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This article is about the international television franchise. For individual countries' versions and other uses, see X Factor (disambiguation). The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by Simon Cowell. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol. It is now held in various countries. The programmes are produced by executive producer Simon Cowell and his company SYCOtv. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. The prize is usually a recording contract, in addition to the publicity that appearance in the later stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but also for other highly ranked contestants. The similarities between The X Factor and Idol prompted Idol creator Simon Fuller, along with 19 Entertainment, to file a lawsuit against Cowell, SYCOtv, and FremantleMedia in 2004. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005 allowing Fuller to gain a 10% share in The X Factor format, and preventing an American version until 2010. Fuller later filed another lawsuit in 2011, claiming that he had also been promised that he would be credited as an executive producer of The X Factor USA, but that SYCO, FremantleMedia, and Fox Broadcasting Company had failed to fulfill that promise; that lawsuit is pending. Unlike Idol, where the judges only critique the contestants' performances, on The X Factor each judge "mentors" the finalists in a particular category, aiding them with song selection and styling, while also participating together in judging the contestants of the other categories. As well as Idol, new singing show The Voice has become a rival show to The X Factor. The X Factor around the world: Joint version Regional version There have a total of 114 winners of The X Factor worldwide. The most recent winner is Peter Bažík from Slovakia. Country/Region Local title Network Winners Judges Hosts Albania, Kosovo, X Factor TV Klan, Website Season 1, 2012: Sheila Haxhiraj, Season 2, 2012-2013: Arilena Ara, Season 3, 2013-2014: Ergi Dini, Current, Pandi Laço, Alban Skënderaj, Altuna Sejdiu (2-), Soni Malaj (2-), Former, Vesa Luma (1), Juliana Pasha (1), Alketa Vejsiu, Arab world سير النجاح X, The X Factor: Essence of Success Rotana TV, Website Season 1, 2006: Rajaa Kasabni, Season 2, 2007: Muhammad El Majzoub, Khaled El Sheikh (1-2), Michel Elefteriades (1-2), Anoushka (1-2), Nelly (1-2), Joelle Rahme (Season 1-2), CBC (Season 3) Season 3, 2013: Mohammad El Rifi, Carole Samaha (3-), Elissa (3-), Hussain Al Jasmi (3-), Wael Kfoury (3-), Bassel Alzaro (3-), Yosra El Lozy (3-), Armenia ԻՔՍ-ՖԱԿՏՈՐ, X-Factor Shant TV, Website Season 1, 2010-2011: Vrezh Kirakosyan, Season 2, 2012-2013: Kim Grigoryan, Season 3, 2014: Current series, Current, Garik Baboyan, André (2-), Egor Glumov (1, 3-), Emmy (3-), Former, Naira Gyurjinyan (1-2), Gisane Palyan (1-2), Current, Grisha Aghakhanyan (3-), Former, Aram Mp3 (1-2), , Australia The X Factor Network Ten Series 1, 2005: Random, Kate Ceberano (1), Mark Holden (1), John Reid (1), Daniel MacPherson (1), Chloe Maxwell (The Xtra Factor, 1), Seven Network (2-), Website Series 2, 2010: Altiyan Childs, Series 3, 2011: Reece Mastin, Series 4, 2012: Samantha Jade, Series 5, 2013: Dami Im, Series 6, 2014: Upcoming Season, Current, Dannii Minogue (5-), Redfoo (5-), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (3-), Ronan Keating (2-), Former, Mel B (3-4), Guy Sebastian (2-4), Natalie Imbruglia (2), Kyle Sandilands (2), Current, Luke Jacobz (2-), Former, Natalie Garonzi (The Xtra Factor, 2), Belgium X Factor VTM, Website Season 1, 2005: Udo Mechels, Season 2, 2008: Dirk De Smet, Kris Wauters (1-2), Maurice Engelen (2), Do (2), Jean Blaute (1), Liliane Saint-Pierre (1), Hadise (2), Koen Wauters (1), Bulgaria X Factor NovaTv, Website Season 1, 2011: Raffi Boghosyan, Season 2, 2013: Zhana Bergendorff, Season 3, 2014: Upcoming Season, Current, Maria Ilieva, Lubo Kirov (2-), Sanya Armutlieva (2-), Zaky (2-), Former, Vasko Vasilev (1), Poli Genova (1), Maga (1), Current, Maria Ignatova (2-), Alexandra Raeva (2-), Former, Deo (1), Chile Factor X TVN, Website Season 1, 2011: Sergio Járlaz, Season 2, 2012: Juan Gabriel Valenzuela, Tito Beltrán, Karen Doggenweiler, Mon Laferte (2), José Luis Rodríguez (2), Zeta Bosio (1), Julián Elfenbein, China The X Factor: 激情唱响, The X Factor: Passionate Singer Liaoning TV Season 1, 2011: Li Shangshang, Season 2, 2012: Chen Yumeng, Angie Chai Chih-ping, Aduo, Chen Ming, Chen Yufan, Da Zuo, Shao Wenjie, The X Factor: 中国最强音, The X Factor: China's Strongest Voice Hunan TV Season 1, 2013: Zeng Yiming, Eason Chan Yik-shun, Lo Ta-yu, Zheng Jun, Zhang Ziyi, Zhu Dan, He Jiong, Colombia El Factor X, The X Factor RCN TV, Website Series 1, 2005: Julio César Meza, Series 2, 2006: Francisco Villarreal, Series 3, 2009: Siam, Marbelle, José Gaviria, Juan Carlos Coronel, Andrea Serna, El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas, The X Factor: Battle of the Stars Series 1, 2006: Luz Amparo Álvarez, El Factor Xs Season 1, 2006: Andres Camilo Hurtado, Season 2, 2007: Camilo Echeverry Correa, Season 3, 2011: Shaira Selena Peláez, Marbelle, José Gaviria, Juan Carlos Coronel (1, 3), Wilfrido Vargas (2), Czech Republic X Factor TV Nova, Website Season 1, 2008: Jiří Zonyga, Gabriela Osvaldová, Ondřej Soukup, Petr Janda, Leoš Mareš, Czech Republic, Slovakia X Factor Prima family, Website, TV JOJ, Website Season 1, 2014: Peter Bažík, Celeste Buckingham, Ondřej Brzobohatý, Sisa Sklovská, Oto Klempíř, Martin "Pyco" Rausch, Denmark X Factor DR, Website Season 1, 2008: Martin Hoberg Hedegaard, Season 2, 2009: Linda Andrews, Season 3, 2010: Thomas Ring Petersen, Season 4, 2011: Sarah Skaalum Jørgensen, Season 5, 2012: Ida Østergaard Madsen, Season 6, 2013: Chresten Falck Damborg, Season 7, 2014: Anthony & Jasmin, Current, Thomas Blachman (1-2, 4-), Lina Rafn (1-2, 7-), Former, Remee (1-3, 7-), Pernille Rosendahl (3-5), Soulshock (3), Cutfather (4-5), Ida Corr (6), Anne Linnet (6), Current, Eva Harlou (7-), Former, Emil Thorup (The Xtra Factor, 6), Signe Molde (6), Lise Rønne (1-2, 4-5), Signe Muusmann (3), Finland X Factor MTV3, Website Season 1, 2010: Elias Hämäläinen, Linda Brava, Renne Korppila, Gugi Kokljuschkin, Heikki Paasonen, Jukka Rossi (Xtra Factor), France, Wallonia, X Factor M6 (2), W9 (1), Website, RTL-TVI, Website Season 1, 2009: Sébastien Agius, Season 2, 2011: Matthew Raymond-Barker, Henry Padovani (2), Olivier Schultheis (2), Véronic DiCaire (2), Christophe Willem (2), Marc Cerrone (1), Julie Zenatti (1), Alain Lanty (1), Sandrine Corman (2), Jérôme Anthony (F@n Factor, 2), Alexandre Devoise (1), Germany X Factor VOX, Website Season 1, 2010: Edita Abdieski, Season 2, 2011: David Pfeffer, Season 3, 2012: Mrs. Greenbird, Sarah Connor (1-3), Sandra Nasic (3), HP Baxxter (3), Moses Pelham (3), Till Brönner (1-2), Das Bo (2), George Glueck (1), Jochen Schropp, Janin Reinhardt (Backstage), Greece, Cyprus, The X Factor ANT1, ANT1 Cyprus, Website Series 1, 2008-2009: Loukas Giorkas, Series 2, 2009-2010: Stavros Michalakakos, Series 3, 2010-2011: Haris Antoniou, George Levendis, Giorgos Theofanous, Katerina Gagaki, Nikos Mouratidis, Sakis Rouvas (Live shows), Giorgos Lianos (Auditions), Maria Sinatsaki (Auditions, 3), Despina Kampouri (Auditions, 1-2), Hungary X-Faktor RTL Klub, Website Series 1, 2010: Csaba Vastag, Series 2, 2011: Tibor Kocsis, Series 3, 2012: Gergő Oláh, Series 4, 2013: Dóra Danics, Series 5, 2014: Upcoming series, Current, Róbert Szikora (4-), Gabi Tóth (4-), Róbert Alföldi (4-), Former, Péter Geszti (1-4), Miklós Malek (1-3), Ildikó Keresztes (1-3), Feró Nagy (1-3), Current, Bence Istenes (4-), Former, Nóra Ördög (1-3), Sebestyén Balázs (1), Lilu (4), Iceland X Factor Stöð 2, Website Series 1, 2006: Jógvan Hansen, Einar Bárðarson, Elínborg Halldórsdóttir, Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir, India X Factor India Sony Entertainment TV, Website Season 1, 2011: Geet Sagar, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Aditya Narayan, Indonesia X Factor Indonesia RCTI, Website Season 1, 2012-2013: Fatin Shidqia, Season 2, 2014: Upcoming Season, Anggun, Ahmad Dhani, Bebi Romeo, Rossa, Robby Purba, Israel The X Factor ישראל, The X Factor Israel Channel 2 - Reshet, Website Season 1, 2013-2014: Rose Fostanes, Rami Fortis, Moshe Peretz, Ivri Lider, Shiri Maimon, Bar Refaeli, Italy X Factor Sky Uno (5-), Website, Rai 2 (1-4) Series 1, 2008: Aram Quartet, Series 2, 2008-2009: Matteo Becucci, Series 3, 2009: Marco Mengoni, Series 4, 2010: Nathalie, Series 5, 2011: Francesca Michielin, Series 6, 2012: Chiara Galiazzo, Series 7, 2013: Michele Bravi, Current, Morgan (1-3, 5-), Mika (7-), Victoria Cabello (8-), Fedez (8-), Former, Arisa (5-6), Mara Maionchi (1-4), Anna Tatangelo (4), Enrico Ruggeri (4), Claudia Mori (3), Simona Ventura (1-2, 5-7), Elio (4-7), Current, Alessandro Cattelan (5-), Matteo Bordone (Xtra Factor, 7-), Former, Francesco Facchinetti (1-4; Xtra Factor, 4), Alessandra Barzaghi (Xtra Factor, 4), Max Novaresi (Xtra Factor, 5-6), Brenda Lodigiani (Xtra Factor, 5-6), Japan, Okinawa X Factor Okinawa Japan Okinawa TV, Website Season 1, 2013-2014: Sky's the Limit, Kaz Utsunomiya, Rino Nakasone, Kiyoshi Matsuo, Jon Kabira, Naomi Watanabe, Kazakhstan X Factor Perviy Kanal Evraziya, Website Season 1, 2011: Dariya Gabdull, Season 2, 2012: Andrey Tikhonov, Season 3, 2013: Evgeniya Barysheva, Season 4, 2013: Kairat Kapanov, Current, Nagima Eskalieva, Alexander Shevchenko, Dilnaz Akhmadieva (4-), Former, Ismail Igіlmanov (1-2), Arnur Istybaev (2), Adil Liyan (1), Erlan Kokeev (3), Sultana Karazhigitova (1-2), Current, Arnur Istybaev (2-), Former, Adil Liyan (1), Lithuania X Faktorius TV3 Season 1, 2012-2013: Giedrė Vokietytė, Season 2, 2013-2014: Žygimantas Gečas, Current, Saulius Prūsaitis, Saulius Urbonavičius, Rūta Ščiogolevaitė, Marijonas Mikutavičius (2-), Former, Vytautas Šapranauskas (1), Current, Martynas Starkus (2-), Former, Marijonas Mikutavičius (1), Netherlands X Factor RTL 4, Website Season 1, 2007: Sharon Kips, Season 2, 2009: Lisa Hordijk, Season 3, 2010: Jaap van Reesema, Season 4, 2011: Rochelle Perts, Season 5, 2013: Haris Alagic, Season 6, 2014: Upcoming Season, Current, Angela Groothuizen (2-), Gordon Heuckeroth (2-), Ali Bouali (5-), Candy Dulfer (5-), Former, Eric van Tijn (2-4), Stacey Rookhuizen (2-4), Henkjan Smits (1), Marianne van Wijnkoop (1), Henk Temming (1), Current, Martijn Krabbe (2-), Ferry Doedens (Backstage, 5-), Former, Wendy van Dijk (1-4), Lieke van Lexmond (Backstage, 4), Nathalie Bulters (Backstage, 3), Eva Treurniet (Backstage, 3), New Zealand The X Factor TV3, Website Season 1, 2013: Jackie Thomas, Stan Walker, Daniel Bedingfield, Ruby Frost, Melanie Blatt, Dominic Bowden, Norway X Factor TV 2, Website Season 1, 2009: Chand Torsvik, Season 2, 2010: Hans Bollandsås, Jan Fredrik Karlsen, Elisabeth Andreassen (2), Marion Ravn (2), Klaus Sonstad (2), Mira Craig (1), Peter Peters (1), Ravi (2), Guri Solberg (2), Peter Moi Brubresko (Xtra Factor), Katarina Flatland (Xtra Factor), Charlotte Thorstvedt (1), Philippines The X Factor Philippines ABS-CBN, Website Season 1, 2012: KZ Tandingan, Charice, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Pilita Corrales, KC Concepcion, Poland X Factor TVN, Website Season 1, 2011: Gienek Loska, Season 2, 2012: Dawid Podsiadło, Season 3, 2013: Klaudia Gawor, Season 4, 2014: Current series, Current, Czesław Mozil, Kuba Wojewódzki, Tatiana Okupnik (2-), Ewa Farna (4-), Former, Maja Sablewska (1), Current, Patricia Kazadi (3-), Former, Jarosław Kuźniar (1-2), Portugal Factor X SIC Season 1, 2013-2014: Berg, Sónia Tavares, Paulo Junqueiro, Paulo Ventura, Bárbara Guimarães, João Manzarra, Carolina Torres (Factor Extra), Tiago Silva (Factor F), Romania X Factor Antena 1, Website Season 1, 2011-2012: Andrei Leonte, Season 2, 2012: Tudor Turcu, Season 3, 2013: Florin Ristei, Season 4, 2014: Upcoming series, Current, Delia Matache (2-), Horia Brenciu (4-), Stefan Banica Jr (4-), Former, Paula Seling (1), Mihai Morar (1), Adrian Sina (1), Dan Bittman (2-3), Cheloo (2-3), Răzvan Simion, Dani Oțil, Russia Секрет Успеха, Secret of Success RTR, Website Season 1, 2005: Vladimir Sapovskiy, Season 2, 2007: Nikolai Timohin, Valeriy Meladze, Valery Garkalin (2), Tigran Keosayan (2), Katerina Von Gechmen-Valdek (1), Aleksandr Revzin (1), Tutta Larsen, Aleksey Chumakov (1), Elena Vorobey (1), Фактор А, Faktor A Russia 1, Website Season 1, 2011: Sergei Savin, Season 2, 2012: Alexey Sulima, Season 3, 2013: Mali, Current, Lolita Milyavskaya, Roman Emelyanov, Igor Nikolayev (2-), Alla Pugacheva (Chairperson), Former, Boris Krasnov (1), Current, Philipp Kirkorov, Alexey Chumakov (2-), Former, Vladimir Zelenski (1), Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, X Factor Adria RTV Pink, Sitel TV Series 1, 2013-2014: Daniel Kajmakoski, Emina Jahović, Kristina Kovač, Kiki Lesendrić, Željko Joksimović, Ana Grubin (Live Shows), Bane Jevtić (Selection Process, Backstage), Sneže Velkov (Selection Process, Backstage), Una Senić (X Star, Judges' Houses), Slovenia X Faktor POP TV Season 1, 2012: Demetra Malalan, Damjan Damjanovič, Jadranka Juras, Aleš Uranjek, Peter Poles, Vid Valič, Spain Factor X Cuatro, Website Season 1, 2007: María Villalón, Season 2, 2008: Vocal Tempo, Miqui Puig, Jorge Flo, Eva Perales, Nuria Roca, Sweden X Factor TV4, Website Season 1, 2012: Awa Santesson-Sey, Andreas Carlsson, Marie Serneholt, Orup, Ison Glasgow, David Hellenius, Turkey X Factor: Star Isigi Kanal D, Website Season 1, 2014: Current series, Ziynet Sali, Emre Aydın, Ömer Karacan, Armağan Çağlayan, Kadir Doğulu, Ukraine The X Factor STB, Website Season 1, 2010-2011: Olexiy Kuznetsov, Season 2, 2011: Victor Romanchenko, Season 3, 2012: Aida Nikolaychuk, Season 4, 2013: Alexander Poryadinsky, Current, Igor Kondratyuk, Sergei Sosedov, Seryoga, Irina Dubcova (3-), Former, Yolka (1-2), Oksana Marchenko, United Kingdom The X Factor ITV, Website Series 1, 2004: Steve Brookstein, Series 2, 2005: Shayne Ward, Series 3, 2006: Leona Lewis, Series 4, 2007: Leon Jackson, Series 5, 2008: Alexandra Burke, Series 6, 2009: Joe McElderry, Series 7, 2010: Matt Cardle, Series 8, 2011: Little Mix, Series 9, 2012: James Arthur, Series 10, 2013: Sam Bailey, Series 11, 2014: Upcoming series, Current, Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell (1-7, 11-), Cheryl Cole (5-7, 11-), Former, Sharon Osbourne (1-4, 10), Brian Friedman (Auditions, 4), Dannii Minogue (4-7), Tulisa Contostavlos (8-9), Gary Barlow (8-10), Kelly Rowland (8), Nicole Scherzinger (9-10), Current, Dermot O'Leary (4-), Caroline Flack (The Xtra Factor, 8-), Matt Richardson (The Xtra Factor, 10-), Former, Kate Thornton (1-3), Olly Murs (The Xtra Factor, 8-9), Konnie Huq (The Xtra Factor, 7), Holly Willoughby (The Xtra Factor, 5-6), Fearne Cotton (The Xtra Factor, 4), Ben Shephard (The Xtra Factor, 1-3), The X Factor: Battle of the Stars Series 1, 2006: Lucy Benjamin, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Kate Thornton, United States The X Factor Fox, Website Season 1, 2011: Melanie Amaro, Season 2, 2012: Tate Stevens, Season 3, 2013: Alex & Sierra, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid (1-2), Demi Lovato (2-3), Paula Abdul (1), Cheryl Cole (Auditions, 1), Nicole Scherzinger (1), Britney Spears (2), Kelly Rowland (3), Paulina Rubio (3), Mario Lopez (2-3), Khloé Kardashian (2), Steve Jones (1), El Factor X, The X Factor MundoFox Season 1, 2013: Los Tres Charritos, Season 2, 2014: Upcoming season, Chino & Nacho, Paulina Rubio (2-), Thalía (2-), Angélica María (1), Belinda (1), Poncho de Anda, Vietnam The X Factor Vietnam, Nhân tố bí ẩn VTV3 Season 1, 2014: Current Season, Hồ Quỳnh Hương, Hồ Ngọc Hà, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng, Dương Khắc Linh, TBA, Note ^ Also shown in Republic of Ireland and in series 3, 4 and 7, auditions were held in Dublin, and viewers in Ireland were allowed to vote., ^ Auditions were held in Czech Republic. Czech Republic also broadcast and co-work with Slovakia., Disputes and controversies: Since it was first broadcast in 2004, The X Factor has been the subject of much controversy and criticism in the United Kingdom and many other countries where it was broadcast. Legal dispute: Simon Fuller, the creator of Pop Idol, claimed that the format of The X Factor was copied from his own show. Through his company 19 TV, Fuller filed a lawsuit against The X Factor producers FremantleMedia, The X Factor creator Simon Cowell, and Cowell's companies Simco and Syco. A High Court hearing began in London in November 2005, and the outcome was awaited with interest by media lawyers for its potential effect on the legal situation regarding the copyrighting of formats. However, the hearing was quickly adjourned and an out-of-court settlement was reached at the end of the month. Denmark: The Danish version has been criticised by Danish music contract expert and consultant for The Danish Musicians' Association (Dansk Musiker Forbund) Mikael Højris. According to Højris, the contracts for participation in the show are unfair for 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. United Kingdom: Celebrity versions: On May 29, 2006, ITV broadcast a celebrity version of The X Factor in the UK called The X Factor: Battle of the Stars. It was hosted by Kate Thornton and judged by Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. It was won by Lucy Benjamin. There has also been a celebrity version in Colombia, El factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas, broadcast in 2006. International versions: On 24 August 2013, a 24th anniversary television special was broadcast by RCTI in Indonesia called the X Factor Around the World. It featured winners and runners-up from versions of The X Factor in Indonesia, United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The judging panel comprised Paula Abdul, Anggun, Daniel Bedingfield, Ahmad Dhani and Louis Walsh. The show was purely a music showcase and no winner was announced.

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