X Factor 2017: Gary Barker gets a tough time from Simon Cowell

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Gary Barker got a tough time from Simon Cowell on The X Factor 2017 tonight.

Speaking to cameras before his audition, Gary revealed he was put forward for the show by his fiancée.

“She thinks I can do well so that’s given me more motivation to push myself to be more than a pub and hotel singer,” he said. “I’ve got nothing to lose.

“I’ve just got to go in there and be myself, and just go for it.”

In the audition room, Gary burst into song with a cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.

Gary Barker.
Gary Barker.

“That’s not what we’re looking for,” said Simon Cowell after stopping the performance. “What we’re looking for is someone with an incredible voice. Where we’re trying to move things along this year is to try and find more originality…”

Gary offered to sing another song, Sam Cooke’s Change Is Gonna Come.

“It really shows my voice off,” he said.

Simon replied: “All the bad habits you’ve got, you’ve got to throw out the window, that’s the challenge.”

After his second song, Gary got four yeses to make it through to bootcamp.

Elsewhere in tonight’s X Factor auditions, 16-year-old Chloe Rose Moyle impressed the judges with her very own song.

Student Chloe from Fleetwood, Lancashire came prepared with her original track for the latest auditions – and she wasn’t the only one.

Chloe Rose Moyle.
Chloe Rose Moyle.

20-year-old student Harry Holmes is from Liverpool, although originally comes from Stoke-On-Trent. He sang original song Girl Who Stayed The Night for the judges.

More contestants on this evening’s show were mum and daughter duo Descendance. After being mistaken for sisters, the couple sing Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us.

Another group are Corey (20), Jason (27) and Rowland (29) who make up The Clique. They gave a VERY unique performance of Little Mix’s Touch with some shocking dance moves.

The X Factor 2017 airs Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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