History Series / TheXFactor

11th May '16 11:09:58 PM Adept
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** Minogue was absent for the 2010 auditions and temporarily replaced by a series of "guest judges" including Geri Halliwell, KatyPerry, Natalie Imbruglia, PixieLott and Nichole Scherzinger.

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** Minogue was absent for the 2010 auditions and temporarily replaced by a series of "guest judges" including Geri Halliwell, KatyPerry, Music/KatyPerry, Natalie Imbruglia, PixieLott Music/PixieLott and Nichole Scherzinger.
1st May '16 9:37:26 PM Adept
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* EpicFail: The infamous Leeds auditions in 2006, where a grand total of '''zero''' people were put through to Boot Camp. This led Simon Cowell to brand Yorkshire "a musical wasteland" and deciding never to hold an audition for one of his talent shows in that part of the country again. At ITV's insistence, they held auditions in the nearby city of Sheffield the following year -- and ended up putting two people through to Boot Camp, where they both crashed out in the first round. After that, Yorkshire is now firmly a no-go zone for the show (and ''BritainsGotTalent'').

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* EpicFail: The infamous Leeds auditions in 2006, where a grand total of '''zero''' people were put through to Boot Camp. This led Simon Cowell to brand Yorkshire "a musical wasteland" and deciding never to hold an audition for one of his talent shows in that part of the country again. At ITV's insistence, they held auditions in the nearby city of Sheffield the following year -- and ended up putting two people through to Boot Camp, where they both crashed out in the first round. After that, Yorkshire is now firmly a no-go zone for the show (and ''BritainsGotTalent'').''Series/BritainsGotTalent'').
25th Apr '16 4:09:41 AM aye_amber
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** Same applies to the campaigns for getting RageAgainstTheMachine to Christmas Number 1 or for Wagner to win in 2010. Expect die hard fans of the show to bitterly complain and moan online about how people are manipulating the results.

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** Same applies to the campaigns for getting RageAgainstTheMachine Music/RageAgainstTheMachine to Christmas Number 1 or for Wagner to win in 2010. Expect die hard fans of the show to bitterly complain and moan online about how people are manipulating the results.



** In response to the show's near constant chart-toppers (which can get stale after a while), the internet community decided to try and make RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing In the Name" the #1 Christmas hit over Joe [=McElderry's=]... Miley Cyrus cover. They succeeded.

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** In response to the show's near constant chart-toppers (which can get stale after a while), the internet community decided to try and make RageAgainstTheMachine's Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing In the Name" the #1 Christmas hit over Joe [=McElderry's=]... Miley Cyrus cover. They succeeded.
succeeded.
18th Apr '16 11:05:02 PM aye_amber
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A British singing competition that has run annually from 2004. It is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/PopIdol'', and came about because producer/presenter Simon Cowell wanted an intellectual property that he owned the television rights to.

It's basically the same as ''Pop Idol'' (and ''Series/AmericanIdol'') except the contestants are split into categories. The categories originally consisted of 16-24 year olds, Over 25's and Groups. However with the addition of a fourth judge in Series 4 (2007), The 16-24 catergory was split into boys aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010) and girls aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010/2) with the Over 25's (Over 28's in 2010/2) and the Groups categories remaining the same to give four categories in total. After the initial round of [[HopelessAuditionees frankly embarrassing auditions]], each Judge is randomly assigned a category and has to coach his or her group up until the weekly live shows, which enters a FinalBattle where the losers are voted off by telephone polls until [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne only one remains]]. After that, the winners pump out one guaranteed hit single (usually that year's Christmas Number One)- because the show is literally a two-month advertisement for their single - before becoming an answer in a pub quiz. It is worth noting, though, that five of the show's ten winners (notably Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, who are the only successful contestants off of their respective series; Music/AlexandraBurke, Shayne Ward and James Arthur have done quite well, but didn't overshadow the other contestants the way the first two did.) have actually achieved continued success since their debut single. There have been other cases where contestants who didn't win have gone on to be arguably more successful than the winners of their series (the most significant example being Music/OneDirection; although JLS, Olly Murs, and Cher Lloyd have also been quite successful). Australia also has the super successful Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Dami Im and Taylor Henderson.

It was probably the first show, before ''Series/TheVoice'', in this genre to glamorise and promote the judges over the actual singers and when it comes to the final rounds; the contest is promoted more as "Which judge('s group) will win?" than "Which singer will win?", despite this fact many winners world wide have gone onto be major successes.

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A British singing competition that has run annually from 2004. It is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/PopIdol'', ''Series/PopIdol,'' and came about because producer/presenter producer / presenter Simon Cowell wanted an intellectual property that he owned the television rights to.

It's basically the same as ''Pop Idol'' (and ''Series/AmericanIdol'') except the contestants are split into categories. The categories originally consisted of 16-24 year olds, Over 25's and Groups. However with the addition of a fourth judge in Series 4 (2007), The 16-24 catergory category was split into boys aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010) and girls aged 16-24 (16-27 in 2010/2) with the Over 25's (Over 28's in 2010/2) and the Groups categories remaining the same to give four categories in total. After the initial round of [[HopelessAuditionees frankly embarrassing auditions]], auditions,]] each Judge is randomly assigned a category and has to coach his or her group up until the weekly live shows, which enters a FinalBattle where the losers are voted off by telephone polls until [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne only one remains]]. remains.]] After that, the winners pump out one guaranteed hit single (usually that year's Christmas Number One)- One) -- because the show is literally a two-month advertisement for their single - -- before becoming an answer in a pub quiz. It is worth noting, though, that five of the show's ten winners (notably Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, who are the only successful contestants off of their respective series; Music/AlexandraBurke, Shayne Ward ''Shayne Ward,'' and James Arthur ''James Arthur'' have done quite well, but didn't overshadow the other contestants the way the first two did.) have actually achieved continued success since their debut single. There have been other cases where contestants who didn't win have gone on to be arguably more successful than the winners of their series (the most significant example being Music/OneDirection; although JLS, Olly Murs, ''JLS,'' ''Olly Murs,'' and Cher Lloyd ''Cher Lloyd'' have also been quite successful). Australia UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} also has the super successful Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Dami Im ''Reece Mastin,'' ''Samantha Jade,'' ''Dami Im,'' and Taylor Henderson.

''Taylor Henderson.''

It was probably the first show, before ''Series/TheVoice'', ''Series/TheVoice,'' in this genre to glamorise and promote the judges over the actual singers and when it comes to the final rounds; the contest is promoted more as "Which judge('s group) will win?" than "Which singer will win?", win?," despite this fact many winners world wide have gone onto be major successes.
successes.



Not to be confused with Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}, one of [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] Comicbook/{{X-Men}} spinoffs. Compare to ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''.

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Not to be confused with Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}, ComicBook/XFactor, one of [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel's]] Comicbook/{{X-Men}} spinoffs. ComicBook/XMen {{spin off}}s. Compare to ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''.
''Series/BritainsGotTalent.''






** This also applies to the winner's song, released the week after the contest is over (And [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]], the week before the final chart before Christmas). Without fail, it takes the Christmas number one each year with little effort; this was subverted in 2009, when a campaign to get ''Killing In The Name'' by RageAgainstTheMachine to number one instead meant that for the first time in ''half a decade'', the UK's Christmas number one was not by the year's X-Factor winner. Normal service was resumed the following year when Matt Cardle's winners' song became the Christmas number one, but the 2011 and 2012 finals took place earlier than all the previous ones, meaning that the winner's single could fizzle out before Christmas.

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** This also applies to the winner's song, released the week after the contest is over (And [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]], the week before the final chart before Christmas). Without fail, it takes the Christmas number one each year with little effort; this was subverted in 2009, when a campaign to get ''Killing In The Name'' by RageAgainstTheMachine Music/RageAgainstTheMachine to number one instead meant that for the first time in ''half a decade'', the UK's Christmas number one was not by the year's X-Factor winner. Normal service was resumed the following year when Matt Cardle's winners' song became the Christmas number one, but the 2011 and 2012 finals took place earlier than all the previous ones, meaning that the winner's single could fizzle out before Christmas.
13th Apr '16 9:27:05 PM missmoon
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** Series 11: Winner Ben Haenow and runner-up Fleur East both released their post X-Factor debut singles within a couple of weeks of each other, with Fleur's single "Sax" charting higher than Ben's "Second-Hand Heart". However, it's too early to tell which of the two will be more successful in the long term.

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** Series 11: Winner Ben Haenow and runner-up Fleur East both released their post X-Factor debut singles within a couple of weeks of each other, with Fleur's single "Sax" charting higher than Ben's "Second-Hand Heart". However, While it's too early to tell which of the two see how their careers will be more successful pan out, Fleur probably has a better shot as Ben confirmed that poor sales of his second single resulted in the long term.him getting dropped from Syco.
13th Apr '16 9:21:07 PM missmoon
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* '''[[Music/CherylCole Cheryl Fernandez-Versini]]''' (formerly Cheryl Cole; 2008-2010, 2014-); member of the group Music/GirlsAloud, winner of ''[[SpiritualPredecessor Popstars: The Rivals]]'' in 2002. At first seems the least cruel of the judges but is a master of the StealthInsult. She's also fond of deliberately being a pain in the ass to Simon.

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* '''[[Music/CherylCole Cheryl Fernandez-Versini]]''' (formerly Cheryl Cole; 2008-2010, 2014-); 2014-2015); member of the group Music/GirlsAloud, winner of ''[[SpiritualPredecessor Popstars: The Rivals]]'' in 2002. At first seems the least cruel of the judges but is a master of the StealthInsult. She's also fond of deliberately being a pain in the ass to Simon.
19th Mar '16 7:11:42 PM missmoon
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The American and the Australian versions now have their own pages.
[[index]]
* Series/TheXFactorUS
* Series/TheXFactorAU
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[[folder: British version]]



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The American version started in September 2011, taking Cowell away from ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and [[NoodleIncident for a few weeks]], Cole from the UK X Factor. It ran for three seasons, before being cancelled due to mediocre ratings and Cowell deciding to return to the UK version.

The judges are:

* Simon Cowell again (2011-2013)
* Paula Abdul (2011); returning from ''Series/AmericanIdol'' to rekindle her on-screen chemistry with Simon and to add a note of sweetness to an otherwise snarky panel. [[note]]When Paula left the show, both she and Simon made it very clear that it had nothing to do with problems between them, and Simon even mentioned that he's working up another project he wants Paula for.[[/note]]
* Cheryl Cole (2011); borrowed from the UK version for a few episodes until she either quit or was fired to return to the UK version (and then, for whatever reason, did not return to the UK), replaced by would-be co-hostess Nicole Scherzinger.
* Antonio "LA" Reid (2011-2012); [[{{Expy}} black, bald, award-winning record producer]] willing to be harsher than Randy Jackson of ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and thus more likely to confront Simon directly. Also even ''more'' experienced in the music industry than Randy, making him a WorthyOpponent for Simon.
* Nicole Scherzinger (2011); TheAce from the UK series in her guest judging, initially hired as co-hostess but promoted to judge/mentor on Cole's departure early in the first season.
* Music/BritneySpears (2012); It's Britney, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]].
* Music/DemiLovato (2012-2013); Creator/{{Disney}} TeenIdol known for her starring roles in ''CampRock'' and ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'', as well as her own career in music. Became a tabloid sensation in late 2010 [[CreatorBreakdown when she entered a rehab facility for various emotional and physical troubles]]; after making a full recovery, [[CareerResurrection she released a new album to great critical and commercial success]].
* Kelly Rowland (2013); Former member of Music/DestinysChild, who's since carved out a niche for herself aside from simply being known as {{Beyonce}}'s bandmate once upon a time. She served as a judge for the 2011 series of the show's UK counterpart, before being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger - who was a judge on this incarnation of the show herself.
* Paulina Rubio (2013); Mexican pop star, commonly noted as being one of the most successful Latinas in the Spanish-speaking music industry.

Winners of the US version, their categories and their mentors:
* '''Season 1 (2011)''': Melanie Amaro, Girls, Simon Cowell
* '''Season 2 (2012)''': Tate Stevens, Over 25's, L.A. Reid
* '''Season 3 (2013)''': Alex & Sierra, Groups, Simon Cowell

The most successful contestants of the U.S. version have been chart topping girl group {{Music/Fifth Harmony}} (who came in third place during the second season) and Beatrice Miller (who was in ninth place during the same season).

[[folder: American version]]
!!The American series contains examples of:

* CloudCuckooLander: No, not Paula Abdul. At least, not by comparison to Nicole Scherzinger, whose grandiose praise often contains very mixed metaphors.
--> '''Simon Cowell''': I'm sitting in Nicole's chair so [[DeadpanSnarker I'm going to critique like Nicole]]. I believe in you. You believe in me. You transcend the universe. God is smiling on you. Life is a waterfall, and you are the ultimate rainbow.
** BritneySpears in the new series said a person sung like "She was in a dream" and has said some other intriguing critiques.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlQstQzb4A8 Dylan Lawson's audition performance]] was basically a minute-long example of this trope. Granted, that was kinda to be expected since he chose to perform Lil Wayne's "Swag Surfin'," but Dylan certainly seemed very enthusiastic in his vulgarity.
* CringeComedy: In the final episode of the first season, trying to banter with Nicole Scherzinger, emcee Steve Jones asked her if he could come to her house for Christmas. Scherzinger twice said, "What?" forcing him to [[DiggingYourselfDeeper repeat the question]] before finally answering, "Yes. Yes. [[ByNoIMeanYes No.]]" The [[NoJustNoReaction already awkward moment]] was given [[StalkerWithACrush an added layer of creepy]] the next day, when Jones told reporters, if fired from the show, he would [[PrinceCharmingWannabe ask Scherzinger out on a date]].
* CrossOver: Season 1 contestant Astro is featured on a remixed version of British X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd's single "Want U Back". Astro was ironically not on the American version of the song.
*** Cher herself appeared on Demi's single "Really Don't Care" which ended being her second hit.
** Louis Walsh took a break from shooting the UK version to fill in for Simon during one round of auditions in Season 2.
* DeathIsCheap: As was tradition with ''Series/AmericanIdol'', all eliminees returned for an opening number in the final episode of the first season. Less traditionally, popular eliminees Drew, Astro and Marcus Canty were given duets with the surprise guest musicians (Music/JustinBieber, [[FiftyCent 50 Cent]] and Pitbull & Ne-Yo, respectively), while Rachel Crow emceed for one segue.
* DefrostingTheIceQueen: In season 2, Cece Frey toned down her bitchy attitude after Demi told her she was coming off as unlikable.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: First season Music/JustinBieber fangirl [[OnlyOneName Drew]] seemed to like to perform barefoot.
* EyepatchOfPower: Lyric Da Queen of Lyric 145 wears one, which is actually necessary for her; her left eye was already pretty messed up on its own, [[EyeScream and then somebody at a club elbowed it...]]
* FaceHeelTurn: While Nicole Scherzinger was quite popular and well-liked on the UK version, American audiences had a much different reaction to her as a judge. At first, they were lukewarm, but then she [[MoralEventHorizon voted to eliminate]] [[KickTheDog 14-year-old sweet Christian girl Drew]] [[ForcedToWatch just to punish Simon]] and [[DisproportionateRetribution received death threats]] afterward. The following week, she refused to vote against three-time bottom two member Marcus Canty, so as not to hurt his feelings, which caused the elimination of BadassAdorable Rachel Crow (and led to the HeartwarmingOrphan falling to the stage in tears and the [[TearJerker Crowning Moment Of Heartbreaking]] in which she begged her adoptive mother for forgiveness). From then until the final episode, fan opinion on Scherzinger [[BrokenBase was split]]. Some referred to her as a DirtyCoward, [[Creator/BillHicks whereas others insisted]] she was a monster.
* HasTwoMommies: Beatrice Miller of Season 2.
* IApprovedThisMessage: A FOX commercial calls Simon Cowell the "best judge ever" and has him stating "I'm Simon Cowell and I approved this message."
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Said almost word for word by Season 2 contestant, Cece Frey.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Rion Paige from Season 3
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: Similarly to Louis in the UK version, a frequent question from the US judges to Simon Cowell during the auditions phase.
* LogicBomb: When Nicole was making the decision that would ultimately lead to Rachel Crow's elimination, she said "I don't want to have to send you home Rachel... so the act that I'm gonna send home is Rachel."
* MaleFrontalNudity: Within the ''first'' episode, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOL7ORreNbQ Geo Godley]] sang about being a stud. Then he dropped his pants and showed off his ''ahem'', "other stud" in front of the entire audience. It was such an awful sight that it led Paula to become quite nauseated by it, having to RageQuit to the bathroom.
** He was wearing a thong, though that didn't stop people from leaving the auditions.
* TheMeanBrit: [[TropeCodifier Guess]]. Although, perhaps due to the mentoring process, compared to ''Series/AmericanIdol'' he seems almost [[TookALevelInKindness cuddly to the contestants]] and typically reserves his harshest criticisms [[ScapegoatCreator for their mentors]]. Cheryl Cole was a borderline case of this prior to being forced off the show; while not as mean as Simon or even LA, she was decidedly snarkier than either Paula or Nicole. Meanwhile, emcee Steve Jones at times plays this for the contestants, but usually by accident.
-->'''Steve Jones''': ''(to eliminated girl group Lakoda Rayne)'' The dream is over.
* MercyKill: Simon seems to have done this when he eliminated Beatrice Miller because he felt she couldn't handle the competition anymore
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: This occurred during the first season; Marcus Canty (who was in the bottom 2 for the third time) and Rachel Crow (who was seen as a frontrunner by many) were in the bottom 2, and the deciding vote went to Nicole Scherzinger. If she voted to eliminate Marcus, he would have gotten the boot. Nicole didn't want to do that, though, so she voted to eliminate Rachel, sending the vote to deadlock. The final result? [[TragicMistake Rachel has the lowest amount of votes from America and was sent home.]] [[BreakTheCutie Cue a now-very sad 13 year old girl]], sobbing while [[BigNo FALLING TO HER KNEES]], in front of millions of people. Nicole ([[ItsAllMyFault who was directly responsible for this happening]]), naturally grew inconsolable at what she had done and [[TearsOfRemorse began crying as well.]]
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Season 1 contestant, Arin Ray, returns to compete in Season 2, this time as a solo artist in Britney's Teen category.
** Season 3 had both Jeffrey Gutt (from Season 2) and James Kenney (from Season 1) return in the over 25's category, both making it past the audition stage.
* NauseaDissonance: The first act of one episode featured a flasher who got on stage just to expose himself to the judges. While 3 of them were totally fine, Paula went to the bathroom to vomit for about 15 minutes.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: Played straight by Simone Battle during the first season. Just moments after being eliminated, Simone announced that her first music video was going to officially premiere the next day on Website/YouTube.
** Not to be outdone, The Stereo Hogzz also released their first music video within a day of their elimination, though they didn't announce it onscreen like Simone did.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Rachel Crow from the first season plays up a precocious, ShirleyTemple-like image, which is somewhat disconcerting because she was actually 13 years old when she auditioned.
* OnlyOneName: In the time between the Judge's houses and the live shows, first season finalist Drew Ryniewicz dropped her last name.
* OnlySaneMan: In the first episode of season 2, after wedding-dress/panty-clad Quatrele Da'an Smith auditioned, Britney, Demi, and SIMON all said yes, largely for the potential entertainment factor and the fact the he actually sang well. LA Reid, however, said no, and looked at the other judges like they were high after saying yes.
-->'''LA Reid''': "My fellow judges have gone mad..."
* PositiveDiscrimination: Nicole voted The Stereo Hogzz off the show in favor of Lakoda Rayne ''purely'' because the former was an all-male group, and the latter was all-female. On top of that, she said after the show that she would always vote for a girl group over a boy (or mixed) group, irrespective of how well they actually performed. At the time, some praised her for sticking to her beliefs even though they may be controversial, but in retrospect many regard this as where things started to go horribly wrong for Nicole.
* ReassignmentBackfire: The decision to replace Cheryl Cole with Nicole Scherzinger, if only because of the mess surrounding Rachel Crow's elimination. If, as many have speculated, Cheryl was [[SpringtimeForHitler deliberately set up]] to make a total ass of herself and get fired, then Nicole was supposed to come in and bowl US viewers over in the same way she had done in her brief UK stint, then it's an even worse case of this trope.
* ReTool: Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, ''and'' Paula Abdul all parted ways with the show after its first season... ''on the same day''. Simon wasn't kidding when he said the show would undergo changes ahead of its second season.
** And ''then'', the show underwent another panel shakeup following Britney's and LA's respective departures; they were eventually replaced by former UK X Factor judge Kelly Rowland and Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio.
* RevolvingDoorCasting: The panel of judges (including the host(s), for that matter) has never stayed the same for multiple seasons.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Tate Stevens went nowhere after his season finished, leaving Fifth Harmony and Emblem3 batting for supremacy. Then Emblem3's momentum came to a screeching halt and Fifth Harmony, much like a certain other five-piece formed specifically for the show and finishing in third, easily becoming its most successful alumni.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: After initially eliminating Melanie, Simon decided that he would add a fifth member to his team. This proved fortunate, as she would go on to win.
* SurferDude: Emblem3's stylistic shtick.
* TakeThat: To Demi Lovato after she told an unlucky auditionee that "it's not meant for everybody" he replied "That's why you use auto tune and I don't".
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: On season 1, Melanie Amaro is a technically perfect pop belter, whereas 3rd place finisher Chris Rene may not have the best voice, but his simple message ("Love life!") and sincerity connect with the audience on a larger scale. Meanwhile, Josh Krajcik, who finished in 2nd is both a multi-talented composer/musician with a stunning set of pipes for blues and rock and also a relatable and extremely likable bloke (albeit decidedly not in a "prefabricated pop star" way - which is, like Rene, part of his charm). This was everything just short of [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the penultimate episode with the final three's duets with established pop stars. Amaro's partner was RKelly, whose personal life is... let's just say "off-putting"... but who is undeniably, even to his detractors, as competent a singer and songwriter as they come. Rene's was Music/AvrilLavigne, who has been lambasted and spoofed for her less-than-polished voice and often simplistic music, but who has maintained a career long since many of her "pop diva" contemporaries faded into nostalgia collection obscurity with her seemingly boundless energy and grungy charm. Whereas Krajcik's partner was Music/AlanisMorissette, who began her career, in the eyes of many, as a sort of poor man's Music/SherylCrow, Music/LizPhair or Music/CourtneyLove, due both to her slightly less conventional attractiveness and slightly more formulaic songwriting, but who has since established herself, in the words of judge Nicole Scherzinger, as "rock royalty," thanks to both her willingness to use her unique stage presence to her advantage and her nearly encyclopedic knowledge of music industry history and current events.
* TitleDrop: Astro
--> "WHEN YOU SAY X, I SAY FACTA!"
* TransatlanticEquivalent
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Drew Chadwick of Emblem3, though the group as a whole seems to like losing their shirts in general. Lampshaded by various contestants.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Carly Rose Sonenclar of Season 2 definitely comes across as this.
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In 2005, an Australian version was created, consisting of [[StillbornFranchise a 13 episode season that was cancelled due to low ratings.]] However, in 2010, it was {{Uncancelled}} via a ChannelHop and, after undergoing a major {{Reboot}}, has been a strong hit with the Australian public ever since.

The judges from the 2005 season were:

* Mark Holden, mentor of the groups.
* Kate Ceberano, mentor of the 16-24s.
* John Reid, mentor of the over 25s.

The judges in the current series are:

* Music/GuySebastian (2010-2012) (2015-), Australian recording artist and winner of the first season of Australian Idol. Known for his down-to-earth approach to his contestants, he balanced kindness with constructive criticism, although draws attraction for lengthy speeches. Won twice with ReeceMastin and SamanthaJade. Returned for 2015 onwards.
* Kyle Sandilands (2010), radio and television personality. Known for his tough critiques, he is one of the harder to please judges the show has had. Left after one season due to the show being to hectic for his schedule.
* Natalie Imbruglia (2010), Australian recording artist known outside her native country almost solely for her hit "Torn". Was a very sunny personality at the judging table.
* '''Ronan Keating''' (2010-2014), Member of the Boy Band Boyzone. While usually serious in tone, he knows when to lighten up. Currently the only original judge from the 2010 revival still on the panel.
* Mel B, AKA "Scary Spice", (2011-2012), former member of the Spice Girls. In contrast to many female judges on Idol and other X Factor versions, she is very abrasive in her judging style, even choosing to eliminate her own when she could have taken it too deadlock.
* '''Natalie Bassingwaigthe''' (2011-2014) Australian recording artist. Known for her CloudCuckooLander style of judging, and screaming when an attractive contestant came on stage.
* '''Dannii Minogue''' (2013-Present) Again. Won with Dami Im. Not known for the best choices in songs or contestants.
* ''' Redfoo''' (2013-2014) American rapper (Music/{{LMFAO}}), who notably did not know about the franchise until being asked to join. Possibly a bigger CloudCuckooLander than Natalie.
* ''' Chris Isaak''' (2015-) While he seemed like a tough guy at first, his strong bonds with his contestants moved him too tears more then once.
* ''' James Blunt''' (2015) A bit of an oddball, and managed to cause arguments with all other judges.



Winners, their categories, and mentors:
* ''' Season 1 (2005)''': Random, Groups, Mark Holden
* ''' Season 2 (2010)''': Altiyan Childs, Over 25s, Ronan Keating
* ''' Season 3 (2011)''': ReeceMastin, Boys, Guy Sebastian
* ''' Season 4 (2012)''': SamanthaJade, Over 25s, Guy Sebastian
* ''' Season 5 (2013)''': Dami Im, Over 24s (changed from over 25s), Dannii Minogue
* ''' Season 6 (2014)''': Marlisa Punzalan, Girls, Ronan Keating
* ''' Season 6 (2014)''': Cyrus Villanueva, Boys, Chris Isaak
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* {{Adorkable}}: Season 5 finalist Dami Im is the cover girl for this. At her first audition alone, she has stockings with kittens ''drawn'' on them by her and in response to the judges about what the judges could expect from her, she replied "awesome singing." Surprisingly, her husband Noah is as equally goofy as seen in how he supports Dami at her audition.
** From season 4,Shiane Hawke is only a fourteen year old girl who still has braces. Her stage presence is very much how you'd expect it to be, which comes off as endearing as opposed to many singers her age whose main draw is how mature they are beyond their years.
** Also from season 4, Bella Ferraro.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Averted on the show as a whole. Back-to-back winners Reece Mastin and Samantha Jade were both in the Bottom 2, once for the former and ''three times'' for the latter, and still won. Compared to the UK version that's had only James Arthur who was in the Bottom 2 once and the USA version which has no such winners, this is as much an aversion the show could be expected to have. Interestingly, both of them had Boring Invincible Runner-ups who were never in the Bottom 2 and thought likely to win. Marlisa was also in the bottom two once, but her runner-up wasn't.
** Also averted for Series Six. Winner Marlisa and runner-up Dean Ray each had one appearance in the bottom two, in weeks 10 and 9 respectively, while third-place finishers Brothers 3 had never been in the bottom two, prior to the finale.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The first season is hardly ever referenced in later seasons.
* CloudCuckooLander: Natalie Bassingwaigthe and Red Foo fight out for this title. As for the contestants, Dami Im has her moments.
* TheDeterminator: Samantha Jade was in the Bottom 2 three times, including the the first week, yet still won the entire show.
* {{Expy}}: Kyle Sandilands is like an Australian Simon Cowell.
* FinalSeasonCasting: Inverted, the first season's judges and host are different from all the other seasons.
* FunnyForeigner: Red Foo is the only American on an Australian show, and it shows. Dami Im, who was born in South Korea, counts to a lesser extent as well.
* GoodIsBoring: Samantha Jade has this thrown at her a lot, with her detractors claiming she has little personality to put into her singing.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Natalie is an Australian recording artist whose very excitable . . . is a sentence that can be applied to both Imbruglia and Bassingwaigthe.
* {{Transplant}}: Several. The most obvious one is Dannii Minogue from the British version. Kyle Sandilands was also a judge on Australian Idol for a while and Guy Sebastian won its' first season. All three have/are on the panel.
** Taylor Henderson was originally on Australia's Got Talent before becoming a finalist on X Factor. Interestingly, Dannii Minogue was a judge at the time.
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The American version started in September 2011, taking Cowell away from ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and [[NoodleIncident for a few weeks]], Cole from the UK X Factor. It ran for three seasons, before being cancelled due to mediocre ratings and Cowell deciding to return to the UK version.

The judges are:

* Simon Cowell again (2011-2013)
* Paula Abdul (2011); returning from ''Series/AmericanIdol'' to rekindle her on-screen chemistry with Simon and to add a note of sweetness to an otherwise snarky panel. [[note]]When Paula left the show, both she and Simon made it very clear that it had nothing to do with problems between them, and Simon even mentioned that he's working up another project he wants Paula for.[[/note]]
* Cheryl Cole (2011); borrowed from the UK version for a few episodes until she either quit or was fired to return to the UK version (and then, for whatever reason, did not return to the UK), replaced by would-be co-hostess Nicole Scherzinger.
* Antonio "LA" Reid (2011-2012); [[{{Expy}} black, bald, award-winning record producer]] willing to be harsher than Randy Jackson of ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and thus more likely to confront Simon directly. Also even ''more'' experienced in the music industry than Randy, making him a WorthyOpponent for Simon.
* Nicole Scherzinger (2011); TheAce from the UK series in her guest judging, initially hired as co-hostess but promoted to judge/mentor on Cole's departure early in the first season.
* Music/BritneySpears (2012); It's Britney, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]].
* Music/DemiLovato (2012-2013); Creator/{{Disney}} TeenIdol known for her starring roles in ''CampRock'' and ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'', as well as her own career in music. Became a tabloid sensation in late 2010 [[CreatorBreakdown when she entered a rehab facility for various emotional and physical troubles]]; after making a full recovery, [[CareerResurrection she released a new album to great critical and commercial success]].
* Kelly Rowland (2013); Former member of Music/DestinysChild, who's since carved out a niche for herself aside from simply being known as {{Beyonce}}'s bandmate once upon a time. She served as a judge for the 2011 series of the show's UK counterpart, before being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger - who was a judge on this incarnation of the show herself.
* Paulina Rubio (2013); Mexican pop star, commonly noted as being one of the most successful Latinas in the Spanish-speaking music industry.

Winners of the US version, their categories and their mentors:
* '''Season 1 (2011)''': Melanie Amaro, Girls, Simon Cowell
* '''Season 2 (2012)''': Tate Stevens, Over 25's, L.A. Reid
* '''Season 3 (2013)''': Alex & Sierra, Groups, Simon Cowell

The most successful contestants of the U.S. version have been chart topping girl group {{Music/Fifth Harmony}} (who came in third place during the second season) and Beatrice Miller (who was in ninth place during the same season).

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!!The American series contains examples of:

* CloudCuckooLander: No, not Paula Abdul. At least, not by comparison to Nicole Scherzinger, whose grandiose praise often contains very mixed metaphors.
--> '''Simon Cowell''': I'm sitting in Nicole's chair so [[DeadpanSnarker I'm going to critique like Nicole]]. I believe in you. You believe in me. You transcend the universe. God is smiling on you. Life is a waterfall, and you are the ultimate rainbow.
** BritneySpears in the new series said a person sung like "She was in a dream" and has said some other intriguing critiques.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlQstQzb4A8 Dylan Lawson's audition performance]] was basically a minute-long example of this trope. Granted, that was kinda to be expected since he chose to perform Lil Wayne's "Swag Surfin'," but Dylan certainly seemed very enthusiastic in his vulgarity.
* CringeComedy: In the final episode of the first season, trying to banter with Nicole Scherzinger, emcee Steve Jones asked her if he could come to her house for Christmas. Scherzinger twice said, "What?" forcing him to [[DiggingYourselfDeeper repeat the question]] before finally answering, "Yes. Yes. [[ByNoIMeanYes No.]]" The [[NoJustNoReaction already awkward moment]] was given [[StalkerWithACrush an added layer of creepy]] the next day, when Jones told reporters, if fired from the show, he would [[PrinceCharmingWannabe ask Scherzinger out on a date]].
* CrossOver: Season 1 contestant Astro is featured on a remixed version of British X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd's single "Want U Back". Astro was ironically not on the American version of the song.
*** Cher herself appeared on Demi's single "Really Don't Care" which ended being her second hit.
** Louis Walsh took a break from shooting the UK version to fill in for Simon during one round of auditions in Season 2.
* DeathIsCheap: As was tradition with ''Series/AmericanIdol'', all eliminees returned for an opening number in the final episode of the first season. Less traditionally, popular eliminees Drew, Astro and Marcus Canty were given duets with the surprise guest musicians (Music/JustinBieber, [[FiftyCent 50 Cent]] and Pitbull & Ne-Yo, respectively), while Rachel Crow emceed for one segue.
* DefrostingTheIceQueen: In season 2, Cece Frey toned down her bitchy attitude after Demi told her she was coming off as unlikable.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: First season Music/JustinBieber fangirl [[OnlyOneName Drew]] seemed to like to perform barefoot.
* EyepatchOfPower: Lyric Da Queen of Lyric 145 wears one, which is actually necessary for her; her left eye was already pretty messed up on its own, [[EyeScream and then somebody at a club elbowed it...]]
* FaceHeelTurn: While Nicole Scherzinger was quite popular and well-liked on the UK version, American audiences had a much different reaction to her as a judge. At first, they were lukewarm, but then she [[MoralEventHorizon voted to eliminate]] [[KickTheDog 14-year-old sweet Christian girl Drew]] [[ForcedToWatch just to punish Simon]] and [[DisproportionateRetribution received death threats]] afterward. The following week, she refused to vote against three-time bottom two member Marcus Canty, so as not to hurt his feelings, which caused the elimination of BadassAdorable Rachel Crow (and led to the HeartwarmingOrphan falling to the stage in tears and the [[TearJerker Crowning Moment Of Heartbreaking]] in which she begged her adoptive mother for forgiveness). From then until the final episode, fan opinion on Scherzinger [[BrokenBase was split]]. Some referred to her as a DirtyCoward, [[Creator/BillHicks whereas others insisted]] she was a monster.
* HasTwoMommies: Beatrice Miller of Season 2.
* IApprovedThisMessage: A FOX commercial calls Simon Cowell the "best judge ever" and has him stating "I'm Simon Cowell and I approved this message."
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Said almost word for word by Season 2 contestant, Cece Frey.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Rion Paige from Season 3
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: Similarly to Louis in the UK version, a frequent question from the US judges to Simon Cowell during the auditions phase.
* LogicBomb: When Nicole was making the decision that would ultimately lead to Rachel Crow's elimination, she said "I don't want to have to send you home Rachel... so the act that I'm gonna send home is Rachel."
* MaleFrontalNudity: Within the ''first'' episode, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOL7ORreNbQ Geo Godley]] sang about being a stud. Then he dropped his pants and showed off his ''ahem'', "other stud" in front of the entire audience. It was such an awful sight that it led Paula to become quite nauseated by it, having to RageQuit to the bathroom.
** He was wearing a thong, though that didn't stop people from leaving the auditions.
* TheMeanBrit: [[TropeCodifier Guess]]. Although, perhaps due to the mentoring process, compared to ''Series/AmericanIdol'' he seems almost [[TookALevelInKindness cuddly to the contestants]] and typically reserves his harshest criticisms [[ScapegoatCreator for their mentors]]. Cheryl Cole was a borderline case of this prior to being forced off the show; while not as mean as Simon or even LA, she was decidedly snarkier than either Paula or Nicole. Meanwhile, emcee Steve Jones at times plays this for the contestants, but usually by accident.
-->'''Steve Jones''': ''(to eliminated girl group Lakoda Rayne)'' The dream is over.
* MercyKill: Simon seems to have done this when he eliminated Beatrice Miller because he felt she couldn't handle the competition anymore
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: This occurred during the first season; Marcus Canty (who was in the bottom 2 for the third time) and Rachel Crow (who was seen as a frontrunner by many) were in the bottom 2, and the deciding vote went to Nicole Scherzinger. If she voted to eliminate Marcus, he would have gotten the boot. Nicole didn't want to do that, though, so she voted to eliminate Rachel, sending the vote to deadlock. The final result? [[TragicMistake Rachel has the lowest amount of votes from America and was sent home.]] [[BreakTheCutie Cue a now-very sad 13 year old girl]], sobbing while [[BigNo FALLING TO HER KNEES]], in front of millions of people. Nicole ([[ItsAllMyFault who was directly responsible for this happening]]), naturally grew inconsolable at what she had done and [[TearsOfRemorse began crying as well.]]
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Season 1 contestant, Arin Ray, returns to compete in Season 2, this time as a solo artist in Britney's Teen category.
** Season 3 had both Jeffrey Gutt (from Season 2) and James Kenney (from Season 1) return in the over 25's category, both making it past the audition stage.
* NauseaDissonance: The first act of one episode featured a flasher who got on stage just to expose himself to the judges. While 3 of them were totally fine, Paula went to the bathroom to vomit for about 15 minutes.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: Played straight by Simone Battle during the first season. Just moments after being eliminated, Simone announced that her first music video was going to officially premiere the next day on Website/YouTube.
** Not to be outdone, The Stereo Hogzz also released their first music video within a day of their elimination, though they didn't announce it onscreen like Simone did.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Rachel Crow from the first season plays up a precocious, ShirleyTemple-like image, which is somewhat disconcerting because she was actually 13 years old when she auditioned.
* OnlyOneName: In the time between the Judge's houses and the live shows, first season finalist Drew Ryniewicz dropped her last name.
* OnlySaneMan: In the first episode of season 2, after wedding-dress/panty-clad Quatrele Da'an Smith auditioned, Britney, Demi, and SIMON all said yes, largely for the potential entertainment factor and the fact the he actually sang well. LA Reid, however, said no, and looked at the other judges like they were high after saying yes.
-->'''LA Reid''': "My fellow judges have gone mad..."
* PositiveDiscrimination: Nicole voted The Stereo Hogzz off the show in favor of Lakoda Rayne ''purely'' because the former was an all-male group, and the latter was all-female. On top of that, she said after the show that she would always vote for a girl group over a boy (or mixed) group, irrespective of how well they actually performed. At the time, some praised her for sticking to her beliefs even though they may be controversial, but in retrospect many regard this as where things started to go horribly wrong for Nicole.
* ReassignmentBackfire: The decision to replace Cheryl Cole with Nicole Scherzinger, if only because of the mess surrounding Rachel Crow's elimination. If, as many have speculated, Cheryl was [[SpringtimeForHitler deliberately set up]] to make a total ass of herself and get fired, then Nicole was supposed to come in and bowl US viewers over in the same way she had done in her brief UK stint, then it's an even worse case of this trope.
* ReTool: Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, ''and'' Paula Abdul all parted ways with the show after its first season... ''on the same day''. Simon wasn't kidding when he said the show would undergo changes ahead of its second season.
** And ''then'', the show underwent another panel shakeup following Britney's and LA's respective departures; they were eventually replaced by former UK X Factor judge Kelly Rowland and Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio.
* RevolvingDoorCasting: The panel of judges (including the host(s), for that matter) has never stayed the same for multiple seasons.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Tate Stevens went nowhere after his season finished, leaving Fifth Harmony and Emblem3 batting for supremacy. Then Emblem3's momentum came to a screeching halt and Fifth Harmony, much like a certain other five-piece formed specifically for the show and finishing in third, easily becoming its most successful alumni.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: After initially eliminating Melanie, Simon decided that he would add a fifth member to his team. This proved fortunate, as she would go on to win.
* SurferDude: Emblem3's stylistic shtick.
* TakeThat: To Demi Lovato after she told an unlucky auditionee that "it's not meant for everybody" he replied "That's why you use auto tune and I don't".
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: On season 1, Melanie Amaro is a technically perfect pop belter, whereas 3rd place finisher Chris Rene may not have the best voice, but his simple message ("Love life!") and sincerity connect with the audience on a larger scale. Meanwhile, Josh Krajcik, who finished in 2nd is both a multi-talented composer/musician with a stunning set of pipes for blues and rock and also a relatable and extremely likable bloke (albeit decidedly not in a "prefabricated pop star" way - which is, like Rene, part of his charm). This was everything just short of [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the penultimate episode with the final three's duets with established pop stars. Amaro's partner was RKelly, whose personal life is... let's just say "off-putting"... but who is undeniably, even to his detractors, as competent a singer and songwriter as they come. Rene's was Music/AvrilLavigne, who has been lambasted and spoofed for her less-than-polished voice and often simplistic music, but who has maintained a career long since many of her "pop diva" contemporaries faded into nostalgia collection obscurity with her seemingly boundless energy and grungy charm. Whereas Krajcik's partner was Music/AlanisMorissette, who began her career, in the eyes of many, as a sort of poor man's Music/SherylCrow, Music/LizPhair or Music/CourtneyLove, due both to her slightly less conventional attractiveness and slightly more formulaic songwriting, but who has since established herself, in the words of judge Nicole Scherzinger, as "rock royalty," thanks to both her willingness to use her unique stage presence to her advantage and her nearly encyclopedic knowledge of music industry history and current events.
* TitleDrop: Astro
--> "WHEN YOU SAY X, I SAY FACTA!"
* TransatlanticEquivalent
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Drew Chadwick of Emblem3, though the group as a whole seems to like losing their shirts in general. Lampshaded by various contestants.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Carly Rose Sonenclar of Season 2 definitely comes across as this.
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In 2005, an Australian version was created, consisting of [[StillbornFranchise a 13 episode season that was cancelled due to low ratings.]] However, in 2010, it was {{Uncancelled}} via a ChannelHop and, after undergoing a major {{Reboot}}, has been a strong hit with the Australian public ever since.

The judges from the 2005 season were:

* Mark Holden, mentor of the groups.
* Kate Ceberano, mentor of the 16-24s.
* John Reid, mentor of the over 25s.

The judges in the current series are:

* Music/GuySebastian (2010-2012) (2015-), Australian recording artist and winner of the first season of Australian Idol. Known for his down-to-earth approach to his contestants, he balanced kindness with constructive criticism, although draws attraction for lengthy speeches. Won twice with ReeceMastin and SamanthaJade. Returned for 2015 onwards.
* Kyle Sandilands (2010), radio and television personality. Known for his tough critiques, he is one of the harder to please judges the show has had. Left after one season due to the show being to hectic for his schedule.
* Natalie Imbruglia (2010), Australian recording artist known outside her native country almost solely for her hit "Torn". Was a very sunny personality at the judging table.
* '''Ronan Keating''' (2010-2014), Member of the Boy Band Boyzone. While usually serious in tone, he knows when to lighten up. Currently the only original judge from the 2010 revival still on the panel.
* Mel B, AKA "Scary Spice", (2011-2012), former member of the Spice Girls. In contrast to many female judges on Idol and other X Factor versions, she is very abrasive in her judging style, even choosing to eliminate her own when she could have taken it too deadlock.
* '''Natalie Bassingwaigthe''' (2011-2014) Australian recording artist. Known for her CloudCuckooLander style of judging, and screaming when an attractive contestant came on stage.
* '''Dannii Minogue''' (2013-Present) Again. Won with Dami Im. Not known for the best choices in songs or contestants.
* ''' Redfoo''' (2013-2014) American rapper (Music/{{LMFAO}}), who notably did not know about the franchise until being asked to join. Possibly a bigger CloudCuckooLander than Natalie.
* ''' Chris Isaak''' (2015-) While he seemed like a tough guy at first, his strong bonds with his contestants moved him too tears more then once.
* ''' James Blunt''' (2015) A bit of an oddball, and managed to cause arguments with all other judges.



Winners, their categories, and mentors:
* ''' Season 1 (2005)''': Random, Groups, Mark Holden
* ''' Season 2 (2010)''': Altiyan Childs, Over 25s, Ronan Keating
* ''' Season 3 (2011)''': ReeceMastin, Boys, Guy Sebastian
* ''' Season 4 (2012)''': SamanthaJade, Over 25s, Guy Sebastian
* ''' Season 5 (2013)''': Dami Im, Over 24s (changed from over 25s), Dannii Minogue
* ''' Season 6 (2014)''': Marlisa Punzalan, Girls, Ronan Keating
* ''' Season 6 (2014)''': Cyrus Villanueva, Boys, Chris Isaak
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* {{Adorkable}}: Season 5 finalist Dami Im is the cover girl for this. At her first audition alone, she has stockings with kittens ''drawn'' on them by her and in response to the judges about what the judges could expect from her, she replied "awesome singing." Surprisingly, her husband Noah is as equally goofy as seen in how he supports Dami at her audition.
** From season 4,Shiane Hawke is only a fourteen year old girl who still has braces. Her stage presence is very much how you'd expect it to be, which comes off as endearing as opposed to many singers her age whose main draw is how mature they are beyond their years.
** Also from season 4, Bella Ferraro.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Averted on the show as a whole. Back-to-back winners Reece Mastin and Samantha Jade were both in the Bottom 2, once for the former and ''three times'' for the latter, and still won. Compared to the UK version that's had only James Arthur who was in the Bottom 2 once and the USA version which has no such winners, this is as much an aversion the show could be expected to have. Interestingly, both of them had Boring Invincible Runner-ups who were never in the Bottom 2 and thought likely to win. Marlisa was also in the bottom two once, but her runner-up wasn't.
** Also averted for Series Six. Winner Marlisa and runner-up Dean Ray each had one appearance in the bottom two, in weeks 10 and 9 respectively, while third-place finishers Brothers 3 had never been in the bottom two, prior to the finale.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The first season is hardly ever referenced in later seasons.
* CloudCuckooLander: Natalie Bassingwaigthe and Red Foo fight out for this title. As for the contestants, Dami Im has her moments.
* TheDeterminator: Samantha Jade was in the Bottom 2 three times, including the the first week, yet still won the entire show.
* {{Expy}}: Kyle Sandilands is like an Australian Simon Cowell.
* FinalSeasonCasting: Inverted, the first season's judges and host are different from all the other seasons.
* FunnyForeigner: Red Foo is the only American on an Australian show, and it shows. Dami Im, who was born in South Korea, counts to a lesser extent as well.
* GoodIsBoring: Samantha Jade has this thrown at her a lot, with her detractors claiming she has little personality to put into her singing.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Natalie is an Australian recording artist whose very excitable . . . is a sentence that can be applied to both Imbruglia and Bassingwaigthe.
* {{Transplant}}: Several. The most obvious one is Dannii Minogue from the British version. Kyle Sandilands was also a judge on Australian Idol for a while and Guy Sebastian won its' first season. All three have/are on the panel.
** Taylor Henderson was originally on Australia's Got Talent before becoming a finalist on X Factor. Interestingly, Dannii Minogue was a judge at the time.
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* Guy Sebastian (2010-2012) (2015-), Australian recording artist and winner of the first season of Australian Idol. Known for his down-to-earth approach to his contestants, he balanced kindness with constructive criticism, although draws attraction for lengthy speeches. Won twice with ReeceMastin and SamanthaJade. Returned for 2015 onwards.

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* Guy Sebastian Music/GuySebastian (2010-2012) (2015-), Australian recording artist and winner of the first season of Australian Idol. Known for his down-to-earth approach to his contestants, he balanced kindness with constructive criticism, although draws attraction for lengthy speeches. Won twice with ReeceMastin and SamanthaJade. Returned for 2015 onwards.
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