Today was an emotional day of judging for Louis Tomlinson, as he watched a contestant he had mentored over the past year audition. Last year, Anthony Russell auditioned for X Factor and made it through to the judges house after a Six Chair Challenge, but was replaced by another hopeful after he had to leave the show because he admitted taking drugs during the auditions. Louis saw Anthony on the show last year and even tweeted about him saying "Yes !!!! Really moved by Anthony . My fucking boy what a lad ! Go on son" and "I'm backing you Anthony lad. Proper Liverpool lad. Massive respect". After Anthony left the show, Louis reached out to offer to help him.
Anthony returned this year and auditioned, bringing Louis to tears as he watched Anthony's performance. Afterwards, Louis said “I’ve got to pull myself together after that, just give me a minute, I’m quite emotional” while coughing and apologizing.
Louis didn’t think he should have a vote because he’s biased because he and Anthony were too close, but after the other judges voted, Simon Cowell said there were no rules on who got to vote so he asked for Louis' vote and it was a yes. Simon told Anthony he was lucky to find his mentor in Louis. Louis went on-stage to hug Anthony. Anthony was a favorite last year before he left the show, so it will be interesting to see how far he makes it this year!
Earlier, the day started with Louis, clad in black, looking happy as he worked the red carpet and posed for pictures with fans.
Louis wore a Stella McCartney 'No Smile No Service’ T-Shirt ($295) and Gosha Rubchinskiy x Adidas Primeknit Copa sneakers for this set of auditions.
Age became a factor today. A young contestant performed and the judges thought he was quite young (which earned them some boos from the audience), but Louis defended the contestant, saying when One Direction was on X Factor one of them (Harry Styles) was 16 so it was doable.
I think your very young *crowd boos* hang on hang on I’m getting to it , but we put together one direction when we where around 16 and it worked so— jenna ◟̽◞̽ (@louis1d1million) July 26, 2018
After some elderly contestants auditioned, Louis said “I was just thinking how proud I would be if one of my grandparents was up there doing exactly that, and it's going to annoy Simon, so it’s a yes from me.”
Simon asked if a contestant had seen a certain movie and the contestant replied, “I’m afraid not, sir,” to which Louis joked “it was before both our times, lad, don’t worry.”
The banter with Simon continued with Louis cheering on audience members who were booing Simon.
Everyone when Simon said something bad “boooo” and Louis like YES YES YES TELL HIM— Ksenija ◟̽◞̽ LT1 (@bigspoonlovehs) July 26, 2018
With two more days of auditions left, fans are getting to see a range of emotions from Louis as he judges and they are loving it!