X Factor 2016: Samantha Lavery WOWS in first auditions of the series

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The X Factor 2016 auditions kicked off this weekend and Samantha Lavery was one of the stand outs.

The 16-year old was hoping to impress the Judges and do her Granddad proud with her version of Ellie Goulding’s Explosions.

And she NAILED every part of her performance in front of judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

Meanwhile, the other side of the wall, her granddad and nan got emotional as they watched on with returning host Dermot O'Leary.

Ahead of the performance, Samantha told the judges: "My granddad was a singer as well and he's my inspiration. He had the opportunities to do it and had to give it up to look after his family."

After her amazing performance, Sam was met with glowing praise from the panel.

Louis said: "I loved the song choice, I can't believe you're only 16!"

Sharon added: "You've got the full package, you've got everything going for you and I can see you're really determined and ambitious and I love it.

"I think you're ahead of the game!" declared Nicole.

An Simon concluded: "I always say there's no such thing as the perfect first audition but that was a really good first audition. I can tell that you've got music in your family."

With for yeses, Samantha sailed through to bootcamp.

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The X Factor 2016 auditions continue Sunday at 8PM on ITV and don't forget to catch the Xtra Factor LIVE at 9:30PM tonight on ITV2 with Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

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