X Factor's Mike Hough compares Simon Cowell to Santa Claus

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X Factor's Mike Hough has compared getting a yes from Simon Cowell to a kid meeting Santa Claus.

We saw Mike, a 25 year-old part-time charity worker and musician from Essex, on Saturday night's final audition show.

He said in the episode: "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, 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 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."

The comment from Simon followed a 2009 knockback where the music mogul had said NO to Mike during the audition stages.

Reflecting on his return to the show this week, Mike said: "I'm truly happy that I connected with Simon. For me, Simon is the most critical person. I really love the other Judges, but he was the one I wanted to impress.

"The fact he picked up on me being a nice spirit - and really enjoyed the Audition - that has made this whole competition for me."

"Getting Simon Cowell's stamp of approval is like being a kid and seeing the real Santa Claus at Christmas!"

However it's now onto the six chair challenge where the power is in Nicole Scherzinger's hands after she was made mentor of the boys at the weekend.

Mike told the ITV.com website: "Nicole is like a Goddess, I didn't even think she was real! I've never seen a woman so perfect like that...she was incredible!"

The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday night where Mike will battle it out for a place at judges' houses.

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