Wednesday 18 July 2018

X Factor: Simon gets emotional and Cheryl breaks down as second episode sees two powerhouse performances

The panel react to Josh Daniel
The panel react to Josh Daniel
Cheryl breaks down at Josh's performance
Cheryl hugs Josh
Seann Miley Moore
Seann Miley Moore
New Wave
New Wave
The First Kings
Chloe Paige
London Auditions Day 4
Adriana Deco
London Auditions Day 4
Zaiga Melke
London Auditions Day 7
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

X Factor judge Simon Cowell was unable to deliver a critique to contestant Josh Daniel after the 21 year old gave an emotional performance of Labrinth's hit Jealous.

Josh, a car mechanic from Durham, had revealed his best friend had died two years previously and he interpreted the song as being jealous of his friend being in heaven and not being able to be with him.

During his performance Cowell, who lost his own mother in July when auditions were filmed, was clearly emotional and fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez Versini had to take over initial comments as Simon was unable to speak.

Cheryl (32) broke down in tears as she told Josh, "I'm sorry, I'm very emotional. You really touched me. I believed every word you sang.  I kind of want to hug you."

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Manchester Auditions Day 2

She then went on stage and hugged him, whispering, "I'm sorry for whatever it is you went through."

Simon remained silent as judge Nick Grimshaw (31) said he was "completely transfixed".  Rita Ora was not present for the audition so Simon simply said to Cheryl "Let's go to vote."

As it was the last audition of the day, the three judges were filmed leaving backstage.  Simon walked away alone and had his microphone removed and put on his sunglasses as Cheryl said to Nick, "I don't know what to do."

It hadn't been the only emotional performance of the evening as Seann Miley Moore (24), caused judge Rita Ora (24) to cry with his powerful rendition of The Show Must Go On by Queen.

Seann, dressed in a PVC skirt and heels, moved from Australia to London to audition and bagged four easy yeses from the panel.

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London Auditions Day 1

Simon said, "I always, always wanted to find an artist on this show who you can't compare to anyone else, who's got originality, and most importantly you've got to remember somebody and I'm going to remember this audition for a very long time."

He later told the other judges, "He's a star, this guy."

The first half of the show had contrasted outstanding performances with some of the worst the show has ever seen.

Boyband New Wave - Calum (23), Ethan (22), Charlie (22) and Benji/Nate (19) - opened the show with their horrendous take on N Sync's Bye Bye Bye.

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London Auditions Day 7

They said their "dream is to be on Coke cans, cereal boxes" but Simon described them as "painful" and Cheryl said they were "so dated".

By contrast, boyband The First Kings - Aaron (25,) Cardan (21), Josh (21), Yohemy (25), and Calum (23), from London - gave easily the most stylish and polished first audition of any boyband in the history of X Factor.

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London Auditions Day 5

Not only had they recorded a video introducing each band member, but their performance saw the arrival of five female backing dancers to compliment their own polished choreography.

They performed Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk and Nick summed it up when he said, "It was absolutely awesome.  To have that much preparation and energy and stage presence.  It didn't look like an audition, it looked like you were ready to go."

The other judges were equally excited with Simon telling them they had "four big fat yeses".

Another impressive contender was Chloe Paige, a 21 year old market trader and singer from Essex, who currently lives in Brighton.

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London Auditions Day 4

She sang Katy B's Crying for No Reason and bagged four yeses with Rita commenting, "you sound absolutely pure as water" and Simon adding, "I wasn't expecting that Chloe.  I thought, 'Oh God, you're going to be extremely squeaky and annoying.'  You're really, really good."

Unfortunately 25-year-old Polish fashion illustrator Adriana Deco didn't quite get the same response despite announcing in her VT that she sees her music career "expanding into a world tour and hopefully maybe Grammy awards."

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London Auditions Day 4

On stage she revealed her tattoo meant, "I want the whole world or nothing."

Her performance of Earth Wind & Fire's Boogie Wonderland was, according to Simon, "completely nuts - the dancing, the hat.  I'm going to say no".

Zaiga Melke (44) from Latvia had a similar reaction.  When Simon asked her what he name was she said, "Zaiga.  What is your name?"

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London Auditions Day 7

He then asked her if she works and she said, "I am a very beautiful woman.  I not need to work."

She attempted to sing Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again by Andrew Lloyd Webber - with one foot in the air.

Afterwards Cheryl said, "I don't know what the foot is going on." 

Unsurprisingly, it was four nos from the judges as it was for Impulse - sisters Carine (21) and Lauren (25) from the Netherlands - who 'sang' I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler.

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London Auditions Day 1

Simon said it sounded like he'd run over two cats.

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