|The Voice of Germany|
|Founded by||Talpa Germany|
Selection process and format
Unlike Pop Idol, The X Factor has no upper-age limit, groups can apply, and contestants are also split into categories. Cowell said, "We're trying to create a different competition. Hopefully we're going to be able to appeal to somebody over the age of 35 who keeps saying to me 'there aren't any artists I like in the competition'. It's amazing, but we haven't catered for older record buyers who want to buy into the new Cliff Richard or whatever."
The series consits of four categories: the "Overs 25s" , the "Girls", the "Boys" and the "Groups".
In all series, the public chose which judge mentored which category via a Twitter vote.
As in the previous national selections, NDR offered fans of the show the ability to vote for their favorite artists by purchasing the studio versions of the songs that they perform on the live show each week via the iTunes Store. Alternative methods of voting can be done through toll-free phone calls (until 2015), text messaging, the show's app, and through online votes via Prosieben.de and Facebook. Each method is limited to ten votes per user. Voting lasts until noon EST the next day.
Only the studio recording of the contestants' performances, not the live performance, are available on iTunes.
Coaches and hosts
The coaches of the first season have been presented on 08 December 2016: Johannes Oerding, Lena, Sarah Connor and Stefanie Kloß are the very first coaches.
Lena Gercke was presented as the first season's host.
Battle round advisors are first listed; additional advisors and their roles are denoted by superscripts.
|Season||First aired||Last aired||Winner||Runner-up||Other finalist(s)||Winning coach||Host(s)||Coaches (chair's order)|
|1||TBA, 2016||TBA, 2016||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||Lena Gercke||Johannes Oerding||Lena||Sarah Connor||Stefanie Kloß|
Names in bold type indicate the winner of the season.
The first season of X Factor Germany premiered on TBA, 2016, and concluded on TBA. The coaching panel consisted of Johannes Oerding, Lena, Sarah Connor and Stefanie Kloß. Lena Gercke respectively appeared as the host and social media correspondent. Contestant auditions were held in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, and Stuttgart during October.
Each coach was allowed to advance four top to the live shows:
|Team Johannes||Team Lena||Team Sarah||Team Stefanie|
Three finalists were advanced to the final round. TBA was announced as the winner of the season, while TBA was declared the runner-up. Third and fourth places were TBA and TBA.