5, while Soulshock and Remee were replaced with Blachman, who returned after one season away, and Cutfather.

Blachman continued as a judge in season 6, while Rosendahl and Cutfather decided to leave and were replaced by Ida Corr and Anne Linnet.

Seasons 7 and 8 returned to the original judging panel consisting of Blachman, Rafn and Remee following the departures of Corr and Linnet.

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Season Thomas Blachman Lina Rafn Remee
One Over 25s
Heidi Svelmøe Herløw
Lisa Maria Birkekvist
Frederik Konradsen
Groups
Vocaloca
RaiDen
Søren & Anne
15-24s
Martin Hoberg Hedegaard
Laura Arensbak Kjaergaard
Basim Moujahid
Two 15-24s
Mohamed Ali
Sidsel Lieknins Vestertjele
Lucas Francis Claver
Over 25s
Linda Andrews
Claus Seest
Claus Lillelund
Groups
Alien Beat Club
Asian Sensation
Tårnhøj
Season Soulshock Pernille Rosendahl Remee
Three Groups
The Fireflies
8210
In-Joy
Over 25s
Thomas Ring Petersen
Daniel Vengsgaard
Peter Søborg
15-24s
Tine Midtgaard Madsen
Jesper Boesgaard
Anna Nygaard
Season Thomas Blachman Pernille Rosendahl Cutfather
Four Over 25s
Annelouise
Patricia
Ercan
Groups
Rikke & Trine
JR
Deevibez
15-24s
Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen
Babou
Rasmus
Five Groups
Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel
Tandberg & Østenby
Phuong & Rasmus
15-24s
Ida Østergaard Madsen
Line
Morten Benjamin
Over 25s
Sveinur
Mulila
Katrine
Season Thomas Blachman Ida Corr Anne Linnet
Six 15-23s
Karoline
Amanda
Zaina
Over 24s
Chresten Falck Damborg
Stephanie
Jonas
Groups
Wasteland
Anna & Lusanda
Lotus
Season Thomas Blachman Lina Rafn Remee
Seven Groups
Anthony Jasmin
ManBand
lickety-split
14-22s
Henriette Haubjerg
Fie Winther
Mathias Chrøis
Over 23s
Lucy Mardou
Pernille Nordtorp
Steffen Gilmartin
Eight Groups
Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann
Citybois
Finn & Rie
Over 23s
Jógvan
Sophia
Nanni
15-22s
Emelie Esther
Baraa Qadoura
Tannaz Hakami

Season 1 (2008)[edit]

The judges were Remee, Lina Rafn and Thomas Blachman. Remee had the Under 25s, Rafn was given the Groups and Blachman was in charge of the Over 25s. The winner was Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, mentored by Remee.

Contestants' colour key:

     – Remee's contestants (Under 25s)
     – Blachman's contestants (Under 25s)
     – Rafn's contestants (Groups)
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Martin Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe WINNER
(Week 8)
Laura Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe RUNNER UP
(Week 8)
Heidi Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Out Eliminated
(Week 7)
Basim Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom Two Out Eliminated
(Week 6)
Vocaloca Safe Safe Bottom Two Bottom Two Out Eliminated
(Week 5)
Lisa Bottom Two Safe Safe Out Eliminated
(Week 4)
RaiDen Safe Bottom Two Out Eliminated
(Week 3)
Frederik Safe Out Eliminated
(Week 2)
Søren & Anne Out Eliminated
(Week 1)
Bottom two Lisa
Søren & Anne
Frederik
RaiDen
RaiDen
Vocaloca
Lisa
Vocaloca
Basim
Vocaloca
No bottom two, public votes alone decide who is eliminated.
Remee voted out Søren & Anne Frederik RaiDen Lisa Vocaloca
Rafn voted out Lisa Frederik RaiDen Lisa Basim
Blachman voted out Søren & Anne RaiDen Vocaloca Vocaloca Vocaloca
Eliminated Søren & Anne
9th
Frederik
8th
RaiDen
7th
Lisa
6th
Vocaloca
5th
Basim
4th
Heidi
3rd
Laura
RUNNER UP
Martin
WINNER

Season 2 (2009)[edit]

Remee, Lina Rafn and Thomas Blachman returned as judges. Remee was given the Groups, Rafn was given the Over 25s and Blachman was in charge of the Under 25s. The winner was Linda Andrews, mentored by Rafn.

Season 3 (2010)[edit]

Remee returned as a judge, while Thomas Blachman and Lina Rafn were replaced by Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl. Soulshock was given the Groups, Rosendahl was given the Over 25s and Remee was in charge of the Under 25s. The winner was Thomas Ring Petersen, mentored by Rosendahl. British singer and X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole performed her number one single "Fight for This Love".

Contestants' colour key:

     – Remee's contestants (Under 25s)
     – Rosendahl's contestants (Over 25s)
     – Soulshock's contestants (Groups)
Contestant Week 1
(Free choice)
Week 2
(Michael Jackson)
Week 3
(Rock)
Week 4
(UK number one)
Week 5
(James Bond)
Week 6
(Gasolin')
(Public choice)
Week 7
Final
Thomas Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner[1]
Tine Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Runner-up
Jesper Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Eliminated
The Fireflies Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(Week 6)
Anna "Faroe" Nygaard Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(Week 5)
Daniel Safe Bottom 2 Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(Week 4)
8210 Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(Week 3)
In-Joy Bottom 2 Eliminated Eliminated
(Week 2)
Peter Eliminated Eliminated
(Week 1)
Bottom 2 In-Joy,
Peter
In-Joy,
Daniel
8210,
The Fireflies
Tine,
Daniel
Anna,
Jesper
The act that received the fewest public votes was automatically eliminated.
Soulshock voted out Peter Daniel 8210 Daniel Jesper
Rosendahl voted out In-Joy In-Joy 8210 Tine Anna
Remee voted out Peter In-Joy The Fireflies Daniel Anna
Eliminated Peter
9th
In-Joy
8th
8210
7th
Daniel
6th
Anna
5th
The Fireflies
4th
Tine
Runner-Up
Thomas
Winner

Season 4 (2011)[edit]

Pernille Rosendahl continued as a judge, while original judge Thomas Blachman and new judge Cutfather replaced Soulshock and Remee on the judging panel. Cutfather was given the Under 25s, Rosendahl was given the Groups and Blachman was given the Over 25s. The winner was Sarah, mentored by Cutfather.

Contestants' colour key:

     – Cutfather's contestants (Under 25s)
     – Blachman's contestants (Over 25s)
     – Rosendahl's contestants (Groups)
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
1st round 2nd round
Sarah 4th
11,84%
1st
23,80%
1st
27,10%
3rd
17,52%
1st
25,12%
1st
33,48%
2nd
34,24%
Winner
50,20%
Annelouise 6th
8,97%
6th
7,37%
5th
11,04%
6th
13,92%
4th
18,63%
2nd
26,64%
1st
39,52%
Runner-Up
49,80%
Babou 1st
23,05%
2nd
21,28%
3rd
15,17%
4th
16,26%
3rd
20,79%
3rd
22,48%
3rd
26,23%
Eliminated
(Week 7)
Patricia 5th
10,02%
7th
6,90%
2nd
16,12%
2nd
17,78%
2nd
21,27%
4th
17,40%
Eliminated
(Week 6)
Rikke & Trine 7th
8,70%
5th
8,55%
6th
8,51%
1st
20,53%
5th
14,19%
Eliminated
(Week 5)
Rasmus 2nd
15,06%
4th
12,44%
4th
13,73%
5th
14,00%
Eliminated
(Week 4)
JR 3rd
14,13%
3rd
13,73%
7th
8,33%
Eliminated
(Week 3)
Ercan 8th
5,78%
8th
5,93%
Eliminated
(Week 2)
DeeVibez 9th
2,45%
Eliminated
(Week 1)
Least votes Ercan,
DeeVibez
Ercan,
Patricia
JR,
Rikke & Trine
Rasmus,
Annelouise
Rikke & Trine,
Annelouise
The act that received the fewest public votes was automatically eliminated.
Cutfather voted out DeeVibez Patricia Rikke & Trine Annelouise Rikke & Trine
Rosendahl voted out Ercan Ercan JR Rasmus Annelouise
Blachman voted out DeeVibez Ercan JR Rasmus Rikke & Trine
Eliminated DeeVibez
9th
Ercan
8th
JR
7th
Rasmus
6th
Rikke & Trine
5th
Patricia
17,40%
to save
Babou
26,23%
to win
Annelouise
49,80%
to win
Sarah
50,20%
to win

Season 5 (2012)[edit]

Thomas Blachman, Pernille Rosendahl and Cutfather returned for their respective fourth, third and second seasons. Cutfather was given the Over 25s, Rosendahl was given the Under 25s and Blachman was in charge of the Groups. The winner was Ida Østergaard Madsen, mentored by Rosendahl.

For the first (and currently only) time, a judge made an unforced decision to eliminate their own act.[2]

Contestants' colour key:

     – Rosendahl's contestants (Under 25s)
     – Cutfather's contestants (Over 25s)
     – Blachman's contestants (Groups)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Normal Voting Elimination Results (+ Week 5) 1st round 2nd round
Ida 1st
25,2%
1st
26,7%
1st
25,2%
1st
20,7%
1st
30,9%
1st
32,8%
1st
32,1%
1st
45,8%
Winner
61,7%
Line 6th
6,7%
4th
9,8%
5th
12,4%
4th
16,7%
2nd
26,7%
2nd
24,0%
2nd
25,1%
2nd
37,6%
Runner-Up
38,3%
Sveinur 3rd
12,5%
6th
9,0%
4th
15,8%
3rd
17,9%
3rd
23,1%
4th
21,3%
3rd
22,0%
3rd
16,6%
Eliminated
(Week 7)
Morten Benjamin 2nd
22,4%
3rd
13,5%
2nd
16,5%
5th
13,9%
4th
19,2%
3rd
21,9%
4th
20,9%
Eliminated
(Week 6)
Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel 5th
9,9%
2nd
15,3%
3rd
16,2%
2nd
18,1%
N/A Withdrew
(Week 5)
Tandberg & Østenby 7th
5,9%
5th
9,4%
7th
6,8%
6th
12,7%
Eliminated
(Week 4)
Mulila 4th
11,4%
8th
8,1%
6th
7,0%
Eliminated
(Week 3)
Katrine 9th
1,8%
7th
8,2%
Eliminated
(Week 2)
Phuong & Rasmus 8th
4,1%
Eliminated
(Week 1)
Least votes Katrine,
Phuong & Rasmus
Katrine,
Mulila
Mulila,
Tandberg & Østenby
Morten Benjamin,
Tandberg & Østenby
N/A The act that received the fewest public votes was automatically eliminated.
Cutfather voted out Phuong & Rasmus Katrine Tandberg & Østenby N/A1 N/A
Rosendahl voted out Phuong & Rasmus Mulila Mulila Tandberg & Østenby N/A
Blachman voted out Katrine Katrine Mulila Tandberg & Østenby1 N/A
Eliminated Phuong & Rasmus
9th
Katrine
8th
Mulila
7th
Tandberg & Østenby
6th
Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel
5th
withdrew
Morten Benjamin
4th
Sveinur
3rd
Line
Runner-Up
Ida
Winner

1 In week 4, Blachman voted against his own act and Cutfather didn't have to vote, but he later said that he would have voted against Tandberg & Østenby.

Season 6 (2013)[edit]

Thomas Blachman returned to the judging panel, while Pernille Rosendahl and Cutfather were replaced by new judges Ida Corr and Anne Linnet. Linnet was given the Groups, Corr was given the Over 24s and Blachman was in charge of the Under 24s. The winner was Chresten Falck Damborg, mentored by Corr.

Season 7 (2014)[edit]

The seventh season returned to the original judging panel consisting of Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee following the departures of Ida Corr and Anne Linnet. Remee had the Over 23s, Rafn had the Under 23s and Blachman was in charge of the Groups. The winners were Anthony Jasmin, mentored by Blachman.

Season 8 (2015)[edit]

Thomas Blachman, Remee and Lina Rafn will return to the judging panel for their respective seventh, fifth and fourth seasons.

Controversy[edit]

The Danish X Factor has been criticised by music expert and consultant for The Danish Musicians' Association (Dansk Musiker Forbund) Mikael Højris, who claims that the contracts for participation in the show are unfair on participants and almost amount to serfdom to DR1 (the channel airing the show) stating that clauses in the contracts forbid the participants - whether they pass the first round or not - from performing or participating in any other musical event for three months. He also criticises that participants are obliged to travel at their own expense.[3]

Bente Boserup, leader of BørneTelefonen, criticized the Danish X Factor for exposing children under 18 to high pressure and stress, after contestants Baraa Qadoura and Tannaz Hakami broke down in tears during the fourth live show of season 8. This was supported by psychologist John Halse, as well as contestant Finn Irs, who protested by not showing up to the all-stars song during the final live show. Irs stated that the producers were more interested in their contestants showing their emotions, rather than making a musical show. Jan Lagermand Lundme, the contributing editor on DR1, stated that all contestants were checked by a psychologist to see if they were fit to handle the pressure.[4]

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