Martin Hoberg Hedegaard

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Background information
Birth name Martin Hoberg Hedegaard
Born (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 25)
Origin Ørum, Denmark
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels Sony BMG (2008)

Martin Hoberg Hedegaard (born October 9, 1992), also known simply as Martin, is a Danish singer who rose to fame as the winner of the first Danish series of The X Factor, taking the title at the age of fifteen. He is known for singing in a distinctive nasal tone.

In 2015, he restarted his music career under the name SAVEUS, releasing two singles so far: Levitate Me and Everchanging, the former topping the iTunes charts of Denmark.



Martin was born in the small town of Ørum in central Jutland, Denmark, and spent his entire life there with his mother Gitta, his father Peder, and his two older brothers Anders and Simon. Before participating in The X Factor, he took singing lessons, and had a minor role in a school musical. He cites his influences as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Queen, and Michael Bublé.

The X Factor 2008[edit]

Throughout his participation in the first Danish series of The X Factor, Martin was highly praised by the three judges. During the auditions, one of the judges, his future mentor Remee, rose from his chair in order to shake his hand, "before he became a superstar". Later, during the live shows, Martin's transformation into a national idol began after he powerfully performed songs such as "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal, "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson, and "Somebody to Love" by Queen. Internationally, he has been praised by X Factor creator Simon Cowell and Queen themselves. In the grand finale, Martin beat 23-year-old contestant Laura Arensbak Kjærgaard, with whom he had formed a strong friendship.

After X-Factor[edit]

After X-Factor, Martin made a Copenhagen-based band SAVEUS. He has also been composing different songs, such as Black Suit, on the album Play (Super Junior album), for one of South Korea's biggest k-pop groups Super Junior.

Performances during X Factor[edit]

Episode Theme Song Artist Result
Live show 1
(8 February 2008)
Hits from the tjecklist "As" Stevie Wonder Safe
Live show 2
(15 February 2008)
MovieHits "Kiss From A Rose" Seal Safe
Live show 3
(22 February 2008)
Disco "Rock With You" Michael Jackson Safe
Live show 4
(29 February 2008)
Sing Danish "Kom tilbage nu" Danseorkestret Safe
Live show 5
(7 March 2008)
DR Big Band "Somebody to Love" Queen Safe
Live show 6
(14 March 2008)
Anne Linnet "Smuk og Dejlig" Anne Linnet Safe
Elvis Presley "Can't Help Falling in Love" Elvis Presley
Live show 7 - Semi-Final
(21 March 2008)
James Blunt "Goodbye My Lover" James Blunt Safe
Free Choice "What Goes Around" Justin Timberlake
Live show 8 - Final
(28 March 2008)
Viewers Choice "Somebody To Love" Queen Winner
Free Choice "For Once In My Life" Stevie Wonder
Winner's Single "The 1" Martin



Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Show the World
  • Released: 31 May 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Format: CD
Neuro 5


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2008 "The 1" 1
  • IFPI DEN: 2× Platinum[2]
Show the World
"Show the World" 1
  • IFPI DEN: Platinum[2]
"Report to the Dance Floor"


  1. ^ a b Martin discography
  2. ^ a b c "Guld og Platin I August". IFPI Denmark. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 22, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
X Factor (Denmark)

Succeeded by
Linda Andrews