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Steve Jones (2011)
Khloé Kardashian (2012)
Mario Lopez (2012-2013)
Simon Cowell (2011-2013)
L.A. Reid (2011-2012)
Paula Abdul (2011)
Nicole Scherzinger (2011)
Cheryl Cole (2011)
Demi Lovato (2012-2013)
Britney Spears (2012)
Kelly Rowland (2013)
Paulina Rubio (2013)
FOX: 9/21/2011 – 12/19/2013
FremantleMedia North America
Syco Television

The X Factor was a formerly popular variety/talent competition show based on the British show of the same name created by American Idol judge Simon Cowell.


Aspiring singers compete against each other in an elimination competition as they vie for the grand prize: a recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. The competition is open to performers age 12 and above. Singers begin to competition in the auditioning phase, advance to the boot camp after which he judges collectively select 24 total acts with six acts in each of the four categories: (girls under 25; boys under 25; individuals over 25; and groups) Each judge is assigned to one of the groups to mentors and with the help of celebrity guests, each judge reduces their group to three acts. These 12 acts compete in the finals which are a series of two-episode live events during which the contestants perform on the first night and one competitor is sent home at the end of the second night. These live shows continue until one act remains.


International versions[]

The following are a list of countries that have aired their versions of The Factor including:

  • Albania
  • Arab World
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Finland
  • France (Wallonia)
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan (Okinawa)
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Republic of Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom (Country that originated the program)
  • Vietnam
  • West Africa


Based on the British show of the same name by Simon Cowell.


On May 8, 2011; Scherzinger and Welsh presenter Steve Jones were announced as co-hosts for the show. However, following the departure of Cole in season one, Scherzinger took her place as Jones became solo.


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