A boy band who enjoyed brief chart success in the 1990s are poised for stardom once again after impressing the X Factor judges in the latest round of auditions.
Next Of Kin – consisting of brothers Nathan, Kieran and Mark Bass – were aged between 13 and 18 when they reached number 13 in the charts in 1999 with 24 Hours From You.
And Saturday’s show saw them attempting to make a comeback as a more ‘grown-up’ band – with their original song, can’t Find Me Without You – winning them a place in the Wembley round.
“Guys that’s a hit song!” Louis exclaimed. “Guys you are so ready for it, you are so ready.”
Meanwhile a tearful Nicole Scherzinger told them: “So that kind of touched me. That song was just magic because it was so truthful.”
Also returning to the limelight on Saturday were boy band Rough Copy – who made it to the judges’ houses in 2012 but had to pull out after one band member had visa issues.
Their version of Jessie J’s Do It Like A Dude was a hit with the judges, with Nicole Scherzinger telling them: “You’re really talented. I think this is your time boys.” and Sharon Osbourne describing their performance as ‘smooth’.
Others faring well on Saturday night included 20-year-old Stephanie Woods, who had previously been rejected at the judges’ houses stage by Sharon Osbourne in 2007.
Stephanie, who was just 14 at the time, bounced back with an emotional rendition of Snow Patrol’s Run – and succeeded in making Sharon cry with her performance.
“I really cracked up when I had to let you go,” she admitted. “I am glad you came back.”
Gary Barlow added: “I don’t know what you’ve had to build your confidence but whatever you’ve had it worked. There are improvements to be made but well done.”
Dance student Lydia Lucy, bus driver James McDonald and cheeky teenager Giles Potter – who had Gary singing along with his rendition of Jessie J’s Price Tag – also won a place in the next round.
However it wasn’t quite such good news for Welsh cleaner Samantha Harper, a would-be rapper who went by the name of J-Koda or Harry Styles lookalike Aron Dale.
“Who told you you could sing?” Sharon asked Samantha, while Louis complained: “There was no vocal there at all.”
Meanwhile he told Aron he looked more ‘like Howard from Take That’, as Gary added: “You do look a bit like Harry and that’s where it ends!”
The X Factor continues on Sunday evening at 8pm.