X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow hails Hayley Evetts' "incredible" comeback

Hayley Evetts

Former Pop Idol star Hayley Evetts is seen auditioning on The Xtra Factor this weekend.

The 36-year-old explained to Caroline Flack: "I auditioned for Pop Idol, 10 years ago this year, and I came 5th. People come up to me and say what are you doing now? And you kind of go, nothing!

"I really was going to give it all up, now I’m a bit older than I was then, and it’s kind of time to get a normal job and be sensible, but there is something in there! People say they are happiest being on stage, I love it, I thrive off an audience being there.

On stage and after giving her "last try", the judges are won over.

Tulisa gushes: "Hayley we hear stories like this all the time, of people who have been struggling in the industry for years and grafting, but I think you have what it takes to compete this year."

Gary adds: "Hayley, talk about a comeback that was incredible, you absolutely killed it, well done.

And there's even some tears from louis Walsh!

Xtra Factor airs Saturday night at 9:10PM on ITV2 and 9PM on Sunday.

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