The X Factor (Arabic TV series)

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The X Factor Arabia, MBC The X Factor
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by

Joelle Rahme (2006-2007) Yosra Lozy (2013)

Daniella Rahme (2015-present)
Bassel Alzaro (2013-present)
Judges Nelly (Egyptian entertainer) (2006)
Khaled El Sheikh (2006-07)
Michel Elfteriades (2006-07)
Anoushka (2007)
Elissa (2013)
Carole Samaha (2013)
Wael Kfoury (2013)
Hussain Al Jasmi (2013)
Season 4
Ragheb Alama (2015-present)
Elissa (2015-present)
Donia Samir Ghanem (2015-present)
Country of origin Arab World
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 38 (As of 3/22/2013)
Production
Producer(s) Rotana
CBC
SYCOtv
MBC
Running time 60–120 minutes
Release
Original network LBC, Rotana (2006-2007)
CBC (2013)
MBC4 (2015-)
Picture format 1080i
Original release 26 March 2006 – 2007, 2013-present
External links
Website

The X Factor Arabia originally aired in March 26, 2006 with the title "XSeer Al Najah", meaning Elixir or Essence of Success. "XSeer Al Najah" was the Arab version of the The X Factor. The Arabic-language version of the program also created by Simon Cowell has a similar format to the British version, in that there are judges who each have a team of contestants to mentor and compete with each other for the X Factor title. The 14-episode first series was broadcast in 22 Arabic-speaking countries. In its debut, it was known as being one of the most watched programs on television and was produced and supported by Rotana, one of the largest production companies in the Arab World. The winner of "XSeer Al Najah" earned a chance to sign with Rotana.

However, with the continuing success of the rival pan-Arab series Star Academy on Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), XSeer All Najah lost most of its pan-Arab appeal and was discontinued after season 2.

In 2012, the Egyptian TV channel CBC announced that The X Factor Arabia would return in 2013 with four judges: Elissa, Carole Samaha, Wael Kfoury, and Hussain Al Jasmi. Despite its revamped format, The X Factor Arabia struggled against its rival show MBC's Arab Idol which aired at the same time slot as The X Factor.

In 2014, MBC brought the rights for the show from CBC, revamped its format and started producing season four. Only Elissa as a judge and Bassel Alzaro as a host were retained from season three during MBC's restructure of the show. The judges on MBC The X Factor are Ragheb Alama, Elissa and Donia Samir Ghanem. The first episode aired on 14 March 2015 on MBC4 and MBC Masr

Series summary[edit]

     "16 - 24" category
     "25 - 30" category
     "Groups" category
     "Boys" category
     "Girls" category
     "Over 25s" category
     "Solo International" category
     "Solo Arabic" category

Series Air date Winner Runner-up Third place Host(s) Judges Winning mentor
One
February 6, 2006 –
May 15, 2006
Rajaa Kasabni Ahmed Guitarista Joelle Rahme
Nelly
Khaled El Sheikh
Michel Elefteriades
Nelly
Two
May 29, 2007 –
August 1, 2007
Muhammad El Majzoub Bouchra Ousama Anoushka
Khaled El Sheikh
Michel Elefteriades
Anoushka
Three
February 23, 2013 –
May 25, 2013
Mohammed Rifi Ibrahim Abdel Adim Adham Nabulsi Bassel Alzarro

Yousra El Lozy

Elissa
Carole Samaha
Wael Kfoury
Hussain Al Jasmi
Hussain Al Jasmi
Four
March 14, 2015 –
June 13, 2015
Hamza Hawsawi The 5 Hind Ziadi Bassel Alzarro

Daniella Rahme

Ragheb Alama
Elissa
Donia Samir Ghanem
Ragheb Alama

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

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

Key:

     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Series Elissa Carole Samaha Wael Kfoury Hussain Al Jasmi
Three Girls
Imane Karkibou
Salwa Anlouf
Soumaya Turki
Groups
Young Pharoz
Maraya Band
Les Bledards Ninja
Boys
Adham Nabulsi
Al Muntasser Billah
Houssam Terchichi
Ali Hamed
Over 25s
Mohammed Rifi
Ibrahim Abdel Adim
Marwa Ahmed
Series Ragheb Alama Elissa Donia Samir Ghanem
Four Solo International
Hamza Hawsawi
Latoya
Nedjim Mahtallah
Maria Nadim
Solo Arabic
Hind Ziadi
Majdi Sharif
Rania Jdidi
Nada Khalil
Groups
The 5
GuitaNai
Mounib Band
Aves Band

Season 3[edit]

Colour key
     – 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)
     – Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Round 1 Round 2
Mohammed Rifi 1st
24.66%
1st
23.42%
1st
25.44%
1st
33.08%
1st
32.03%
1st
33.50%
1st
31.18%
1st
35.11%
1st
46.16%
1st
61.16%
Winner
Ibrahim Abdel Adim 12th
1.36%
2nd
13.69%
6th
7.60%
7th
4.64%
5th
8.40%
4th
9.12%
3rd
15.22%
3rd
17.24%
2nd
19.62%
2nd
20.92%
Runner-Up
Adham Nabulsi 3rd
15.17%
5th
12.15%
3rd
14.64%
2nd
15.36%
2nd
21.12%
2nd
17.55%
2nd
18.34%
4th
15.12%
3rd
19.47%
3rd
17.39%
Eliminated
Young Pharoz 2nd
18.32%
6th
10.55%
5th
9.54%
4th
9.53%
4th
8.85%
3rd
13.12%
5th
13.46%
2nd
22.79%
4th
14.75%
Eliminated (week 9)
Imane Karkibou 5th
10.30%
3rd
13.63%
2nd
15.39%
5th
8.92%
7th
7.55%
7th
8.65%
4th
13.57%
5th
9.74%
Eliminated (week 8)
Salwa Anlouf 4th
13.17%
4th
12.52%
4th
11.06%
3rd
10.60%
3rd
10.00%
5th
9.05%
6th
8.23%
Eliminated (week 7)
Marwa Ahmed 8th
2.41%
7th
3.60%
7th
4.05%
6th
6.58%
6th
8.33%
6th
9.02%
Eliminated (week 6)
Maraya 7th
3.67%
9th
2.44%
9th
3.37%
8th
3.99%
8th
3.72%
Eliminated (week 5)
Al Muntasser Billah 11th
1.45%
10th
2.08%
10th
2.78%
9th
3.98%
Eliminated (week 4)
Houssam Terchichi 6th
5.24%
8th
2.86%
8th
3.81%
10th
3.31%
Eliminated (week 4)
Les Bledards Ninja 10th
1.56%
11th
1.72%
11th
2.32%
Eliminated (week 3)
Ali Hamed 9th
1.71%
12th
1.35%
Eliminated (week 2)
Soumaya Turki 13th
0.99%
Eliminated (week 1)
Final showdown Soumaya Turki,
Ibrahim Abdel Adim
Ali Hamed,
Les Bledards Ninja
Les Bledards Ninja,
Al Mountassir Billah
Al Mountassir Billah,
Maraya
Maraya,
Imane Karkibou
Imane Karkibou,
Marwa Ahmed
Salwa Anlouf,
Young Pharoz
Imane Karkibou,
Adham Nabulsi
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Samaha's vote to save Ibrahim Abdel Adim Les Bledards Ninja Les Bledards Ninja Maraya Maraya Imane Karkibou Young Pharoz Adham Nabulsi
Kfoury's vote to save Ibrahim Abdel Adim Ali Hamed Al Mountassir Billah Al Mountassir Billah Imane Karkibou Imane Karkibou Young Pharoz Adham Nabulsi
Elissa's vote to save Soumaya Turki Les Bledards Ninja Al Mountassir Billah Al Mountassir Billah Imane Karkibou Imane Karkibou Salwa Anlouf Imane Karkibou
Al Jasmi's vote to save Ibrahim Abdel Adim Les Bledards Ninja Al Mountassir Billah Maraya Imane Karkibou Marwa Ahmed Young Pharoz Adham Nabulsi

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