The X Factor gets its first ever marriage proposal during the London auditions!

X Factor 2011

The X Factor saw its first ever marriage proposal during yesterday's final round of London auditions, with the boyfriend of one female hopeful going o stage to ask for her hand in marriage! The romantic gesture stunned the audience and the judges, with the crowd on their feet cheering.

37-year-old Samantha Halen was auditioning for the hit ITV1 reality series and had just finished performing a crowd pleasing rendition of Kings Of Leon's 'Sex On Fire'.

Chatting to the judges beforehand, Samantha revealed her partner Paul was backstage supporting her along with other friends and family, but was taken aback by his shock proposal.

Our X Factor spies reveal: "Samantha had no idea. The judges were in the middle of their comments when her boyfriend appeared from behind asking for just a moment of their time."

Clearly ones for a bit of romance - or perhaps hoping to get an invite to any ceremony - Tulisa and Kelly hot footed it to the stage to get the answer.

The insider added: "The audience were right behind the lad, he was clearly nervous. Proposing is nerve-wracking enough, let alone in front of 5,000 people and to 20 million watching at home."

A few minutes later - and with some tears wiped away - it was "Back to the judging..." as Louis said.

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