Wednesday 25 April 2018

‘Regal’ hopeful compared to Victoria Beckham by X Factor judges

There is quite the mixed bag of wannabes in the next episode of The X Factor…

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By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

An X Factor hopeful who refers to herself as Queen A is told she looks like Victoria Beckham – or at least her Spice Girls alter ego Posh Spice – in Sunday night’s episode.

Ashleigh Jade Warwick, a 31-year-old recruitment worker from Wokingham who discovered her love of singing two years ago on holiday in Bali, jokes that she is a “nightmare waiting to happen” before entering the audition room.

Asked by judge Simon Cowell why she calls herself a Queen, Warwick says: “Do you not think I look quite regal?”

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Sharon Osbourne tells her: “I think you look a lot like Posh Spice.”

Louis Walsh quips: “No, she’s smiling!”

Warwick says she wants to entertain people, and that she believes she is “quite different” from anybody else on the market, before going into a uniquely orchestrated mash-up of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It and R Kelly’s Ignition.

Also hoping to impress the judges are Descendance – mother and daughter duo Hayley, 20, and Debye, 40, who rap and sing Macklemore track Can’t Hold Us.

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But the unlikely pair could face a problem when one is deemed stronger than the other vocally, and the judges have to make a tricky decision whether to take them through together or split them up.

The Clique, a group of three young men in towering heels and with sassy dance moves, give an energetic rendition of Touch by Little Mix.

Nicole Scherzinger tells them: “You’ve got ass-titude!”

Other hopefuls include 16-year-old Chloe Rose Moyle, who performs her own track, 26-year-old Megan Byrne, who puts her own spin on a classic song, and Gary Barker, a 29-year-old full-time dad who wants to take his singing career to the next level.

:: The X Factor continues at 8pm on ITV

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