New X Factor judges tough on acts as they search for only the most talented stars

Tulisa Contostavlos

This year's X Factor auditionees look as though they need to be better than ever to get through to bootcamp if yesterday's first audition show is anything to go by. A number of acts who may well have got through previous years were turned away, with the new judging panel casting a very critical eye over the hopefuls.

One unlucky act was 36-year-old Lorraine, a Dispute manager for Lloyd's bank. Speaking to the judges - Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow - before her audition, Lorraine explained her musical influences included Jessie J and Lilly Allen to big cheers from the crowd.

The wannabe went on belt out Jessie J's 'Do It Like A Dude', but while the crowd were behind Lorraine the judge's weren't convinced. "I'm on the fence," Louis said.


Take That's Gary Barlow blasted the choice of song - which includes the lines 'My b***h is on my d**k like this' - as inappropriate.

Tulisa meanwhile expressed concern over how Lorraine would cope in the next stages of the auditions with bigger voices.

Asked to sing another song a capella by Kelly Rowland, Lorraine performed Adele's version of Cheryl Cole's hit track 'Promise This', but it failed to please the panel and unfortunately - to boos from the audience - Lorraine was given four no's when it came to the all important vote.

Meanwhile 18-year-old Matt hoped to show the panel he could both sing and rap as he performed BoB's Airplanes. Louis was again on the fence, while Kelly Rowland was unsure of how he'd cope with the other genres he'd be expected to sing later in the show.

Tulisa meanwhile admitted the good looking hopeful was "full of swagger," but questioned why the youngster had rapped in an American accent, saying she'd like to see him perform in a British voice if brought back.

Gary Barlow was more harsh, saying that he didn't see anything original with the performance.

Despite the criticisms after promising to work hard Matt became the second act of the day to make it through to bootcamp - if only just.

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