The Cutkelvins, Daniel Quick and Aidan Martin were among the latest acts to win a spot at Bootcamp as The X Factor 2017 auditions continued in tonight’s episode.
Once again, Alesha Dixon made a guest appearance to help Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh judge the latest batch of hopefuls.
They included a former member of top 10 girl group Neon Jungle, a near-namesake of One Direction star Harry Styles, and another returning contestant who last auditioned ten years ago.
We also saw budding singers come from as far away as Australia, the Caribbean and the Phillippines in the hope of achieving stardom.
Here’s a rundown of the results from episode four…
Bukky Shittu (3 noes, 1 yes) – Bukky apparently discovered she could sing at 14 years old, but the judges didn’t exactly reach the same conclusion. Her performance of ‘I’m Every Woman’ was met with three noes, with Louis feeling like she “became possessed”, while Nicole thought she was “vocally all over the place”. However, her charms left Simon feeling a bit hot under the collar, and he gave her a consolation yes.
The Cutkelvins (4 yeses) – This Scottish family trio comprises siblings Jay, Kay and Shereen Cutkelvin, the latter of whom you may recognise from Neon Jungle. After a year working together, they gave X Factor a shot with Naughty Boy and Beyoncé’s ‘Runnin’ – winning four yeses, but mixed reviews. Louis thought they were “very natural, very soulful”, but Sharon had some advice, telling Shereen: “You’re probably not gonna like what I say, but you should be more upfront, and the guys should be behind you.”
SJ Hill was complimented on his “very lovely face” by Sharon, while Louis referenced his trademark line: “Dare I say it, you look like a popstar.”
Meanwhile, after the judges checked he wasn’t One Direction’s frontman in disguise, Simon told Harrison Styles he has “a really nice voice,” with Alesha giving him a “100% yes”.
Daniel Quick (4 yeses) – Supermarket cashier and self-confessed mummy’s boy Daniel took Simon by surprise with his performance of ‘Your Song’. “You gave it everything, you were in your own little world. I liked it!” Louis grinned. “When you were singing I felt like everyone was there with you. You do have a great voice,” added Alesha.
JBK (4 yeses) – 4th Impact have already repped the Philippines for the girls, and now this three-piece group are hoping to match their success for the boys. “I love your dedication, it was good,” said Louis after their take on Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’. “You are making all the Filipinos so proud right now,” added Nicole.
Elysa V brought some Sax from Down Under, singing the Fleur East smash hit. “For you, your mum, Dad, everyone back home in Australia, it’s a yes,” Nicole said.
Deanna (4 yeses) – Deanna came all the way from the Caribbean island of Anguilla to audition, with some of its 14,000 residents helping raise funds for her plane ticket. She did them proud with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’.
“You’ve got an amazing voice, I think you’re a class act,” said Louis, with Sharon commenting: “I thought it was wonderful, you don’t over-sing, you don’t shout, you’re pure.”
Andy Holloway (4 noes) – Andy tried to get the party started with his upbeat original track ‘Sing It With Me’, but the judges gave it a miss. “It wasn’t great, if I’m being honest with you,” Simon told him, while Nicole suggested he needs “a little more time to work on it”.
Aidan Martin (4 yeses) – Ten years after he first auditioned for The X Factor, barman Aidan came back with his self-penned break-up song ‘Punchline’, which Sharon described as “beautiful”. “I loved the performance, it wasn’t too much, it was just perfect,” she said, while Nicole also praised him: “That song was so revealing and so vulnerable and that takes the most strength.” Simon summed it up as “a very, very special audition”.
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The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.
The next episode airs Saturday, September 16 at 8PM.
The auditions will be followed by bootcamp and the six chair challenge later this year.