Premiering in January 2008, the Danish version of X Factor quickly became a major success for public broadcaster DR. The disagreements of the judging panel and particularly the antics of Thomas Blachman made newspaper headlines, and the Friday night competition was shattered. The first season opened with three episodes of auditions in Copenhagen and Aarhus. The contestants were split into three groups selected and mentored by one judge each: 15 to 25 years old, over 25, and groups. Two episodes of boot camp eliminations followed. The nine selected acts then competed in eight live shows with one or more musical themes, with the contestant and their mentor choosing their song and facing the judges' comments and the viewers' votes. One contestant was eliminated each week, first with the judges choosing between the bottom two, later based exclusively on the votes.
Peter Brandt Nielsen
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The show has been a major ratings success for its Danish broadcaster. The first season rocketed from just over one million viewers for the first episode to 2.2 million for the finale, with a time slot share of up to 80 percent. The second season followed suit with upwards of 1.5 million viewers for each episode and almost 2.3 million for the finale, which became the most-watched episode of an entertainment series since comprehensive ratings data became available in Denmark in 1992. See more