The X Factor (New Zealand series 2)

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The X Factor
Series 2
Broadcast from15 February (2015-02-15) –
18 May 2015 (2015-05-18)
JudgesMelanie Blatt
Stan Walker
Natalie Bassingthwaighte*

Shelton Woolright*
Natalia Kills*

Willy Moon*
Presenter(s)Dominic Bowden
BroadcasterTV3
Finals venueVector Arena
Winner
Beau Monga
OriginManurewa, South Auckland
Song"King and Queen"
Genre(s)Hip hop
MentorNatalie Bassingthwaighte
Runner-up
Nyssa Collins
Chronology

The second and final series of the New Zealand television reality music competition The X Factor premiered on TV3 in February 2015.[1] Pre-auditions began in October 2014. As well as again being open to singers aged 14 and over, the series was also open to bands, which had to contain no more than five members and have at least two singers.[2] The contestants were split into the show's four traditional categories: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups.[3]

The series premiered on Sunday 15 February,[4] and screened three nights per week (Sunday–Tuesday) until March 15, when it returned to the regular schedule of two nights per week (Sunday–Monday).[5] As well as being broadcast on TV3, the full series was also streamed live on TV3's website. The live shows were simulcast on More FM.[6]

The series was again hosted by Dominic Bowden.[7] Both former All Saints singer Melanie Blatt and Australian Idol winner Stan Walker returned to judge the series.[8] They were joined by new judges, married couple Willy Moon and Natalia Kills until the first live show, then former The X Factor Australia judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte and I Am Giant drummer Shelton Woolright from the second live show.

The series was accompanied by spin-off show The Xtra Factor, which was hosted by Guy Williams, Sharyn Casey, and Clint Roberts, and screened on Four immediately after The X Factor.[9][10]

As of February 2016, five acts from series 2 have been signed to a certain music label. Beau Monga, Mae Valley, Brendon Thomas and The Vibes were signed to Sony Music New Zealand, Stevie Tonks was signed to Christian music label "Parachute" and Finlay Robertson had received a grant by NZ On Air to release a single titled "Control".[11]

Development[edit]

The X Factor was created by Simon Cowell in the United Kingdom and the New Zealand version is based on the original UK series. Broadcast funding agency NZ On Air contributed $800,000 as a minority investor, for the production of 41 episodes of 60 minutes duration each.[12]

The series' broadcast sponsor is McDonald's, with Mazda, Fruttare, 2degrees and VO5 as programme partners.[13]

The initial pre-audition tour of 13 towns and cities was held in October and early November 2014, with the judges' auditions round filmed in Auckland in late November and early December. The Boot Camp round was filmed in mid-January 2015 in Auckland.[14]

Judges and host[edit]

In September, two of the judges from the first series, Stan Walker and Melanie Blatt, were confirmed to return as judges.[8] The other two judges from the first series, Daniel Bedingfield and Ruby Frost, were confirmed as not returning for the second series, with Frost wanting to focus on her music career.[15] In October the final two judges were confirmed as New Zealand-born singer Willy Moon and his wife, English singer Natalia Kills.[16] On 16 March 2015, only hours before the second live results show, Kills and Moon were sacked from the show after a public backlash ensued against the couple after they berated a contestant's appearance on air during the first live show the previous night (15 March). More than 50,000 people signed a petition to get the couple sacked. For the show on 16 March, there were only two judges on the panel.[17] The X Factor Australia judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte and New Zealand-born I Am Giant drummer Shelton Woolright were named as the replacements of Moon and Kills respectively.[18]

In August 2014, Dominic Bowden was confirmed to return as the host of the second series.[7]

Selection process[edit]

Pre-auditions[edit]

The first appeal for applicants was made on 24 August 2014, with the announcement of the application process and pre-audition tour details. Pre-auditions in front of the show's producers began on 11 October 2014 and travelled through 13 locations around New Zealand. This was a reduction from the 27 locations visited for the first series, with the second series focusing mainly on cities.[14][19] Bands were also able to pre-audition in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch or by uploading a performance video.[2]

Audition city/town Dates Venue
Auckland Central 11–12 October 2014 AUT City Campus
Queenstown 14 October 2014 Performing Arts Centre
Dunedin 15 October 2014 Forsyth Barr Stadium
Christchurch 16–17 October 2014 New Zealand Institute of Sport
Nelson 19 October 2014 Nelson College
Wellington 21–22 October 2014 Westpac Stadium
Palmerston North 24 October 2014 Regent Theatre
Napier 26 October 2014 Napier Boys' High School
Rotorua 27 October 2014 Rotorua Arts Village
Tauranga/Mt Maunganui 28 October 2014 Club Mount
Hamilton 29 October 2014 Wintec
Whangarei 30 October 2014 Whangarei Athletics Club
South Auckland 1–2 November 2014 Alfriston College

Judges' auditions[edit]

The auditionees chosen by the producers were invited back to the last set of auditions that took place in front of the judges and a live studio audience.[20] These auditions were filmed at SkyCity Theatre in Auckland from 26 November to 2 December 2014 and broadcast from 15 February. The successful contestants then progressed to the Boot Camp round.[21]

Notable returning auditionees included three contestants who had competed in the first series: Finlay Robertson, who made it to judges' retreats; Hannah Cosgrove, who reached the second day of Boot Camp; and Kalsey Goodall and Nofo Lameko, who also made it to Boot Camp. Stuss featured as Cassie Henderson's backing band in week eight of the first series' live shows. Steve Broad previously appeared on the second series of NZ Idol in 2005, where he placed third, and on Pop's Ultimate Star in 2007. Archie Hill and Rick Aslett [22] were two separate acts that appeared on series three of New Zealand's Got Talent (series 3) at the audition stage in 2013. Richard Aslett also went on to appear live as one of the "crowd favourites" at the finale of series 3 of NZGT in December 2013.[23]

  • Auditions 1 (15 February): Featured successful auditionees: Shayla Armstrong, Jazzy Axton, Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, Joe Irvine, Ralph Zambrano, Nofo Lameko, Beau Monga, Ellaphon Tauariki and Eb Skye.[24]
  • Auditions 2 (16 February) Featured successful auditionees: Michelle Beck, Liam Fitzsimon Cooper, Finlay Robertson, Matt Sainsbury, Tux Severne, Sarah Spicer and Stevie Tonks.[25]
  • Auditions 3 (17 February): Featured successful auditionees: Co-lab, Hannah Cosgrove, Dr3am, Fare Thee Well, Stuss and Urban Legacy.
  • Auditions 4 (22 February): Featured successful auditionees: Yolanda Bartram, Steve Broad, Teea Cecil, Nyssa Collins, Malakai Funaki, Archie Hill, Ria Hoeta, The Kicks, Mansweat, Anthony O'Hagan, Julie Rogers and Reiki Ruawai.
  • Auditions 5 (23 February): Featured successful auditionees: Ashy Batchelor, Lili Bayliss, Georgia Bishop, Abby Cristodoulou, Bethan Dunstone-Leith, Elae, Elijah and Leilani, Joseph Emanuel, Georgina Banfield, Hiki and Kerin, Llewellyn, Looking For Alaska, Kayla Mahon and Modulation.
  • Auditions 6 (24 February): Featured successful auditionees: Emma Amiri-Ghaemmaghamy, Talitha Blake, Shae Brider, Alfonso Fabras, Sally Faherty, Irene Folau, Kalsey Goodall, Micah Heath, Matthew Herd, Liam Jolly, Lydia Lewis, Johnny Searle and Izaia Tilialo.

Boot Camp[edit]

The Boot Camp round was filmed at Vector Arena in Auckland in mid-January 2015 and broadcast from 1 to 3 March. In the first part of Boot Camp, the 101 acts were divided into groups of eight and giving a song to sing. From here they were reduced down to a top 64 and were introduced to their category judge. In the six-seat challenge, the 12 acts in each category performed one song each for the judges and were allocated a seat or sent home. If all seats were filled, a swap had to take place with a previously seated contestant. Any contestant under 16 could not be swapped out if they were given a seat.[26][27]

The 24 successful acts were:

  • Boys: Micah Heath, Archie Hill, Nofo Lameko, Beau Monga, Reiki Ruawai, Stevie Tonks
  • Girls: Jazzy Axton, Georgina Banfield, Lili Bayliss, Nyssa Collins, Sally Faherty, Finlay Robertson
  • Over 25s: Talitha Blake, Steve Broad, Joseph Emanuel, Joe Irvine, Kayla Mahon, Sarah Spicer
  • Groups: Brendon Thomas & the Vibes, Duel, Fare Thee Well, Modulation, Stuss, Urban Legacy

Judges' retreats[edit]

The judges' retreats episodes were filmed over the month of February in locations in New Zealand and Thailand. Blatt mentored the Over 25s in Pattaya, Thailand, assisted by Nicole Appleton; Kills took the boys to Titirangi, assisted by contestant of the first series of The X Factor Benny Tipene; Moon has the Groups in Karaka, with musician and former New Zealand's Got Talent judge Jason Kerrison; and Walker took the girls to Bangkok, assisted by Ginny Blackmore. Moon created a new group, country duo Mae Valley, made up of Abby Christodoulou and Hannah Cosgrove who had previously been eliminated at Boot Camp.

At the end of judges' retreats, it was announced that each judge could bring one further act back as a wildcard, with the public voting for which of the four wildcards would become the 13th finalist.[28]

Key:

     – Wildcard winner
Summary of judges' retreats
Judge Category Location Assistant[29] Contestants eliminated Wildcard
Blatt Over 25s Pattaya Nicole Appleton Talitha Blake, Kayla Mahon Joseph Emanuel
Kills Boys Titirangi Benny Tipene Micah Heath, Reiki Ruawai Archie Hill
Moon Groups Karaka Jason Kerrison Duel, Modulation, Urban Legacy Mae Valley
Walker Girls Bangkok Ginny Blackmore Georgina Banfield, Sally Faherty Jazzy Axton

Finalists[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor)[3] Acts
Boys (Bassingthwaighte1) Nofo Lameko Beau Monga Stevie Tonks
Girls (Walker) Lili Bayliss Nyssa Collins Finlay Robertson
Over 25s (Blatt) Steve Broad Joe Irvine Sarah Spicer
Groups (Woolright1) Brendon Thomas and The Vibes Fare Thee Well Mae Valley Stuss
Notes
  1. ^ Originally Willy Moon mentored the Groups and Natalia Kills mentored the Boys until their dismissal as a judge from the show.

Live shows[edit]

The live shows began on 15 March 2015.[4] The shows were filmed at The X Factor NZ Studio in Favona, Auckland.[30] The finals were held in Vector Arena, in Auckland.

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order)
     – Contestant in the bottom two/three and had to perform in the final showdown
     – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – Contestant received the lowest number of public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Round 1 Round 2
Beau Monga Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(Week 10)
Nyssa Collins Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom three Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
(Week 10)
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes Safe Safe Safe 9th Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two 3rd Eliminated
(Week 10)
Stevie Tonks Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 9)
Steve Broad Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 8)
Lili Bayliss 12th Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 7)
Mae Valley Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 6)
Joe Irvine Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom three Eliminated
(Week 5)
Finlay Robertson Safe Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 5)
Sarah Spicer Safe Safe Safe 10th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Fare Thee Well Safe Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 3)
Nofo Lameko Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 2)
Stuss 13th Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Bayliss, Stuss Fare Thee Well, Lameko Bayliss, Fare Thee Well Brendon Thomas & The Vibes, Spicer Collins, Irvine Bayliss, Mae Valley Bayliss, Tonks Broad, Tonks Brendon Thomas & The Vibes, Tonks No final showdown/judges' vote; results were based on public votes alone
Bassingthwaite's vote to eliminate N/A Fare Thee Well Fare Thee Well Spicer Irvine Mae Valley Bayliss Broad Brendon Thomas & The Vibes
Blatt's vote to eliminate Bayliss Lameko Fare Thee Well Brendon Thomas & The Vibes Collins Mae Valley Bayliss Tonks Tonks
Walker's vote to eliminate Stuss Lameko Fare Thee Well Brendon Thomas & The Vibes Irvine Mae Valley Tonks Broad Tonks
Woolright's vote to eliminate N/A Lameko Bayliss Spicer Irvine Bayliss Bayliss Broad Tonks
Eliminated Stuss
1 of 2 votes
Deadlock
Nofo Lameko
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Fare Thee Well
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Sarah Spicer
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Finlay Robertson
Public vote to save
Mae Valley
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Lili Bayliss
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Steve Broad
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Stevie Tonks
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes
Third Place
Nyssa Collins
Runner-up
Joe Irvine
3 of 4 votes
Majority

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (15/16 March)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Nyssa Collins 1 "I Shot the Sheriff"/"Uptown Funk" Safe
Beau Monga 2 "Make It Bun Dem"/"Jamming" Safe
Fare Thee Well 3 "The Sound of Silence" Safe
Sarah Spicer 4 "Wrecking Ball" Safe
Stuss 5 "Girls" Bottom two
Nofo Lameko 6 "Cry Me a River" Safe
Lili Bayliss 7 "Rude" Bottom two
Brendon Thomas and the Vibes 8 "Lonely Boy" Safe
Stevie Tonks 9 "Young and Beautiful" Safe
Mae Valley 10 "If I Die Young" Safe
Steve Broad 11 "Drunk in Love" Safe
Finlay Robertson 12 "Chandelier" Safe
Joe Irvine 13 "Cry Me a River" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Stuss 1 "Shiver" Eliminated
Lili Bayliss 2 "No Scrubs" Safe
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Walker: Stuss – backed his own act, Lili Bayliss
  • Blatt: Lili Bayliss – thought it was the only fair way, since Stuss had no mentor backing them at the time

With the acts in the bottom two receiving one vote each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Stuss was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.

Notes
  • Kills and Moon appeared on Sunday's live show but were removed with immediate effect for Monday's show. Monday's show went ahead with only Blatt and Walker appearing on the panel with Walker looking after Kills's Boys and Blatt looking after Moon's Groups.
  • Studio versions of the contestants' performances were released on iTunes starting this week. A series first.
  • On 23 March 2015, the performances of three acts entered the NZ Singles Chart. Stevie Tonk's performance of "Young and Beautiful" debuted at number 5, Mae Valley's performance of "If I Die Young" debuted at number 10, and Lili Bayliss' performance of "Rude" debuted at number 18.

Week 2 (22/23 March)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Finlay Robertson 1 "FourFiveSeconds" Safe
Stevie Tonks 2 "Like I Can" Safe
Sarah Spicer 3 "Love Me like You Do" Safe
Fare Thee Well 4 "Style" Bottom two
Joe Irvine 5 "Take Me to Church" Safe
Nofo Lameko 6 "Special" Bottom two
Nyssa Collins 7 "Dear Future Husband"/"All About That Bass" Safe
Beau Monga 8 "Happy"/"Drop It Like It's Hot"/"Beat It" Safe
Mae Valley 9 "Up" Safe
Steve Broad 10 "Jealous" Safe
Brendon Thomas and the Vibes 11 "Budapest" Safe
Lili Bayliss 12 "Earned It" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Fare Thee Well 1 "If I Ain't Got You" Safe
Nofo Lameko 2 "Valerie" Eliminated
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Woolright: Nofo Lameko – backed his own act, Fare Thee Well
  • Bassingthwaighte: Fare Thee Well – backed her own act, Nofo Lameko
  • Blatt: Nofo Lameko – had never felt a connection with Nofo
  • Walker: Nofo Lameko – based on what he saw in the future for the performers
Notes
  • On 30 March 2015, Brendon Thomas and the Vibes' performance of "Budapest" debuted at number 12 on the NZ Singles Chart. Their performance of "Budapest" retained its spot at number 12 for a second week.

Week 3 (30/31 March)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Fare Thee Well 1 "In the Summertime" Bottom two
Joe Irvine 2 "Summer of '69" Safe
Beau Monga 3 "Señorita" Safe
Lili Bayliss 4 "Only Girl (In the World)" Bottom two
Mae Valley 5 "Somewhere in My Car" Safe
Steve Broad 6 "Summertime Sadness" Safe
Finlay Robertson 7 "Bang Bang" Safe
Stevie Tonks 8 "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" Safe
Nyssa Collins 9 "How Will I Know" Safe
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 10 "I'm Shakin'" Safe
Sarah Spicer 11 "Summertime" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Fare Thee Well 1 "Hallelujah" Eliminated
Lili Bayliss 2 "Naughty Girl" Safe
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Walker: Fare Thee Well – backed his own act, Lili Bayliss
  • Woolright: Lili Bayliss – backed his own act, Fare Thee Well
  • Bassingthwaighte: Fare Thee Well – gave no reason
  • Blatt: Fare Thee Well – thought Bayliss could hold a more sustainable career in the music industry
Notes
  • This week's shows were moved to Monday and Tuesday nights to avoid the Sunday night show clashing with the final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[35]
  • On 3 April 2015, Nyssa Collins performance of "How Will I Know" debuted at number 19 on the NZ Singles Chart.

Week 4 (6/7 April)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Sarah Spicer 1 "What's Up?" Bottom two
Nyssa Collins 2 "A Thousand Miles" Safe
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 3 "My Sharona" Bottom two
Finlay Robertson 4 "Somebody That I Used to Know" Safe
Joe Irvine 5 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Safe
Stevie Tonks 6 "Crazy" Safe
Mae Valley 7 "Teenage Dirtbag" Safe
Lili Bayliss 8 "Tainted Love"/"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Safe
Steve Broad 9 "Stay" Safe
Beau Monga 10 "Freestyler" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Sarah Spicer 1 "At Last" Eliminated
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 2 "Power of Soul" Safe
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Woolright: Sarah Spicer – backed his own act, Brendon Thomas and The Vibes
  • Blatt: Brendon Thomas and The Vibes – backed her own act, Sarah Spicer
  • Bassingthwaighte: Sarah Spicer – based her decision on who could sell more records
  • Walker: Brendon Thomas and The Vibes – unable to decide and so voted in favour of a deadlock

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Sarah Spicer was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.

Notes
  • On 13 April 2015, the performances of two acts entered the NZ Singles Chart. Stevie Tonk's performance of "Crazy" debuted at number 5 and Lili Bayliss' performance of "Tainted Love / Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" debuted at number 14. Tonks' performance of "Crazy" managed to stay on the charts for a second week but dropped to number 18.

Week 5 (12/13 April)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Finlay Robertson 1 "Shake It Off" Eliminated
Joe Irvine 2 "Lego House" Bottom three
Beau Monga 3 "I Knew You Were Trouble" Safe
Lili Bayliss 4 "The A Team" Safe
Steve Broad 5 "Blank Space" Safe
Mae Valley 6 "Sparks Fly" Safe
Nyssa Collins 7 "Safe & Sound" Bottom three
Stevie Tonks 8 "Give Me Love" Safe
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 9 "Make It Rain" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Nyssa Collins 1 "Slow Motion" Safe
Joe Irvine 2 "Wake Me Up" Eliminated
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Blatt: Nyssa Collins - backed her own act, Joe Irvine
  • Walker: Joe Irvine - backed his own act, Nyssa Collins
  • Woolright: Joe Irvine - based on their ability to sell records
  • Bassingthwaighte: Joe Irvine - gave no reason
Notes
  • For a series first a charity single consisting of the Top 12 was created to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. The single was a cover version of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song". All money raised towards buying the single would go to Ronald McDonald House. The single's music video debuted on The Xtra Factor and was later released on iTunes which debuted at #2 soon climbing to #1
  • After her elimination on The X Factor, Finlay announced on The Xtra Factor that her save me song would've been "Tragedy" by Christina Perri. She later sang a line of the song on the show.
  • On 17 April 2015, the performances of three acts entered the NZ Singles Chart. Brendon Thomas and The Vibes' performance of "Make It Rain" debuted at number 13, Stevie Tonk's performance of "Give Me Love" debuted at number 14 and Mae Valley's performance of "Sparks Fly" debuted at number 20.

Week 6 (19/20 April)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song Chosen by[38] Result
Mae Valley 1 "Landslide" Israel Dagg Bottom two
Stevie Tonks 2 "Hold Back the River" Jay-Jay Harvey Safe
Nyssa Collins 3 "Superstition" Awen Guttenbeil Safe
Steve Broad 4 "Ghost" Kylie Bax Safe
Lili Bayliss 5 "That's Not My Name" Dominic Harvey Bottom two
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 6 "Little Monster" Jono and Ben Safe
Beau Monga 7 "Gold Digger" DJ Sir-Vere Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Mae Valley 1 "Lay Me Down" Eliminated
Lili Bayliss 2 "You're The One That I Want" Safe
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Walker: Mae Valley - backed his own act, Lili Bayliss
  • Woolright: Lili Bayliss - backed his own act, Mae Valley
  • Blatt: Mae Valley - based on their ability to sell records
  • Bassingthwaighte: Mae Valley - gave no reason
Notes
  • This week's song choices were individually chosen for each act by a New Zealand celebrity.
  • On 24 April 2015, the performances of two acts entered the NZ Singles Chart. Mae Valley's performance of "Landslide" debuted at number 17 and Beau Monga's performance of "Gold Digger" debuted at number 20.

Week 7 (26/27 April)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song Musical hero Result
Stevie Tonks 1 "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson Bottom two
Lili Bayliss 2 "Back to Black"/"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" Amy Winehouse Bottom two
Beau Monga 3 "Goody Goody" Frankie Lymon Safe
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 4 "Higher Ground" Stevie Wonder Safe
Nyssa Collins 5 "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" Alicia Keys Safe
Steve Broad 6 "Climax" Usher Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Lili Bayliss 1 "Blue Jeans" Eliminated
Stevie Tonks 2 "Grenade" Safe
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Bassingthwaighte: Lili Bayliss - backed her own act, Stevie Tonks
  • Walker: Stevie Tonks - backed his own act, Lili Bayliss
  • Woolright: Lili Bayliss - thought that Stevie had the better voice
  • Blatt: Lili Bayliss - due to her being in the bottom two four times
Notes
  • No songs from this week's performances appeared on New Zealand music charts.

Week 8 (3/4 May)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order Song Mentored by[41] Result
Nyssa Collins 1 "Wake Up" Aaradhna Safe
Steve Broad 2 "Always on My Mind" Tiki Taane Bottom two
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 3 "Bathe in the River" Hollie Smith Safe
Stevie Tonks 4 "Oh My" Gin Wigmore Bottom two
Beau Monga 5 "Fade Away" Che Fu Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Stevie Tonks 1 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Safe
Steve Broad 2 "I Lived" Eliminated
Judges' vote to eliminate
  • Bassingthwaighte: Steve Broad - backed her own act, Stevie Tonks
  • Blatt: Stevie Tonks - backed her own act, Steve Broad
  • Woolright: Steve Broad - felt Stevie would have a successful career in the music industry
  • Walker: Steve Broad - felt Stevie deserved to be in the competition longer
Notes
  • The remaining five acts were solely mentored by their given celebrity and then performed a song by that particular artist.[41]
  • With the elimination of Steve Broad, Melanie Blatt has no more acts left.
  • No songs from this week's performances appeared on New Zealand music charts.

Week 9: Semifinal (10/11 May)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order Number Ones Order Songs for Mum Result
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 1 "Another Brick In the Wall" 7 "Imagine"/"You Can't Always Get What You Want" Bottom two
Beau Monga 2 "My Love"/"La La La" 5 "Silly Love Songs" Safe
Stevie Tonks 3 "Some Nights" 8 "Fix You" Bottom two
Nyssa Collins 4 "Am I Wrong"/"Yeah 3x" 6 "Crazy" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song Result
Stevie Tonks 1 "Over the Rainbow" Eliminated
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 2 "My Generation" Safe
Judges' vote to eliminate and send through to the final
  • Woolright: Stevie Tonks – Gave no reason, but effectively backed his own act, Brendon Thomas and The Vibes.
  • Bassingthwaighte: Brendon Thomas and The Vibes – Gave no reason, but effectively backed her own act, Stevie Tonks.
  • Walker: Stevie Tonks – Based on who had a better performance in the final showdown.
  • Blatt: Stevie Tonks – Based on who had a better performance in the final showdown.
Notes
  • For the first time this series, each act performed two songs.
  • This was the final week were a final showdown decided who would go home for this series.
  • The competing acts of the sixth series of the New Zealand version of Dancing With the Stars were announced during ninth results show.
  • No songs from this week's performances appeared on New Zealand music charts.

Week 10: Final (17/18 May)[edit]

17 May[edit]

  • Themes: Party songs, Judges' choice
  • Musical guest: I Am Giant ("Kiss From A Ghost")
Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
Act Order Party songs Order Judges' choice
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 1 "Are You Gonna Go My Way" 5 "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay"
Nyssa Collins 2 "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"/"Thriller" 6 "Don't Dream It's Over"
Beau Monga 3 "Insane in the Brain" 4 "The Roimata Song"

18 May[edit]

Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
Act Order Audition song Order Winners single Result
Beau Monga 1 "Hit the Road Jack"/"Fever"/"Feeling Good" 4 "King and Queen" Winner
Nyssa Collins 2 "Saving All My Love For You" 5 "18" Runner-up
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes 3 "Foxy Lady" N/A N/A (already eliminated) 3rd Place

Notes[edit]

  • On 22 May 2015, the performances of two acts entered the NZ Singles Chart. Beau Monga's performance of "The Roimata Song" debuted at number 7 and Nyssa Collins' performance of "Don't Dream It's Over" debuted at number 8.

Charity single[edit]

In April it was announced that the finalists had recorded a charity single, a cover of Rachel Platten's single "Fight Song". The charity single was released on 13 April is in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities in New Zealand. The single debuted at number 13 on the Official New Zealand Singles Chart.[43] The final 13 acts performed the song live on the week six results show.[40]

Reception[edit]

Critique and controversies[edit]

Producer interference[edit]

In December 2014, vlogger Brad Fisher claimed that during a taping of the judges' auditions, he saw the show's producer giving the judges hand signals to guide them on which contestants to put through to Boot Camp.[44][45] However, judge Stan Walker denied the claims, saying that while the producers give the judges background information on the contestants, it was up to the judges to choose who goes through.[46]

Natalia Kills outburst[edit]

During the filming of the final judges' auditions session in December 2014, while giving feedback to busker Sally Faherty, judge Natalia Kills used strong language, including profanity, to admonish audience members. Some members of the audience were shocked at the outburst and walked out. A TV3 spokeswoman said both the network and Kills apologised for the incident.[47] The incident was featured in the final audition episode, with the profanity bleeped out. Faherty was also heard using bleeped language backstage.[48]

Shae Brider[edit]

In the sixth audition show, singer Shae Brider auditioned and was put through to the Boot Camp round. In the episode, Brider revealed that he had been involved in a 2004 murder in Wanganui and had served six years in prison for manslaughter.[49] In reaction to criticism from the public and media, MediaWorks New Zealand issued a statement saying that Brider's criminal record had been fully disclosed when he entered The X Factor and that the New Zealand justice system considers that Brider has paid his debt to society and apologised for any distress the episode may have caused viewers.[50] Donna Travers, the mother of Brider's victim, told media she was "devastated" by Brider's X Factor appearance and felt "revictimised".[51][52] Brider later told media that he regretted appearing on the series and had not thought through the impact of his appearance.[53] TV3 announced that the first two bootcamp episodes would start with an apology to Travers and her family.[54] International The X Factor producers FremantleMedia Australia and Syco Entertainment discussed the situation with the show's producers, with a spokesperson for FreemantleMedia describing the inclusion of Brider on the show was "a very poor editorial decision" and that "a more rigid approval process" would ensure a similar situation would not happen in future.[55]

Critique of contestant[edit]

During the first live show, Kills bullied and humiliated Joe Irvine during the judges' comments, stating that there was "a doppelganger in our midst".[56] Kills called out Irvine on his apparent copying of her husband, Willy Moon's hairstyle and dress sense. Kills deemed the contestant a "laughing stock", overtly "cheesy" and "disgusting".[57] Moon continued her rant, saying that Irvine was "like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother's clothing, it's just a little bit creepy". Viewer response to the comments was overwhelmingly negative, with some calling for Kills and Moon to be fired from the show mid-series, some calling them out on their hypocrisy about originality and others simply stating the comments to be disgusting themselves. A Facebook page demanding the two be fired was set up on 15 March 2015, and within twelve hours had amassed over 50,000 likes.[58] The incident led to criticism from the show's sponsors, franchise owner and fellow judges.[56]

A change.org petition asking TV3 to "Take Natalia Kills off XFactor", calling for the removal of only Kills without mentioning her husband, had attracted 77,049 signatures.[59] Moon and Kills were both fired from the show the day after the incident and left Auckland for Los Angeles.[60][61] Upon arrival in Los Angeles, Kills made her first public comments on the controversy by wishing luck to Joe Irvine and those in her former category luck in the competition, dismissing the idea of a "manufactured conspiracy" and also stated that "there are many sides to this story".[62] The following day both Kills and Moon made further comments via Twitter, with Kills explicitly apologising to Joe Irvine, while Moon wished him luck in the competition.[63][64] Kills and Moon were replaced by former X Factor Australia judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte and New Zealand-born drummer Shelton Woolright respectively with immediate effect from the second live show, with the former going on to eventually mentor the winning act, Beau Monga.[65]

Ratings[edit]

  • The premiere episode for the second season had an average audience of 343,280. Down 26% from the previous season
  • Overall over 1.3 million people watched the first week of the second series.
  • Overall the series had an average audience of 328,160 viewers. Down 18% from the average of the previous season.

N.Z. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Colour key:
     – Highest rating during the season
     – Lowest rating during the season
Ep. # Episode Airdate Timeslot Average Viewers Rank (Night) TV3+1 Viewers Total Viewers Rank (Day) Ref
1 Auditions 1 Sunday February 15, 2015 7:00 - 8:35pm 304,500 #3 38,780 343,280 #5 [66]
2 Auditions 2 Monday February 16, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 354,750 #1 23,190 377,940 #4 [67]
3 Auditions 3 Tuesday February 17, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 344,080 #1 32,570 376,650 #4 [68]
4 Auditions 4 Sunday February 22, 2015 7:00 - 8:35pm 328,650 #2 40,420 369,070 #4 [69]
5 Auditions 5 Monday February 23, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 325,100 #1 38,050 363,150 #4 [70]
6 Auditions 6 Tuesday February 24, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 358,300 #1 44,880 403,180 #3 [71]
7 Boot Camp, Top 64 Revealed Sunday March 1, 2015 7:00 - 8:35pm 252,610 #3 65,400 318,010 #5 [72]
8 Six Chair Challenge, Boys and Overs Monday March 2, 2015 7:35 - 8:35pm 318,200 #2 22,100 340,300 #5 [73]
9 Six Chair Challenge, Groups and Girls Tuesday March 3, 2015 7:35 - 8:35pm 306,180 #4 22,620 328,800 #5 [74]
10 Judges Reatreats, Girls and Overs Sunday March 8, 2015 7:00 - 8:35pm 259,940 #3 24,830 284,770 #5 [75]
11 Judges Reatreats, Groups and Boys Monday March 9, 2015 7:35 - 8:35pm 307,400 #2 25,840 333,240 #5 [76]
12 Judges Reatreats, Top 12 Reveal Tuesday March 10, 2015 7:35 - 8:35pm 316,750 #3 36,380 353,130 #4 [77]
13 Live Show 1 Friday March 15, 2015 7:35 - 9:35pm 281,020 #2 33,490 314,510 #4 [78]
14 Live Results 1 Saturday March 16, 2015 7:30 - 8:30pm 438,320 #1 45,390 483,710 #3 [79]
15 Live Show 2 Friday March 22, 2015 7:00 - 9:10pm 314,870 #1 22,890 337,760 #3 [80]
16 Live Results 2 Saturday March 23, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 237,120 #4 18,150 255,270 #7 [81]
17 Live Show 3 Monday March 30, 2015 7:30 - 9:40pm 324,470 #2 15,890 340,360 #4 [82]
18 Live Results 3 Tuesday March 31, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm N/A
19 Live Show 4 Monday April 6, 2015 7:30 - 9:30pm 236,450 #3 22,890 337,760 #3 [83]
20 Live Results 4 Tuesday April 7, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 247,110 #3 13,910 261,020 #7 [84]
21 Live Show 5 Sunday April 12, 2015 7:00 - 8:55pm 261,860 #3 26,550 288,410 #5 [85]
22 Live Results 5 Monday April 13, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 336,700 #2 24,600 361,300 #5 [85]
23 Live Show 6 Sunday April 19, 2015 7:00 - 8:30pm 291,170 #3 19,850 311,020 #5 [86]
24 Live Results 6 Monday April 20, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 271,810 #4 21,100 292,910 #6 [87]
25 Live Show 7 Sunday April 26, 2015 7:00 - 8:35pm 265,170 #3 17,800 282,970 #5 [88]
26 Live Results 7 Monday April 27, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 283,890 #4 N/A 283,890 #10 [89]
27 Live Show 8 Sunday May 3, 2015 7:00 - 8:30pm 242,070 #3 31,620 273,690 #5 [90]
28 Live Results 8 Monday May 4, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 287,130 #4 12,650 299,780 #8 [91]
29 Live Show 9 Sunday May 10, 2015 7:00 - 8:40pm 341,460 #2 10,270 351,730 #4 [92]
30 Live Results 9 Monday May 11, 2015 7:30 - 8:35pm 240,620 #4 N/A 240,620 #8 [93]
31 Grand Final Performances Sunday May 17, 2015 7:00 - 8:35pm 325,740 #2 25,970 351,710 #4 [94]
32 Grand Final Decider Monday May 18, 2015 7:30 - 9:30pm 326,380 #3 33,530 359,910 #6 [95]

Notes[edit]

  • Kills and Moon were fired following the first live show, being replaced by Bassingthwaighte and Woolwright starting on live show two.

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