I wasn’t sure what to expect from this week’s auditions after last week’s show. Last week we saw Storm Lee who failed to win the vote of Simon – in Storm he just hadn’t found what he was looking for. Next was nervous 16 year old Cher Lloyd who Cheryl told “You’re actually, for me, my favourite audition so far” after she surprised everyone with her rendition of Turn My Swag On. Then there was the unforgettable final act, Ablisa, that ended with Abby punching her ‘best friend’, Lisa, full in the face before storming off stage (for the second time). It was classic TV viewing.
This week saw the auditions of Cardiff and London. Pixie Lott was the guest judge in Cardiff looking fabulous in a LBD and loads of jewellery, whilst Cheryl looked demure a white shirt and black skirt combo.
First up in Cardiff was Kasha 21 year old sales executive. With high five’s all round he told his mates he was ‘off to bootcamp’. He sang, his mates cringed, the audience laughed and Simon said ‘You sound like you have a really bad cold’. Still, he did wear a lovely pair of sunglasses albeit indoors.
London started with Bun ‘nd Cheese, three girls named Pinky, Patty and Peas aka Mary, Ebony and Debbie. The audition was as bad as the name suggested as they failed to sing so much as a word between them. No one was impressed.
Then there was Italian Nicolo ‘my friends call me Nic’ Festa. He believes that no one in the music business today has the whole package – looks, attitude, style or voice. He says ‘I could be that guy’, ‘I’m amazing’, ‘I’m going to show the judges exactly how big my X Factor is’. Oh boy. This guy is going to be the marmite contestant, will you on team Yummy or team Yuck? Simon likes him because he is weird. He got three yes’ and the tag of ‘diva in the making’.
Lastly, PaijeRichardson, got through after Louis begged the other judges to see him again after they gave his performance of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon a thumbs down the first time around. He gave a gutsy performance of James Browns’ Man’s World to win their vote. The boy did good but could do better in the style department.
Personally no one this week moved me more than Mary Byrne with her powerful and emotional rendition of Tom Jones’ I Who Have Nothing at the Dublin auditions last week. I got goose bumps. I’d love to see her on the live shows in a great frock, and killer heels knocking out one fabulous performance after another!
But, as I say, we’re not done with the auditions just yet, next week’s double bill promises to be a good one!