Friday 24 November 2017

Marriage proposal has X Factor for Samantha on tonight's show

Press Association Reporter

X Factor hopeful Samantha Hallam is the one saying "yes" tonight as she gets a marriage proposal during her audition.

Instead of just judges offering their verdicts, it becomes the turn of the 37-year-old from Hastings to give her approval during the ITV1 show.

Her boyfriend Paul Ricketts turns up on stage during a London audition to her surprise, after she performs King Of Leon chart-topper Sex On Fire.

As he walks out, the bewildered singer asks: "What are you doing here?"

He tells judges he wants to "borrow a short moment of their time" for his partner, before going down on one knee.

Paul then pops the question by asking: "Will you marry me?"

And a delighted Samantha - the recipient of the first X Factor marriage proposal - agrees, telling him: "Yes."

It is not the only emotional moment in the show, screened on TV3 and UTV tonight.

Judges are moved when talented hopeful Misha, 19, from Manchester takes the stage and explains how she has been brought up by her aunt from the age of three months. Her mother was unable to look after her and she says she has no idea of her father's identity.

"If I didn't have the support of my auntie I don't know where I'd be. When it comes to talking about her, I always start getting emotional," she tells judges.

And her performance of Aretha Franklin's Respect impresses the panel.

Judge Kelly Rowland tells her: "You should be proud of yourself."

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