X Factor 2016: Anelisa Lamola returns to audition again after NINE years

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Anelisa Lamola stuns The X Factor 2016 judges on Sunday's show as she returns after NINE years.

Anelisa, who now lives in London but originally comes from South Africa, is currently a 26 year-old barmaid.

However she first auditioned for The X Factor as a student aged 17 back in 2007, singing for the the panel of Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Dannii Minogue.

"It was the first time I had ever performed live in front of anybody," she recalls on Sunday evening's show. "The further I got the more I realised how much I didn't know what to do or even sing. It was scary. When I didn't make it to the next stage, I cried my eyes out about it."

Since The X Factor, Anelisa has been to college, worked two jobs and continued her music on the side to build confidence.

"Coming back is a lot of pressure, especially after these many years. I want to show them that I'm ready," she declares before heading into the judges room.

Anelisa goes on to belt out Aretha Franklin's (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman for the judges.

"You're a woman now, not a little girl," Sharon Osbourne tells Anelisa after the audition.

Meeting Anelisa for the first time, Nicole Scherzinger raves: "I am so happy you came back, your voice is so soulful and classic, you can make a record. For me, you have the best voice in the entire competition that I've heard so far.

But will Anelisa get through to bootcamp?

Watch her audition and find out when The X Factor 2016 auditions continue Sunday night at 8PM on ITV.

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