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 (2001-2003). It is 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 Idols 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 been a total of 123 winners of The X Factor worldwide. Country/Region Local title Network Winners Coaches Hosts Albania, Kosovo, X Factor TV Klan, Website Season 1, 2012: Sheila Haxhiraj, Season 2, 2012-13: Arilena Ara, Season 3, 2013-14: Ergi Dini, Season 4, 2015: Current season, Current, Pandi Laço, Alban Skënderaj, Miriam Cani (4-), Bleona Qereti (4-), Former, Vesa Luma (1), Juliana Pasha (1), Altuna Sejdiu (2-3), Soni Malaj (2-3), 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 (1-2), CBC 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-), MBC The X Factor MBC4 Season 1, 2015: TBA, Ragheb Alama (1-), Elissa (1-), Donia Samir Ghanem (1-), Armenia ԻՔՍ-ՖԱԿՏՈՐ, X-Factor Shant TV, Website Season 1, 2010-11: Vrezh Kirakosyan, Season 2, 2012-13: Kim Grigoryan, Season 3, 2014: Vahé Margaryan, Current, Garik Papoyan, 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, Mark Holden, John Reid, Daniel MacPherson, Chloe Maxwell (The Xtra Factor), 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: Marlisa Punzalan, Series 7, 2015: Upcoming series, Current, Ronan Keating (2-), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (3-), Dannii Minogue (5-), Former, Natalie Imbruglia (2), Kyle Sandilands (2), Guy Sebastian (2-4), Mel B (3-4), Redfoo (5-6), 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, 2014-15: Slavin Slavchev, Current, Maria Ilieva, Lubo Kirov (2-), Sanya Armutlieva (2-), Zaki (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 HBS: 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, 2012-13: Chresten Falck Damborg, Season 7, 2014: Anthony Jasmin, Season 8, 2015: Emilie Esther, Season 9, 2016: Upcoming Season, Current, Thomas Blachman (1-2, 4-), Lina Rafn (1-2, 7-), Remee (1-3, 7-), Former, Soulshock (3), Pernille Rosendahl (3-5), Cutfather (4-5), Ida Corr (6), Anne Linnet (6), Current, Eva Harlou (7-), Former, Lise Rønne (1-2, 4-5), Signe Muusmann (3), Signe Molde (6), Emil Thorup (Xtra Factor, 6), 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, Season 4, 2016: Upcoming season, , Current, Wolfgang Boss (4-), Natalie Horler (4-), Urs Bühler (4-), Cassandra Steen (4-), Former, Sarah Connor (1-3), Sandra Nasic (3), HP Baxxter (3), Moses Pelham (3), Till Brönner (1-2), Das Bo (2), George Glueck (1), Current, TBA, Former, Jochen Schropp (1-3), Janin Reinhardt (backstage(2)), Greece, Cyprus, The X Factor ANT1, ANT1 Cyprus, Website Series 1, 2008-09: Loukas Giorkas, Series 2, 2009-10: Stavros Michalakakos, Series 3, 2010-11: 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: Andrea Tóth, Current, Róbert Szikora (4-), Gabi Tóth (4-), Róbert Alföldi (4-), Gábor Szűcs (5-), 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, Series 2, 2015: Upcoming Series, Current, Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir (2-), Elínborg Halldórsdóttir (1-), Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson (1-), Former, Einar Bárðarson (1), Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir (1-), Linda Pétursdóttir (2-), 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, 2012-13: Fatin Shidqia, Season 2, 2015: Current Season, Current, Ahmad Dhani (1-), Bebi Romeo (1-), Rossa (1-), Afgan (2-), Former, Anggun (1), Robby Purba (1-), Israel The X Factor ישראל, The X Factor Israel Channel 2 - Reshet, Website Season 1, 2013-14: Rose Fostanes, Season 2, 2015: Upcoming season, 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, 2008-09: 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, Series 8, 2014: Lorenzo Fragola, Series 9, 2015: Upcoming season, Current, Morgan (1-3, 5-), Enrico Ruggeri (4, 9-), Victoria Cabello (8-), Fedez (8-), Former, Arisa (5-6), Mara Maionchi (1-4), Anna Tatangelo (4), Claudia Mori (3), Simona Ventura (1-2, 5-7), Elio (4-7), Mika (7-8), Current, Alessandro Cattelan (5-), Matteo Bordone (Xtra Factor, 7-), Mara Maionchi (Xtra Factor, 8-), 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, 2013-14: 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, Season 5, 2014: Evgeny Vyblov, 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, 2012-13: Giedrė Vokietytė, Season 2, 2013-14: 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 Reesema, Season 4, 2011: Rochelle Perts, Season 5, 2013: Haris Alagic, Season 6, 2015: 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 Series 1, 2013: Jackie Thomas, Series 2, 2015: Current series, Current, Stan Walker, Melanie Blatt, Natalie Bassingthwaighte liveshow 2-, Shelton Woolright liveshow 2-, Former, Daniel Bedingfield (1), Ruby Frost (1), Willy Moon (2), Natalia Kills (2), Current, Dominic Bowden, Guy Williams (The Xtra Factor, 2-), Sharyn Casey (The Xtra Factor, 2-), Clint Roberts (The Xtra Factor, 2-), Caito Potatoe aka Caitlin Davidson (The X Factor RAW, 2-), 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, Season 2, 2015: "Upcoming Season", 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: Artem Furman, 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, 2013-14: Berg, Season 2, 2014: Kika Kardoso, Sónia Tavares, Paulo Junqueiro, Paulo Ventura, Miguel Guedes (2), Current, João Manzarra, Cláudia Vieira (2), Carolina Torres (Factor Extra), Tiago Silva (Factor F), Former, Bárbara Guimarães (1), Romania X Factor Antena 1, Website Season 1, 2011-12: Andrei Leonte, Season 2, 2012: Tudor Turcu, Season 3, 2013: Florin Ristei, Season 4, 2014: Adina Răducan, Season 5, 2015: "Upcoming Season", Current, Delia Matache (2-), Horia Brenciu (4-), Ștefan Bănică, Jr. (4-), Former, Paula Seling (1), Mihai Morar (1), Adrian Sînă (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), Главная сцена, The Main Stage Russia 1, Website Walter Afanasieff, Zhanna Rozhdestvenskaya, Yuri Antonov, Sergey Chigrakov, Garik Martirosyan, Grigory Leps, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, X Factor Adria TV Sitel, Prva, RTL Televizija, RTRS (2015-), RTV Pink (2013 - 2014) Series 1, 2013-14: Daniel Kajmakoski, Series 2, 2015: Upcoming series, Current, Željko Joksimović (1-), Aleksandra Kovač (2-), Massimo Savić (2-), Tonči Huljić (2-), Former, Emina Jahović (1), Kiki Lesendrić (1), Kristina Kovač (1), , Current, Antonija Blaće (live shows), Aleksandar Radojičić (live shows), Snezana Velkov (selection process, backstage), Former, Ana Grubin (live Shows), Bane Jevtić (selection process, backstage), Una Senić , Slovenia X Faktor POP TV Season 1, 2012: Demetra Malalan, Damjan Damjanovič, Jadranka Juras, Aleš Uranjek, Peter Poles, Vid Valič, South Africa The X Factor SABC 1, Website Season 1, 2014: Upcoming series, Arno Carstens, Oskido, Zonke, Andile Ncube, Spain Factor X Cuatro Season 1, 2007: María Villalón, Season 2, 2008: Vocal Tempo, Season 3, 2015: Upcoming Season, Miqui Puig (1-2), Jorge Flo (1-2), Eva Perales (1-2), Nuria Roca (1-2), Sweden X Factor TV4, Website Season 1, 2012: Awa Santesson-Sey, Andreas Carlsson, Marie Serneholt, Orup, Ison Glasgow, David Hellenius, Turkey X Factor: Star Işığı Kanal D, Website Season 1, 2014: Halil Polat, Season 2, 2015: Discontinued, Current, Nigar Jamal (1-), Sinan Akçıl (1-), Atiye (1-), Nihat Odabaşı (1-), Former, Ziynet Sali (1), Emre Aydın (1), Ömer Karacan (1), Armağan Çağlayan (1), Current, Bülent Şakrak (1-), Former, Kadir Doğulu (1), Ukraine The X Factor STB, Website Season 1, 2010-11: Olexiy Kuznetsov, Season 2, 2011-12: Victor Romanchenko, Season 3, 2012-13: Aida Nikolaychuk, Season 4, 2013-14: Alexander Poryadinsky, Season 5, 2014-15: Dmitry Babak, Current, Igor Kondratyuk, Sergei Sosedov, Nino Katamadze (5-), Ivan Dorn (5-), Former, Yolka (1-2), Seryoga (1-4), Irina Dubcova (3-4), 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: Ben Haenow, Series 12, 2015: Upcoming Series, Current, Simon Cowell (1--7, 11--), Louis Walsh (1--), Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (5--7, 11--), Mel B (11--), Former, Sharon Osbourne (1--4, 10), Brian Friedman (auditions, 4), Dannii Minogue (4--7), Kelly Rowland (8), Gary Barlow (8--10), Nicole Scherzinger (9--10), Tulisa Contostavlos (8--9), Current, 'Emma Willis(The X Factor, 12--), Ben Haenow(The Xtra Factor, 12--), Former, Dermot O'Leary (The X Factor, 4--11), Sarah-Jane Crawford(The Xtra Factor, 11), Matt Richardson (The Xtra Factor, 10), Olly Murs (The Xtra Factor, 8--9), Caroline Flack (The Xtra Factor, 8--10; backstage, 10), 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), Kate Thornton (The X 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-), Paula Abdul (1), Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (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, Chino & Nacho, Angelica María, Belinda, Poncho de Anda, Vietnam The X Factor Vietnam, Nhân tố bí ẩn VTV3 Season 1, 2014: Giang Hồng Ngọc, Hồ Quỳnh Hương, Hồ Ngọc Hà, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng, Dương Khắc Linh, Nguyên Khang, Thu Thủy, 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. New Zealand: Natalia Kills outburst On the second series of The X Factor New Zealand, during the filming of the final judges' auditions session in December 2014, whilst giving feedback to busker Sally Faherty who sang Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You". Natalia Kills started off by accusing Faherty of having wallflower body language. Kills then said "Buskers often end up performing more to themselves than to the people around them because they go unappreciated for so long its as if the people around them think that they are invisible. You have the body language as you're trying to blend into the background behind you." The audience didn't appreciate what Kills had said and started booing her. Kills then said that Faherty was not invisible on the stage and that it was her time to change that. Judges Melanie Blatt and Stan Walker gave Faherty a "Yes", whilst Willy Moon (Husband of Natalia Kills) gave Faherty a "No". The pressure was on Natalia Kills (Willy Moons wife) to make the final decision. The crowd got involved trying to persuade Kills to put Faherty through. Kills then snapped at the audience saying "Stop, stop it right now, you're going to f... this for her". Despite her comments, Kills decided to put Faherty through to Bootcamp by giving her a "Yes". Some members of the audience (including children) were shocked at the outburst and walked out. A TV3 spokeswoman said both the network and Kills apologised for the incident. The incident was featured in the final audition episode, with the profanity bleeped out. Faherty was also heard using the F word backstage which was bleeped out. Shae Brider On the second series of The X Factor New Zealand, In the sixth audition show which aired on television on the 24th February 2015, convicted ex-prisoner Shae Brider auditioned and was put through to the boot camp round. In the episode Brider revealed that he had been involved in a 2004 murder in Wanganui and had served six years in prison for manslaughter. In reaction to criticism from the public and media, Mediaworks issued a statement saying that Brider's criminal record had been fully disclosed when he entered The X Factor and that the New Zealand justice system considers that Brider has paid his debt to society. Mediaworks also apologised for any distress the episode may have caused viewers. Brider later told media that he regretted appearing on the series and had not thought through the impact of his appearance. TV3 announced that the first two bootcamp episodes would start with an apology to Travers and her family. International The X Factor producers FremantleMedia Australia and Syco Entertainment discussed the situation with the show's producers, with a spokesperson for FreemantleMedia describing the inclusion of Brider on the show was "a very poor editorial decision" and that "a more rigid approval process" would ensure a similar situation would not happen in future. Natalia Kills'/Willy Moon abuses Joe Irvine During the first live show of The X Factor, after a performance by contestant Joe Irvine, Natalia Kills bullied and humiliated Irvine during the judges comments, stating that there was "a doppelganger in our midst". Kills went on to attack Irvine, calling him out on his apparent copying of Kills' husband, Willy Moon's hairstyle and dress sense. Kills deemed Irvine a "laughing stock", overtly "cheesy" and "disgusting". Moon continued the assault, stating Irvine was "like Norman Bates dressing up in his mothers clothing, it's just a little bit creepy". Viewer response to the comments was overwhelmingly negative, with some calling for Kills and Moon to be fired from the show mid-series, and others simply stating the comments to be disgusting themselves. A Facebook page demanding the two to be fired was set up on the 15th of March 2015, and within twelve hours had amassed over 50,000 likes. The incident led to criticism from the show's sponsors, franchise owner and fellow judges. A change.org petition asking TV3 to "Take Natalia Kills off XFactor", calling for the removal of only Natalia without mentioning her husband, had attracted 77,534 signatures. Moon and Kills were both fired from the show the day after the incident. United Kingdom: Celebrity versions: From 29 May - 5 June 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 actress Lucy Benjamin. There has also been a celebrity version in Colombia, El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas, also 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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