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ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London. It was launched in 1955 as Independent Television, under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority (ITA), to provide competition to BBC Television which had been established in 1932. ITV is the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would usually be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name.


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| distributor = Fremantle | first_aired = 4 September 2004 | last_aired = present | preceded_by = Pop Idol (2001–2003) | related = Got Talent (2006–) }} The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by British producer Simon Cowell and his company SYCOtv. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol (2001–2003), and has been adapted in various countries. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. [1] 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.

Fremantle is a British international television content and production/distribution subsidiary of Bertelsmann's RTL Group, founded in 2001, and evolved as Europe's largest TV, radio, and production company. Its world headquarters are located in London.

<i>Pop Idol</i> television series

Pop Idol was a British music competition television series created by Simon Fuller which ran on ITV from 2001 to 2003. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer in the UK based on viewer voting and participation. Two series were broadcast, one in 2001–2002 and a second in 2003. Pop Idol was subsequently put on an indefinite hiatus after series judge Simon Cowell announced the launch of The X Factor in the UK in April 2004.

<i>Got Talent</i> British television series

Got Talent is a British talent show TV format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell's SYCOtv company. It has spawned spin-offs in over 70 countries, in what is now referred to as the 'Got Talent' format, similar to that described by Fremantle of the Idol and The X Factor formats. Unlike those shows, Got Talent showcases several artistic disciplines in addition to singing. In April 2014, the format was named the world's most successful reality TV format ever by the Guinness World Records.

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 in the other categories. Not only Idol, but also new singing shows The Voice and All Together Now have become revivals and more popular in recent years.

<i>The Voice</i> (franchise) international television series franchise

The Voice is an international reality television singing competition franchise of Dutch origin. It is based on the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland, which was originally created by Dutch television producer John de Mol. Many other countries have adapted the format and begun airing their own versions since 2010. It has become a rival to the Idols franchise, Rising Star and The X Factor.

All Together Now is a reality television singing competition format created by British television production company Remarkable Television.

The X Factor around the world

Location of different franchises of The X Factor

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Location of different franchises of The X Factor
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  Joint version
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There have been a total of 98 winners of The X Factor worldwide.

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Country/RegionLocal titleNetworkHostsJudgesWinner
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X Factor TV Klan
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The X Factor
سير النجاحX
Rotana (1–2)
CBC (3)
MBC 4 (4)
Al-Emarat 1 (5)
Shant TV
  • Season 1, 2010–11: Vrezh Kirakosyan
  • Season 2, 2012–13: Kim Grigoryan
  • Season 3, 2014: Vahé Margaryan
  • Season 4, 2016–17: Edgar Ghandilyan
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia The X Factor Seven Network (2–8)
Network Ten (1)
X Factor Adria TV Sitel (1–2)
Federalna (1–2)
RTV Pink (1)
RTL Televizija (2)
Prva (2)
RTRS (2)
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Ana Grubin (live shows, 1)
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Bane Jevtić (1, Auditions, backstage, 1)
  • Flag of North Macedonia.svg Snezana Velkov (1, Auditions, backstage, 1)
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Una Senić (X Star, judges' houses, 1)
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Antonija Blaće (selection process, live shows, 2)
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Aleksandar Radojičić (selection process, live shows, 2)
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Nikolina Pišek (backstage, 2)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium X Factor vtm
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia Factor X Bolivia Red Uno
  • Season 1, 2018: Juan Lovera
  • Season 2, 2019: Current season
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil X Factor Band
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria X Factor NovaTv
  • Maria Ignatova (2–5)
  • Alexandra Raeva (2–5)
  • Deo (1)
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Factor X TVN
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China The X Factor: 激情唱响
The X Factor: Passionate Singer (1)

The X Factor: 中国最强音
The X Factor: China's Strongest Voice (2)

Liaoning TV (1)

HBS:Hunan TV (2)

  • Da Zuo (1)
  • Shao Wenjie (1)
  • Zhu Dan (2)
  • He Jiong (2)
  • Season 1, 2011: Li Shangshang
  • Season 2, 2012: Chen Yumeng
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia El Factor X
The X Factor
  • Marbelle
  • José Gaviria
  • Juan Carlos Coronel
El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars
  • Season 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
El Factor X Family
  • Season 1, 2015: Dúo Herencia
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic X Factor TV Nova
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
X Factor Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prima family
Flag of Slovakia.svg TV JOJ
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark X Factor Current
TV 2 (12–)
DR (1–11)
  • Current
  • Sofie Linde Ingversen (9–)
  • Rasmus Brohave (Z Factor, 12–)
  • Former
  • Eva Harlou (7–8)
  • Lise Rønne (1–2, 4–5)
  • Signe Muusmann (3)
  • Signe Molde (6)
  • Emil Thorup (Xtra Factor, 6)
  • Thomas Skov (X Factor Backstage, 8)
  • Joakim Ingversen (11 from 1st to 2nd live shows)
  • Joakim Ingversen (Ultra Factor, 9–11)
  • Jacob Riising (Ultra Factor, 11)
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Factor X Kids Ecuador Ecuavisa
  • Season 1, 2015: Celena Rosero
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland X Factor MTV3
  • Current
  • Heikki Paasonen (1)
  • Jukka Rossi (Xtra Factor, 1)
  • Ile Uusivuori (2)
  • Viivi Pumpanen (2)
X Factor Flag of France.svg W9 (1)
Flag of France.svg M6 (2)
Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Wallonia.svg RTL–TVI
X Factor Georgia
X ფაქტორი
Rustavi 2 (2014-2017)
Imedi TV (2018)
  • Gega Palavandishvili (1)
  • la Sukhitashvili (1)
  • Giorgi Kipshidze (2)
  • Ruska Makashvili (3–5)
  • Erekle Getsadze (3)
  • Vaniko Tarkhnishvili (4-5)
  • Season 1, 2014: Tornike Kipiani
  • Season 2, 2015: Giorgi Nakashidze
  • Season 3, 2016: Avto Abeslamidze
  • Season 4, 2017: Sandro Kurcxalidze
  • Season 5, 2018: Anri Guchmanidze
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Sky 1 (4)
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Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
The X Factor Current
Open TV (6–)
Omega (6–)
ANT1 (1–3)
Skai TV (4–5)
Sigma TV (4–5)
  • Current
  • Flag of Germany.svg Despina Vandi (6–)
  • Aris Makris (backstage, 6–)
  • Former
  • Sakis Rouvas (1–5)
  • Flag of Germany.svg Giorgos Lianos (auditions, 1–3)
  • Despina Kampouri (auditions, 1–2)
  • Maria Sinatsaki (auditions, 3)
  • Evangelia Aravani (backstage, 4–5)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary X-Faktor RTL Klub
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland X Factor Stöð 2
  • Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir (1)
Flag of India.svg  India X Factor India Sony Entertainment TV
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia X Factor Indonesia RCTI
  • Robby Purba (1–2)
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel The X Factor ישראל
The X Factor Israel
Reshet 13 (3–)
Channel 2 (1–2)
Reshet (1–2)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy X Factor Current
Sky Uno (5–)
TV8 (10–)
Rai 2 (1–4)


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X Factor Okinawa Japan Okinawa TV
  • Season 1, 2013–14: Sky's the Limit
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  • Current
  • Daniyar Dzumadilov
  • Former
  • Adil Liyan (1)
  • Arnur Istybaev (2–6)
  • Current
  • Nagima Eskalieva
  • Nurbergen Makhambetov (5 from live–)
  • Dilnaz Akhmadieva (4–5, until live, 7)
  • Former
  • Alexander Shevchenko (1–5)
  • Sultana Karazhigitova (1–2, until live)
  • Ismail Igіlmanov (2, from live)
  • Erlan Kokeev (3)
  • Eva Becher (6)
  • 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
  • Season 6, 2015: Astana Kargabay
  • Season 7, 2018: Dilnura Birzhanova
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia X Faktors TV3
  • Season 1, 2017: Artūrs Gruzdiņš
  • Season 2, 2018: Flag of Belarus.svg Kattie
  • Season 3, 2019: Upcoming season
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania X Faktorius TV3
  • Season 1, 2012–13: Giedrė Vokietytė
  • Season 2, 2013–14: Žygimantas Gečas
  • Season 3, 2015–16: Monika Pundziūtė
  • Season 4, 2016–17: Iglė Bernotaitytė
  • Season 5, 2017–18: 120
  • Season 6, 2018–19: Good Time Boys
  • Season 7, 2019–20: Upcoming season
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta X Factor Malta TVM [2]
  • Ben Camille
  • Howard Keith Debono
  • Ray Mercieca
  • Alexandra Alden
  • Ira Losco
  • Season 1, 2018–19: Michela Pace
  • Season 2, 2019–20: Upcoming season
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar The X Factor Myanmar MRTV 4
  • Zaw Htet (1)
  • Hmu Thiha Thu (2)
  • Si Thu Lwin (1–2)
  • Nge Nge (1–2)
  • Eaint Chit (1)
  • Za War (1–2)
  • Zam Nuu (2)
  • Season 1, 2016: Htun Naung Sint
  • Season 2, 2017: David Derrick
  • Season 3, 2018: TBD
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands X Factor RTL 4
  • Wendy van Dijk (1–4)
  • Martijn Krabbe (2–5)
  • Nathalie Bulters (Backstage, 3)
  • Eva Treurniet (Backstage, 3)
  • Lieke van Lexmond (Backstage, 4)
  • Ferry Doedens (Backstage, 5)
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  • Ravi (2)
  • Guri Solberg (2)
  • Peter Moi Brubresko (Xtra Factor)
  • Katarina Flatland (Xtra Factor)
  • Flag of Germany.svg Charlotte Thorstvedt (1)
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Flag of Poland.svg  Poland X Factor TVN
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Factor X SIC
  • Season 1, 2013–14: Berg
  • Season 2, 2014: Flag of Mozambique.svg Kika Kardoso
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania X Factor Antena 1
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Секрет успеха
Secret of Success (1–2)
Фактор А
The A Factor (3–5)
Главная сцена
The Main Stage (6–7)
RTR (1–2)
Russia 1 (3–7)
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia X Faktor POP TV
  • Damjan Damjanovič
  • Jadranka Juras
  • Aleš Uranjek
  • Season 1, 2012: Demetra Malalan
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa The X Factor SA SABC 1
  • Andile Ncube
  • Season 1, 2015: FOUR
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Factor X Cuatro (1–2) [4]
Telecinco (3–)
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Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand The X Factor Thailand Workpoint TV
  • Season 1, 2017: Slow
  • Season 2, 2019: TBD
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey X Factor: Star Işığı Kanal D
  • Season 1, 2014: Cancelled
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The X Factor: All Stars
  • Series 1, 2019: Upcoming Season
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El Factor X
The X Factor
(Spanish Kids version)
  • Season 1, 2013: Los Tres Charritos
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Nhân tố bí ẩn
  • Current
  • Thành Trung (2–)
  • Gil Lê (2–)
  • Former
  • Nguyên Khang
  • Thu Thủy
  • Season 1, 2014: Giang Hồng Ngọc
  • Season 2, 2016: Trần Minh Như
  • Season 3, 2018: TBD
West Africa

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X Factor AIT, NTA,
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  1. ^ Also shown in Republic of Ireland and in series 3, 4, 7 and 13 auditions were held in Dublin, and viewers in Ireland were allowed to vote. The UK version of The X Factor is also shown in Malta on channel TVM.

Celebrity versions

From 29 May to 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. In late 2019 there might be a celebrity version of the show, in the UK on ITV. More info on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

<i>The X Factor: Battle of the Stars</i> British television series

The X Factor: Battle of the Stars is a UK celebrity special edition of The X Factor, which screened on ITV, started on 29 May 2006 and lasting for eight consecutive nights. Pop Idol was meant to air in its place as Celebrity Pop Idol but was stopped shortly before transmission, when ITV picked The X Factor over it.

Kate Thornton television presenter

Kate Thornton is an English journalist and television presenter, best known as the first presenter of The X Factor (2004–2006) and for presenting daytime shows including Loose Women (2009–2011) and This Morning (2009–2012). In 2010, she co-presented the first series of 71 Degrees North alongside Gethin Jones.

Simon Cowell English reality television judge, television producer and music executive

Simon Phillip Cowell is an English television music and talent show judge, businessman, A&R executive, talent manager, television producer, and entrepreneur. He has judged on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Cowell is the principal, founder and chief executive of the British entertainment company Syco.

See also

Popstars was an international reality television franchise aimed to find new singing talent. Serving as a precursor to the Idol franchise, Popstars first began in New Zealand in 1999 when producer Jonathan Dowling formed the girl group TrueBliss. Despite all shows in the Popstars franchise having been cancelled, it remains one of the most successful TV show formats of all time with the format being sold to more than 50 countries. The show was the inspiration for Simon Fuller's Idols franchise.

<i>Fame Academy</i> television series

Fame Academy is a British television talent competition to search for and educate new musical talents. The winner received a chance to become a successful music artist and part of the international franchise Star Academy known under various titles in various countries.

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<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 3) season of the UK television series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The third series was broadcast on ITV from 19 August 2006 until 16 December 2006. Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell all returned for their third series on the judging panel. Kate Thornton returned to present the main show on ITV, while Ben Shephard returned to present spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2. After the semi-final on 9 December, Cowell became the winning judge even though the series had not yet finished, as two of his acts, Ray Quinn and Leona Lewis, became the two finalists. Lewis won the series on 16 December, with Quinn finishing as runner-up.

<i>Britains Got Talent</i> British television talent show

Britain's Got Talent is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Presented by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, it is produced by both Thames and Syco Entertainment, distributed by Fremantle, and broadcast on ITV every year in late Spring to early Summer. The show premiered on 9 June 2007, after its initially planned premiere in 2005 was scrapped and production suspended, following a dispute between the broadcaster and Paul O'Grady, the originally planned host for the programme.

Syco British entertainment company

Syco Entertainment, often known simply as Syco, is a British entertainment company established by British entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, and currently owned by Sony. The company operates a record label, talent agency, film, music, and television production company, as well as a music publishing house. It operates a global joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment focused on the production and marketing of music, television, film and digital content. It employs a staff of more than 50 in offices in London and Los Angeles, and manages a string of high-profile television and music brands through partnerships with the label Sony Music and the television production company, Fremantle.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British TV series) British reality television music competition

The X Factor is a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent. The contestants are aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began broadcasting on 4 September 2004 with 445 episodes broadcast over fifteen series as of 2 December 2018. The show is produced by Fremantle's Thames and Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment. It is broadcast on the ITV network in the UK and simulcast on Virgin Media One in Ireland. "X Factor" refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. The series consists of auditions, bootcamp, judges' houses, several weeks of live shows, semi-finals and the final. The first three series were presented by Kate Thornton. Since series four, with the exception of series twelve, the show has been presented by Dermot O'Leary. The X Factor previously had a spin-off behind-the-scenes show called The Xtra Factor, which aired directly after the main show on ITV2. This lasted for the first thirteen series, but was cancelled by ITV in January 2017. It was replaced by an online spin-off show Xtra Bites exclusively on the ITV Hub.

<i>Pop Idol</i> (series 1) season of television series

The first series of British reality television show Pop Idol was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom during the winter months of 2001 and 2002. The show was a singing competition open to people aged between 16 and 26 years old, with the winner receiving a £1 million recording contract to release their debut album. Pop Idol received ratings of as high as 10 million viewers for shows before the live final.

<i>Popstars</i> (British TV series)

Popstars was a short-lived reality music talent show that was broadcast on ITV in early 2001. It was the first UK series of the international Popstars franchise, and was billed as a documentary on the formation of a modern pop group. The programme began with audition rounds of aspiring singers performing covers of classic songs before a panel of judges. The best performers were selected to come to London for further rounds of auditions. Over the weeks, the judges eliminated various singers from the auditions until just a few singers were left in contention. In the final weeks, five contestants were chosen by the judges to form the new pop groups Hear'Say. Girls Aloud. The programme then showed the group recording and promoting their first single, documenting their first ventures into the music industry.

The X Factor in the UK has been subject to much controversy and criticism since its launch. As of December 2017, there have been a total of fourteen completed series of the show broadcast on the ITV network.

<i>The X Factor</i> (American TV series) Former American television series

The X Factor is an American reality television music competition show created by Simon Cowell and produced by FremantleMedia North America and SYCOtv, a partnership between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, which aired on Fox. Based on the original UK show, and an addition to The X Factor franchise, the series found new singing talent, drawn from public auditions, and they competed against each other for votes. The winner is determined by the show's viewers via telephone, the Internet, and SMS text voting, and is awarded a recording contract with Cowell's record label Syco Music, worth $5 million in seasons one and two, and $1 million in season three. America voted for the following winners: Melanie Amaro, Tate Stevens, and Alex & Sierra, respectively.

<i>X Factor Indonesia</i> television series

The X Factor Indonesia is an Indonesian reality television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public audition. The show that was adopted from the British The X Factor with the show is produced by FremantleMedia and Cowell's production company Syco. It is broadcast on the RCTI. In 2014, X Factor Indonesia won the Panasonic Gobel Awards for the category Talent and Best Reality Show.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 11) season of television series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eleventh series began airing on ITV on 30 August 2014 and finished on 14 December 2014. Dermot O'Leary presented his eighth series of the main show on ITV and Sarah-Jane Crawford presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson. Louis Walsh was the only judge from series 10 to return and was joined by former judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, and new judge Mel B. Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger left after series 10. Former judge Tulisa returned as a guest judge for the final on 13 December due to Mel B being ill. The series also saw the lower age limit decreased from 16 to 14, as it was in series 4 and 5. This was Walsh's final series as a judge before returning in series 13. It was also the only series in which Mel B was a main judge. It was O'Leary's final series as presenter on the main show, as he announced on 27 March 2015 that he was leaving to pursue other projects, before returning in series 13. On 11 May, Crawford also confirmed via Twitter that she would leave her position as The Xtra Factor presenter.

<i>The X Factor</i> (British series 12) season of television series

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The twelfth series began airing on ITV on 29 August 2015 and ended on 13 December 2015. The judges were Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who returned for their respective ninth and fifth series as judges, series 9 guest judge and former The Voice UK coach Rita Ora, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, with Grimshaw and Ora replacing Louis Walsh, the only judge who had been on the show from its inception in 2004, and Mel B. It was presented by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, who had both previously co-presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2 and replaced Dermot O'Leary, who left after eight series. Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom presented The Xtra Factor, replacing Sarah-Jane Crawford. Louisa Johnson was announced as the winner on 13 December 2015, making Ora the winning mentor.

X Factor Malta is the Maltese version of the British television music competition The X Factor, created by Simon Cowell. The season premiered on 7 October 2018 and is broadcast on Television Malta. The show was used as the platform for the selection of Malta's entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, and the winner will also secure a record contract with Sony Music Italy.


  1. Described as "something you can't quite put your finger on" by Cheryl Cole, a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, The Xtra Factor, 23 November 2009
  2. "The X Factor Malta minn Ottubru - TVM".
  3. "Mihai Bendeac și Vlad Drăgulin, prezentatorii noului sezon X Factor". A1.RO.
  4. "Factor X". Cuatro. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009.