X Factor (German TV series)

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Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Jochen Schropp
Janine Reinhardt
Judges Sarah Connor (2010-2012)
Till Brönner (2010–11)
George Glueck (2010)
Das Bo (2011)
H.P. Baxxter (2012)
Sandra Nasic (2012)
Moses Pelham (2012)
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of series 3
Original network VOX
Original release August 20, 2010 – November 25, 2012
External links

X Factor is the German version of The X Factor, a show originating from the United Kingdom. It is a television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions.

The show's inaugural German season started in August 2010.[1] RTL broadcast the first two kick-off shows. The other episodes have been shown on VOX. Both channels are part of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. X Factor is produced by Grundy Light Entertainment, another RTL Group company.[2]

The auditions were held in April 2010. The show started on 20 August 2010 and ended on 9 November 2010 with Edita Abdieski being crowned the winner. The second season began on 30 August 2011 and was won on 6 December 2011 by David Pfeffer. The third season began on 25 August 2012 and was won by Mrs Greenbird on 25 November 2012.

Series summary[edit]

     "Under 25 boys" category
     "Under 25 girls" category
     "16-24s" category
     "Over 25s" category
     "Groups" or "Groups and Bands" (since season 3) category

Season Air date Winner Runner-up Third place Host(s) Judges Winning mentor Guest Mentor
2010 Edita Abdieski Big Soul Mati Gavriel Jochen Schropp Sarah Connor
George Glueck
Till Brönner
Till Brönner Larsito (Chulcha Candela)
Adel Tawil
Mousse T
Kelly Rowland
2011 David Pfeffer Raffaela Wais Nica & Joe Sarah Connor
Das Bo
Till Brönner
Mimi Westernhagen
Jason Derulo
Melanie C
2012 Mrs. Greenbird Melissa Heiduk Björn Paulsen Sarah Connor
Sandra Nasic
H.P. Baxxter
Moses Pelham
Sandra Nasic N/A
2018 TBA TBA TBA Charlotte Würdig Sido TBA TBA

Judges' categories and their finalists[edit]

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

     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.

Season Sarah Connor George Glueck Till Brönner N/A
One 16-24s
Mati Gavriel
Marlon Bertzbach
Pino Severino
Big Soul
Urban Candy
Over 25s
Edita Abdieski
Anthony Thet
Meral Al-Mer
Season Sarah Connor Das Bo Till Brönner
Two Groups
Nica & Joe
Boyz II Hot
Raffaela Wais
Monique Simon
Martin Madeja
Kassim Auale
Over 25s
David Pfeffer
Rufus Martin
Volker Schlag
Gladys Mwachiti
Season Sarah Connor Moses Pelham H.P. Baxxter Sandra Nasic
Three Over 25s
Björn Paulsen
Willy Hubbard
Colin Rich
Barne Heimbucher
Richard Geldner
Andrew Fischer
Melissa Heiduk
Klementine Hendrichs
Lisa Aberer
Groups and Bands
Mrs. Greenbird
Season Sido TBA TBA TBA

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

The first Season started in 2010. The auditions were held in April 2010. The first show started on 20 August 2010. The Judges were Sarah Connor (16-24), George Glueck (Groups), and Till Brönner (25+).

There are four phases:

  1. Auditions
  2. Bootcamp
  3. Judge's House
  4. Live Shows


The live shows commenced on 21 September 2010. The following artists made it to the live shows. Ages are as of the date of the show (2010).


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
16–24s (Connor) Marlon Bertzbach (18) Mati Gavriel (24) Pino Severino (18)
25-and-overs (Brönner) Anthony Thet (30) Edita Abdieski (25) Meral Al-Mer (29)
Groups (Glueck) Big Soul LaFamille Urban Candy
  • Big Soul consists of Nadine (28), Alexandra (33), Martina (33), and Michelle (35)
  • LaFamille consists of Joel (35), Erkan (32), and Guido (31)
  • Urban Candy consists of Roman (26), Marc (24), and Candy (25)

Season 2 (2011)[edit]

The second Season started on 30 August 2011. The auditions were held in April/May 2011. The Show was broadcast every Tuesday and Sunday. The Judges were Sarah Connor, Das Bo and Till Brönner . This year twelve acts were a part of the live shows, and not nine. Furthermore, from the first to ninth live show the judges decided which act had to leave the X Factor.



     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
16–24s (Das Bo) Kassim Auale (20) Martin Madeja (19) Monique Simon (16) Raffaela Wais (22)
25-and-overs (Brönner) David Pfeffer (29) Gladys Mwachiti (25) Rufus Martin (35) Volker Schlag (44)
Groups (Connor) BenMan Boyz II Hot Nica & Joe Soultrip

BenMan consists of Benjamin (19) & Manuel (18).
Boyz II Hot consists of Daniel (18) & Nathanaele (19).
Nica & Joe consists of Joseph (31) & Veronika (24).
Soultrip consists of Blago (24), Martin (27) & Nunzio (24).

Season 3 (2012)[edit]

The third Season started on 25 August 2012. The auditions were held in April/May 2012. The Show was broadcast every Sunday. The first show was broadcast at RTL. The Judges were Sarah Connor, H.P. Baxxter, Sandra Nasic and Moses Pelham . This year twelve acts were a part of the live shows, but in four categories: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups within Bands. Since this year only the public decided who would be eliminated, so there was no longer a final showdown where the judges could save an act.[3]



     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Pelham) Andrew Fischer (21) Barne Heimbucher (20) Richard Geldner (24)
Girls (Baxxter) Klementine Hendrichs (23) Lisa Aberer (19) Melissa Heiduk (23)
25-and-overs (Connor) Björn Paulsen (27) Colin Rich (40) Willy Hubbard (31)
Groups and Bands (Nasic) Josephine Mrs. Greenbird Rune

Josephine consists of Christian (29), Daniel (33), Imme (30) & Victor (22).
Mrs. Greenbird consists of Sarah (28) & Steffen (36).
Rune consists of Marvin (18), Patrick (20), Sebastian (22) & Steffen (20).


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