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'X Factor': Auditions Week 1 recap

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Geri Halliwell guest judging on The X Factor
The seventh series of The X Factor is introduced by regular voiceover man Peter Dickson, and we are shown clips of the the most successful acts from previous years including Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, JLS, Joe McElderry, Diana Vickers and Alexandra Burke. Dickson asks the question: "Who will be next?" before a montage of acts from the new series. We are also introduced to the judges, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and the five Guest Judges - Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Pixie Lott, Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger.

Dermot O'Leary is outside with the X Factor audition crowds looking for the "next pop sensation" and reveals that the first stop on the tour of tryouts is Glasgow, where the regular panel will be joined by Halliwell.

Stephen, X-Factor 2010 Contestant
The first auditionee of the series is Stephen Hunter, a 41-year-old house husband, who performs the pop classic 'Disco Inferno'. Hunter starts his audition with some old-school disco dance moves, but is told to restart the song by Cowell after he forgets his opening cue. During his second performance, the crowd get into the song and judges Cole and Halliwell start shaking their bodies along with the performer. Halliwell tells him that she sees "potential" and Cole says that his "eyes are twinkling". Cowell tells him that he has a "really good voice" but that the singer needs to lose the "little boy lost routine". Stephen jokingly admits that he is "16 stone not 16-years-old". All four judges give yes votes to Stephen and he is through to Boot Camp.

After a break, we return to Glasgow for a montage of dodgy auditions. They include group Diva Features, who sing 'Waiting For A Star To Fall' and are compared to "a group of people who met at a bus stop" by Cowell. Other acts in the montage include 70-year-old pensioner George Bicknell and Emedy Ecilo, who makes Cole snort her drink thanks to his dreadful high-pitched rendition of 'Billie Jean'.

Gamuchirai from Glasgow
The next act to face the judges is Gamuchirai Nhengu, who moved to Scotland from Zimbabwe five years ago. She lives with her brothers and single parent mum, who she wants to pay back for all her hard work. She informs the cameras that she wants to be somebody that people remember. She tells the judges: "I wanna be somebody. I wanna be somebody that people talk about." Her rendition of 'Walking On Sunshine', which includes her own lyrics, is the first great performance of the series. Walsh says that he loved the song choice and that there's something "very likeable about her". Cowell says that he hates the song normally, but that he loves her "old-school jazz voice" and describes her as "really talented". Halliwell tells her that her mum will be proud of her performance, as the singer begins to get tearful on stage. She gets four yes votes and is through to Boot Camp.

After the next break, we are still in Glasgow, but Halliwell is annoying her fellow judges and the audience. We are shown a montage of clips where the crowd is yawning, the acts appear confused and the panel look bored as the ex-Spice Girl offers lengthy judgements on the performances. It is all played out over the Chas & Dave hit 'Rabbit'.

G and S from Glasgow
The next act to face the panel in Scotland are boy girl duo G&S (aka Gay & Straight). Featuring unemployed Peter and Burger King worker Caroline, the pair are friends who were brought together by Caroline's boss. They perform 'Don't Stop Believing' and Caroline is a decent singer, but Peter is dreadful. He attempts to make up for this with some OTT dance moves and sheer enthusiasm. Afterwards, Walsh says that it was a great song "strangled on stage". However, Halliwell offers Caroline a lifeline, asking her to perform solo. Peter agrees and leaves her to sing 'Get Here' by Oleta Adams. Peter acts as her cheerleader on the side of the stage and the judges decide that she was good enough to go to Boot Camp. Afterwards, Peter is tearful backstage because he knows that the duo's career has come to an end.

S01E01: Lynne Frances O'Neil
Next up is a montage of successful acts including singing waitress Lynne Frances O'Neil, who Cowell gives "a massive yes", Glee-esque group Noir, who sing 'Paparazzi', and 21-year-old Mark McGregor, who Walsh shows a particular interest in. "Some people when they walk on stage you know they have got it, and Mark you have got it," he says following McGregor's rendition of 'If You Turn Back The Hands Of Time'.

After the break, the Glasgow auditions are over and the judges are heading to London for the first time in 2010. There is no Guest Judge in London, so we only have Walsh, Cowell and Cole, who arrive at the auditions via helicopter. The first act in London are trio J'ham, who formed and rehearse online. They perform Lady GaGa's 'Bad Romance', but are all out of tune and have odd dance moves. At the end, the judges and audience are shown in a prolonged stunned silence. Cowell describes them as the "worst ever" group, Cole says that they are "quite shocking", while Walsh compares them to "three cats being strangled". Backstage, we see J'ham arguing about who was at fault for the dreadful audition.

The next montage sequence features a selection of girl bands, who get a mixed response from the panel. Cowell and Walsh tease and taunt Cole during the girl group tryouts, joking that they may need a saucer of milk for the "catty" Girls Aloud star. Backstage, Cowell brings over a saucer to an unimpressed Cole, who describes her co-star as a "big kid".

S01E01: Katie
Katie Waissell, who is dressed up like a Desperately Seeking Susan-era Madonna, is the next act to face the judges. In her pre-performance interview, she tells the panel that she wants to be a star. She claims that her favourite acts are Etta James and Freddie Mercury and wants to perform the track 'At Last'. She is talked out of it by Cowell and offers to perform 'We Are The Champions' instead. She forgets her words first time and second time she is stopped by the judges. Cowell and Walsh say that they feel let down by her performance. She is given one last chance to perform her original track 'At Last', which wins over the audience. It also wins the support of Cowell and Cole who send her through to Boot Camp. Walsh is still not convinced, describing her as "style over substance".

S01E01: Shirlena
The last act in the first show is 30-year-old single mum Shirlena Johnson. She leaves her young daughter backstage with O'Leary to face the judges and sing her reworked version of Duffy's 'Mercy'. With unusual dancing and peculiar breathy vocals, her audition mesmerises the panel. Her reworking of the song centres on her uttering the line "release me" repeatedly. Asked when she came up with the routine, Shirlena admits to Cowell that it was "last night". Cole says that she is "speechless", while Cowell compares it to a "musical exorcism", adding: "Do you know what I love about you? You are fantastically nuts!" Cole gives a no vote, but Cowell and Walsh send her through to Boot Camp. Cowell says that Shirlena reminds him of Grace Jones. Cole thinks her co-stars have "gone crazy".

The X Factor auditions continue in Birmingham next week at 7.30pm on ITV1

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