X Factor 2018: Athena Manoukian's audition splits the judges

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Athena Manoukian caused quite the stir on The X Factor 2018 tonight.

Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell returned for more auditions this evening on ITV.

This year try outs have returned to the arenas and one of the acts who took full advantage of the stage was 24-year-old songwriter Athena Manoukian from Athens, Greece.

She flew in to audition for The X Factor judges and puts on a show, including her own backing dancers.

Before her audition, Athena said: “In my country, Greece, I do very well but I want to gain more fans in the UK as well because I really love them and I want them to be my fans too.”

On stage, Athena belted out Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love as she performed with her dancers.

Robbie quipped to wife Ayda afterwards: “What am I allowed to think?”

Ayda reacted: “You’re a beautiful girl… but there were moments I found it a bit cheesy.”

“There is a lot about you that’s absolutely amazing,” declared Robbie.

“It was definitely… entertaining. It was nice you brought the dancers with you. I though the vocal was good but I’m not 100% sure right now” added Louis.

It was a yes from Robbie and Ayda but a no from Louis.

Left with the casting vote, Simon said: “I think you’ve got a dated image but I could never say no to this audition.”

With three yeses, Athena went through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will decide who gets to fight for a seat in the Six Chair Challenge.

Other contestants we met in tonight’s X Factor 2018 auditions included Kiki Piesare from South East London who had high hopes, declaring: “My dream is to be known worldwide. This is all I want.”

However she left with four nos, as Robbie told her bluntly: “The problem is you can’t sing.”

Also wanting to impress was Scarlett Lee, who previously auditioned last year and trio Tre Amici – three friends LeRoy, Martin and Richard – who sang a cover of Nessun Dorma.

The X Factor 2018 airs Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.

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