Denmark cancels ‘X Factor’ after 11 seasons

The next season of the Danish franchise of hit reality TV show X-Factor will be the last to be produced in the country, broadcaster DR has announced.

Denmark cancels 'X Factor' after 11 seasons
Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix

Fans of the series in the Scandinavian country will watch new episodes for the last time in 2018, DR media director Henriette Marienlund confirmed.

“We have decided it’s the right time to try something new. It is our ambition from now on to give viewers new, original entertainment created in Denmark that, like X Factor, will focus on bringing people together,” the director said to DR.

X Factor, the creation of British television and music producer Simon Cowell, was first broadcast in Denmark in 2008, and 1,594,000 people watched the most recent finale of the show in March this year, according to the broadcaster.

The team of judges for the upcoming season of the show was presented last week, with veteran singer Sanne Salomonsen joining regular judges Remee and Thomas Blachmann in the line-up.

Filming begins next week with auditioning taking place in Copenhagen, writes DR.

“I am proud that X Factor has been one of the biggest cultural communities in Denmark for the last ten years. The programme has created debate, got people involved and created a meeting place in a way I don’t recall any other entertainment shows being able to do,” head of entertainment at DR Jan Lagermand Lundme told the broadcaster.

But Lundme agreed that it was the right time to move on.

“With our hopes for what future DR entertainment should be based on, it’s natural for us to call it a day after the upcoming season,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to the creation of new, exciting formats for entertainment with a large dose of public service vitamins, that will also be able to bring people together,” he added.

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Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the ‘world’s longest penis’?

The everyday adventures of new Danish kids' TV character John Dillermand like walking the dog or going to the zoo might not look like the stuff of scandal -- if the tales didn't often revolve around his oversized penis.

Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the 'world's longest penis'?
An image from the first episode of 'John Dillermand'. Photo: DR/Louise Bergholt Sørensen

Even in one of the world's most progressive countries, the stories of the man with “the world's longest willy” have sparked debate about just what is appropriate for children in the programme's target audience of four- to eight-year-olds.

“We think it's important to be able to tell stories about bodies,” public broadcaster DR posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“In the series, we recognise (young children's) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.”

Broadcast on kids' channel Ramasjang, the first of Dillermand's 13 episodes has already been watched 140,000 times since it was released on January 2nd.

His extra-long member is often key to the wacky situations in which he finds himself at one point floating over the city thanks to balloons tied to his tackle.

“It's a very Danish show. We have a tradition to push the limits and use humour and we think it's totally normal,” education expert Sophie Munster told AFP.

With some members of the public posting outrage online, far-right MP Morten Messerschmidt attacked the show in a Facebook post.

“I don't think looking at adult men's genitalia should be turned into something normal for children. Is this what you call public service?” he fumed.

Munster argued however: “The debate is from an adult perspective, in which the long penis is sexualised. Children have a different perspective.

“The size of the penis is exaggerated so much, children realise it's a joke.”

The series can be watched via broadcaster DR's website.

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