Friday 6 December 2019

Irish X Factor hopeful Janet Grogan sails through arena audition with U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'

Janet Grogan sang 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' by U2 in her X Factor arena audition
Janet Grogan sang 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' by U2 in her X Factor arena audition
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Janet Grogan sailed through the arena audition on X-Factor tonight with a solid rendition of U2's 1991 hit, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'.

Janet (26) from Kingswood, Tallaght, was the first contestant to gain Mel B's approval. The former Spice Girl leapt from her seat applauding and declared, 'That's how you do a bloody audition!'

Simon said, "I think you could push your voice more than that to be honest," before adding she had a yes.

All four judges voted yes, sending Janet through to bootcamp.

She had previously wowed Mel B, Louis, Cheryl, but particularly Simon, in her first, closed room audition, which was broadcast two weeks ago.

She gave a sultry rendition of Bonnie Raitt's 'I Can't Make You Love Me', directed at Cowell, and after her performance the pop mogul told her she had "beautiful eyes" and said, "This is the easiest yes I've given today."

Having watched herself on the show she realised she had been nervous.

“I was nervous and I can tell that I was by the way that I sang.  It wasn’t by any means perfect and I didn’t realise until I saw it,” she said.

“I was really nervous and I could hear parts that would be usually quite composed and very steady and they weren’t.”

This time, however, despite the crowd of 5,000 at the Wembley Arena, Janet remained composed and self-assured throughout her impressive audition.

This was despite the fact that she had initially started singing a One Direction song but Simon stopped her after one verse, saying she looked rigid and stiff.

So, she switched to U2, and then accidentally skipped the second verse and sang the wrong segment.  It didn't matter, however, as the crowd were behind her and Mel B went crazy.

Also a hit with the crowd was American air pilot Charlie Martinez Hernandez.  Ten Senah, meanwhile, who initially auditioned after partying all night the previous evening, failed to impress in the arena.

Arena auditions concluded tonight but all four judges were summoned to London this week to choose their wildcards for bootcamp.

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