Week 4 and The X-Factor machine is gathering momentum and kicking off in Liverpool with guest judge Geri Halliwell joining the staple three.
First up are super Spice Girls fans The It Girls. They want to impress Geri and bring back girl power. Singing Stop, they had what can only be politely described as interesting harmonies. Gary told them that there was barely a voice among them. An over excited Geri cited that not all of Take That could sing and Louis retorted that neither could all the Spice Girls.
Chris Cullinghan, unemployed, donned a fur coat and managed only to impress Geri. The pingpong between Geri and Gary continued much to the detriment of many acts.
Hunky trio Times Red impressed with Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, turning it into an acoustic hip-hop vibe with beautiful manly harmonies. To quote The Cowell ‘They made it their own’. Tulisa highlighted their raw talent, Louis thought there was potential there, Gary called them creative and innovative. Sexual harassment and a yes from Geri and three further yes-es and they’re off to boot camp.
Auditions have moved to Manchester, with guest judge Mel B, describing her former band mate as being a bit nuts. First up was Meg O’Neill. When asked by Gary ‘How are you?’ she replied ‘I’m sixteen.’ She impressed with her voice though and got through to boot camp.
Tasha Pyne, 17, impressed with Mel B telling her that she doesn’t realise how amazing she is. Cian Morrin, also 17, rocked Come Together by The Beatles and was through to boot camp.
Melanie McCabe who went through to judges’ homes last year. She impressed with a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Waters (although EF thought she was a bit off here and there) as the song progressed she gained momentum and strength and finished on a strong note. Tulisa said her voice was better than she remembered and Mel B said her voice was incredible. Gary Barlow was thrilled of her return and an emotional Louis was happy that she’d returned to the stage. Four yes-es and boot camp is a-calling once more.
Back in Liverpool, first up is Clesia Mendes singing Simply the Best. Sadly she was not. Shades-clad Ashwin reckons he could be bigger than Cliff Richards sang Cheryl’s Fight. He said ‘I’m not that bad’, Louis retorted: ‘You’re not that good’. Little and Large likewise failed to impress with Kanye West’s Gold Digger.
Just William sounded like he was in immense pain singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Sadly, he’s already given up his day job. Oh dear.
Tulisa lover, Jason, couldn’t wait to tell the judge that he loved her. Taking a rose on stage for ‘his love’ he told ‘Tulisha’ that she was amazing and beautiful and that he loved her with all his heart. He gave her the rose and after a short tutoring in how to pronounce Tulisa’s name, he serenaded her with I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston. He had a lovely voice that got the object of his affection to her feet in recognition of his melodic tribute. Tulisha’ thought she’d found a new toyboy and that he’d earned her love. A well done from Geri, a ‘shplendid’ from Gary and a ‘you have a likeability factor’ from Louis, he got his four yes-es and the stalker is through to bootcamp.
Nerve racked Daizy Dance was told to sort out her nerve issues as were a few other wannabe’s.
Shakey Christopher Maloney took to the stage. With his Nan 100% behind him he sang The Rose which was played at his Grandad’s funeral. His nerves seemed to melt away as the he belted out the Bette Midler classic. He had the audience in the palm of his hand and Tulisa close to tears. His relief was palpable and the judges invited his Nan on stage to hold his hand. Gary couldn’t fathom how he has managed to keep that voice hidden that long. Louis said that he had stolen the show. Three yes-es and a mathematically incorrect 1 million percent from Louis and the rose is through to bloom in boot camp.
As tonight’s The X-Factor draws to a close we look forward to tomorrow night’s auditions.
The X Factor continues tomorrow night, Sunday 9th of September at 8pm on ITV1.