X Factor (French TV series)

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X Factor
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Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Alexandre Devoise (2009)
Sandrine Corman (2011)
Jérôme Anthony (2011)
Judges Marc Cerrone (2009)
Alain Lanty (2009)
Julie Zenatti (2009)
Véronic Dicaire (2011)
Olivier Schultheis (2011)
Christophe Willem (2011)
Henry Padovani (2011)
Country of origin France
Belgium
Original language(s) French
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 30
Production
Producer(s) FremantleMedia
Syco
Location(s) Various (auditions)
Palais des Sports (Paris)
Studios du Lendit - L1
Running time 115mins (inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel W9 / RTL-TVI (2009)
M6 / RTL-TVI (2011)
Picture format 16:9
Original airing September 28, 2009 – June 28, 2011
External links
Website

X Factor is a Franco-Belgian television music talent show to find new singing talent after public auditions, intermediate tests, and live shows. The first series was broadcast on Mondays, from September to December 2009, on W9 (France) and RTL-TVI (Belgium).

The second and final series was broadcast on Tuesdays, from March to June 2011, on M6 and RTL-TVI.

Series summary[edit]

     "Under 25 boys" category
     "Under 25 girls" category
     "16-24s" category
     "Over 25s" category
     "Groups" category

Season Air date Winner Runner-up Third place Host(s) Judges Winning mentor
One
2009 Sébastien Agius Marie Basilic Alexandre Devoise
Julie Zenatti
Marc Cerrone
Alain Lanty
Alain Lanty
Two
2011 Matthew Raymond-Barker Marina d'Amico Maryvette Lair Sandrine Corman
Jérôme Anthony
Christophe Willem
Olivier Schultheis
Véronic Dicaire
Henry Padovani
Véronic Dicaire

(1) Zaho with Christophe Willem in London (Judges' house), Sharleen Spiteri with Henry Padovani in French Perigord (Judges' house), Roch Voisine with Véronic DiCaire in Quebec (Judges' house), Alain Chamfort with Olivier Schultheis in Morocco (Judges' house)

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

In each season, each judge is allocated a category to mentor and chooses three acts to progress to the live shows. This table shows, for each season, which category each judge was allocated and which acts he or she put through to the live shows.

Key:

     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Season Alain Lanty Marc Cerrone Julie Zenatti N/A
One Over 25's
Sébastien
Annie
Cécile
Groups
Basilic
Character Soul
Gauthier Dymon & Flo
16-24's
Marie
Cyrielle
Guillaume
Season Christophe Willem Véronic Dicaire Olivier Schultheis Henry Padovani
Two Over 25's
Maryvette Lair
Vincent Léoty
Cécile Couderc
Boys
Matthew Raymond-Barker
Florian Giustiniani
Raphaël Herrerias
Girls
Marina D'Amico
Sarah Manesse
Bérénice Schleret
Groups
2nde Nature
Oméga
Twem

Series 1 (2009)[edit]

The first series of the show aired from September to December 2009 and the winner was 26 year old Sébastien Agius from the "Over 25" category. The judges were Alain Lanty, Julie Zenatti and Marc Cerrone.

Finalists[edit]

The final 9 acts were confirmed as follows:

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner up
     – Third Place
Category (Mentor) Acts
Over 25 (Lanty) Annie Cécile Sébastien
Groups (Cerrone) Basilic Character Soul Gauthier Dymon & Flo
16-24s (Zenatti) Cyrielle Guillaume Marie

Results summary[edit]

Color key:

     – Contestant in the category 16-24
     – Contestant in the category over 25
     – Contestant in the category groups
     – Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – 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
SEMIFINAL FINAL
Sébastien Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
Marie Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Safe Runner up
Basilic Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Safe 3rd Eliminated
(Week 7)
Cyrielle Bottom
two
Safe Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated
(Week 6)
Guillaume Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated
(Week 5)
Annie Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated
(Week 4)
Character Soul Safe Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Eliminated
(Week 3)
Gauthier Dymon & Flo Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated
(Week 2)
Cécile Bottom
two
Eliminated
(Week 1)
Bottom two Cyrielle,
Cécile
Character Soul,
Gauthier Dymon & Flo
Cyrielle,
Character Soul
Cyrielle,
Annie
Basilic,
Guillaume
Marie,
Cyrielle
No judges' vote or final showdown: public votes alone decide who is eliminated and who ultimately wins
Zenatti's vote to eliminate Cécile Gauthier Dymon & Flo Character Soul Annie Basilic Cyrielle
Cerrone's vote to eliminate Cécile Gauthier Dymon & Flo Cyrielle Annie Guillaume Marie
Lanty' vote to eliminate Cyrielle Character Soul Character Soul Cyrielle Guillaume Cyrielle
Eliminated Cécile
2 of 3 votes
Gauthier Dymon & Flo
2 of 3 votes
Character Soul
2 of 3 votes
Annie
2 of 3 votes
Guillaume
2 of 3 votes
Cyrielle
2 of 3 votes
Basilic Marie
48% to win
Sébastien
52% to win

Ratings[edit]

Show Date Viewers Share Source
Auditions 1 28 September 20:35-22:30 589,000 2.3 % [1]
Auditions 2 5 October 20:35-22:30 800,000 2.9% [2]
Auditions 3 12 October 20:35-22:30 691,000 2.6% [3]
Boot Camp 19 October 20:35-22:30 812,000 3.3% [4]
Judge's Houses 1 26 October 20:35-22:30 640,000 2.5% [5]
Judge's Houses 2 2 November 20:35-22:30 619,000 2.3% [6]
Live Show / Results 1 9 November 20:35-22:30 863,000 3.5% [7]
Live Show / Results 2 16 November 20:35-22:30 726,000 3.0% [8]
Live Show / Results 3 23 November 20:35-22:30 670,000 2.6% [9]
Live Show / Results 4 30 November 20:35-22:30 928,000 3.7 % [10]
Live Show / Results 5 7 December 20:35-22:30 715,000 3.4% [11]
Live Show / Results 6 14 December 20:35-22:30 800,000 3.3% [12]
Semifinal / Results 7 21 December 20:35-22:30 613,000 2.3% [13]
Final / Results 8 28 December 20:35-22:30 900,000 3.6% [14]

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

Based on a generally good public reception, and after some speculations, X Factor came back for a second season in March 2011 on M6 (mother TV channel of W9), in place of Nouvelle Star, the French Pop Idol, programmed on M6 since 7 years after audience figures deteriorated for Star[15]

Frédéric de Vincelles, general manager of W9, declared that even though all targeted goals were not attained in season 1, the program had still realised some respectable audience figures for the chain, making it the biggest grossing program for the network in 2009.

Differences with first series[edit]

  • First series was aired on a small TV channel with limited means. This is not the case with the second series, as the program tries to emulate the successful British edition.
  • For this second series, M6 assigned 4 artists to be part of the jury: Christophe Willem, Véronic Dicaire, Olivier Schultheis and Henry Padovani. All judges are new and replace the old set of three judges Marc Cerrone, Alain Lanty and Julie Zenatti.
  • Auditions were held in major French theatres, in public.
  • The bootcamp lasted for days and included 3 events: vocal duels, choreography and solos on orchestra-band.
  • Two to three French or international popstars are invited each week during liveshows .
  • During shows, a second program, named "F@n Factor: Le Prime", is broadcast on the internet to show the backstage and see preparation of candidates and their reactions after singing. So, there isn't an after-show as Xtra Factor.
  • Every day, a short program, named "F@n Factor: Le Mag", is broadcast on the internet to show repetitions of candidates with their coaches, and their daily activities.

Judges and hosts[edit]

For this second series, judges of the first series are not renewed. Also, for the first time, there are four judges (so four categories in competition) :

To present the show, M6 selected Sandrine Corman for the liveshows and early stages and Jérôme Anthony for F@n Factor and early stages.

Chronology of the early stages[edit]

  • Preselections:
  • Auditions:
Audition city Dates Venue
Lille 2–3 December 2010 Lille Grand Palais
(1,500 seats)
Lyon 9 December 2010 Cité-Centre de Congrès de Lyon
(3,000 seats)
Montpellier 13–14 December 2010 Zénith Sud
(3,200 seats)
Paris 3-4-5–6 January 2011 Studio 204 - Plaine Saint-Denis
(600 seats)

Top 25[edit]

Top 24 acts were chosen with six in each of the four category. The judges added a 25th semi-finalist in the Groups category making the finalists for the Groups seven instead of six. The newly created group was named "Seconde Nature" and included 5 candidates who had applied for the "Under 25 males" category but had failed to qualify individually to the Final 24, but were deemed talented enough to be given a second chance by performing as part of a band in the Groups category.

The 13 eliminated acts were:

  • Under 25 females: Ana Dupont, Charlène Gervais, Audrey Passani
  • Under 25 males: Sofiane Boncoeur, Slimane Nebchi, Michael Picquerey
  • Groups: Arcanes, New Style Project, Presteej, Swalk
  • 25 and over: Lilou Bourial, Christophe Gilard, Barry Johnson

Finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-Up
     – Third Place
Category (Mentor) Acts
Over 25 (Willem) Cécile Couderc Maryvette Lair Vincent Léoty
Groups (Padovani) Oméga 2nde Nature Twem
Girls 16-24 (Schultheis) Marina D'Amico Sarah Manesse Bérénice Schleret
Boys 16-24 (DiCaire) Florian Giustiniani Raphaël Herrerias Matthew Raymond-Barker

Results summary[edit]

Colour key:

     – Contestant in the category boys
     – Contestant in the category girls
     – Contestant in the category over 25
     – Contestant in the category groups
     – Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – 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 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11
Matthew Raymond-Barker Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Safe Safe Winner
Marina D'Amico Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
Maryvette Lair Safe Safe Bottom
two
Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
3rd Eliminated
Sarah Manesse Safe 10th Safe Safe Bottom
two
Safe Bottom
two
Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated (Week 9)
Florian Guiustiniani Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated (Week 8)
Raphaël Herrerias Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Eliminated (Week 7)
2nde Nature Safe Safe Safe 8th Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated (Week 6)
Oméga 11th Safe Safe Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated (Week 5)
Vincent Léoty Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated (Week 4)
Bérénice Schléret Safe Safe Bottom
two
Eliminated (Week 3)
Cécile Couderc Safe 11th Eliminated (Week 2)
Twem 12th Eliminated (Week 1)
Final showdown Oméga,
Twem
Cécile Couderc,
Sarah Manesse
Bérénice Schléret,
Maryvette Lair
2nde Nature,
Vincent Léoty
Oméga,
Sarah Manesse
2nde Nature,
Raphaël Herrerias
Raphaël Herrerias,
Sarah Manesse
Florian Guiustiniani,
Matthew Raymond-Barker
Maryvette Lair,
Sarah Manesse
No judges' vote or final showdown: public votes alone decide who is eliminated and who ultimately wins
Padovani's vote to save Oméga Cécile Couderc Maryvette Lair 2nde Nature Oméga 2nde Nature Sarah Manesse Matthew Raymond-Barker Maryvette Lair
DiCaire's vote to save Twem Sarah Manesse Maryvette Lair 2nde Nature Sarah Manesse Raphaël Herrerias Raphaël Herrerias N/A Maryvette Lair
Willem's vote to save Twem Cécile Couderc Maryvette Lair Vincent Léoty Sarah Manesse Raphaël Herrerias Sarah Manesse Matthew Raymond-Barker Maryvette Lair
Schultheis's vote to save Oméga Sarah Manesse Bérénice Schléret Vincent Léoty Sarah Manesse Raphaël Herrerias Sarah Manesse Matthew Raymond-Barker Sarah Manesse
Eliminated Twem
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Cécile Couderec
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Bérénice Schléret
1 of 4 votes
Minority
Vincent Léoty
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Oméga
1 of 4 votes
Minority
2nde Nature
1 of 4 votes
Minority
Raphaël Herrerias
1 of 4 votes
Minority
Florian Guiustiniani
0 of 3 votes
Minority
Sarah Manesse
1 of 4 votes
Minority
Maryvette Lair
Third Place
Marina D'Amico
49%
to win
Matthew Raymond-Barker
51%
to win

Ratings[edit]

Show Date Viewers Share Source
Auditions 1 15 March 20:45-22:45 3.3 millions 13.3% [16]
Auditions 2 22 March 20:45-22:45 2.9 millions 11.7% [16]
Auditions 3 29 March 20:45-22:45 3.3 millions 13.2% [16]
Bootcamp 5 April 20:45-23:45 2.93 millions 13.9% [16]
Judge's House 12 April 20:45-23:45 3.2 millions 15.6% [16]
Liveshow 1 / Results 1 19 April 20:45-23:45 2.56 millions 12.4% [16]
Liveshow 2 / Results 2 26 April 20:45-23:45 2.11 millions 9.9% [16]
Liveshow 3 / Results 3 3 May 20:45-23:15 2.72 millions 11.8% [16]
Liveshow 4 / Results 4 10 May 20:45-23:15 2.19 millions 10.1% [17]
Liveshow 5 / Results 5 17 May 20:45-23:15 2.32 millions 10.1% [16]
Liveshow 6 / Results 6 24 May 20:45-23:45 2.2 millions 10.2% [16]
Liveshow 7 / Results 7 31 May 20:45-23:45 2.28 millions 10.4% [16]
Liveshow 8 / Results 8 7 June 20:45-23:30 2.2 millions 10% [16]
Liveshow 9 / Results 9 14 June 20:45-23:30 2.62 millions 11.4% [16]
Semifinal / Results 10 21 June 20:45-23:15 1.95 millions 8.4% [16]
Final / Results 11 28 June 20:45-23:15 2.4 millions 10.8% [16]

References[edit]

External links[edit]