X Factor starts the Christmas countdown with first auditions

TV viewers have started counting down to Christmas after the first auditions of this year's X Factor kicked off last night. The show saw Grace Davies blowing the judges away with her self-penned song.

Saturday-night TV viewers are already ringing in the beginning of Christmas as The X Factor launched its 14th series.

The ITV show, which kicks off the run of telly talent contests leading up to the festive period, began its first round of auditions to find Britain’s best musical act on Saturday.

It saw judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger dish out a generous supply of yeses as they watched a range of performers, including teenage soloists, beat-boxers and boybands.

Broadcasting on the second of September – days after the first stage of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off and one week before the launch of BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing – it is already getting fans excited for some cosy weekend nights in front of the box.

“X factor starting means it’s practically near Christmas,” tweeted Lauren Fox while Phoebe Davidson added: “u know Christmas is just around the corner when X factor comes on the telly”.

Aaron Bumby posted: “X factor starting tonight basically means summer’s over and the countdown to Christmas has started.”

Judges and viewers were left stunned when 20-year-old warehouse assistant Grace Davies, from Blackburn, stole the room with her own song, Roots, which she performed for the very first time on the ITV talent show.

Louis Walsh labelled it a “hit” while Simon Cowell described it as a “beautiful, beautiful song” as the panel awarded her a full hand of yeses and a free pass to the X Factor bootcamp.

Asked what the track was about, Davies tearfully explained how it was inspired by her friends and family constantly telling her that her talent would never take her further than “singing Amy Winehouse in the corner of a pub”.

Even fans at home thought her impressive performance was worthy of a record deal straight away, with one tweeting: “Grace should just be signed right now and skip the X factor process”.

Another posted the tune is a “record seller” while one added they would “gladly” pay for Davies’ album.

The X Factor continues on ITV at 8pm tonight.

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