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The X Factor 2017 auditions recap: The latest results from episode five

Who got four yesses from the judges in tonight's show? Get the full rundown here

Beverly West.

The X Factor 2017 aired its fifth round of auditions tonight, with Tracy Leanne Jefford, Russell Jones and Sean and Conor Price among the acts who won over the judges.

The latest episode featured more try-outs in London, where Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh were calling the shots.

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It was then back up to Edinburgh, with Alesha Dixon making another guest appearance on the panel.

As usual, there was plenty drama, with Simon interrupting two hopefuls - one of whom narrowly avoided being sent home.

Another past contestant returned, over ten years after their last attempt, and there was also a look at some of the older hopefuls in this year's competition.

Here's our rundown of all the results...

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Amrick Channa.
Amrick Channa

Amrick Channa (3 yeses) - A-M-R-to-the-I-C-K strutted in to the room with bags of confidence, claiming that he could "shake up" the industry as the next big pop superstar. As Nicole put it, the insurance worker "jammed up" her "pump" with his performance of 'Pump Up The Jam'. However, although Simon liked Amrick, he decided not to give a fourth yes because "the image bothers me".

Beverly West - Experiencing a new lease on life after getting divorced and finding a new boyfriend on Match.com, 57-year-old Beverly tried her hand at The X Factor by singing 'Big Spender' pretty much directly to Simon. Louis praised her positivity, but pondered: "I'm just wondering, in today's market, would it work? Would somebody like you sell records?" Nicole added: "I don't think you're right for this competition."

Benji Matthews

Benji Matthews (4 yeses) - Simon almost immediately interrupted Benji's audition - not because he'd done anything wrong, but because the music mogul couldn't stand to hear another version of 'Feelin' Good'. Benji restarted with Alicia Keys' 'If I Ain't Got You' and ended up wowing the judges. "You, Benji, have got soul. It was raw, you're a little rough diamond," Simon commented, with Sharon adding: "You're not slick... and that's what I love about you."

Tracy Leanne Jefford (4 yeses) - Tracy first gave The X Factor a go in 2006, when she made it to Bootcamp. Now, over a decade, three kids and a divorce later, her second shot is off to a flying start, after she won rave reviews singing 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow'. "What I loved about that performance is it was transparent, you meant every word," said Nicole. "I think you are really memorable, likeable, a real voice - exactly the kind of person we love on this show," Simon smiled.

Ronnie Parker (No) - Ronnie's audition got off to an awkward start when she told Simon what she'd be singing when he asked if she was single, and it only went downhill with her performance of Tina Turner's 'Simply The Best'. "I think you probably need a little bit more practice," Simon said, while Sharon commented: "The vocals just aren't right for recording, I can't see you making a record."

John Fitzsimmons.
John Fitzsimmons

John Fitzsimmons (No) - Musician and former lecturer John turned up looking every bit the rockstar, and he even addressed the camera directly during his take on David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. Unfortunately, odd is exactly how the judges found it. "It was like watching a David Bowie tribute act, I don't think we heard you," Louis reacted. "Very intense performance, but I need to see who John is," agreed Sharon.

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Russell Jones (4 yeses) - Russell found his love for singing by following in the footsteps of his dad, performing to OAPs in nursing homes. "So what are you going to sing to Louis?" joked Simon. He chose 'I Wanna Be Like You' from The Jungle Book. Louis loved it, as did Nicole, who cooed: "You're my favourite treat, you're like candy to me. Simon, however, had a tip: "I thought it was great. It's kind of old school, it makes you distinct. My only advice would be, it's got to be authentic."

Gregor Coleman (4 yeses) - After Nicole admired his butterfly tattoo, Gregor brought out his guitar to perform Vance Joy's 'Riptide', the first song he learned to play on the instrument. However, Simon again cut in, saying: "I need you to do something which sets you apart. That's like everything else I'm hearing, it's very quick, very throwaway."

Gregor Coleman
Gregor Coleman

Just when it appeared the judges would send Gregor home, Simon invited him to return later for a second shot. He chose to go sans guitar with Rihanna's 'Stay' - a song he'd normally "shy away" from - and Simon "absolutely loved" it, saying: "It actually felt believable, you went from a busker to an artist." Louis thought he came back a "different person", and Nicole suggested he'd "metamorphosed" like the butterfly on his neck.

Nicole Simpson (4 yeses) - Nicole's dream is to hear her own songs on the radio, but Simon didn't seem to think that would happen after her performance of Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home'. "I'm not jumping out of my chair," he said. "I'm trying to work out where you sit in this very crowded market with girls." The other judges liked her, with Alesha saying: "I thought that was fantastic." Simon eventually gave her a yes, but advised: "This was a six, you need to go to eleven."

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Sean and Conor Price (4 yeses) - The Price brothers accidentally discovered their talent when Sean overheard Conor singing in his room. For their X Factor audition, they decided to "modernise" Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along The Watchtower' with "youth and energy" - and Simon was impressed, saying: "This probably one of the best auditions we've had. I don't want to change a single thing about you."

The X Factor continues tomorrow night at 8.00pm on ITV.