X Factor: Old faces return as auditions continue

A host of familiar faces returned to The X Factor auditions for another crack at stardom as auditions reached their second week.

Among those making a return to the show on Saturday night are Essex girl Amy Mottram, who narrowly missed out on the finals in 2012.

The teenage singer was rejected at the judges houses stage by last year’s mentor Tulisa, and then put forward as a wild card – only to be outvoted by Christopher Maloney, who went on to the live shows.

This time around however Amy – who has shed three stone since her last appearance on the show – staked her claim as a potential front-runner with her showstopping performance of Emeli Sande’s Clown.

And once again she impressed the judges, with Nicole Scherzinger telling her “you are special and a star”, while Sharon called her “incredibly brave” for returning.

Others who came back for yet another try included Scottish singer Jade Richards and Irish hopeful Melanie McCabe.

Jade, who was hoping to make it third time lucky after two previous failed attempts to make it to the live shows, wowed the judges with her rendition of Bruno Mars’ If I Was Your Man.

And while Nicole told her “personally I would love to work with you”, Louis Walsh praised her for getting her “mojo back”.

Melanie, meanwhile, was making her fourth attempt to reach the live heats – and her performance of David Guetta’s Titanium proved popular, with Gary Barlow telling her it was the ‘best audition of the day’.

However the 17-year-old – who was just 14 when she first auditioned for the show – had the biggest impact on Louis Walsh, who appeared emotional after her performance and told her: “I know you need this and I really want it. I know you have got the talent and I want you to do well.”

Also returning for another try were girl group the Dolly Rockers, who sailed through to the Wembley stage of the show after winning four thumbs up from the judges.

The band, who now have a new member in the shape of 22-year-old Daniele, previously made it to the judges’ houses in 2006 only to fall at the final hurdle.

While the returning hopefuls certainly made their mark, one of the most memorable performances of the night came from Devon teenager Barclay Beales.

The 17-year-old showed off both his guitar playing – and his yodelling skills – in the audition room, leaving the judges speechless and prompting Nicole Scherzinger to get up and dance.

“Who knew yodelling could be so hot?” she asked afterwards.

The X Factor continues on Sunday night at 8pm.