Martin Hoberg Hedegaard (born October 9, 1992), also known simply as Martin, is a Danish singer who rose to fame as the winner of the first Danish series of The X Factor, taking the title at the age of fifteen. He is known for singing in a distinctive nasal tone.
In 2015, he restarted his music career under the name SAVEUS, releasing two singles so far: Levitate Me and Everchanging, the former topping the iTunes charts of Denmark.
Martin was born in the small town of Ørum in central Jutland, Denmark, and spent his entire life there with his mother Gitta, his father Peder, and his two older brothers Anders and Simon. Before participating in The X Factor, he took singing lessons, and had a minor role in a school musical. He cites his influences as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Queen, and Michael Bublé.
The X Factor 2008
Throughout his participation in the first Danish series of The X Factor, Martin was highly praised by the three judges. During the auditions, one of the judges, his future mentor Remee, rose from his chair in order to shake his hand, "before he became a superstar". Later, during the live shows, Martin's transformation into a national idol began after he powerfully performed songs such as "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal, "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson, and "Somebody to Love" by Queen. Internationally, he has been praised by X Factor creator Simon Cowell and Queen themselves. In the grand finale, Martin beat 23-year-old contestant Laura Arensbak Kjærgaard, with whom he had formed a strong friendship.
Performances during X Factor
|Live show 1
(8 February 2008)
|Hits from the tjecklist||"As"||Stevie Wonder||Safe|
|Live show 2
(15 February 2008)
|MovieHits||"Kiss From A Rose"||Seal||Safe|
|Live show 3
(22 February 2008)
|Disco||"Rock With You"||Michael Jackson||Safe|
|Live show 4
(29 February 2008)
|Sing Danish||"Kom tilbage nu"||Danseorkestret||Safe|
|Live show 5
(7 March 2008)
|DR Big Band||"Somebody to Love"||Queen||Safe|
|Live show 6
(14 March 2008)
|Anne Linnet||"Smuk og Dejlig"||Anne Linnet||Safe|
|Elvis Presley||"Can't Help Falling in Love"||Elvis Presley|
|Live show 7 - Semi-Final
(21 March 2008)
|James Blunt||"Goodbye My Lover"||James Blunt||Safe|
|Free Choice||"What Goes Around"||Justin Timberlake|
|Live show 8 - Final
(28 March 2008)
|Viewers Choice||"Somebody To Love"||Queen||Winner|
|Free Choice||"For Once In My Life"||Stevie Wonder|
|Winner's Single||"The 1"||Martin|
The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Danish Pop music artist Martin. His debut 3x platinum album and platinum selling single "Show the World" was co-written and co-produced by Thomas Troelsen and Remee. His Platinum single and number 1 record "Show The World" was also co-written by Lucas Secon,known for hits by Pussycat Dolls, Kylie Minogue, Pixie Lott, Sugababes, Sean Kingston and many more and by Remee and Thomas Troelsen.
||Sales and Certifications|
|2008||Show the World
||Danish sales: 100,000
|2008||"The 1"||1||2xPlatinum (IFPI)||Show the World|
|"Show the World"||1||Platinum (IFPI)|
|"Report to the Dance Floor"||-|