Scarlett Lee made a return to The X Factor tonight as auditions continued.
20-year-old Make-up Artist Scarlett from Epsom made it as far as the six chair challenge last year.
“It was heartbreaking, it took me so long to get over but it’s only made me stronger,” she said in tonight’s show. “I hope Simon looks back and says ‘This girl has improved’… probably not, he’ll probably say ‘That’s the orange girl!'”
She added: “I feel like there’s more pressure on me this time around but I feel I’ve worked hard enough, I just hope the judges see potential.”
Talking to the judges, of which only Simon Cowell remains from last year, Scarlett explained: “I feel [last year] was like me figuring out myself.
“I was grateful to be sent away because I realised who I am as a person.”
In front of Simon, plus new judges Ayda Williams, Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson, Scarlett sang original song ‘Survival’ which she described as her “fight song”.
But Simon quickly stopped the track, remarking: “This must be the sixth time I’ve heard you sing, I’m not sure there’s going to be another time. That was a four, I want a ten.”
“I’m ready and I need this, I want to be good enough,” declared Scarlett.
Given one last shot, Scarlett sang Loren Allred’s Never Enough from hit musical The Greatest Showman.
It got a much better reaction with four yeses from the judges.
“You’ve just made the best save I’ve ever seen. You’re a big note singer with a big personality,” said Robbie.
Ayda announced: “You are amazing.”
“You have a massive, massive vocal for a 20-year-old,” commented Louis.
“You are an amazing singer, it was magic. I’d love to be mentoring you on this show,” concluded Simon.
Also wanting to impress are 24-year-old songwriter Athena Manoukian from Athens, Greece and trio Tre Amici – three friends LeRoy, Martin and Richard – both provide VERY different auditions, with covers of Crazy In love and Nessun Dorma respectively.
The X Factor airs Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.