And so here we are, after five weeks of auditions, we’ve reached the final one. Will we see the new One Direction or Leona Lewis tonight?
The X Factor began tonight with a little recap of the previous auditions so far, and we were reminded of James Arthur, Lucy Sprangan and Melanie Masson.
Rough Copy were the first to audition tonight, and the trio from London were there, full of confidence, to win The X Factor. They were smooth-talkers, and told Dermot: “We think the ladies, young girls are all gonna love our music.” Walking out to the stage to face the judges, including Rita Ora, they weren’t shy. They told Louis: “We are trying to do what we love to do!” Their song was Use Somebody by the Kings Of Leon. With their gorgeous voices, they serenaded both Tulisa and Rita, and ALL the women in the audience! All three could sing. Gary said: “Not only have you great voices, but you have great characters!” Tulisa said: “You have made my day! You’ve entertained us!” Rita said: “Listen, don’t ever change, cause what you’re doing right now is what everyone loves!” They were voted right through! YAY!
Next up was Clapz, who loved Tulisa. He wanted Tulisa to call him ‘Baby’ and gave her a rose. He sang a rap of his own, and included his ‘woman’. He didn’t get through, but charmed the panel. We also saw seventeen Dale, who sang Olly Murs’ hit single. He incorporated Tulisa’s name in the song and it was clear he loved the We Are Young singer. She told him: “Dale, I loved it.” Louis said: “You’ve got natural charm.” He sailed through. There was a lot of love in the room for Tulisa.
Auditions were continuing, with the Boys category turning heads. There were a lot of hot blokes showing us their pecks. 23 year old double glazer Adam, who was booed after mentioning his girlfriend. He sang Nickelback’s Far Away and blew us away. He got through! Boyband Triple J impressed, and the trio had their mums backstage. Their song was Rihanna’s We Found Love – they serenaded and were amazing! We’d buy their single, and their calendar! Rita told them: “I think girls will love you!” They got through! YAY! Next up was eighteen year old coffee shop worker George Shelley who sang Britney Spears’ Toxic with an acoustic guitar. Louis told him: “You’ve got a great vocal.” Nathan Gayle sang I’ve Been Trying Baby, he impressed and got through.
Robbie Hans was next to face the judges, and the 26 year old had been singing since he was a kid. Robbie told of him struggles to live day to day on the streets. He said: “As a child, I felt I was a burden on everyone and was put into care when I was thirteen.” His song was Damien Rice’s Coconut Skins, and he sang it with his acoustic guitar. His unique voice captured our attention and left us wanting more! He received a rapturous applause. Rita loved him. Tulisa said: “I’m so glad you came today. You look like someone whose lost your way, and you need to re-learn your skill.” Gary said: “I think you’ve got a great voice, and no confidence. We need to work on that.” Robbie sailed through and was over the moon and very emotional.
Auditions continued and everyone were trying impress the judges. Camilla Small sang her first ever performance, but it fell dead. Alex, from England sang Beyonce’s Halo, and what a weird voice! He didn’t’ get through. Alan Giles loved karaoke, and sang When You Believe, but unfortunately his voice didn’t match Mariah and Whitney’s standard.
25 year old Danielle Scott from Liverpool applied to The X Factor because she gets compared to Amy Winehouse and Adele a lot. She sang Adele’s Turn The Tables. She started off pretty good, but there was something missing. Gary stopped her halfway through. Geri Halliwell said: “I found it a bit depressing.” Louis said: “You can sing, but it was an Adele impression.” Tulisa said: “You’ve got a good voice, but I’m not sure if we’re looking for what you’ve got.” Danielle then begged to sing a second song, and wouldn’t listen. Gary then told her she had thrity seconds of Jessie J to try and impress them, so she sang Money, but again, she wasn’t good enough. Gary told her: “This time, you didn’t sound like Jessie J, but you were out of tune, and the singing was below average.” Louis said No, as did Tulisa. Gery said: “Just wasn’t right for us today, sorry.” She stormed off the stage shouting: “The X Factor is a joke! I’m never coming here again, I’m going to The Voice next time!” Good luck luv!
And so, auditions were drawing to a close. Tania Panavis sand Nothing At All. Gary told her: “We’ve seen incredible singers, and you’re a mediocre singer. It’s a no sorry.” Jason Patrick had given up his job to devote his time to music. Singing Adele’s Someone Like You, he wasn’t good enough. 32 year old Claire also failed, with Tulisa telling her: “You were flat all through that.”
31 year old Carolynne Poole auditioned last year, and got through to the judges houses, but Louis didn’t put her through. She’s back this year feeling like a different person. Walking out to the stage, Louis recognized her straightaway. She sang Emile Sande’s Clown and was above everyone else we’d heard tonight – outstanding! EF felt very teary and emotional whilst listening to her, and we could imagine hearing Carolynne on the radio and buying her music. Louis said: “You’re looking better, sounding better.” Tulisa said: “This year, you’ve got it.” Mel B said: “Every word you made it mean something, and its very endearing.” She flew through to the second round, and EF hopes she’ll be here for the long run!
And that’s the audition process over with, and what an amazing five weeks its been. There have been tears, smiles, tantrums and happiness. Next week, Bootcamp will be upon us! Bring it on!