Mike Hough's first X Factor audition where Simon Cowell said he'd never be good enough

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Mike Hough wowed The X Factor 2016 judges in tonight's show but the panel haven't always been fans.

Mike is a 25 year-old part-time charity worker and musician from Essex.

He said in tonight's show: "I love the show, I'm a fan of the show and it's always been a dream. I'm a part time musician and I want to be full time, I want it to be my life, "

On The X Factor this evening, Mike revealed how he started singing on YouTube and got as far as getting a Mobo nomination after releasing a single independently, quipping his claim to fame is losing to Adele.

Singing Alanis Morissette's Ironic in the judges' audition room, Mike won praise from all four judges.

Simon Cowell said: "I like the fact you did something unusual with the track and I think what we're looking for on this show is someone who's prepared to take risks, combined with the fact I like your personality, that was a great audition."

With four yeses, Mike sailed through to tomorrow's bootcamp.

But it was a VERY different story during Mike's first audition back in 2009 which wasn't referenced on the show this evening.

Mike - then going by Michael - performed for the judges at the arena auditions where Simon was left unimpressed.

While Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole loved him, Mike was told by Simon Cowell: "My problem is you. I don't think you'll ever be good enough."


The words may have been harsh but they spurred on Mike.

In a 2012 interview following the release of his independent single, he admitted: "I'm out to prove Mr Cowell wrong."

And Mike certainly did that this weekend!

Watch Mike's first audition in the video below...

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