The final week of auditions in The X Factor 5 has featured more highlights from Scottish and Welsh singers hoping to make it big.
Among those who impressed the judges this week was 23-year-old Lisa Milburn. The Scottish Slimmer Of The Year – who has shed an incredible 18 and a half stone – left the panel gasping when they saw a picture of how she used to be before the weight loss, but her singing divided them.
“You’ve got a sweet quality to your voice but I’m not sure it’s strong enough to get you through the competition,” Dannii told her following her rendition of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird.
However, Louis disagreed. “I like your voice and I like you,” he said, voting her through to the next round. Things looked bleak for Lisa when both Simon and Cheryl rejected her, but after much pleading Simon changed his mind and sent her through to boot camp.
Also making it to the next stage was teenager Amy Connolly, who told the judges she was just seven years old when her mother died. Her performance of Faith Hill‘s song There You’ll Be reduced Cheryl to tears.
“I loved it,” she said, “you did your dad proud.”
Others making it through were Welsh teenager Jay Morley, whom Cheryl described as “adorable”, and 66-year-old court usher Betty Bryce, whose saucy routine raised a few eyebrows among the judges.
Simon described her as a “minx” and rejected her, but to his amazement the other judges voted the fan-wielding pensioner through to boot camp.
Some, however, weren’t so lucky. Alan Penfold’s energetic rendition of Michael Jackson’s Black Or White failed to impress the panel, while out-of-tune duo The Wannabees were criticised by the judges for their attitude.
Next week the show progresses to the boot camp stage, with the judges also finding out which categories they will be mentoring.