X Factor (Danish TV series)

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X Factor
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Lise Rønne (1–2, 4–5)
Signe Muusmann (3)
Signe Molde (6)
Eva Harlou (7–8)
Sofie Linde Ingversen (9–)
Joakim Ingversen (11)
Judges Thomas Blachman (1–2, 4–)
Lina Rafn (1–2, 7–8)
Remee (1–3, 7–11)
Soulshock (3)
Pernille Rosendahl (3–5)
Cutfather (4–5)
Ida Corr (6)
Anne Linnet (6)
Mette Lindberg (9–10)
Sanne Salomonsen (11–)
Country of origin Denmark
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 146
Production
Producer(s) DR1
FremantleMedia
SYCOtv
Location(s) Site of the final
DR Byen (1–2, 7, 9–11)
Parken Stadium (3–4)
Jyske Bank Boxen (5–6, 8)
TBA (12–)
Running time 60–120 minutes
Release
Original network DR1 (1–11)
TV2 (12–)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 4 January 2008 – present
Chronology
Related shows The X Factor
External links
Website

X Factor is the Danish version of The X Factor, a show originating in the United Kingdom and is created by talent show judge and record and TV producer Simon Cowell. There has been eleven winners to date: Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, Linda Andrews, Thomas Ring Petersen, Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen, Ida Østergaard Madsen, Chresten Falck Damborg, Anthony Jasmin, Emilie Esther, Embrace, Morten Nørgaard and Place on Earth.

The original judging panel consisted of Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee. Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl took the places of Blachman and Rafn in season 3. Blachman returned to the panel in season 4 and Cutfather joined, replacing Soulshock and Remee. Ida Corr and Anne Linnet joined the panel in season 6 as replacements for Rosendahl and Cutfather. Rafn will not return for season 9. The original host was Lise Rønne. Signe Muusmann took Rønne's place in season 3, though Muusmann did not return for season 4 and was replaced by Rønne. Signe Molde replaced Rønne in season 6. From seasons 7 to 8, the show has been hosted by Eva Harlou. Since Season 9, the show was hosted by Sofie Linde Lauridsen who replaced Harlou.

Series overview[edit]

To date, eleven series have been broadcast, as summarised below.

     Contestant in (or mentor of) "15–24s", "15–23s", "14–22s" or "15–22s" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Over 25s", "Over 24s" or "Over 23s" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Groups" category

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Host(s) Judges Final venue
One
4 January 2008 28 March 2008 Martin Hoberg Hedegaard Laura Arensbak Kjærgaard Heidi Svelmøe Herløw Remee Lise Rønne Thomas Blachman
Lina Rafn
Remee
DR Byen
Two
2 January 2009 27 March 2009 Linda Andrews Alien Beat Club Mohamed Ali Lina Rafn
Three
1 January 2010 27 March 2010 Thomas Ring Petersen Tine Midtgaard Madsen Jesper Nohrstedt Boesgaard Pernille Rosendahl Signe Muusmann Remee
Soulshock
Pernille Rosendahl
Parken
Four
1 January 2011 25 March 2011 Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen Annelouise Sørensen Babou Cutfather Lise Rønne Thomas Blachman
Pernille Rosendahl
Cutfather
Five
1 January 2012 23 March 2012 Ida Østergaard Madsen Line Dissing Karred Larsen Sveinur Pernille Rosendahl Jyske Bank Boxen
Six
28 December 2012 22 March 2013 Chresten Falck Damborg Karoline Wasteland Ida Corr Signe Molde Thomas Blachman
Ida Corr
Anne Linnet
Seven
3 January 2014 28 March 2014 Anthony Jasmin Lucy Mardou Henriette Haubjerg Thomas Blachman Eva Harlou Thomas Blachman
Lina Rafn
Remee
DR Byen
Eight
2 January 2015 27 March 2015 Emilie Esther Jógvan Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann Remee Jyske Bank Boxen
Nine
8 January 2016 1 April 2016 Embrace Reem Hamze Alex Benson Remee Sofie Linde Lauridsen Thomas Blachman
Remee
Mette Lindberg
DR Byen
Ten
30 December 2016 31 March 2017 Morten Nørgaard Chili Pedersen Mia Kjær Sørensen Remee
Eleven
1 January 2018 6 April 2018 Place on Earth Jamie Talbot Rasmus Therkildsen Thomas Blachman Sofie Linde Ingversen
Joakim Ingversen (1st to 2nd liveshows)
Thomas Blachman
Remee
Sanne Salomonsen

Judges[edit]

Judge Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8 Season 9 Season 10 Season 11 Season 12
Thomas Blachman
Lina Rafn
Remee
Soulshock
Pernille Rosendahl
Cutfather
Ida Corr
Anne Linnet
Mette Lindberg
Sanne Salomonsen

The judges in seasons 1 and 2 were Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee.

Remee continued as a judge in season 3, while Blachman and Rafn resigned and were replaced by Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl.

Rosendahl continued as a judge in seasons 4 and 5, while Soulshock and Remee were replaced with Blachman, who returned after one season away, and Cutfather.

Blachman continued as a judge in season 6, while Rosendahl and Cutfather decided to leave and were replaced by Ida Corr and Anne Linnet.

Seasons 7 and 8 returned to the original judging panel consisting of Blachman, Rafn and Remee following the departures of Corr and Linnet.

Season 9 and 10 Blachman and Remee returned as judges joined by a newcomer Mette Lindberg.

Season 11 Sanne Salomonsen will replace Mette Lindberg as judge.[1]

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Season Thomas Blachman Lina Rafn Remee
One Over 25s
Heidi Svelmøe Herløw
Lisa Maria Birkekvist
Frederik Konradsen
Groups
VocaLoca
RaiDen
Søren & Anne
15-24s
Martin Hoberg Hedegaard
Laura Arensbak Kjærgaard
Basim Moujahid
Two 15-24s
Mohamed Ali
Sidsel Lieknins Vestertjele
Lucas Francis Claver
Over 25s
Linda Andrews
Seest Christensen
Claus Lillelund
Groups
Alien Beat Club
Asian Sensation
Tårnhøj
Season Soulshock Pernille Rosendahl Remee
Three Groups
The Fireflies
8210
In-Joy
Over 25s
Thomas Ring Petersen
Daniel Vengsgaard
Peter Søborg
15-24s
Tine Midtgaard Madsen
Jesper Boesgaard
Anna Nygaard
Season Thomas Blachman Pernille Rosendahl Cutfather
Four Over 25s
Annelouise Sørensen
Patricia
Ercan
Groups
Rikke & Trine
JR
Deevibez
15-24s
Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen
Babou
Rasmus
Five Groups
Nicoline Simone & Jean Michel
Tandberg & Østenby
Phuong & Rasmus
15-24s
Ida Østergaard Madsen
Line Dissing Karred Larsen
Morten Benjamin
Over 25s
Sveinur
Mulila
Katrine
Season Thomas Blachman Ida Corr Anne Linnet
Six 15-23s
Karoline
Amanda
Zaina
Over 24s
Chresten Falck Damborg
Stephanie
Jonas
Groups
Wasteland
Anna & Lusanda
Lotus
Season Thomas Blachman Lina Rafn Remee
Seven Groups
Anthony Jasmin
ManBand
lickety-split
14-22s
Henriette Haubjerg
Fie Winther
Mathias Chrøis
Over 23s
Lucy Mardou
Pernille Nordtorp
Steffen Gilmartin
Eight Groups
Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann
Citybois
Finn & Rie
Over 23s
Jógvan
Sophia
Nanni
15-22s
Emilie Esther
Baraa Qadoura
Tannaz Hakami
Season Thomas Blachman Mette Lindberg Remee
Nine Over 23s
Andrew Murray
Sarah Glerup
Jacob Bering
15-22s
Reem Hamze
Alex Benson
Mads Christian
Groups
Embrace
Clifforth & Hein
The Competition
Ten 15-22s
Chili Pedersen
Mia Kjær Sørensen
Martin Prytz
Groups
VKation
Ladies with Attitude
Fyhnen Sisters
Over 23s
Morten Nørgaard
Samanta Gomez
Mike Beck
Season Thomas Blachman Sanne Salomonsen Remee
Eleven Groups
Place on Earth
Sol & Christian
Anne Mette & Tomas
15-22s
Sigmund Trondheim
Vita Jensen
Oliver Bendixen
Over 23s
Jamie Talbot
Rasmus Therkildsen
Anja Nynne

Season 1 (2008)[edit]

The judges were Remee, Lina Rafn and Thomas Blachman. Remee had the Under 25s, Rafn was given the Groups and Blachman was in charge of the Over 25s. The winner was Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, mentored by Remee.

Season 2 (2009)[edit]

Remee, Lina Rafn and Thomas Blachman returned as judges. Remee was given the Groups, Rafn was given the Over 25s and Blachman was in charge of the Under 25s. The winner was Linda Andrews, mentored by Rafn.

Season 3 (2010)[edit]

Remee returned as a judge, while Thomas Blachman and Lina Rafn were replaced by Soulshock and Pernille Rosendahl. Soulshock was given the Groups, Rosendahl was given the Over 25s and Remee was in charge of the Under 25s. The winner was Thomas Ring Petersen, mentored by Rosendahl. British singer and X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole performed her number one single "Fight for This Love".

Season 4 (2011)[edit]

Pernille Rosendahl continued as a judge, while original judge Thomas Blachman and new judge Cutfather replaced Soulshock and Remee on the judging panel. Cutfather was given the Under 25s, Rosendahl was given the Groups and Blachman was given the Over 25s. The winner was Sarah, mentored by Cutfather.

Season 5 (2012)[edit]

Thomas Blachman, Pernille Rosendahl and Cutfather returned for their respective fourth, third and second seasons. Cutfather was given the Over 25s, Rosendahl was given the Under 25s and Blachman was in charge of the Groups. The winner was Ida Østergaard Madsen, mentored by Rosendahl.

For the first (and currently only) time, a judge made an unforced decision to eliminate their own act.[2]

Season 6 (2013)[edit]

Thomas Blachman returned to the judging panel, while Pernille Rosendahl and Cutfather were replaced by new judges Ida Corr and Anne Linnet. Linnet was given the Groups, Corr was given the Over 24s and Blachman was in charge of the Under 24s. The winner was Chresten Falck Damborg, mentored by Corr.

Season 7 (2014)[edit]

The seventh season returned to the original judging panel consisting of Thomas Blachman, Lina Rafn and Remee following the departures of Ida Corr and Anne Linnet. Remee had the Over 23s, Rafn had the Under 23s and Blachman was in charge of the Groups. The winners were Anthony Jasmin, mentored by Blachman.

Season 8 (2015)[edit]

Thomas Blachman, Remee and Lina Rafn returned to the judging panel for their respective seventh, fifth and fourth seasons. Remee was given the 15-22s, Rafn was given the Over 23s and Blachman was given the Groups. Superbootcamp was replaced by 5 Chair Challenge. The winner was Emilie Esther, mentored by Remee.

Season 9 (2016)[edit]

Thomas Blachman and Remee will return as judges for season 9 along with a new judge Mette Lindberg who will replace Lina Rafn. Rafn said in the final of season 8 that she did not know if she would continue as a judge.[3] Eva Harlou announced on 26 June 2015 that she will not return to host.[4] Sofie Linde Lauridsen will be the new host.[5] Rafn announced on 15 July 2015 that she would not be returning as a judge.[6] The winners were Embrace mentored by Remee.

Season 10 (2017)[edit]

Thomas Blachman, Mette Lindberg and Remee Will all return for Season 10 and Sofie Linde will also return as host On 31 March 2016 it was announced that X Factor will return for season 10 in 2017.[7] It will begin on 30 December 2016 the winner was Morten Nørgaard mentored by Remee.

Season 11 (2018)[edit]

On 31 March 2017, it was announced by DR at X Factor will return for season 11 in 2018.[8] Sofie Linde Lauridsen will return to host the show for the 3rd time[9] Thomas Blachman and Remee also returned and is joined by a new judge Sanne Salomonsen who will replace Mette Lindberg. Winner was Place on Earth mentored by Thomas Blachman

Controversy[edit]

The Danish X Factor has been criticised by music expert and consultant for The Danish Musicians' Association (Dansk Musiker Forbund) Mikael Højris, who claims that the contracts for participation in the show are unfair on participants and almost amount to serfdom to DR1 (the channel airing the show) stating that clauses in the contracts forbid the participants - whether they pass the first round or not - from performing or participating in any other musical event for three months. He also criticises that participants are obliged to travel at their own expense.[10]

Bente Boserup, leader of BørneTelefonen, criticized the Danish X Factor for exposing children under 18 to high pressure and stress, after contestants Baraa Qadoura and Tannaz Hakami broke down in tears during the fourth live show of season 8. This was supported by psychologist John Halse, as well as contestant Finn Irs, who protested by not showing up to the all-stars song during the final live show. Irs stated that the producers were more interested in their contestants showing their emotions, rather than making a musical show. Jan Lagermand Lundme, the contributing editor on DR1, stated that all contestants were checked by a psychologist to see if they were fit to handle the pressure.[11]

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