Nouvelle Star

Nouvelle Star
Created by Simon Fuller
Starring Benjamin Castaldi (2003-06, 2015-)
Virginie Efira (2006-08)
Virginie Guilhaume (2008-10)
Cyril Hanouna (2012-14)
Country of origin France
No. of series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Producer(s) FremantleMedia
Original network M6 (2003–2010)
D8 (2012- present)
Original release 27 March 2003 – present
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Finalists (with dates of elimination)
Series 1 (2003)
Jonatan Cerrada Winner
Thierry Amiel 10 July
Jean-Sébastien Lavoie 3 July
Alexis Juliard 26 June
Laetizia Alberti 19 June
Yoann Kelyann 12 June
Jonathan Hassen-Ali 5 June
Cindie Bruzzi 29 May
Priscilla 22 May
Gabrielle Ducomble 15 May
Series 2 (2004)
Steeve Estatof Winner
Julien Laurence 13 May
Amel Bent 6 May
Laura Tabourin 29 April
Charles Cattaert 22 April
Babeth Lando 15 April
Pascal Crisinel 8 April
John Zéra 1 April
Geoffrey Lupart 25 March
SimonGad Barbey 17 March
Series 3 (2005)
Myriam Abel Winner
Pierrick Lilliu 12 May
Roland Karl 5 May
Mervyn Kennedy-Macfoy 28 April
Francine Massiani 21 April
Dan Pérez 14 April
Sarah Riani 7 April
Philippe Léger 31 March
Benjamin Delcroix 24 March
Malik Hemaidi 16 March
Series 4 (2006)
Christophe Willem Winner
Dominique Michalon 8 June
Gaël Faure 31 May
Cindy Santos 24 May
Valérie Castan 17 May
Florian Lesca 12 May
Bruno Rua 4 May
Stéphanie Lipstadt 26 April
Beverly 19 April
Joana Boumendil 12 April
Series 5 (2007)
Julien Doré Winner
Tigane Drammeh 13 June
Gaëtane Abrial 7 June
Julie Mazi 31 May
Pierre Darmon 24 May
Raphaëlle Dess 17 May
Soma Dufour 9 May
Alex Fondja 2 May
Canelle Zahy 25 April
Ilyes Yangui 18 April
Series 6 (2008)
Amandine Bourgeois Winner
Benjamin Siksou 11 June
Cédric Oheix 4 June
Ycare Cavens 28 May
Jules Pélissier 21 May
Lucile Malghem 15 May
Thomas Marfisi 7 May
Kristov Leroy 9 April/30 April
Siân Pottok 23 April
Julien Pierson 16 April
Series 7 (2009)
Soan Winner
Leïla Aissaoui 9 June
Camélia Jordana 2 June
Thomas Bonneau 26 May
Dalé Grenoble 19 May
Damien Vanni 12 May
Lary Lambert 5 May
Mahdi Jaggae 28 April
Mélissa Reffas 21 April
Yoann Pigny 14 April
Series 8 (2010)
Luce Winner
François Raoult 16 June
Ramon Mirabet 9 June
Lussi Lebrun 2 June
Benjamin Boehm 26 May
Dave Mgy 19 May
Annabelle 13 May
Stéphanie Vondenhoff 5 May
Sacha Page 28 April
Marine Villeret 21 April
Series 9 (2012–13)
Sophie-Tith Winner
Florian Bertonnier 26 February
Philippe Krier 19 February
Florian "Flo" Devos 12 February
Julie Obré 5 February
Paul Kay 29 January
Timothée Rossignol 22 January
Charlotte Morgane Berry 15 January
Adélaïde Pratoussy 15 January (jury)
Léa Layne 15 January (jury)
Series 10 (2013–14)
Mathieu Saikaly Winner
Yseult Onguenet 20 February
Pauline de Tarragon 13 February
Alvaro Echánove 6 February
Dana Ali-Ahmad 30 January
Sirine Betton 23 January
Mehdi Dahmane 16 January
Claudia Chu 9 January
Léopoldine Hummel 2 January
Hugo Chalan-Marchio 19 December
Kimberly Kitson 19 December
Julie Dessoude 12 December
Chehinaze 12 December
Ezra Van Vliet 12 December
Laura Migné 12 December
Marc Touati 12 December
Series 11 (2014–15)
Emji Winner
Mathieu Kolanek 12 March
Martial Betirac 5 March
Pauline Laffitte 26 February
Mickaël Aubertin 19 February
Maëva Bellocq 12 February
Nelson Vard 12 February
Kevin Cohen 5 February
Noémie Lemarchand 29 January
Ursula Ravelo 22 January
22 January

Nouvelle Star (a.k.a. À la Recherche de la Nouvelle Star for the first series) is a French television series based on the popular Pop Idol programme produced by FremantleMedia. It was broadcast by M6 in seasons 1–8 and is currently broadcast on D8.

It was hosted by Benjamin Castaldi for the first three series (2003–2005). He also hosted 13 episodes of Series 4 (2006). Virginie Efira presented the remainder of Series 4, as well as presenting Series 5 and 6 (2007 and 2008). Seasons 7 (2009) and 8 (2010) are presented by Virginie Guilhaume. Since season 9, Cyril Hanouna is the Nouvelle Star's TV host.

On 4 July 2012, Bibiane Godfroid, program director of Nouvelle Star announced that the show will not return on M6 but will instead be on D8, after its acquisition by Canal +.

Format of the series

The four members of the jury have to judge about 25,000 contestants in various towns around France and Belgium. Until the final rounds begin, the show presents both the successful and the poorest performers, known as the "inoubliables" (unforgettable ones). Some of the worst performers have also performed as guests during the final stages.

Of the 25,000 contestants, only 150 (140 in series 6) are selected for the next round of auditions, which takes place at the Theatre Trianon in central Paris. There are two auditions over the space of three days, the highlights of which are shown over the course of two shows. Specific exercises are given to the contestants in order to evaluate their artistic talents: pitch, rhythmic accuracy, ability to remember lyrics and to learn songs, sing in a trio, and deal with tiredness and stress, etc. During the first day of the Theatre stage of auditions, contestants perform on stage in lines of eight, each contestant performing the song of their choice a capella. On day 2, 70 contestants who made it through the previous day are given a choice of three songs (two specifically for boys or for girls, and one for both, as of Series 6) and have to form trios with other contestants of their choice but of the same sex, they will be accompanied by a guitar and a piano. The 50 remaining contestants will interpret a song, in French, accompanied by an orchestra band. For the first time at this ultimate step before the live primes, this year, the contestants have performed in front of more than 400 persons including the jury at the theatre.

The jury will have to decide between 20 remaining contestants (27 in series 6) on a television screen, reviewing the all auditions of those contestants, of which they will select 15 for the first live television prime where they will be submitted to viewers' vote. In series 6, the viewers rejected 6 contestants of which the jury saved one.

There is no wildcard round in the French format, and viewers only vote by text or by phone. Only viewers' votes decide of the result during the prime, but the judges comment by giving first an illustrated verdict by colored traffic lights in front of them Blue for Good, and Red for bad performance (coloured lights introduced in series 5, and taken the form of traffic lights in series 6). The voting is different from American Idol as viewers vote during the programme and results are given at the end of it, by Virginie (The Host) and Maitre Najar(bailiff), where Virginie selects at random the saved contestants leaving only the ones dropped by the viewers. The previous series' jury (Mainly Marianne James) was used to contesting a lot the results.


The first series featured auditions in France, Belgium, and Quebec, Canada. Later series dropped Quebec from the audition tour, as Canadian Idol had started, and therefore, Francophones could audition in their home country.

For Nouvelle Star's seasons 2, 3 and 4, auditions were held in Toulouse, Rennes, Marseilles, Lyon, and Paris and in one location in Belgium, at Liège. No auditions were held in Canada.


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Nouvelle Star, ça continue...

Nouvelle Star, ça continue... is a program broadcast directly after the prime Nouvelle Star shows. It was broadcast on Fun TV (2003-2005), W9 (2006-2009), M6 (2010) and now on D8. The show includes interviews with judges, saved or eliminated contestants des jurés, invited musical guests. Hosts were Adrien Lemaître on Fun TV, Alexandre Devoise, Jérôme Anthony and Sidonie Bonnec all on W9, Estelle Denis and Jérôme Anthony on M6 with Camille Combal giving a diary, Enora Malagré on D8.

Saga Nouvelle Star

Saga Nouvelle Star or La Saga Nouvelle Star was an old daily show hosted by Virginie Efira on M6, following various seasons of the Nouvelle Star show. It was broadcast only in 2007 and then stopped. In each show, she would present Top des Inoubliables internationaux (meaning best of international unforgettables), being winners from various countries where Idol series are broadcast. Broadcast at 19h00 in access prime time, it brought in an average 1.1 million of viewers.


Season Premiere Final Winner Runner-up Third place Judges Host(s)
1* 27 March 2003 10 July 2003 Jonatan Cerrada Thierry Amiel Jean Sébastien Lavoie Dove Attia
Varda Kakon
Lionel Florence
André Manoukian
Benjamin Castaldi
2 11 February 2004 13 May 2004 Steeve Estatof Julien Laurence Amel Bent Dove Attia
Marianne James
Manu Katché
André Manoukian
3 11 February 2004 13 May 2004 Myriam Abel Pierrick Lilliu Roland Karl
4 22 February 2006 8 June 2006 Christophe Willem Dominique Michalon Gaël Faure
5 28 February 2007 13 June 2007 Julien Doré Tigane Drammeh Gaëtane Abrial Virginie Efira
6 21 February 2008 13 June 2008 Amandine Bourgeois Benjamin Siksou Cédric Oheix Lio
Philippe Manœuvre
André Manoukian
7 24 February 2009 9 June 2009 Soan Leïla Aissaoui Camélia Jordana Virginie Guilhaume
8 2 March 2010 16 June 2010 Luce Brunet François Raoult Ramon Mirabet Lio
Philippe Manœuvre
André Manoukian
Marco Prince
9 11 December 2012 26 February 2013 Sophie-Tith Charvet Florian Bertonnier Philippe Krier Olivier Bas
André Manoukian
Cyril Hanouna
10 31 October 2013 20 February 2014 Mathieu Saikaly Yseult Onguenet Pauline de Tarragon
11 27 November 2014 12 March 2015 Emji Mathieu Kolanek Martial Betirac Élodie Frégé
André Manoukian
Yarol Poupaud
Benjamin Castaldi
12 13 February 2016 3 May 2016 Patrick Rouiller Mia Rosello Manu Galure Élodie Frégé
André Manoukian
Joey Starr
Laurie Cholewa

*Also known as À la Recherche de la Nouvelle Star

See also

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