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Presented by Eleri Sion
JudgesOwen Powell
Bethan Elfyn
Aled Haydn Jones
Huw Chiswell
Country of originWales
Original language(s)Welsh
No. of series3
Original network S4C
Picture format 16:9
Original release2003 
External links
Wawffactor Website

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It has now gained fame for contestant Duffy, now a major worldwide artist, who competed in the first series of the show, finishing second behind Lisa Pedrick.

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Contestants initially performed in front of a panel of four judges at one of several auditions held around the country. From these, ten people were chosen to progress to the studio heats where after performing each week, one contestant would be eliminated by decision of the judges until three remained. Then during the live final, one contestant would be eliminated by the judges after performing, and a public televote decided the winner. The prize was to record an album and music video.


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The winner of the initial series was Lisa Pedrick, who beat Aimée Duffy and Beth Williams in the final. Duffy would go on to release a UK No. 1 album and single in 2009, [2] as well as a self-titled Welsh extended play in 2004. The singer is now one of the world's biggest-selling singers, becoming the best selling artist of 2009 in the United Kingdom. She has enjoyed massive global chart success. The second series saw Rebecca Trehearn triumph over Francesca Hughes in the final. Lisa Haf Davies would have been the third finalist, but was forced to withdraw after contracting mumps. The third and final series was won by Einir Dafydd, who beat Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Nathan Whiteley.

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YearWinnerRunner-upThird finalistRef
2003/04Lisa Pedrick Aimée Duffy Beth Williams [2]
2005Rebecca TrehearnFrancesca Hughes [A] [3]
2006 Einir Dafydd Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Nathan Whiteley [4]

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