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X Factor (Dutch TV series)

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Created by
Simon Cowell

X (Dutch

Original language(s)

Country of origin

Voices of
Jeroen Nieuwenhuize

Presented by
Wendy van Dijk (2008-2011) Martijn Krabbe (2009–2013)

Gordon Heuckeroth (2009-2013) Angela Groothuizen (2009-2013) Ali Bouali (2013) Candy Dulfer (2013) Henkjan Smits Marianne van Wijnkoop Henk Temming Eric van Tijn Stacey Rookhuizen

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X Factor is a Dutch television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions. It is shown Friday evenings on the RTL4 Network in the Netherlands. The first series of the show aired from October 2006 through to February 2007, while the second series of the show aired from January through to May 2009. The show is produced by Blue Circle and is currently sponsored by Fiat. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality.


X Factor replaced the highly successful Idols, which was put on indefinite hiatus after its third and fourth series.

In the initial televised audition phase of the show, contestants sing in front of the X Factor judges in the hope of getting through to the "boot camp". After a further selection process, the judges are each given a category to mentor and the chosen finalists then progress to the second phase of the competition in which the public vote on live performances. The current judges are: Pop singer and television host Gordon Heuckeroth, former Dolly Dots member Angela Groothuizen, Rapper Ali Bouali and Alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer.

The first series of X Factor began in October 2006 and ran to February 2007. It was not as popular as Idols. It was won by Sharon Kips. The second series, running from January to May 2009, was more successful. It was won by Lisa Hordijk. The third series was won by Jaap van Reesema. Rochelle Perts won the fourth series. The fifth series was won by Haris Alagic.

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The show is primarily concerned with identifying singing talent, through appearance, personality, stage presence and dance routines are also an important element of many performances. The single most important attribute that the judges are seeking, however, is the ability to appeal to a mass market of pop fans.

For the first series the competition was split into three categories: Solo Singers aged 15–25, Solo Singers aged 26 and over, and Vocal Groups (including duos). After the first series, the 15 to 25 category was split into separate male and female sections, making four categories in all: 15–25 males ("Boys"), 15–25 females ("Girls"), Over 26s, and Groups.

There are five stages to the X Factor competition:

  • Stage 1: Producers' auditions (these auditions decide who will sing in front of the judges)
  • Stage 2: Judges' auditions
  • Stage 3: X Campus
  • Stage 4: Visits to judges' houses
  • Stage 5: Live shows (finals)
  • Series summary

    To date, four series have been broadcast, as summarised below.

         Contestant in "Boys" category
         Contestant in "Girls" category
         Contestant in "15-25s" category
         Contestant in "Over 26s" category
         Contestant in "Groups" category

    Judges' categories and their finalists

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


         – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold.

    X Factor 1 (2007)

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    X Factor 2 (2009)

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    X Factor 3 (2010)

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    *1 Gordon didn't attend the 7th live show so Edsillia Rombley replaced him. Therefore, Edsillia was the one who cast the vote for him.

    X Factor 4 (2011)

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  • ^1 Rookhuizen was not required to vote because Heuckenroth and Groothuizen had already voted to eliminate Tania Christopher.
  • ^2 Heuckenroth was not present at this show because of De Toppers In Concert, in this show Heuckenroth was replaced by Ruud de Wild. De Wild voted to eliminate Pyke Pos.
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    Dutch X Factor Trivia, disputes and controversies

    In May 2010, X Factor judge, and popular Dutch singer Gordon decided to vote off popular candidate Sumera Espinel Martinez when she landed in the Bottom Two, explaining that he did not like her facial expressions. She was a Dutch audience favourite. In the official X Factor rules, the role of the jury is to ensure that any exceptional singing talents make it through, judging solely on the voice quality of the contesters. Gordon had voted off Sumera Espinel Martinez because he felt her facial expressions (he perceived them as being too arrogant) were not fitting for a potential winner, as his own personal judgment. This was in contradiction to the X Factor rules, because the jury may not vote anyone off because of their appearance.

    Sumera countered Gordon's criticism, by explaining that she had been criticized for being too humble and a bit insecure, and so, that "[she had been asked] to be secure and confident, which is what [she] did."

    Sumera Espinel Martinez had received a great majority of the votes, in comparison to her fellow Bottom Two contestant Kelvin. Gordon's voting off of Sumera heaved great controversy among viewers; various petitions were created boycotting the show, and criticizing its format. In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Gordon was quoted as saying she was too Nederland 3 (meaning that she was too arrogant). An initial article about the controversy was published on the Dutch MSN, at first in a fairly neutral light, but later edited in Gordon's favor. [1]

    In the following episode, Gordon could not participate for one show because he was giving a concert with his group, De Toppers in the Amsterdam ArenA. Edsilia Rombley was asked as guest judge/coach for him, in this episode. His last remaining act, BadBoyz was voted off on this episode. As a consequence, Gordon threatened to leave X Factor. He later explained however, that, "it was not the elimination of BadBoyz, but the jury's criticisms that caused me to reconsider my job. I will attend the show on Friday unless something else comes up."

    According to De Telegraaf, Gordon has sent his driver to the X Factor studio, to withdraw his colleagues' invitations for De Toppers in Concert. "They are not welcome at my De Toppers concert at the Arena. I haven’t licked my wounds yet, and they've simply taken revenge on my BadBoyz act. I find it shameful!" He was particularly angered at the remarks of Stacey Rookhuizen. "It does not make any sense to me, that Boy and J-Me [the two members of the BadBoyz] looked homosexual; this has nothing to do with their ability as artists. They were merely mocking my sexual orientation!" [2]

    At the start of the show following the controversy, hosts Wendy and Martijn clearly remarked that Gordon's absence had nothing to do with Sumera's elimination. Following the BadBoyz' elimination, Wendy van Dijk further remarked that "the boys were better off getting a hug from [guest judge/coach] Edsilia Rombley, than from Gordon."

    Gordon reportedly sent an email to the administration of RTL, with his criticisms of the way the BadBoyz' elimination was handled. The email supposedly included criticisms of all jury members, as well as hosts Wendy van Dijk and Martijn Krabbé. The exact content of the email was not released to the public. [3]

    Henkjan Smits, famous for himself being a previous X-Factor and Idols judge, remarked that he found this year's candidates "below average." He was concerned that all those with potential had been sent home by the jury prematurely, due to the coach/judging system. Smits had always been critical of the X-Factor "formula."

    Henkjan Smits: The Jury is insulted if I say that this year's talent isn’t that great, but I'm simply a viewer now. The start of this season was so promising, but it ended very disappointing," he was quoted as saying to Veronica Magazine. [4]


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