The X Factor (Greek TV series)

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The X Factor
Genre Interactive reality talent show
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Sakis Rouvas (1–5)
Despina Vandi (6–)
Giorgos Lianos (1–3, auditions)
Despina Kampouri (1–2, auditions)
Maria Sinatsaki (3, auditions)
Evangelia Aravani (4–5, backstage)
TBA (6–, backstage)
Judges Giorgos Theofanous (1–4)
George Levendis (1–3)
Katerina Gagaki (1–3)
Nikos Mouratidis (1–3)
Tamta (4–5)
Peggy Zina (4)
Thodoris Marantinis (4)
Babis Stokas (5)
Giorgos Papadopoulos (5)
Giorgos Mazonakis (5)
TBA (6–)
TBA (6–)
TBA (6–)
TBA (6–)
Country of origin Greece & Cyprus
Original language(s) Greek
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 96
Producer(s) Open TV
Original network ANT1 (1-3)
Skai TV (4-5)
Sigma TV (4-5)
Open TV (6-)
Omega (6-)
Picture format 16:9
Original release Original series:
4 October 2008 – 11 February 2011
Revival series:
4 April 2016 – 20 July 2017
Second Revival seris:
2019 – Upcoming

The X Factor is the Greek version of The X Factor, a show originating in the United Kingdom. It is a television music talent show contested by aspiring pop singers drawn from public auditions.

Auditions are held in Greece in the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as in Cyprus in the city of Nicosia. Auditions for the third X Factor were also held in New York City. Applicants from the Greek diaspora are also accepted.

The show was broadcast live in Greece and Cyprus, as well as abroad via ANT1's international stations, for the first three seasons. For the fourth and fifth season was broadcast live in Greece via Skai TV and in Cyprus via Sigma TV. From sixth season is broadcast live in Greece via Open TV and in Cyprus via Omega.[1]

The winners of the show are: in the 1st season is Loukas Giorkas, in 2nd is Stavros Michalakakos, in 3rd is Harry Antoniou, in 4th is Andreas Leontas, and in 5th is Panagiotis Koufogiannis.


There are four stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: Auditions
  • Stage 2: Bootcamp
  • Stage 3: Judges Houses (Series 1–3)
  • Stage 3: Four-Chair Challenge (Series 4–5)
  • Stage 4: Live Shows (Finals)

Series overview

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

     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Boys" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Girls" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Groups" category
     Contestant in (or mentor of) "Over 25s" category

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Presenter Co-Host Main judges Network
One 4 October 2008 30 January 2009 Loukas Giorkas Nikolas Metaxas Triimitonio Katerina Gagaki Sakis Rouvas Giorgos Lianos
Despina Kampouri
Nikos Mouratidis
Giorgos Theofanous
Katerina Gagaki
George Levendis
Two 2 October 2009 12 February 2010 Stavros Michalakakos Nini Shermadini 48 Ores Nikos Mouratidis
Three 10 October 2010 11 February 2011 Haris Antoniou Alexandros Notas Nikki Ponte George Levendis Giorgos Lianos
Maria Sinatsaki
Four 4 April 2016 8 July 2016 Andreas Leontas Ian Stratis Stereo Soul Giorgos Theofanous Evangelia Aravani Giorgos Theofanous
Peggy Zina
Thodoris Marantinis
Skai TV
Sigma TV
Five 27 April 2017 20 July 2017 Panagiotis Koufogiannis Soula Evagelou Dee Vibes Giorgos Mazonakis Tamta
Babis Stokas
Giorgos Papadopoulos
Giorgos Mazonakis
Six 2019 TBD TBA Despina Vandi TBA TBA
Open TV

Judges' categories and their finalists


     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, other contestants in small font.
Series Nikos Mouratidis Giorgos Theofanous Katerina Gagaki George Levendis
1 Over 25s
Kelly Kaltsi
Konstantinos Tsimouris
Giorgos Klakoumanos
Vasiliki Tsiomi
Kokkina Halia
Juke Box
Boys 16-24s
Loukas Giorkas
Nikolas Metaxas
Louis Georgiou
Christos Kalliatsas
Girls 16-24s
Ioanna Protopappa
Eirini Papadopoulou
Polyxeni Bifsa
Anthi Simiou
2 Boys 16-24s
Stavros Michalakakos
Hovig Demirjian
Dimitris Maniatis
Girls 16-24s
Nini Shermadini
Ivi Adamou
Eleftheria Eleftheriou
Giouli Tassou
Over 25s
Eleni Alexandri
Polina Christodoulou
Elena Andreou
Harikleia Charitsavvidou
48 Ores
Pale Faces
360 Moires
3 Over 25s
Alexandros Notas
Grigoris Georgiou
Elena Anagiotou
Patrick Guibert
The Burning Sticks
Tik Tok
Girls 16-24s
Nikki Ponte
Maria Katikaridou
Kirki Katsarou
Elena Georgiou
Boys 16-24
Haris Antoniou
Dimitris Theodorakoglou
Kostantinos Anastasiadis
Alexis Zafeirakis
4 Peggy Zina Giorgos Theofanous Tamta Thodoris Marantinis
Over 25s
Alexandros Pitsanis
Pilatos Kounatidis
Giorgos Stefanou
Boys 16-24
Andreas Leontas
Ian Stratis
Antonis Fokas
Giorgos Papanastasiou
Girls 16-24
Tania Breazou
Christiana Mpounia
Christina Zanti
Eleni Koskina
Stereo Soul
Aftoi & Afti
5 Babis Stokas Giorgos Papadopoulos Tamta Giorgos Mazonakis
Dee Vibes
Coda Project
Human Factory
Girls 16-24
Soula Evagelou
Thalia Tsiatini
Marianna Plachoura
Kassiani Dalia
Boys 16-24
Konstantinos Notas
Alexandros Sagouris
Savas Savidis
Angelos Provelegiadis
Over 25s
Panagiotis Koufogiannis
Vasilis Porfyrakis
Marianna Georgiadou
Alexandra Matsi

Series overview

Series 1 (2008–2009)

The first series of the Greek X Factor started airing in October 2008 on ANT1 and was hosted by singer Sakis Rouvas. The judges were Giorgos Levendis, songwriter Giorgos Theofanous, marketing executive of ANT1 TV, Katerina Gagaki and music critic Nikos Mouratidis.

The winner of the 1st X-Factor was Loukas Giorkas, who released his debut EP album on September 2009.

Series 2 (2009–2010)

A second series of X Factor was broadcated by ANT1 TV. The live shows debuted on October 30. The host and the judges remain the same as in the first series.The winner of the 2nd X-Factor was Stavros Michalakakos.

Series 3 (2010–2011)

A third season of X Factor was broadcast from October 2010 to February 2011. The third series of X Factor was won by Greek-Cypriot Haris Antoniou. The program was broadcast by ANT1 TV and the host and the judges remained the same as the previous year.

Series 4 (2016)

A fourth season of X Factor was broadcast from 4 April to 8 July 2016 on Skai TV. The host Sakis Rouvas remained with Evaggelia Aravani in backstage. Giorgos Theofanous remained from the judges of the past seasons with Peggy Zina, Tamta and Thodoris Marantinis from Onirama being the new judges. The winner of this series was Andreas Leontas from Cyprus.

Series 5 (2017)

A fifth season of X Factor was broadcast from April 27 to July 20, 2017 on Skai TV. The host Sakis Rouvas remained with Evaggelia Aravani in backstage. Tamta remained from the judges of the past seasons with Giorgos Mazonakis, Giorgos Papadopoulos and Babis Stokas being the new judges. The winner of this series was Panagiotis Koufogiannis from Cyprus.

Series 6 (2019)

A sixth season of X Factor will begin broadcast from January 2019 on Open TV.

See also

External links

  • Official Website


  1. ^ "To ήθελε ο ΑΝΤ1, αλλά το πήρε το..." TV Nea. March 13, 2018.
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