The X Factor judges triumphantly declared they had found a star in Cardiff yesterday when the latest auditions took place in Wales for the day. Both Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow suggested a star had been found after two auditionees brought the house down with their performances.
More than 5,000 fans packed out the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in the city centre to watch the latest round of auditions, and there was little disappointment as Wales stepped up to the plate to deliver some stand out talent.
One 19-year-old auditionee belted out Alicia Keys' ballad Falling to the new panel - which includes N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos - before performing a slower acoustic number to seal her fate in the next round. "I am so happy right now... I am so happy because there is a star in Cardiff," Kelly Rowland declared, "And her name is..."
We're not going to give it all away, just yet!
Another hot auditionee was a Swansea Maths teacher who had previously modelled - including being a finalist in Mr Wales. Performing Cannonball by Damien Rice, Gary Barlow described the vocal display as "The best audition of the day"
Kelly raved: "I'm just ready to hear a whole album of your voice."
Closing the show was another young female singer who continued to raise the bar of the girls category, receiving a standing ovation from the audience and panel after effortlessly singing Etta James' At Last.
"I think we've found a star," Gary Barlow gushed. "I love your voice, I love your stage presence, I think everyone is going to fall in love with you."
Tulisa meanwhile found herself in a tricky position: "I'm stressed," she told the contestant, "Everytime we do the auditions we see these girls who come out and raise the bar. I always think 'How can this be topped?' but you've just topped it!"
Other acts who turned up to take part in the auditions included a lawyer who wanted to move from the court room onto the stage, he performed Cheryl Cole's Promise This for the judges.
There was little good news for the groups category, with one trio of girls being described by the panel as looking like "random girls waiting for a bus"
The X Factor 2011 is back in August on ITV1 and it's set to be an amazing series!