Saturday 16 December 2017

Gifty gets a second shot at X Factor boot camp

Gifty Louise performing at the bootcamp country house in 2015 (PA/Syco/Thames TV)
Gifty Louise performing at the bootcamp country house in 2015 (PA/Syco/Thames TV)

Gifty Louise will have her second shot at boot camp after she lost her place on The X Factor last year.

The 20-year-old student from London, also known as Gifty Agyeman, decided to return for another shot and told the judges: "I just want to prove you guys wrong."

The singer made it to the last round of boot camp in 2015, but lost her voice before the final performance.

However, after her performance of Mary J Blige's No More Drama, Simon Cowell told her: "Sometimes when you come back second time it's a good thing. I think you could be someone to watch."

With auditions running late into the night, 28-year-old gym instructor and fast food manager Beck Martin got the judges up and dancing with his original song, Friday Night.

Lyrics included: "I want to keep moving all night, I want to dance all night, and I want to drink all night, and I want to party all night."

As Nicole Scherzinger danced on her desk and Cowell showed off his moves, host Dermot O'Leary commented: "I've never seen Simon dance at all!"

But while Martin gained three yeses, it was a no from Cowell, who suggested he should compose more varied lyrics.

A 75-year-old retired mechanic from Swansea impressed the judges with his youthful looks, but left them reeling when he opened his mouth to sing Tina Turner's Proud Mary.

Scherzinger commented: "I mean, what sound was coming out of his face?"

Kazzy, a part-time singing teacher from France, did not have any more luck when he performed an original song about plastic surgery.

"I think that is the worst song we've ever had on this show," Cowell said.

Boy band 5 AM had more success with their performance of Drake's One Dance.

Nathan 23, Kieran, 21 and Jordan, 20, gained four yes votes from the judges.

Louis Walsh said: "I wasn't expecting it to be that good, that slick, and you looked like you were having fun - so we were having fun too."

The first part of the episode saw Spice Girls singer and former X Factor judge Mel B stand in for Scherzinger during her absence - but the former Pussy Cat Doll was not the only judge to be replaced.

Philip Hadlow, a 46-year-old from Margate, Kent, attempted to impress the judges with a rendition of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up.

However, after his audition, he revealed his real dream: "Ultimately I would love to end up on that judging panel."

Cowell invited him to join the panel for the next audition and take over from Walsh.

"Wow, this is empowering," Hadlow said as he took Walsh's seat.

The next contestant into the room was taken aback by Walsh's transformation into a partially-bald Englishman.

Christina Postma, a 53-year-old singer from Holland, performed Shirley Bassey's Big Spender - and won the admiration of temporary judge Hadlow.

"Are you single?" he asked, telling her: "You've got a lovely radiant smile to go with your voice."

However, he agreed with Mel B, Cowell and Scherzinger and voted against her, explaining: "I'll have to say no at this point. You're not quite ready for the competition yet. A bit unrehearsed."

:: The X Factor will return Sunday September 11 at 8pm on ITV.

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