The X Factor (Greece series 2)

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The X Factor
Season 2
Broadcast from 2 October 2009 – 12 February 2010
Judges George Levendis
Giorgos Theofanous
Katerina Gagaki
Nikos Mouratidis
Host(s) Sakis Rouvas (live shows)
Giorgos Lianos (audition shows)
Despina Kampouri (audition shows)
Broadcaster ANT1
Winner
Stavros Michalakakos
Origin Limassol, Cyprus and Greece
Song "Jenny Don't Be Hasty"
"Sweet Disposition"
Genre(s) Pop
Runner-up
Nini Shermadini
Chronology

The second series of the music talent show The X Factor Greece began airing on ANT1 on 2 October 2009, and was won by Stavros Michalakakos of Limassol (Lemesos), Cyprus on 12 February 2010. The show was presented for a second year by Sakis Rouvas. It was also broadcast abroad via ANT1's international stations. The series featured Eleftheria Eleftheriou and Ivi Adamou who both participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 representing Greece and Cyprus.[1] Also the runner up of the series, Nini Shermadini, was one of the Georgian backing vocalists.

Selection process[edit]

Public auditions by aspiring pop singers began in July 2009 and were held in three cities; Athens and Thessaloniki (Greece) and Larnaka (Cyprus). All four series 1 judges, George Levendis, Giorgos Theofanous, Katerina Gagaki and Nikos Mouratidis returned to judge the contestants. Following initial auditions, in September 2009, around 200 acts attended the boot camp. The contestants were initially split into groups of three, and judges gave instant decisions on who would leave based on the group performances, bringing the number of acts down to 150. The judges then cut the number of acts down to 80. These were split into four categories: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups, before the judges discovered which category they would mentor for the rest of the competition. In series 2, the Boys (16–24) are being mentored by Nikos Mouratidis, Giorgos Theofanous has the Girls (16–24), Katerina Gagaki mentors the Over 25s, and George Levendis takes charge of the Groups. At the last stage of boot camp, the 80 acts were reduced to 32. During "Judges' Houses", the 32 acts were reduced to 16, who went on to the live finals, with one act being eliminated each week by a combination of public vote and judges' decision until a winner was found.

Finalists and categories[edit]

The final 16 acts were confirmed as follows:

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third Place
Category (Mentor) Acts
Groups (George Levendis) 360 Moires 48 Ores Pale Faces X-odos
Boys 16-24 (Nikos Mouratidis) Dimitris Maniatis Nikiforos Stavros Michalakakos Hovig Demirjian
Over 25s (Katerina Gagaki) Eleni Alexandri Polina Christodoulou Elena Andreou Harikleia Charitsavvidou
Girls 16-24 (Giorgos Theofanous) Giouli Tassou Ivi Adamou Eleftheria Eleftheriou Nini Shermadini

Live shows[edit]

The live shows started on 30 October 2009. The acts are performing every Friday night with the results announced on the same day. As a marked difference from series 1, in this series the televoters have the chance to vote from the beginning of the show.

Results Summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
Table showing weekly results, indicating which contestants were eliminated or safe, how each judge voted, and positions in each week's public vote where known.
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14
Stavros Michalakakos Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th Safe Winner
Nini Shermadini Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Runner-Up
48 Ores 10th 8th 8th 7th 7th 10th 6th 7th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd
Eleni Alexandri Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th Eliminated (week 14)
Polina Christodoulou Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Safe 5th Eliminated (week 13)
Ivi Adamou Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 12)
Hovig Demirjian Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 9th Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 11)
Nikiforos Bottom 2 Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 10)
Dimitris Maniatis Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 8)
Pale Faces Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe 12th Safe 10th Eliminated (week 7)
360 Moires Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe 11th Eliminated (week 6)
Eleftheria Eleftheriou Safe Safe Safe Safe 11th Eliminated (week 5)
Elena Andreou Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 4)
Harikleia Charitsavvidou Safe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 3)
Giouli Tassou Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 2)
X-odos Bottom 2 Eliminated (week 1)
Final showdown Nikiforos,
X-odos
Giouli Tassou,
Harikleia Charitsavvidou
Harikleia Charitsavvidou,
Pale Faces
360 Moires,
Elena Andreou
Eleftheria Eleftheriou,
Pale Faces
360 Moires,
48 Ores
Hovig Demirjian,
Pale Faces
Dimitris Maniatis,
Polina Christodoulou
Nikiforos,
Nini Shermadini
Hovig Demirjian,
Ivi Adamou
Ivi Adamou,
Nini Shermadini
Polina Christodoulou,
Stavros Michalakakos
48 Ores,
Eleni Alexandri
No final showdown or judges' vote: results are based on public votes alone
Mouratidis's vote to eliminate X-odos Giouli Tassou Harikleia Charitsavvidou Elena Andreou Eleftheria Eleftheriou 360 Moires Pale Faces Polina Christodoulou Nini Shermadini Ivi Adamou Ivi Adamou Polina Christodoulou Eleni Alexandri
Gagaki's vote to eliminate X-odos Giouli Tassou Pale Faces 360 Moires Eleftheria Eleftheriou 360 Moires Hovig Demirjian Dimitris Maniatis Nikiforos Hovig Demirjian Nini Shermadini Stavros Michalakakos 48 Ores
Levendis's vote to eliminate Nikiforos Giouli Tassou Harikleia Charitsavvidou Elena Andreou Eleftheria Eleftheriou 360 Moires Hovig Demirjian Dimitris Maniatis Nikiforos Hovig Demirjian Ivi Adamou Polina Christodoulou Eleni Alexandri
Theofanous's vote to eliminate X-odos Harikleia Charitsavvidou Harikleia Charitsavvidou Elena Andreou Pale Faces 360 Moires Pale Faces Dimitris Maniatis Nikiforos Hovig Demirjian Nini Shermadini Stavros Michalakakos 48 Ores
Eliminated X-odos
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Giouli Tassou
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Harikleia Charitsavvidou
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Elena Andreou
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Eleftheria Eleftheriou
3 of 4 votes
Majority
360 Moires
? of 4 votes
Pale Faces
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Dimitris Maniatis
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Nikiforos
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Hovig Demirjian
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Ivi Adamou
3 of 5 votes
Majority
Polina Christodoulou
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Eleni Alexandri
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Nini Shermadini
Runner-Up
Stavros Michalakakos
Winner
48 Ores
Third Place
1. ^ George's vote counted as two votes and therefore Ivi had 3 votes while Nini had only two.

Week 14 (5 February – Semi-Final)[edit]

  • Theme: Mentor's choice
  • Celebrity Performers:Professional Sinnerz "Tha rthw na se brw", "Otan Se Eicha Protodei" / Apostolina Mai "Save me"
Contestants' performances on the 13 live show
Act Order First song (Contestant's choice) Order Second song (Contestant's choice) Result
Eleni Alexandri 1 "Ignorance" 5 "Den Thelw" Bottom two
Stavros Michalakakos 2 "Ta karabia mou kaiw" 6 "Impossible" Safe
Nini Shermadini 3 "To swma pou zhtas" 7 "My All" Safe
48 Ores 4 "Fly Away" 8 "Stepping Stone" Bottom two
Final showdown details
Eleni Alexandri 1 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Eliminated
48 Ores 2 "Stayin' Alive" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate

The result went to deadlock, and Eleni Alexandri was eliminated from the competition.

Week 15 (12 February – Final)[edit]

Order Artist Mentor Mentor's Choice Mentor's Choice Result
1 48 Ores George Levendis "Englishman In New York" "Wanna Be Starting Something" Third Place
2 Nini Shermadini Giorgos Theofanous "Woman In Love" "In Assenza Di Te" Runner-up
3 Stavros Michalakakos Nikos Mouratidis "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" "Sweet Disposition" Winner

* Even though the November 27 show was supposed to feature the remaining 12 participants, only 10 competitors took part. Two acts, Eleni Alexandri and 360 Moires, did not participate due to H1N1 symptoms. However, the fact that despite their absence they automatically qualified for the next show, coupled with the elimination of a talented participant, sparked controversy.

The presenter, Sakis Rouvas, was obviously shocked and puzzled by Eleftheria's elimination and instantly offered her the opportunity to continue her career with him in his regular performances.[2]

** Eliminated by public vote after the judges forced a tie.

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