Stephanie hits the right note in X Factor audition
A singer who has experienced "plenty of knockbacks" finally saw her dream come true, when she received four yeses to go through to the next round of The X Factor.
Stephanie McCourt, a 27-year-old songwriter from London, first left judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw unmoved with her rendition of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off. She then performed Ella Fitzgerald's soulful hit, Summertime.
Ora said: "It's crazy how important it is to have the right song."
Cowell added: "I don't know who the idiots are who have knocked you back, but I think you're 100% authentic. For me, it is four yeses."
Other hopefuls who received good news in the third episode of the ITV singing show last night included London-based girl group Alien, Isle of Man native Simon Lynch, Leeds singer Bupsi (aka Nicola Brown) and Olly Murs lookalike Jamie Benkert.
Alien, comprising 24-year-old Temple Angus, 23-year-old Shae Barry, 22-year-old Yasmin Crotch, 19-year-old Madison Matic, 18-year-old Natalie Kassanga and Frank Arens, 17, got all four judges' approval with their version of the Black Eyed Peas' Pump It.
Cowell, who previously admitted he was "bored of all the girl groups", said: "You're different. You stand out. It's very exciting."
Grimshaw added: "That is how a modern-day girl band should look and behave like. You gave it your all, it was original."
Lynch, an employee at the marketing company, wowed the judges with his performance of Beyonce's If I Were A Boy.
"That was fantastic," said Cowell. "You've reminded me what singing is all about. It was perfect. I see great potential in you."
Fernandez-Versini said: "I like it when someone is so unpredictable. It was a fantastic audition."
Bupsi, 37, got the audience dancing with her high-energy rendition of Tina Turner's Rock Me Baby, complete with a drop split, after Cowell asked her for a "really nasty" performance.
"You've got some serious performance skills," said Fernandez-Versini. "Every time we want this Bupsi."