The 2010 X Factor audition shows have drawn to a close with the final highlights – and lowlights – from Manchester.
And once again Nicole Scherzinger joined Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh as a guest judge, standing in for both new mum Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, who was battling malaria at the time of the auditions.
The trio found themselves faced with some colourful characters this time around – including teenager Damien Devine.
The 19-year-old stood out in an outfit he had designed himself – but his rendition of Lady Gaga‘s Poker Face, complete with flamboyant dancing, failed to hit the mark with the judges.
“I think you’re really talented at making clothes,” Louis told him, while Simon was more blunt, calling the performance “horrendous”.
But there was better news for 20-year-old Tobias Sumpton, who admitted to the panel that he had already had 20 jobs.
He sailed through to bootcamp, despite warnings from Louis that he really needed to take the challenge seriously – but the others appeared not to have any doubts. “You’ve had a lot of jobs,” Nicole said, “but hopefully the train stops here.”
Teenager Harry Styles also made a good impression with his acapella version of Stevie Wonder‘s Isn’t She Lovely.
Louis turned the 16-year-old down, suggesting he wasn’t ready for the show, but Simon and Nicole disagreed and voted him through.
And they were unanimous about duo Diva Fever, although they only made it through after they began singing The Beatles’ Let It Be, only for Simon to insist they performed a different song. The pair eventually found favour with Tina Turner’s Proud Mary
There was disappointment meanwhile for singer Richard Thomas, who failed to win over the judges in spite of proving popular with the audience – but the auditions came to an end on a high with 27-year-old Marlon McKenzie, who wowed the panel with his unique rendition of Ain’t No Sunshine.
“You made that song totally your own,” Louis told him. “This could be your lucky day.”
The next stage of the competition – boot camp – will be seen next weekend in another double bill of shows.