Another reality show that promises to ‘change your life forever’?
If only Simon Cowell knew what he was starting when he launched his incredibly successful syndicated show, The X Factor, back in 2001. Yes, this popular reality TV singing competition was parodied by the folks over at XHamster in 2016. One of the largest porn tube sites in the world, they are no strangers to what the public wants when it comes to their adult content and upcoming starlets and porn debutantes have always been a popular ask.
In this feature, we take a look back at XHamster’s porn reality series, The Sex Factor, and find out what the show was all about, where you watch the episodes and, finally, what became of The Sex Factor’s contestants?
The Sex Factor: 16 Contestants, One Million Dollar Prize
Launched in 2016, The Sex Factor was a web-based reality porn competition where eight guys and eight girls took on the challenge to compete for instant adult video fame.
All new to the game and never-seen-before on film (or so they all said), the contestants responded to an open casting call at the 2015 AVN Expo in the hope they could become the next James Deen and Riley Reid.
And, over the course of ten episodes, they tried to prove they had what it takes to be crowned the winner of The Sex Factor; judged, coached and mentored by five of the biggest porn stars in the world:
- Remy LaCroix
- Lexi Belle
- Keiran Lee
- Tori Black
- Asa Akira
Additional guests made appearances throughout the series including erotic photographer Holly Randall and porn superstars Tommy Gunn, Penny Pax and Dahlia Sky.
As well as taking the title, the two winners (one male, one female) would receive a three-year contract with a porn production company and prize money; the total combined value would be the equivalent of $1,000,000!
So, who were these eager beavers who were happy to whore themselves online for a crack at the big time?
The Sex Factor: Contestants
It’s not known exactly how many people responded to the casting calls and just how competitive the auditions were, but just 16 candidates made it through to start filming in early 2015; 8 guys and 8 girls.
The fellas ranged in age from 22 to 32 and included a software engineer, a strip club DJ and a former contestant on Beauty & The Geek.
- Johnny Black, 22, Charleston, SC.
- David Caspian, 25, Bronx, NY.
- ‘The Colonel’, 32, Raleigh, NC.
- Buddy Hollywood, 26, Las Vegas, NV.
- Sonny Keegan, 28, Detroit, MI.
- Barry Newport, 24, Orange County, CA.
- ‘Hero D. Protagonist’, 26, Austin, TX.
- Donnie Rock, 31, Denver, Colorado.
The girls were all early to mid 20s and included a mixed bag of backgrounds from a former church preschool teacher, English girl, professional tattoo artist and a Masters graduate.
- Kaelin Blake, 23, Winchester, KY.
- Dani Darko, 22, from Las Vegas.
- Sydney Gilmour, 22, Miami, FL.
- Allie Eve Knox, 26, from Dallas, TX.
- Adrian Lee Ray, 26, New York.
- Khaya Peake, 23, Brighton, UK.
- Veronica Vain, 23, New York City
- Blair Williams, 22, Los Angeles, CA.
The Sex Factor: Ten Episodes, Ten Challenges….Two Winners
Over the course of ten episodes, released weekly between May 20th and July 22nd 2016, the contestants battled to complete challenges set by their mentors which included photo contests, learning to strip-dance performing with mega porn stars and going head to head.
Episode 1 – Battle of the Sexes
In the first episode the stage is set as the judges and contestants are all introduced before the girls are pitted against the guys in a series of challenges.
Spoiler alert……..the girls win this episode meaning they could cast their votes to send one guy home.
Eliminated by four votes, David Caspian left the show at the end of Episode 1 with Sonny Keegan and Donnie Rock narrowly scraping in.
Episode 2 – Hustler Hodgepodge
The second episode saw the girls take part in a photo shoot for Hustler and the guys learn how to dance as strippers.
Allie Eve Knox was voted the winner of this episode with Blair Williams also impressing the judges. However, it was the Veronica Vain who voluntarily left the show after she revealed she had been given an offer elsewhere that she couldn’t refuse.
Episode 3 – Back to the Basics
As you would expect from the title of this episode, the remaining contestants were paired up and given some mentoring in the fundamentals of porn star filming. Judges coached live during scenes on how to achieve the best positions to work with camera angles as well as the best on-screen sex techniques. Contestants were given judges feedback and performance notes to help them rise to the next level.
At the end of this episode, two performers (Dani Darko and Sonny Keagan) were eliminated and another two walked away from the project (Barry Newport and Sydney Gilmore) leaving just ten contestants left in the competition.
Episode 4 & 5 – Fuck Me In Video Village
The judges take more of a backseat in these episodes as they watch on camera from another room as the contestants set to work in one of the rooms in this porn ‘village’. These are perhaps the best episodes to see what these guys and gals are made of and the commentary by the experts is colorful, funny and insightful as they reveal who the favorites are to win this contest. Some of Asa Akira’s one-liners are particularly amusing plus you can find out which of the porn star wannabes is beginning to creep out the coaches.
Kaelin Blake and The Colonel were eliminated after this round.
Episode 6 & 7 – Virgin Producers
In these episodes the remaining contestants were paired up and given the help of one of the judges to write, produce and direct their own scenes. Each pair was given a budget for outfits, accessories and props and came up with some pretty decent results at the end.
Buddy Hollywood was eliminated from the contest and Adrian Lee Ray was disqualified when it was discovered that she had already acted in a professional porn movie, performing with James Deen.
Episode 8 & 9 Playing With The Pros
As the series reached its pinnacle, the final six contestants were asked to select a celebrity porn star to have sex with to see if they really could take their on-screen performances to the top level.
Contestants paired up as follows:
- Blair Williams & Ramon Nomar
- Hero D Protagonist & Dana Dearmond
- Johnny Black & Dahlia Sky
- Khaya Peake & Tommy Gunn
- Allie Eve Knox & Mr. Pete
- Donnie Rock & Penny Pax
In this final challenge, the judges and co-stars got to see exactly how much these rookies had learned from their mentoring.
Episode 10 – Who’s Got The Sex Factor?
With all of the challenges completed, the final installment of this porn star reality show came to a head with only two contestants being declared the winners.
After deliberation with the pros, the judges finally decided to eliminate Hero D Protagonist and Khaya Peake and declare the winners as:
- Blair Williams
- Donnie Rock
Allie Eve Knox and Johnny Black were the runners-up .
What Happened Next?
Blair Williams has been enjoying a decent run of fame in the adult industry since winning The Sex Factor and can boast an impressive CV including working with:
- Team Skeet
- Bangbros Network
- 21 Sextury
- Digital Playground
Williams is currently ranked in the top 100 pornstars in the USA (XVideos) and in the top 100 in the world (Pornhub). Between these two competitors of XHamster, she has notched up almost a billion video views in the last three and half years and excels at many different genres including lesbian, anal and femdom.
She has also had her pussy immortalized by the legendary sex toy manufacturer Doc Johnson and you can purchase a replica of her intimate regions in the form of this Main Squeeze male masturbator.
Donnie Rock has also gone on to have a successful career in porn and has worked with Elegant Anal, Penthouse, Bangbros, Babes Network and Teen Pink Videos. He is ranked in the top 500 male porn stars in the world and can also boast an impressive number of video views of over 20 million.
As well as working with his fellow Sex Factor winner, Blair Williams, Rock has also had the pleasure of performing with the likes of:
- September Reign
- Bridgette B
- Cali Carter
- Valentia Nappi
- Aidra Fox
- Jessa Rhodes
- Ashley Adams
Runner-up Allie Eve Knox has also gone on to have decent career in the adult industry winning the 2018 Fetish Cam Model of the Year (XBiz) and 2017 Cammy Fetish Performer of the Year. She has also been nominated for several YNOT, XBiz, AVN and ManyVids awards.
Fellow runner up, Johnny Black has gone quiet as have all of the other contestants from the original 2016 series.
As for whether there will be a season two of The Sex Factor; the plan was always to follow up the success of the first season but, so far, there has been no official decision on the future of the show.
Where To Watch The Sex Factor
You can watch all ten episodes of the Sex Factor via the official website as well as finding further information on each of the contestants. However, if you want some additional content including interviews and highlights then head on over to XHamsters The Sex Factor channel. Here you can find 103 video clips ranging from auditions and bloopers through to ‘Get To Know’ the judges and extended trailers.
Featured image via The Sex Factor (Presented by XHamster).