Two singers sharing the name Jade were among those who impressed the judges on Saturday night’s X Factor as the last double bill of auditions began.
Single mother Jade Ellis made her mark at the London auditions, where she revealed how she had given up her promising career for the sake of her six-year-old daughter – and then delivered a rendition of Maverick Sabre’s Something Good which stunned both judges and audience.
Guest judge Leona Lewis told her, “I felt every single word you were singing,” while Tulisa added, “I love that you didn’t let go of your dreams and you came back fighting, and it was worth it because that was amazing.”
Also winning herself a place in bootcamp was teenager Jade Collins, who delivered an emotional audition in Glasgow after revealing that her father was in prison.
The 17-year-old from Belfast amazed the judges – including guest panellist Anastacia – with her rendition of Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams, although Gary Barlow had some criticisms for the youngster.
“Jade I’m going to tell you off slightly, you didn’t warm up properly this morning; you were struggling with some of the high notes,” he pointed out – but Tulisa was more encouraging.
“We always look for a spark when someone steps on stage, where you just go there is something here and it’s something special and I saw that in you today,” she said.
Also faring well was care worker Tammy Cartwright, who admitted she had put her singing ambitions on hold to deal with problems within her family – and went on to bring the audience at the Manchester auditions to their feet with her rendition of the Dreamgirls hit One Night Only.
When you first started singing I did think it was a little bit karaoke and I felt like I was at Blackpool pleasure beach watching one of them shows,” guest judge Mel B told her
And then as the song went along you really shone. You need to know that you are fantastic.”
Meanwhile 17-year-old Lauren Smith divided the judges after delivering a quirky acoustic rendition of Estelle’s American Boy.
Tulisa told her, “I think we found ourselves a recording artist, but Louis wasn’t so sure. “I’m not sure you’re right for this show though?” he said – leading Tulisa to hit back with “How many times do you say we’re looking for a recording artist – we found one? What was your last act? Jedward?’
Ultimately, having won yes votes from the others, Louis admitted, “I’m on the fence but I’m going to say yes.” – sending Lauren through to bootcamp.
But it wasn’t good news for everybody, and among those falling at the first hurdle was Bianca Gascoigne, former reality TV star and model turned DJ.
The 25-year-old, who is the step-daughter of footballer Paul Gascoigne and was previously best known on TV for appearing on Celebrity Love Island, failed in her bid for X Factor stardom after her version of Mary J Blige’s I’m Going Down left the judges underwhelmed.
“What the other 25-year-olds have is that they’ve been singing all their lives, seriously singing,” Gary said, “At 25, you should be a lot better than that. It was a mediocre audition.”
“I appreciate and admire the fact that you wanted to try something different and change the public’s perception of you,” she said. “But I’ve got to be honest – I don’t think the vocals were strong enough.”
Meanwhile pensioner Nick Buss made his mark by turning the air blue at his audition after being turned down by all of the judges except Louis.
The 70-year-old’s version of Buddy Holly’s Maybe Baby failed to strike a chord with the panel, with Tulisa and Gary being particularly disparaging – and he told them, “You’re entitled to your f*****g opinion,” before storming off shouting, They don’t know what they are talking about…it was that f*****g Tulisa!”
The final auditions show will be screened on Sunday night from 8pm ahead of next weekend’s bootcamp shows.