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X Factor Romania Season 7
X Factor
Series 7
Broadcast fromSeptember 10 (2017-09-10) -
December 22, 2017 (2017-12-22)
JudgesDelia Matache
Horia Brenciu
?tefan B?nic?, Jr.
Carla's Dreams
Crina Mardare (guest)
Presenter(s)R?zvan Simion
Dani O?il (A1)
BroadcasterAntena 1
Jeremy Ragsdale
OriginUnited States
Song"When a Man Loves a Woman"
MentorHoria Brenciu
Ad Libitum

X Factor is a Romanian television music competition that aims to find a new music talent to become a star. The seventh season will started aring on 10 September 2017 on Antena 1.[1]

The hosts are the same as in the first six seasons: R?zvan Simion and Dani O?il, who are also known for hosting a well known morning show on Antena 1. Delia Matache, Horia Brenciu, Carla's Dreams and ?tefan B?nic?, Jr. returned to the judging panel.[2]

Jeremy Ragsdale won the competition, making Horia Brenciu's second win as a mentor.


Delia Matache is a famous Romanian eurobeat singer-songwriter, TV celebrity, dancer, philanthropist, former model, fashion designer. She has started her stage music activity in 1999 in N&D music band with Nicolae Marin and had released 4 albums, and after the split off in 2003 she had released another two solo albums.

Horia Brenciu is a Romanian singer, television host for the Romanian version of Dancing with the Stars, successful entertainer, and philanthropist. He studied at National College Andrei ?aguna from Bra?ov, then he continued to ?coala Popular? de Art? Bra?ov, at piano and canto class, and in 1998 he finished The Theater Academy in Bucharest.

?tefan B?nic?, Jr. is a Romanian entertainer, of roma people origin from his father side, TV presenter, one of the most important Romanian TV personality, the son of actor ?tefan B?nic?. He is well known in Romanian for presenting the Romania version of "Dancing with the Stars", the largest dance competition ever aired in Romania, broadcast on Pro TV.

Carla's Dreams is a Moldavian musical project which was started by Dobra Robertin 2012. The band is an anonymous group of singers and composers who sing in Romanian, Russian and English. During concerts, the band's vocalist, to hide his identity, wears hood and sunglasses, and his face is masked.

Established in Chi?in?u, Carla's Dreams combines several musical styles, including hip hop, jazz, rock and pop. The first song produced by Carla's Dreams was D?-te ("Get Off"). Carla's Dreams has launched in Romania in 2013, along with Inna with the song P.O.H.U.I., later to sing with Loredana Lumea ta ("Your World"), and in 2015 with Delia, releasing songs Cum ne noi ("How We Us") and Da, mam? ("Yes, Mother").


Cities that auditions and/or pre-auditions were held in.

Audition process was based on the British and American version. First up were "The Producer's Audition", where the producers chose singers to proceed to the second faze which was "The Audition before the Judging panel".

Summary of auditions
City Auditions date
Craiova May 5, 2017
Arad May 7, 2017
Cluj Napoca May 9, 2017
Sibiu May 12, 2017
Ia?i May 14, 2017
Gala?i May 17, 2017
Chi?in?u May 18, 2017
Bucharest May 21, 2017

The auditions were broadcast from 8 September 2017 until 17 November 2017. The auditions consisted in 11 episodes.


This season, there will be four categories : Boys (14-24 years), Girls (14-24 years), Over 24s and the Groups.

Brenciu will mentor the Over 24s, B?nic? the Boys, Carla's Dream the Groups and Matache will mentor the Girls.[3][4][5]

Complete Teams

Color key
     - Eliminated in Four-chair challenge
     - Eliminated in Duels
     - Finalist
     - Wildcard
Category (mentor) Top 41 acts
Boys (B?nic?) Anton Banaghan Pierluca Salvatore Alin Buruian? Gabriel Haralambie Viorel Grecu Cristian Porcari
Sebastian H?d?rean Lilian Dobând? Simone Venditti Radu Mitrea
Girls (Matache) Alina Mocanu Teodora Sava Ioana Mîr?i Francesca Nicolescu Costina Cr?ciun Ana Nica V?cari
Isabela Chito?c? Ioana Savu Narcisa St?nescu Mikayla Kachur Geanina Mîndrescu
Over 24s (Brenciu) Katerina Biehu Jeremy Ragsdale Alexandra Cr?escu Vlad Gliga Armando Dr?gan Georgi Simeonov
Cristi Nistor Maria Gogu Miruna Ionescu Mike Obinna
Groups (Carla's) Ad Libitum Flashback 18:27 Dream Girls X Fusion Daudia
Random Artizan Debu & Vasâi Denisa & Rebeca

Four-chair challenge

This season, the categories will face the four-chair challenge. From the 41 acts competing (the Girls category had an extra act), at the end of this round, only 16 acts will go further in the competition.[6][7]

The four-chair challenge were broadcast from 23 November 2017 until 7 December 2017. This consisted in 4 episodes, one for each group.

Color key
     - Contestant was immediately eliminated after performance without switch
     - Contestant was switched out later in the competition and eventually eliminated
     - Contestant was not switched out and made the final four of their own category
Contestants performances on the four-chair challenge
Episode Category
Act Order Song Mentor's decision Switched with
Episode 12
(23 November)
Radu Mitrea 1 "Shape of You" Eliminated N/A
Alin Buruian? 2 "Ave Maria" Put in chair 1 --
Cristian Porcari 3 "Let Her Go" Put in chair 2 Viorel Grecu
Anton Banaghan 4 "Say You Won't Let Go" Put in chair 3 --
Simone Venditti 5 "I Believe I Can Fly " Eliminated N/A
Gabriel Haralambie 6 "A Song for You" Put in chair 4 --
Lilian Dobând? 7 "Too Close" Eliminated N/A
Sebastian H?d?rean 8 "Cine E?ti?" Eliminated N/A
Viorel Grecu 9 "1000 RPM" Put in chair 2 Pierluca Salvatore
Pierluca Salvatore 10 "A Sky Full of Stars" Put in chair 2 --
Episode 13
(24 November)
Alina Mocanu 1 1 "All I Could Do Was Cry" Put in chair 3 Teodora Sava
Geanina Mîndrescu 2 "Attention" Eliminated N/A
Mikayla Kachur 3 "Je veux" Eliminated N/A
Costina Cr?ciun 4 "Chain of Fools" Put in chair 2 Francesca Nicolescu
Ana Nica V?cari 5 "Tired" Put in chair 3 Alina Mocanu
Narcisa St?nescu 6 "Bang Bang" Eliminated N/A
Ioana Savu 7 "Rug" Put in chair 4 Ioana Mîr?i
Ioana Mîr?i 8 "When We Were Young" Put in chair 4 --
Teodora Sava 9 "Firework" Put in chair 1 --
Isabela Chito?c? 10 "Sweet Talker" Eliminated N/A
Francesca Nicolescu 11 "Jealous" Put in chair 2 --
Episode 14
(1 December)
Over 24s
Cristi Nistor 1 "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" Put in chair 1 Jeremy Ragsdale
Georgi Simeonov 2 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Put in chair 2 Alexandra Cr?escu
Maria Gogu 3 "Irreplaceable" Put in chair 3 Katerina Biehu
Mike Obinna 4 "Wake Me Up" Put in chair 4 Vlad Gliga
Vlad Gliga 5 "Dancing on My Own" Put in chair 4 --
Miruna Ionescu 6 "Sunt vagabondul vie?ii mele" Eliminated N/A
Katerina Biehu 7 "If I Were a Boy" Put in chair 3 --
Jeremy Ragsdale 8 "I Have Nothing" Put in chair 1 --
Alexandra Cr?escu 9 "One" Put in chair 2 --
Armando Dr?gan 10 "Paradise" Eliminated N/A
Episode 15
(7 December)
Artizan 1 "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" Put in chair 1 Ad Libitum
Denisa & Rebeca 2 "Million Reasons" Eliminated N/A
18:27 3 "Beggin'" Put in chair 2 --
Daudia 4 "All of Me" Put in chair 3 Flashback
Random 5 "Bird Set Free" Put in chair 4 X Fusion
Debu & V?sâi2 6 "Thinking Out Loud" Eliminated N/A
Ad Libitum 7 "That's Amore" Put in chair 1 --
X Fusion 8 "Addicted to You" Put in chair 4 Dream Girls
Flashback 9 ""/"Radioactive" Put in chair 3 --
Dream Girls 10 "Little Me" Put in chair 4 --


^ 1. The act Alina Mocanu was switched with Teodora Sava and therefore eliminated. After the performance of Isabela Chito?c?, Delia decided to recall Alina Mocanu in the competition, stating she has made a mistake, concluding with Ana Nica V?cari elimination.[8]
^ 2. The act Debu & V?sâi was offered a chair, but due to Debu's response when asked if they want a chair ("I don't care"), Carla's decided to eliminate them.


At the end of this round there will be 8 acts remaining, two for each category. The duels were broadcast on 8 December 2017.

Colour key:

     - Artist won the Duel and advanced to the Live shows

     - Artist lost the Duel and was eliminated

Contestants performances on the duels challenge
Episode Category (mentor) Duel Act Order Song Result
Episode 16
(8 December)
Boys (B?nic?) Duel 1 Pierluca Salvatore 1 "Writing's on the Wall" Finalist
Alin Buruian? 2 "Copacul" Eliminated
Duel 2 Anton Banaghan 9 "Supermarket Flowers" Finalist
Gabriel Haralambie 10 "Hero Eliminated
Girls (Matache) Duel 1 Teodora Sava 11 "The Voice Within" Finalist
Alina Mocanu 12 "All I Ask" Finalist
Duel 2 Francesca Nicolescu 3 "Lay Me Down" Eliminated
Ioana Mîr?i 4 "Eyes Shut" Eliminated
Over 24s (Brenciu) Duel 1 Katerina Biehu 7 "Skin" Finalist
Alexandra Cr?escu 8 "All by Myself" Eliminated
Duel 2 Vlad Gliga 15 "Love My Life" Eliminated
Jeremy Ragsdale 16 "Rolling in the Deep" Finalist
Groups (Carla's) Duel 1 Ad Libitum 13 "Nunta" Finalist
Flashback 14 "Numb/Encore" Finalist
Duel 2 18:27 5 "Human" Eliminated
Dream Girls 6 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Eliminated


In this season, like season 6, the public will have the chance to save one of the acts that competed in the Auditions. The most voted act will go directly to the Live Shows. In the first live show if one of the mentor decides to take him in his team, then he will go further in the competition, otherwise he will be sent home.

The winner of this season selected by the public was Francesca Nicolescu, from the Girls Category.


The nine finalists will compete in the Live Shows.

Color Key
     - Winner
     - Runner-up
     - Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (B?nic?) Anton Banaghan Pierluca Salvatore
Girls (Matache) Alina Mocanu Francesca Nicolescu Teodora Sava
Over 24s (Brenciu) Katerina Biehu Jeremy Ragsdale
Groups (Carla's) Ad Libitum Flashback

Live shows

Results summary

Color key
     - Contestant was announced as the winner.
     - Contestant has returned in the competition.
     - Contestant was not saved by its mentor and had to sing again in the duel.
     - Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated, no duel.
Live shows results per contestant
Contestant Live Show 1 Live Show 2 Live Show 3
Wildcard Elimination Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Round 2
Jeremy Ragsdale N/A Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
Ad Libitum N/A Duel Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
Francesca Nicolescu Returned Gala 1 Duel Safe Safe 3rd Eliminated (Gala 3)
Pierluca Salvatore N/A Duel Safe Safe 4th Eliminated (Gala 3)
Anton Banaghan N/A Safe Safe 5th Eliminated (Gala 2)
Teodora Sava N/A Safe Safe 6th Eliminated (Gala 2)
Flashback N/A Safe 7th Eliminated (Gala 2)
Katerina Biehu N/A 8th Eliminated (Gala 1)
Alina Mocanu N/A 9th Eliminated (Gala 1)
Brenciu's vote to save None Ragsdale None
Matache's vote to save Sava
B?nic?'s vote to save Banaghan
Carla's vote to save Flashback
Eliminated Alina Mocanu
by public vote
by public vote
Teodora Sava
by public vote
Pierluca Salvatore
by public vote
Ad Libitum
by public vote
Katerina Biehu
by public vote
Anton Banaghan
by public vote
Francesca Nicolescu
by public vote
Jeremy Ragsdale
by public vote
Reference(s) [9] [10][11][12][13][14][15] [16] [17][18] [19][20] [21]

Live show details

Live Show 1-15 December 2017

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Francesca Nicolescu 1 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Duel
Anton Banaghan 2 "Zece" Safe
Pierluca Salvatore 3 "The House of the Rising Sun" Duel
Katerina Biehu 4 "I'd Rather Go Blind" Duel
Jeremy Ragsdale 5 "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Safe
Ad Libitum 6 "Can't Help Falling in Love" Duel
Flashback 7 "Stressed Out" Safe
Alina Mocanu 8 "Bird Set Free" Duel
Teodora Sava 9 "Purple Rain" Safe
Duel details
Alina Mocanu 1 "Figures" Eliminated
Pierluca Salvatore 2 "Hold Back the River" Safe
Ad Libitum 3 "Adagio" Safe
Francesca Nicolescu 4 "People Help the People" Safe
Katerina Biehu 5 "Nici o stea" Eliminated

Live Show 2: Semifinal - 17 December 2017

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Round 1
Teodora Sava 1 "Listen" Safe
Flashback 2 "Written in the Stars" Eliminated
Anton Banaghan 3 "Who You Are" Safe
Jeremy Ragsdale 4 "Tu e?ti prim?vara mea" Safe
Pierluca Salvatore 5 "Recovery" Safe
Francesca Nicolescu 6 "I Am Changing" Safe
Ad Libitum 7 "Perfect" Safe
Round 2
Teodora Sava 1 "Alive" Eliminated
Jeremy Ragsdale 2 "Unchained Melody" Safe
Anton Banaghan 3 "Tears in Heaven" Eliminated
Francesca Nicolescu 4 "Joyful, Joyful" Safe
Ad Libitum 5 "Nessun dorma" Safe
Pierluca Salvatore 6 "Caruso" Safe

Live Show 3: Final - 22 December 2017

Round 1
  • Theme: Duet with special guest and with their mentor
Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order First Song
(duet with special guest)
Order Second Song
(duet with mentor)
Ad Libitum 1 "A fost o nebunie" (with Alina Eremia) 8 "Sub Pielea Mea (#Eroina)" (with Carla's Dreams) Safe
Pierluca Salvatore 2 "Runnin' (Lose It All)" (with Nicoleta Nuc?) 5 "Imagine" (with ?tefan B?nic? Jr.) 4th place
Jeremy Ragsdale 3 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (with Santa Claus ) 7 "What a Wonderful World " (with Horia Brenciu) Safe
Francesca Nicolescu 4 "Smells Like Teen Spirit " (with Liviu Teodorescu) 6 "Mul?umesc, iubit? mam?" (with Delia Matache) 3rd place
Round 2
  • Theme: Final
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order Song Result
Ad Libitum 1 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Runner-Up
Jeremy Ragsdale 2 "When a Man Loves a Woman" Winner


Ep Title Date National Urban 18-49 Source
1 Auditions 1 10 September 2017 1 048 5.8 646 6.6 300 13.1 [22]
2 Auditions 2 15 September 2017 890 5.0 481 4.9 250 5.6 [23]
3 Auditions 3 22 September 2017 1 116 6.2 542 5.6 301 6.7 [24]
4 Auditions 4 29 September 2017 967 5.4 557 5.7 291 6.4 [25]
5 Auditions 5 6 October 2017 1 091 6.1 570 5.9 298 6.6 [26]
6 Auditions 6 13 October 2017 925 5.1 484 5.0 257 5.7 [27]
7 Auditions 7 20 October 2017 1 106 6.1 602 6.2 319 7.1 [28]
8 Auditions 8 27 October 2017 1 066 5.9 608 6.2 316 7.0 [29]
9 Auditions 9 3 November 2017 1 027 5.7 568 5.8 314 7.0 [30]
10 Auditions 10 10 November 2017 906 5.0 468 4.8 263 5.9 [31]
11 Auditions 11 17 November 2017 826 5.0 480 4.9 261 5.8 [32]
12 Four-chair Challenge 1 23 November 2017 Unknown
13 Four-chair Challenge 2 24 November 2017 943 5.2 531 5.5 289 6.4 [33]
14 Four-chair Challenge 3 1 December 2017 787 4.4 429 4.5 235 5.3 [34]
15 Four-chair Challenge 4 7 December 2017
16 The Duels 8 December 2017
17 Live Show 1 15 December 2017
18 Live Show 2 17 December 2017
19 Live Show 3 22 December 2017


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