X Factor and Idol are two long-running TV talent shows that have been the origin of many Eurovision contestants in recent years, including two winners. This year eight artists have a history on one of those talent shows, including three season winners and a couple of judges. Let’s take a look.
Australia – Dami Im
In 2013, Dami Im was the unexpected star of the third series of The X Factor in Australia. She went on to win the series, impressing both the judges and the audience with her powerful vocals. Here is her signature version of Prince’s power ballad “Purple Rain”.
Bulgaria – Poli Genova
After representing Bulgaria at Eurovision in 2011, Poli got a gig as one of the judges on the first series of X Factor in Bulgaria. Here she is returning to the show in 2015 for a duet with current judge Lucy Diakovska.
Italy – Francesca Michielin
In 2011, at the age of 16, Francesca won the fifth series of the Italian X Factor. On the series, Francesca showed off her love of classic rock, putting modern spins on rock favourites. Here’s her take on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Higher Ground”.
Highway were one of the two Montengrin acts to make it to the live shows of the Balkan region’s X Factor Adria, where they finished fourth. Then a three-piece group known as Highway Trio, here the band perform the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know”, accompanied by a dancer whose hairography seems to be the inspiration for their “The Real Thing” video.
Poland: Michal Szpak
A young Michal Spzak challenged viewers of the first series of the Polish X Factor in 2011 with his bold androgynous look. But it was his powerhouse vocals that won audiences over, taking him to a second place finish. Here’s his X Factor audition, with subtitles.
Idol / Superstar
Czech Republic Gabriela Guncikova
In 2011, Gabriela was a contestant on Cesko Slovenska SuperStar (Czech-Slovak Idol), where she came second. On the show she established herself as a rock chick, tackling both ballads and more upbeat songs.
Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann
Jüri won the 2015 series of Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonian Idol), with fellow Eesti Laul 2016 contestant Gertu Pabbo coming second. Here’s Jüri performing James Bay’s “Hold Back the River”.
FYR Macedonia – Kaliopi
In 2010, Kaliopi was a judge on the first (and only) series of Macedonian Idol, sharing her many years of showbiz experience with the contestants. Here she is showing the wannabes how it’s done.
We’ve already looked at artists who have appeared on The Voice, and coming up we’ll take a look at Eurovision artists who have come from other talent shows.