The X Factor 2017 auditions recap: Who made it through in episode three?

Here are all the results from tonight's latest show

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The X Factor 2017 auditions tour rocked up to Thorpe Park in tonight’s episode, with Drew Wedlake, Kevin Davy White and Rebecca Grace among the latest hopefuls making it to Bootcamp.

In a first for the ITV talent contest, it chose the iconic theme park as a location for some of this year’s try-outs.


Naturally, that resulted in judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh having a go at some of the attractions – such as the ‘Tidal Wave’ water ride.

The fun and games were reflected in tonight’s contestants, who included some more weird and wacky characters, after last week’s launch focused on raw talent.

But there was heartbreak along the way – with one act being sent away to prepare a second song, only to get a firm no when they came back.

Here is our recap of episode three…

Pretty Boy Karma (4 noes) – It’s just as well twins Achilles and Philip also have plans for a clothing brand, as their singing didn’t go down well. Louis thought they were “dreadful”, saying: “You make Jedward look like Simon and Garfunkel!” Sharon added: “Guys, you can’t just come here because you look a bit like Justin Bieber.”

Talia Dean.
Talia Dean

Talia Dean (4 yeses) – Sharon and Nicole failed to recognise Talia, who decided to give X Factor a shot after she met the pair through her day job as an airport VIP concierge. The encounter turned out to be a good omen for the 32-year-old, who thrilled the judges with ‘I Put A Spell On You’. “Talia, that was amazing,” Simon reacted. “How come with a voice like this nothing’s ever happened?”


Liaa (Yes) – Betting shop worker Liaa impressed with her version of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘The Trouble With Love Is’. “Love your personality, love your image,” said Louis, while Simon reckoned she “absolutely” should be in a group… “which is a positive thing”.

Drew Wedlake (4 yeses) – Drew arrived at Thorpe Park with “around” twenty of his family members in tow, so it’s just as well the judges liked his stripped back version of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’. “Your voice is really nice,” said Nicole, while Simon praised: “You look great Drew, and your voice is good.”

New Dynamix.
New Dynamixx

New Dynamixx (4 yeses) – Mixed-gender vocal group New Dynamixx won their place at Bootcamp with a mash-up of Little Mix hit ‘Touch’ and Jonas Blue’s ‘Mama’. “Guys, it was a lot of fun, and it works,” Sharon told them. Louis thought they were a tad cheesy, but Nicole cut in: “That cheese had a good energy and a good vibe.”

Kevin Davy White (4 yeses) – Former electrician Kevin appeared on the French version of The Voice last year, and is now tackling the “big stage” of The X Factor after moving to London to be with his girlfriend. He played James Brown’s ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ on his guitar, and the judges loved it. “You can make a real record, I’d listen to your voice,” praised Nicole. “I like the way you perform, it’s very organic, it’s pure,” Sharon added.

Nathan Sailsman (2 yeses, 2 noes) – Budding singer Nathan finally got a chance at The X Factor after putting his dream on hold to take care of his daughter. However, his audition didn’t go to plan, with his rendition of Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’ dividing the panel. After two yeses and a no, Simon couldn’t make his mind up, and withheld his vote until Nathan returned later to sing a second song, ‘Heaven’ by Bryan Adams.

It sadly failed to convince the music mogul, who gave him a second no, explaining: “You are not ready with your voice in terms of the recording contract. I don’t want to give you any false hope right now.”

Nathan Sailsman
Nathan Sailsman

Topher Balne (No) – Retail worker Topher failed to hit the right note with his guitar version of Britney Spears hit ‘Lucky’. Sharon suggested he should go out and play more gigs: “I do think that you’ve got a lot going for you, I just think that you haven’t really found your own sound yet.” Simon advised him not to copy other artists, and Nicole summed it up as a “no for now, not forever”.

Samuel Shepherd (No) – Sam put on his ‘Boogie Shoes’, singing the KC and the Sunshine Band track while wearing a pair of shimmery high heels. Louis loved his “good energy” and “very commercial voice”, but Nicole thought he was “a bit contrived and stiff”, and Simon quipped: “You said you were gonna bring the party? Well no-one turned up.”


Issy Price (No) – All Issy wants to do is sing, but she unfortunately didn’t get to finish her audition, with Simon cutting her off. “You’ve got a great look, but you’ve got this bad American accent, you’re doing all the American moves, and it’s just not you,” claimed Sharon. “You need a lot more focus and energy towards the vocals,” Nicole added. A yes from Louis wasn’t enough to save her from being sent home.

Rebecca Grace.
Rebecca Grace

Rebecca Grace (4 yeses) – Rebecca was super nervous heading in to her performance of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’, but she got a confidence boost it was met with rave reviews. “That was the perfect song for your voice, and you sang it effortlessly,” Louis said, while Simon commented: “You know, for the first time, I’ve never listened to the lyrics like I just listened to with you. I think you’re really sincere. I’m gonna remember you.”

Meanwhile, the judges’ trip on Derren Brown’s Ghost Train gave the editors an excuse for a frightful montage of some of the more, er, unconventional acts.

Ginny Lemon was shocked when Sharon told her to “tone down” her act after her take on Liberty X’s ‘Just A Little’, while Doctor Woof – an IT worker by day and time lord by night – was told he’s “just not right for this show”. ‘Surreal’ and ‘avant garde’ performer Holly Penfield also tried to entice the judges with her ‘fairy wand whip’.


It wasn’t 100% clear whether these three made it to Boot Camp… although we wouldn’t bet on it.

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

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