The X Factor 2009 has unleashed its last crop of auditions, with highlights from London and Manchester – and a few familiar faces.

And among those hoping for another shot at stardom was Daniel Pearce, formerly a member of the boy band One True Voice. The band was formed on Popstars The Rivals at the same time as Girls Aloud but failed to achieve the same sort of success and split after just two singles.

Pearce, however, may well have a chance to redress the balance, after wowing the judges with his rendition of Seal‘s Kiss From A Rose.

“You 100 per cent nailed that song,” Simon said. “I knew you were amazing,” added Cheryl, “and now you’ve just proved it to everyone else too.”

Others returning for another go included teenager Rachel Adedeji, who was knocked out at bootcamp stage last year. Once again she won a place in the next round.

And 80-year-old Eileen Chapman – who Simon was seen offering another chance to on Saturday’s show – was also back, but despite charming the judges with her personality she failed to make it to the next stage.

Others who were successful included 21-year-old Scott James from Stockton-On-Tees, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and did not leave his house for seven years.

However, he wowed the judges with his emotional rendition of You Raise Me Up. “That was fantastic,” Dannii told him. “You’ve just won over the whole of Manchester,” Simon added, “I think you’re terrific.”

And 22-year-old Amie Buck also made it through despite faltering midway through her first audition song. Cheryl took to the stage as she attempted a second song – the Girls Aloud hit I’ll Stand By You – and won over the judges.

And the final auditionee, teenager Curtis Moore, was criticised by Simon for his “attitude” but nonetheless impressed with his version of Neo’s Let Me Love You.

“You are one of the most current performers to audition this series,” Simon said before voting him through to the next round.

Next week sees another double bill of editions, as the series reaches the all-important bootcamp stage.