The X Factor 2017 is rapidly filling up places at Bootcamp, with Chloe Rose Moyle, Talia Delorto and Gary Barker among the latest acts impressing with their auditions tonight.
Episode five began with host Dermot O’Leary caught in a (fictional) traffic jam, which he brightened up with a dance routine.
However, a real road delay meant Simon Cowell was late to auditions – forcing his fellow judges Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne to carry on without him.
Once Mr Nasty had eventually arrived, there was a dramatic moment when one mother-daughter duo faced the prospect of being split.
Catch up with all the latest results below…
Megan Byrne (No) – Louis was excited to see a contestant from Ireland, but no amount of open mic nights or vocal warm-ups were able to save her high-pitched performance of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s ‘I Put A Spell On You’. “You’ve definitely made that song… unique,” deadpanned Sharon. “Your voice is super corky, I don’t think it’s right for the show,” added Nicole.
Mark McKeown (No) – Fellow Dubliner Mark was willing to bow to Louis, saying: “If he says jump, I say how high.” His voice didn’t seem to want to jump with him, and he was quickly sent home after a disastrous performance of Westlife’s ‘If I Let You Go’.
Alice Stafford (No) – Alice also made the journey all the way from Ireland for Louis, but it turned out that she needn’t have bothered. Her frantic take on Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever’ was met with another “I don’t think your voice is quite ready for us right now” comment from Sharon.
Jamesy (No) – Finally, Simon arrived on set, and the first act he saw was larger-than-life Jamesy, who put his dream job offer as a junior cruise ship director on hold for his X Factor audition. Unfortunately, his vocals didn’t live up to his energetic personality. “You remind me of the old-time, end-of-the-pier guy who would host the show,” said Sharon. All four judges turned him down, advising him to stick to the cruises.
Chloe Rose Moyle (4 yeses) – 16-year-old Chloe brought out a guitar to perform her original track ‘Holding Out For Us’, about a love interest she’s not ready for just now – but may be in the future. It wowed the judges, with Nicole saying: “You’re special, you’re truly special.” Simon praised: “I like you Chloe, you’re quirky, and you’ve got this really charming confidence about you.”
Harry Holmes (Yes) – Harry also chose an original song for his try-out, entitled ‘Girl Who Stayed The Night’. Louis loved it, describing the 20-year-old student as a “natural”.
Imagen Harrison (4 yesses) – Imagen’s “amazing” dad inspired her to pursue a music career, and she got off to a good start with her rendition of Emeli Sandé’s ‘Suitcase’. “I really, really do like your voice,” commented Sharon.
Descendance (4 yeses) – Irish duo Hayley (20) and Debye (40) shocked the judges when they revealed they’re not sisters, but mother and daughter. However, their performance of Macklemore’s ‘Can’t Hold Us’ turned out to be one of those textbook X Factor moments when the judges thought one was holding the other back. Hayley proved popular, with Sharon describing her as “phenomenal”, while Nicole thought she was “super dope” and “relevant”.
However, it wasn’t good news for Debye, with Sharon saying she should be involved “in a different aspect”, and Simon saying their double act “doesn’t work”. Eventually, the judges did give them four yesses as a duo, but Debye left upset after being advised to “think about this”.
Queen A (No) – Ashleigh refers to herself as ‘Queen A’ as she likes to “be a leader”. However, it turned out she was wrong when she answered the question ‘can I win The X Factor?’ with “Is the Pope a Catholic?”. Simon questioned whether she was serious with her medley of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, ‘Push It’, and ‘Ignition’. She left with four nos.
The Clique (3 yeses, 1 no) – Three-piece boyband The Clique proved themselves to be divas by strutting their stuff to Little Mix hit ‘Touch’ while wearing high heels. Nicole reckoned they had “ass-titude”, and Louis said “it just all worked for me”. However, Simon said no, branding them a “gimmick”.
Talia Dalorto – Talia’s “bubbly” personality may annoy her Canary Wharf colleagues, but it worked in The X Factor auditions room, where she boldly claimed there’s a “gap in the market” for her. Her own version of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Ain’t No Way’ seemed to back up her statement. Simon called her “amazing” and said: “You have no idea how much I wanted to find someone like you today.” Louis added: “I didn’t think it was gonna be anything as good as this. I think we need an artist like you.”
Gary Barker (4 yeses) – Full-time dad by day, singer by night Gary was put forward for The X Factor by his fiancée, but he failed to cut it with his first performance, ‘Uptown Funk’, which was interrupted by Simon. Thankfully, his second song, Sam Cooke’s ‘Change Is Gonna Come’, got him through to Bootcamp. “I wasn’t expecting that! You’ve got a good voice,” Simon reacted. Gary declared that he sees himself more as just an entertainer, to which Sharon responded: “You are so much more than that”.
The X Factor 2017 continues with its last two auditions episodes next Saturday and Sunday at 8.00pm on ITV.
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