Logo of Russian Faktor A
|Created by||Simon Cowell|
|Presented by||Philipp Kirkorov
Vladimir Zelenski (2011)
Alexey Chumakov (2012)
|Judges||Alla Pugacheva (head of jury)
Boris Krasnov (2011)
Igor Nikolayev (2012)
|Country of origin||Russia|
|No. of series||3 (debut season in 2011)|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Running time||~78 minutes|
|Original network||Russia 1 (Rossiya 1)
|Original release||1 April 2011– present|
Faktor A (in Russian Фактор А) is the Russian version of the The X Factor television talent show franchise. It is broadcasts on Russia 1 television station. The show is named Faktor A (rather than Faktor X), with the letter "A" chosen in honor of Alla Pugacheva, head of the jury. Faktor A debuted in 2011 as a new series 1.
Sekret Uspekha (2005, 2007)
Faktor A is considered a continuation of an earlier Russian show Sekret Uspekha (Russian: Секрет Успеха; English: Secret of Success) that was broadcast on Russia's RTR television station in contrast to this Faktor A series that is being broadcast on Russia1.
There were two series of Sekret Uspekha. The first was in 2005 and title was won by Vladimir Sapovskiy. A second series was broadcast in 2007, and title won by Nikolay Timokhin. The show was cancelled after two series because of insufficient number of viewers.
Although similar in format, the new series Faktor A is considered a whole new series with season 1 starting 2011.
Contestant in "15-25s" category
Contestant in "Over 26s" category
Contestant in "Groups" category
|Season||Air date||Winner||Runner-up||Third||Host(s)||Judges||Winning mentor|
||1 April – 11 June 2011||Sergei Savin||Erkin Holmatov||Artyom Kacharian||Philipp Kirkorov
(head of jury)
||10 March – 20 May 2012||Alexey Sulima||Ekaterina Leshcheva||Alexandr Balykov||Philipp Kirkorov
(head of jury)
||9 February - 21 April 2013||Mali||Yuliya Samoylova||Yaroslav Dronov||Philipp Kirkorov||-Alla Pugacheva
(head of jury)
Season 1 (2011)
The new Faktor A show is a musical talent show whose main purpose is to find and develop talent singing contestants. Contestants are chosen through public auditions. The show is hosted by Leading the project: Philipp Kirkorov and Vladimir Zelenski. The jury is made up of Lolita Milyavskaya, Boris Krasnov and Roman Emelyanov. Alla Pugacheva serves as chairman of the jury. Milyavskya is mentoring the 16-25s, Krasnov the over 25s and Emelyanov the groups.
The auditions were held on 23 and 24 March 2011 in Moscow's Malaya Luzhniki Sports Arena. Then each judge selected his best three performers after trials on 25, 26 and 27 March 2011.
The competition is split into three categories:
- Singers aged 16 to 25
- Singers over 25
- Groups (including duos).
Each judge assigned a particular category and entrusted to mentor the competitors in that specific category
- – Winner
- – Runner-up
- – Third Place
|16–25s (Lolita Milyavskaya)||Victoria Cherentsova||Erkin Holmatov||Artyom Kacharian|
|Over 25s (Boris Krasnov)||Philip Kruzhkov||Sergei Savin||Vladislav Tumanov|
|Groups (Roman Emelyanov)||Mark Twain||DaKi||Sixth Sense|
- Show 1 (1 April 2011) - first stage of auditions
- Show 2 (8 April 2011) - second stage of auditions and deciding the 9 finalist
- Show 3 (15 April 2011) - first live show (Theme: "Soviet Popular Songs")
- Show 4 (22 April 2011) - second live show (Theme: "Songs from the movies"). Vladislav Tumanov originating from Ekaterinburg was eliminated finishing 9th
- Show 5 (19 April 2011) - third live show (Theme: "World Hits"). Philip Krishkov originating from Moscow was eliminated finishing 8th
- Show 6 (6 May 2011) - fourth live show (Theme: "Songs of Love"). Group Шестое чувство ("The Sixth Sense") from Moscow eliminated finishing 7th.
- Show 7 (13 May 2011) - fifth live show (Theme: "Songs about cities and countries). The duo ДаКи ("DaKi") from Kaluga were eliminated finishing 6th.
- Show 8 (20 May 2011) - sixth live show (Theme: "Modern Hits"). Through public vote, "Mark Twain" and Victoria Cherentsova were voted bottom two by the public. But Alla Pugacheva decided to keep both in competition.
- Show 9 (27 May 2011) - seventh live show (Themes: Favorite songs" and "Author's songs"). After the decision of the previous week to save both bottom 2 from elimination, it was agreed that two contestants would be eliminated at the end of show 9 from a bottom three announced. The bottom three were: Group Mark Twain, and contestants Sergei Savin and Victoria Cherentsova. Then it was announced that Mark Twain had received the fewest votes and was eliminated first 5th. Eventually Victoria Cherentsova was eliminated finishing 4th. Sergei Savin moves to Final 3.
- Show 10 (3 June 2011) - eighth live show (Themes: "Candidate's most successful song during all stages of competition" and "Duet with famous Russian pop singers". As a result of public vote, Erkin Holmatov was considered "safe". In the danger zone were the other two Top 3 finalist Sergei Savin and Artyom Kacharyan. As a result of a jury vote, Artyom Kacharyan was eliminated finishing 3rd overall in the competition.
- Show 11 (10 June 2011) - the final show. After all the participants opened the show with a collective song, the two finalists Erkin Holmatov and Sergei Savin sang a duet, as well as two solo songs each. The winner of the project was determined by public voting and by voting by judges Boris Krasnov, Lolita and Roman Emelyanov (1 vote each) and Alla Pugacheva (2 votes) and the audience (2 votes). As a result, on the final results show on June 11, 2011, Sergei Savin (in Russian Сергей Савин) was declared winner of the first series, and Erkin Holmatov (in Russian Эркин Холматов) as runner-up.
- Sergei Savin - Winner
- Erkin Holmatov - Runner-Up
- Artyom Kacharyan
- Victoria Cherentsova
- Group Марк Твен ("Mark Twain")
- Duo ДаКи ("DaKi")
- Шестое чувство ("Sixth Sense")
- Philip Kruzhkov
- Vladislav Tumanov
The winner of the first series Sergei Savin received a record deal for a solo album, a shooting of a music video and appearing on rotation on Russian radio station Avtoradio ("Авторадио"). The runner-up Erkin Holmatov received a cash prize of 30,000 Euros, the special prize "Golden Star of Alla" from main judge Alla Pugacheva, a 5-year scholarship to a music school in Gnessin. 5-year education at the music school Gnessin.