Factor X (Spanish TV series)

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Factor X
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Jesús Vázquez (2018–)
Nuria Roca (2007–2008)
Judges Laura Pausini (2018–)
Risto Mejide (2018–)
Xavi Martínez (2018–)
Fernando Montesinos (2018–)
Miqui Puig (2007–2008)
Eva Perales (2007–2008)
Jorge Flo (2007–2008)
Country of origin Spain
Release
Original network Cuatro (2007–2008)
Telecinco (2018–)
Original release Original series
13 May 2007 (2007-05-13) – 17 June 2008 (2008-06-17)
Revived series
13 April 2018 (2018-04-13)–present

Factor X is the Spanish version of the British television music competition The X Factor, created by Simon Cowell. The show, first aired on Cuatro between 2007 and 2008, following series 2-3 of the British format, with three categories, mentored by one judge each, whom choose the acts to represent the category in the live shows. The judges were singer and DJ Miqui Puig, headhunter Eva Perales and music radio producer Jorge Flo. Nuria Roca hosted the show. The first series was won by María Villalón. The second series was won by Vocal Tempo.

On 27 September 2017, Telecinco announced the revival of the series with the production of a new season. It was hosted by Jesús Vázquez.[1] On 19 December 2017, it was announced that the panel of mentors would consist of singer Laura Pausini, publicist and television personality Risto Mejide, radio host Xavi Martínez, and musician and music producer Fernando Montesinos.[2] Nando Escribano hosts the side show Xtra Factor, which aired on Divinity.[3]

Series summary[edit]

     "Under 25s" category
     "Boys" category
     "Girls" category
     "Over 25s" category
     "Groups" category

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Presenter Judges
One 13 May 2007 16 July 2007 María Villalón Angy Fernández Walter Renato Jorge Flo Nuria Roca Jorge Flo
Eva Perales
Miqui Puig
Two 22 September 2008 12 November 2008 Vocal Tempo Laura Gónzalez Élanis Jorge Flo
Three 13 April 2018 5 July 2018 Pol Granch Elena Farga Samuel Hernández Laura Pausini Jesús Vázquez Laura Pausini
Risto Mejide
Xavi Martínez
Fernando Montesinos

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

In each season, each judge is allocated a category to mentor and chooses 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 Jorge Flo Eva Perales Miqui Puig N/A
One Under 25s
María Villalón
Angy Fernández
Walter Renato
Ailyn
Over 25s
Pedro Heredia
Leire Martínez
David Hooper
Yolanda Yugueros
Groups
United
Sometimes
Lady's
Mr. Roch
Two Groups
Vocal Tempo
Élanis
Alikindoi
New Boys
Lunáticas
Under 25s
Laura Gónzalez
Gera Marquez
Mario Gómez
Marta Cabrera
Javier Luis Delgado
Miriam Milanés
Over 25s
Dunia Trujillo
María López
Alex
Jer
Evelyn Evangelisti
Season Risto Mejide Laura Pausini Fernando Montesinos Xavi Martínez
Three Girls
Elena Farga
Poupie
Fusa Nocta
Boys
Pol Granch
Samuel Hernández
El Niño Bermejo
Over 25s
Gema Tomás
Enrique Ramil
Oscárboles
Groups
W-Caps
Malva
Noah

Series 1 (2007)[edit]

The first series, started its run on Sunday 13 May 2007. The show was then broadcast nightly with 'Los Castings' (the auditions), which lasted until 20 May 2007. From the 21 May until the 27 May 2007 'La Selección Final' (final selection) was shown, again nightly. On 28 May 'Las Galas' (live shows) began. Factor X proved successful for TV station Cuatro. It achieved an average audience of 12.3%. Factor X live shows were shown at 10pm every Monday evening.

Finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Under 25s (Flo) Ailyn Angy Fernandez Walter Renato María Villalón
Over 25s (Perales) Pedro Heredia David Hooper Leire Martínez Yolanda Yugueros
Groups (Puig) Lady's Mr. Roch Sometimes United

Results summary[edit]

     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order)
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – 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
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
María Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(Week 8)
Angy Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
(Week 8)
Walter Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Safe 3rd Eliminated
(Week 8)
United Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 4th Eliminated
(Week 8)
Pedro Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 7)
Leire Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 6)
Sometimes Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 5)
Ailyn Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Week 4)
David Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Yolanda Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 3)
Lady's Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 2)
Mr. Roch Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Mr. Roch
Yolanda
Lady's
Ailyn
Leire
Yolanda
Sometimes
Ailyn
Sometimes
Walter
Pedro
Leire
United
Pedro
No bottom two/judges' vote; public votes alone decide who is eliminated
Judges voted to Eliminate
Puig's vote Yolanda Ailyn Leire Ailyn Walter Pedro Pedro
Perales's vote Mr. Roch Lady's Yolanda Ailyn Sometimes Leire United
Flo's vote Mr. Roch Lady's Yolanda Sometimes Sometimes Leire Pedro
Eliminated Mr. Roch
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Lady's
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Yolanda
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
David
Public vote
to save
Sometimes
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Leire
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Pedro
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
United
Public vote
to win
Walter
Public vote
to win
Angy
48%
to win
Ailyn
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
María
52%
to win

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

The second series started its run September 1, 2008 with the auditions. The first "gala" or live show was aired on September 22, on primetime. In a similar fashion to the last seasons in the original British series, each gala had a different theme (number-one hits or 80's music, for example). Five acts were chosen for the finals in each category, and an additional contestant was chosen in the middle of the season through Internet auditions

Finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Under 25s (Perales) Marta Cabrera Javier Luis Delgado Mario Gómez Laura Gónzalez Gera Marquez Miriam Milanés
Over 25s (Puig) Alex Evelyn Evangelisti Jer María López Dunia Trujillo
Groups (Flo) Alikindoi Élanis Lunáticas New Boys Vocal Tempo

Results summary[edit]

     – Contestant did not against public vote
     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order)
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – 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
Groups 16 to 24's Over 25's New Act Regular Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Vocal Tempo Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(Week 8)
Laura Not in the competition 1st Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
(Week 8)
Élanis Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 Safe 3rd Eliminated
(Week 8)
Gera Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe 4th Eliminated
(Week 8)
Dunia Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 5th Eliminated
(Week 8)
María Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Week 7)
Alex Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 7th Eliminated
(Week 7)
Alikindoi Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Week 6)
Mario Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 6)
Marta Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 5)
Brigitte Not in the competition 2nd Eliminated
(Week 5)
Altea Not in the competition 3rd Eliminated
(Week 5)
New Boys Bottom 2 Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 4)
Javier Luis Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 3)
Jer Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 2)
Evelyn Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Miriam Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Lunáticas Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Lunáticas
New Boys
Miriam
Javier Luis
Evelyn
Jer
Jer
María
Javier Luis
Marta
María
New Boys
N/A Marta
Gera
Alikindoi
Alex
María
Élanis
No bottom two/judges' vote; public votes alone decide who is eliminated
Judges voted to Eliminate Eliminate
Puig's vote Lunáticas Miriam Evelyn Jer Javier Luis New Boys Marta Alikindoi Élanis
Perales's vote New Boys Miriam Evelyn Jer Javier Luis New Boys Marta Alikindoi María
Flo's vote Lunáticas Miriam Jer María Javier Luis María Marta Alex María
Eliminated Lunáticas
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Miriam
3 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Evelyn
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Jer
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Javier Luis
3 of 3 votes
to eliminate
New Boys
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Laura
Public vote
to enter
Marta
3 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Mario
Public vote
to save
Alex
Public vote
to save
Dunia
Public vote
to win
Élanis
Public vote
to win
Laura
Public vote
to win
Alikindoi
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
María
2 of 3 votes
to eliminate
Gera
Public vote
to win
Vocal Tempo
Public vote
to win

Series 3 (2018)[edit]

The third series premiered on Telecinco on 13 April 2018, ten years after its run on Cuatro.[4]

Finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Pausini) El Niño Bermejo Pol Granch Samuel Hernández
Girls (Mejide) Elena Farga Fusa Nocta Poupie
Over 25s (Montesinos) Enrique Ramil Gema Tomás Oscárboles
Groups (Martínez) Malva Noah W-Caps

Results summary[edit]

     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order unless noted otherwise)
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three/four and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant was in the bottom three/four but received the fewest votes and was eliminated
     – Contestant was in the bottom four but received the most votes and was saved
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
Round 1 Round 2
Pol Safe Safe Safe Safe 2nd Winner
(Week 5)
Elena 1st Safe Safe Safe 1st Runner-Up
(Week 5)
Samuel Safe Safe Safe 3rd 3rd Eliminated
(Week 5)
W-Caps Safe Safe Safe Bottom 4 4th Eliminated
(Week 5)
Poupie Safe Safe 8th Bottom 4 Eliminated
(Week 4)
Malva Safe Safe Safe 6th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Gema 11th Bottom 2 Safe 7th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Enrique Safe Safe Safe 8th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Fusa Nocta Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 3)
Noah Safe Safe 10th Eliminated
(Week 3)
Oscárboles Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Week 2)
El Niño Bermejo 12th Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown El Niño Bermejo
Gema
Gema
Oscárboles
Fusa Nocta
Poupie
Malva
Poupie
Samuel
W-Caps
No bottom two/judges' vote; public votes alone decide who is eliminated
Judges voted to Eliminate
Mejide's vote El Niño Bermejo Oscárboles Poupie Poupie
Pausini's vote Gema Oscárboles Fusa Nocta W-Caps
Martínez's vote Gema Oscárboles Fusa Nocta Poupie
Montesinos's vote El Niño Bermejo Oscárboles Poupie Poupie
Eliminated El Niño Bermejo
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Oscárboles
4 of 4 votes
Majority
Noah
Public vote
to save
Enrique
Public vote
to save
W-Caps
Public vote
to win
Elena
Public vote
to win
Gema
Public vote
to save
Fusa Nocta
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Malva
Public vote
to save
Samuel
Public vote
to win
Pol
Public vote
to win
Poupie
3 of 4 votes
Majority

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (8 June 2018)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Enrique Ramil 1 "The Sound of Silence" Safe
Malva 2 "Termodinámica" (original song) Safe
Elena Farga 3 "Viva la Vida" Safe
Samuel Hernández 4 "Locked Out of Heaven" Safe
W-Caps 5 "Team" Safe
Fusa Nocta 6 "En la ruina" (original song) Safe
El Niño Bermejo 7 "Desde la azotea" Bottom two
Noah 8 "Kiss the Sky" Safe
Gema Tomás 9 "We Are Young" Bottom two
Pol Granch 10 "Pompeii"[note 1] Safe
Oscárboles 11 "La mirona y el exhibicionista" (original song) Safe
Poupie 12 "Ex's & Oh's" Safe
Sing-off details
Gema Tomás 1 "I Am" Safe
El Niño Bermejo 2 "90 minutos" Eliminated
Judges vote to eliminate
  • Montesinos: El Niño Bermejo
  • Pausini: Gema Tomás
  • Mejide: El Niño Bermejo
  • Martínez: Gema Tomás

Week 2 (15 June 2018)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Malva 1 "El universo sobre mí" Safe
Gema Tomás 2 "Runnin' (Lose It All)" Bottom two
Pol Granch 3 "Je l'aime à mourir" Safe
Poupie 4 "Dark Horse" Safe
Noah 5 "Ciudad de lila" (original song) Safe
Samuel Hernández 6 "Jealous" Safe
W-Caps 7 "Leave a Light On" Safe
Oscárboles 8 "La canción del verano" (original song) Bottom two
Fusa Nocta 9 "Who's Real" (original song) Safe
Enrique Ramil 10 "Hombres" Safe
Elena Farga 11 "Crazy" Safe
Sing-off details
Oscárboles 1 Medley of original songs Eliminated
Gema Tomás 2 "Recovery" Safe
Judges vote to eliminate
  • Mejide: Oscárboles
  • Pausini: Oscárboles
  • Martínez: Oscárboles
  • Montesinos: Oscárboles

Week 3 (22 June 2018)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Samuel Hernández 1 "Me Rehúso" Safe
Enrique Ramil 2 "Toy" Safe
Poupie 3 "Me niego" Bottom three
Noah 4 "Eye of the Tiger" Eliminated
Elena Farga 5 "Mujer contra mujer" Safe
Malva 6 "Borneo" (original song) Safe
Gema Tomás 7 "Contigo soy" (original song) Safe
Pol Granch 8 "Perfect" Safe
Fusa Nocta 9 "Chicochao" (original song) Bottom three
W-Caps 10 "Crazy in Love" Safe
Sing-off details
Fusa Nocta 1 "Back to Black" Eliminated
Poupie 2 "Man Down" Saved
Judges vote to eliminate
  • Montesinos: Poupie
  • Martínez: Fusa Nocta
  • Pausini: Fusa Nocta
  • Mejide: Poupie

Week 4 (29 June 2018)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Enrique Ramil 1 "Muera el amor" Eliminated
W-Caps 2 "Hymn for the Weekend" Bottom four
Pol Granch 3 "Pausa" Safe
Poupie 4 "New Rules" Bottom four
Malva 5 "Nostalgia soy" (original song) Bottom four
Gema Tomás 6 "Lost on You" Eliminated
Samuel Hernández 7 "Wake Me Up" Bottom four
Elena Farga 8 "Billie Jean" Safe
Sing-off details
Samuel Hernández 1 "Say You Won't Let Go" Saved
Malva 2 "Sinceridad" (original song) Eliminated
Poupie 3 "When I Was Your Man" Eliminated
W-Caps 4 "Waves" Saved
Judges vote to eliminate
  • Mejide: Poupie
  • Pausini: W-Caps
  • Martínez: Poupie
  • Montesinos: Poupie

Week 5 (5 July 2018)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
First round
Pol Granch 1 "El Sitio de Mi Recreo" Advanced
Elena Farga 2 "Set Fire to the Rain" Advanced
W-Caps 3 "Lo siento" Eliminated
Samuel Hernández 4 "All of Me" Eliminated
Pol Granch 5 "Mad World"[note 2] Advanced
Elena Farga 6 "Aunque tú no lo sepas"[note 3] Advanced
W-Caps 7 "Dusk Till Dawn" Eliminated
Samuel Hernández 8 "Despacito" Eliminated
Second round
Pol Granch 1 "Le chant des sirènes" Winner
Elena Farga 2 "I Will Always Love You" Runner-up

Post Factor X[edit]

A few weeks after the first series ended, eventual winner María Villalon released a debut EP entitled María Villalon, an album with all the songs she sang whilst in the competition. A few months later, she released her debut album Te Espero Aquí, which made the Spanish top 40 album chart, just like her debut LP did. But she wasn't the only one who received a record deal, runner-up Angy released her debut self-titled album (with the artistic name Angy) a couple of weeks after Villalon's debut album release. She also began an acting career starring in the teen drama television series Física y Química, aired on Antena 3. 3rd placed Walter released a single, but it didn't see much success. Angy's debut single 'Sola En Silencio' was a major hit across Spain, making the top 20 in Spanish Los 40 Principales. In turn, Maria Villalon's first two singles 'Aguita De Abril' and 'Te Espero Aqui' failed to gain chart stardom, but her second album saw the success of its lead single 'La lluvia' which made it into the top 5 in Los 40 Principales.

Months after the contest finished, 6th placed Leire Martínez's popularity boosted as she was chosen to replace Amaia Montero as the new lead singer of La Oreja de Van Gogh, one of the best-selling pop bands in Spain and Latin America.[5] Her first album with the band, A las cinco en el Astoria, was released on September 2, 2008 reaching the number-one spot in the Spanish charts.

8th placed Ailyn submitted a song to Salvemos Eurovisión, the Spanish selection for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, but failed to get to the final round. Later that year, she was chosen to be the new female vocalist of the Norwegian Gothic Metal band Sirenia, working with them until 2016.[6]

References and notes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Originally, Pol was supposed to perform "Heaven" by Bryan Adams, but requested to change the song at the final rehearsals.
  2. ^ Malva's Alejandro Sotomayor accompanied Pol at the piano.
  3. ^ Also sang a few notes of "With or Without You" at the end.

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