X Faktor (Slovenian TV series)

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X Factor
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Peter Poles
Vid Valič
Judges Damjan Damjanovič
Jadranka Juras
Aleš Uranjek
Country of origin Slovenia
Original language(s) Slovenian
No. of seasons 1 (finished)
No. of episodes 15
Production location(s) Bigger Slovenian cities
Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Austrian Trend Hotel, Ljubljana
Kristalna palača, Ljubljana
La Subide, Italy
Mokrice Castle
Hotel Palace, Portorož, Portorož
PRO PLUS studio, Ljubljana
Running time 18 March 2012 – 24 June 2012
Production company(s) FremantleMedia Australia
Original network POP TV
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 18 March – 24 June 2012 (1st season)
Related shows The X Factor (UK)
The X Factor (U.S.)

Slovenian commercial TV channel POP TV had begun the new format of reality shows in Slovenia. After two successful seasons of Slovenija ima talent (Slovenian version of the Talent show Got Talent), and due to huge viewership, POP TV aired a new version of singing competition reality show - called X Faktor (Slovenian version of reality show X Factor). Anyone who was at least 14 years old could join alone, or in a group.

Judges' categories and their finalists

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


     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.
Season Jadranka Juras Aleš Uranjek Damjan Damjanovič
One Adults
Matija Jahn
Ana Soklič
Gašper Mihelič
Demetra Malalan
Alma Merklin
Ajda Kovačič

1st. season


Damjan Damjanovič - Slovenian Philharmony principal

Jadranka Juras - Slovenian singer

Aleš Uranjek - member of the former Šank Rock music group

Producer`s auditions (Avdicija)

Auditions for the first season of X Factor had taken place from 14 to 29 January 2012 in the biggest Slovenian cities across the country. There, the producers of the show chose the candidates which were good enough to take part in the next step of the competition - Judges`s auditions (Avdicija pred žirijo).

Dates of Producer`s auditions

City Date
Maribor 14 January 2012
Portorož 15 January 2012
Kranj 21 January 2012
Celje 22 January 2012
Novo Mesto 24 January 2012
Ljubljana 28–29 January


Judges`s auditions (Avdicija pred žirijo)

The judges auditions of the candidates who had convinced the producers that they could sing, were held in the Kino Šiška complex in Ljubljana, in front of am audience. After the singing, each judge commented on their singing and give him/her/them a "YES" if they wanted that the candidate to continue in the competition, or a "NO", if she/he/they were not good enough to take part in the further competition - Bootcamp (X-Kamp).

The judges auditions were shown on POP TV for 4 Sundays.

Audition Date
1st 18 March 2012
2nd 25 March 2012
3rd 1 April 2012
4th 8 April 2012

Bootcamp (X-Kamp)

The Bootcamp lasted for four days.

In the first day, the 87 candidates sang to the judges in groups. Each group had to choose one song from the list which has bean given to them. They had to talk-over which part of the song will sing which candidate. After the candidates sang in front of two judges, they eliminated some of the candidates which did not convinced them that they have "The X-Factor". Only half of the candidates survived the first day of Bootcamp.

In the second day of the Bootcamp, the candidates were taught some dance moves. No candidate was eliminated, because they all danced as they had been taught. After this task, the judges threw a big party for all the candidates in the Austria Trend Hotel, Ljubljana (the same place, as the Bootcamp shows were made). The candidates could join the party, or go to sleep to one of the rooms in Hotel. The candidates knew that the next day could be the most important day of all, because they had to sing in front of the judges for the last time and then the judges would choose 6 of them from each group (Teens, Adults and groups) to continue in the competition. But most of them chose to join the party.

The third day was the most important day of all in Bootcamp days. The candidates may sing in front of the judges for the very last time. After that, the judges just had to decide which 6 candidates from each category (Teens, Adults and groups) are the best and may to enter the Judge`s houses (Finalna eliminacija).

In the fourth day the candidates found out is they are chosen for TOP 6 in they`re group. After this only six Teens, six Adults and six groups could enter Judge's House (Finalna eliminacija) for the final elimination before the Live shows (Oddaje v živo).

Candidates which were chosen by the judges to continue the competition:

Category: Adults

Name Age From
Andreas Videčnik 21 Switzerland
Tjaša Žalik 24 village in Prekmurje region
Diana Filipovič 26 Ljubljana
Matija Jahn 28 Celje
Gašper Mihelič 21 Bela Krajina region
Ana Soklič 27 Bohinj

Category: Groups

Name Members
Vox Arsana 4
Duo Ninja 2
S.W.A.G. 5

Category: Teens

Name Age From
Eva Marolt 20 Šmartno pri Litiji
Ajda Kovačič 16 Slovenj Gradec
Mitja Podlesnik 18 Maribor
Demetra Malalan 15 Trieste / Ljubljana
Žan Hauptman 18 Maribor
Alma Merklin 20 Murska Sobota

After the candidates for Judge's House or final elimination were chosen, each judge got his own category from which he would have to choose 3 out of 6 candidates, and be the mentor for them in the Live shows. But no judge did know which category would he get before choosing the TOP 6 candidates in each category.

Categories and their judges:

Judge Category
Jadranka Juras Adults
Aleš Uranjek Groups
Damjan Damjanovič Teens

The Bootcamp was shown on POP TV for 2 Sundays.

Bootcamp show Date
1st 15 April 2012
2nd 22 April 2012

Judge's House (Finalna eliminacija)

In Judge's House all three judges take their chosen candidates to a special place, where the candidates would sing in front of the judges and the special guest chosen by the judge, for the very last time. After that, each judge will choose which 3 candidates, from each group out of six, can enter the Live shows.

Jandranka Juras took the category Over 21 to Hotel Palace, Portorož in city of Portorož, Slovenia. Jadranka's special guest was a former singer in the popular Slovenian band called Tabu, Nina Vodopivec.

Aleš Urenjak took the category Groups to Mokrice Castle near to the city of Jesenice, in Slovenia. Aleš`s special guest was Nina Pušlar, one of the most popular pop singers in Slovenia.

Damjan Damjanovič took the category 14-21s to city of La Subide, in Italy. Damjan`s special guest was his wife, a world-known opera singer Sabina Cvilak Damjanovič from Slovenia.

Candidates which were chosen by the judges (now also mentors), to enter the Live Shows in the each group

Category Mentor Chosen candidates
Over 21s Jadranka Juras Matija Jahn
Gašper Mihelič
Ana Soklič
Groups Aleš Uranjek 2BYONE
Teens Damjan Damjanovič Ajda Kovačič
Demetra Malalan
Alma Merklin

The Judge's House was shown on POP TV for two Sundays.

Judge's House Date
1st 29 April 2012
2nd 6 May 2012



     – Winner
     – Runner up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
14-21s (Damjanovič) Ajda Kovačič Demetra Malalan Alma Merklin
Over 21s (Juras) Matija Jahn Gašper Mihelič Ana Soklič
Groups (Uranjek) 2BYONE IN&OUT S.W.A.G.

Live shows

Results summary

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Demetra Malalan Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
Matija Jahn Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
IN&OUT Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Third Place
Alma Merklin Bottom two Safe Bottom two Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(week 6)
Ana Soklič Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(week 5)
Ajda Kovačič Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(week 4)
S.W.A.G. Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(week 3)
Gašper Mihelič Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(week 2)
2BYONE Bottom two Eliminated
(week 1)
Final showdown 2BYONE,
Alma Merklin
Gašper Mihelič,
Alma Merklin,
Ajda Kovačič,
Ana Soklič
Alma Merklin,
Ana Soklič
Alma Merklin,
No final showdown or judges' vote: results are based on public votes alone
Juras's vote to eliminate 2BYONE S.W.A.G. S.W.A.G. Ajda Kovačič Alma Merklin Alma Merklin
Uranjek's vote to eliminate Alma Merklin Gašper Mihelič Alma Merklin Ajda Kovačič Ana Soklič Alma Merklin
Damjanovič's vote to eliminate 2BYONE Gašper Mihelič S.W.A.G. Ana Soklič Ana Soklič IN&OUT
Eliminated 2BYONE
2 of 3 votes
Gašper Mihelič
2 of 3 votes
2 of 3 votes
Ajda Kovačič
2 of 3 votes
Ana Soklič
2 of 3 votes
Alma Merklin
2 of 3 votes
Third Place
Matija Jahn


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