“The X Factor” U.K. rolled on with more auditions shown in the third episode of 2011, which ITV1 televised September 3 at 8 p.m. British Summer Time.
Of course, there were plenty of bad singers, but some contestants were impressive enough to advance to the next round.
One contestant who was a clear standout was 21-year-old Jade Richards from Buckhaven, Scotland, who moved “X Factor” U.K. judges Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh to tears with her rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
(Click here to watch Jade Richards’ audition.)
Maybe “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011 needed to fill a quota for older singers, which may explain why 42-year-old David Wilder made it through to the next round with his tone-deaf version of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” The judges and a great deal of the audience liked Wilder’s hammy stage moves though, and he got a unanimous “yes” from the judges.
(Click here to see David Wilder’s audition.)
Luke Lucas (a 16-year-old from Margate, England) has a much better voice than Wilder’s, and Lucas wowed the judges with a pitch-perfect rendition of the Jackson 5’s “Who’s Loving You.” Before his audition, Lucas confessed that he had a crush on The X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
Before Lucas sang, he told Contostavlos, “You look beautiful.” She then blew him a kiss and beckoned Lucas to come over to the judges’ table and give her a kiss on the cheek. He happily obliged, and then Contostavlos gave him a kiss on the cheek too. After his impressive performance, Lucas got “yes” votes from all of the judges.
(Click here to watch Luke Lucas’ audition.)
Meanwhile, there were some contestants who mouthed off to the judges after getting negative feedback for their auditions.
An all-female trio named Angel bombed with an off-key performance of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” Contostvalos told Angel, “All the energy and all the dance moves is to cover up the fact that none of you can really sing.” One of the members of Angel then snapped in response: “That’s a bit rich coming from you.”
(Click here to watch Angel’s audition.)
Another feisty contestant was 27-year-old Michael Lewis, who auditioned as a Michael Jackson impersonator for “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010, and he was promptly rejected. In 2011, Lewis got the same result when he auditioned (as himself) with a horribly out-of-tune version of Geri Haliwell’s “Look at Me.”
After getting “no” votes from all four of the judges, Lewis then refused to leave the stage. He whined, “This is my stage. I belong on this stage. What part of that do you not understand?”
“The X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow took matters into his own hands and pushed Lewis off stage. “Thank you very much. Nice to meet you,” said Barlow said as he dismissed Lewis.
(Click here to watch Michael Lewis’ audition.)
Richards’ outstanding performance indicates that she is an early front-runner to make it into “The X Factor” U.K. finals in 2011. The Daily Mail reports that Richards was almost forced to leave the competition after she got into a car accident that left her injured in late August 2011. Richards was driving alone in her car when she had suddenly braked because sunlight got in her eyes. Her car was rear-ended by another automobile behind her, and the force of the collision caused Richards to hit a car in front of her. Richards received medical care for the effects of whiplash, and she is expected to make a full recovery.