From The X Factor cutting room floor: Acts who didn't make the show

With some 200,000 auditionees every year, it's easy to see why some acts are overlooked on The X Factor, so we decided to dedicate a bit of time showing some of the talent that didn't make it to our screens this year, and instead had their auditions (and even bootcamp performances) left on the cutting room floor...

Niall Sexton

Hopeful Niall Sexton came to our attention back in June when he auditioned in Manchester singing 'Who's Loving You' by Michael Jackson. The 17-year-old from Magherafelt in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland went on to make the Top 12 of his category just missing out on a spot in the Judge's Houses stage.

After getting 4 massive yes votes from the judges in June, Niall went on to Bootcamp where he wowed the judges once again proceeding through the groups round and making it into the Top 12 of the Boys category. The hopeful was then cut alongside Lemuel Knights, Lascel Woods and John Adams all of whom had been shown.

In fact, Niall wasn't shown at all throughout the show with the exception of a few small clips of him walking on stage at his audition and at bootcamp, standing on stage in bootcamp and speaking to Lascel Woods after narrowly missing out on a spot in the Judge's Houses.

We're really disappointed both for Niall and for his family that he hasn't been seen whatsoever. Whilst the talent is of a high standard this year, it's a real crying shame that some of the talent hasn't featured.

You can view the song that he sang for his audition below and to see his other covers, visit


Lauren Rammell

17-year-old Lauren Rammell was another talented teenager who wowed the judges during The X Factor auditions in Manchester earlier this year. Singing Queen's Somebody To Love, Lauren wowed the judges, but the only screen time she saw was a bit of dancing behind Sami Brookes during last weekend’s bootcamp.

Check out Lauren performing below...


Megan Burke

Performing for the judges in Wales, Megan Burke was hotly tipped as a potential winner in the girls category, but never made it to screen. Instead, the Welsh auditions highlighted the likes of Ceri Rees and Natasha Ali's wacky dancing when they aired on ITV1 earlier this year.

The 19-year-old performed Alicia Keys track Fallin' at her audition, with Kelly apparently raving: “There is a star in Cardiff. There’s nowhere else to go but up for you babe.”

Megan and her big hair only made it to the screen for a few seconds during bootcamp, so check out her audition song below...


It’s a shame such acts were cut out of the show, especially when we consider what did make it onto air, but with all those involved still youngsters, there's plenty of time for them all still to breakout. Other hopefuls, such as those in the Overs category, may not be so fortunate, having been trying for decades to break into the industry.


X Factor 2011 hopeful Carolynne Poole, who was shown albeit very briefly, this week said she was "gutted" after being cut from the show.

Speaking to local paper Manchester Evening News, the brunette beauty admitted: “It’s really tough to take. This was my big moment. I’d worked really hard for it and was elated with the feedback I got, especially from Gary. Then nobody got to see it. I was totally edited out.”

She continued: “I feel like a non-league football player who’s scored three times against Manchester United only for their goals not to be shown on Match Of The Day.”

Carolynne will be seen fighting it out for a place in the live shows this Saturday when The X Factor continues on ITV1.

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