This episode opened with Queen’s We Will Rock You. Enter Richard Ryan, a soft-spoken25 year old on call Firefighter from Kidderminster who brought his nan to the audition. He sang The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love. He worked the crowd. Louis said he couldn’t stop watching - he wasn’t sure if he loved it. Simon thought Richard wasn’t sure who he wanted to be, asking him “Are you a mouse or a tiger?” The meek fireman admitted his nickname was Danger Mouse. Louis said, “I want to commend you on doing something different. It’s a yes from me.” Richard got through with 3 yeses (Simon said no).
Giovanni Spano, a 33 year old West End performer from London sang The Spencer Davis Group' - Gimme Some Lovin'. Louis seemed willing to give the muscle-bound dude a chance after Robbie made a low carb joke.
But Louis soon looked weary as Gio whipped out his heavy tune that was a few decades too late.
Simon asked for a second song and Gio sang the GooGoo Dolls ballad, Iris, which seemed to win the crowd over a bit more. Ayda still thought it was dated and that they’d have to work on some of his bad habits. Louis thought it was a bit more like musical theater. Louis was the only one to say no, but Gio made it through.
Scott Wilkes, a 22 year old flower wholesaler from Birmingham who was a self-proclaimed “ladies man”. “That’s not many buttons done up on his shirt,” Louis commented. He sang Me and Mrs. Jones. He ruined it by turning his song into a striptease and taking off his shirt. Louis said he had a good voice and didn’t need to “do all that.” It was a no for Scott.
Armstrong Martins was a 23 year old youth worker. He sings mostly in church and was at the audition with his pastor. He had a difficult childhood and moved out of his house at 13. He sang Breaking Free from High School Musical. His acoustic performance of the song had the crowd on their feet. Louis said, “It wasn’t perfect and I didn’t care because when you were on the money, it was amazing.”
The LMA choir, aged 19-40, sang This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. The moving song had the judges and audience enthralled. Louis really seemed to enjoy the performance and the act Louis said, “The chemistry you all have is so infectious.” He continued, “A brilliant, brilliant audition.” They made it through.
20-year-old Georgia Burgess sang Who's Loving You. She had an enormous voice that had jaws dropping.
Louis said, “The power you have, the effortless rifts, it’s too much for my brain to comprehend.” He said, “That was my favorite that we’ve seen so far.”
27-year-old Sephy Francisco from the Philippines sang The Prayer. Sephy started the song with a high voice and continued with a lower voice, singing both parts of a duet and switching throughout the song. The unique performance put Sephy through to the next round.
Ricky John sang Change is Gonna Come. He was homeless for 8 years and now had two kids. He was hoping to do well at the audition for his family.
Ricky had a powerful voice, but struggled during the audition, breaking into tears and stopping at one point. With encouragement, he continued, finishing with a big note at the end. Louis said, “That was an unbelievable audition.” Giving a yes, Louis said, “I think you’ve just changed your life today.”
Tom Richards, was a 24 year old singer from South Wales, who had previously auditioned alongside Louis on the show in 2010, making it through to the Judge’s House before being sent home. Louis said, “How are you lad? We know each other.”
He felt like he had a chance to be in One Direction since he was on the show at the same time as the guys from One Direction. The X Factor tweeted out this manip:
Tom’s life went back to normal after the show. He admitted to being a little bit jealous of One Direction’s success.
Tom sang James Bay’s Let It Go. Simon stopped the song because he “hated everything about it”. They let him do another song. They asked him to sing an upbeat song.
It was a no from Simon. Robbie disagreed and said it was down to song choice. Louis let Ayda go first. She could feel how badly he wanted this. Louis was the deciding vote and “I’m finding this really difficult,” he said. Louis continued, “It didn’t feel 100% authentic. If you get this chance, you’ve got to take note of how to be original.” After struggling to decide, Louis said, “Look Tom, look I want to give you a yes.” Tom made it through. Louis looked exhausted afterwards.
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