X Factor Celebrity RECAP! Watch all the performances from first episode

Watch Celebrity X Factor performances online - episode 1 (October 12)

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Here’s a full recap of the opening episode of The X Factor: Celebrity this weekend.

The X Factor returned for 2019 on Saturday (October 12) with a brand new format.

This year sees familiar faces from the world of music, film, sport, television and social media fighting for the chance to be crowned The X Factor 2019 Champion in The X Factor: Celebrity, winning a life changing record deal.

Tonight saw the competition begin as the first batch of celebrity hopefuls left their comfort zones at the door as they battled it out in LA.

Hoping to make the live shows back in London, the celebs performed for this year’s X Factor judges – Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh – and a range of guests from the music industry.

Who got through will be revealed next week – for now, you can watch all the performances below…

The X Factor: Celebrity RECAP!


Song choice: Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

The Love Island supergroup is made up of Wes Nelson, Zara McDermott, Samira Mighty and Eyal Booker.

Simon told them: “For a first audition it was a good performance but it’s finding your distinct sound… but the fact is you can all sing.”

“It was so good!” added Nicole.



Song choice: Never Be The Same by Camila Cabello Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Kevin McHale is an actor best known for his starring role in Glee.

“I loved it, I loved the interpretation,” Louis Walsh said of the performance.



Song choices: I Don’t Care by Justin Bieber ft Ed Sheeran Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music
Sucker by Jonas Brothers Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Max & Harvey are social media stars and CBBC presenters.

After their first song received a lukewarm reception, Nicole asked for another which got the duo a standing ovation.

Simon said: “I thought the second song was in a different league to the first one. You’re fun, you’re likeable… I’m trying to find a negative here.”



Song choice: Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Cole and Edwards are a duo made up of Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan Cole and actor Jeremy Edwards.

Cole and Edward’s performance was described as a “miscast musical”.

“I like you were there for each other,” Nicole said, adding to Brendan: “I thought you had a lovely voice.”



Song choice: L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Martin Bashir is a broadcaster and journalist.

Arguably the biggest surprise of the night, Martin got the judges and audience singing along to his performance.

“I feel we got to see a whole other side to you,” praised Nicole.



Song choice: Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Hayley Hasselhoff is an American actress and model, the daughter of David Hasselhoff.

“I love your presence, I love that confidence about you,” said Nicole.



Song choice: Somebody To Love by Queen Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Jenny Ryan – aka The Vixen – is best known as a star of The Chase.

Jenny got a standing ovation for her cover of Queen with Louis reacting: “Where did that come from?! You’ve got a great voice.”

Simon added simply: “Good for you.”



Song choice: No Diggity by Dr Dre Buy/Stream via - Amazon Music - iTunes/Apple Music

Try Star are a group made up of rugby players Levi Davis, Ben Foden and Thom Evans.

Their performance won rave reviews, with Simon saying: “You know what I love about you guys? You’re very infectious.”


The X Factor: Celebrity continues Saturday nights on ITV.

As well as watching on TV, you’ll be able to watch episodes online and catch up via the ITV Hub.

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