The winner of the inaugural season of the Danish version of the internationally popular television show The X Factor, Martin is a pop singer who became a national sensation at the young age of 15. Born Martin Hoberg Hedegaard on October 9, 1992, in ├śrum, Denmark, the teenage sensation cites Michael Jackson and Queen as two of his primary influences. During the 2007-2008 season of The X Factor, its first season as a Danish television program, Martin performed songs including "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal, "Rock with You" by Michael Jackson, and "Somebody to Love" by Queen. On the night of March 28, 2008, he defeated runner-up Laura Arensbak Kjaergaard in the season's grand finale and was declared the X Factor winner. A major-label recording contract with Sony BMG followed, along with his full-length solo album debut, Show the World (2008), featuring a half-dozen collaborations with the songwriting and production team of Danish hitmakers Remee and Thomas Troelsen. Released only a few months after the X Factor finale, Show the World topped the Danish albums chart during its first week of sales and spawned a pair of chart-topping singles with "The 1" and "Show the World." In the midst of this sensational success, Martin embarked upon a concert tour of Denmark. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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