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'X Factor' Auditions Week 3 recap

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Natalie Imbruglia guest judging on The X Factor

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The third round of X Factor auditions take place in London and Birmingham, where Australian popstar Natalie Imbruglia is the guest judge.

Starting in London, Dermot O'Leary reveals that the success of Jedward last year has inspired a glut of twin applicants this year. These include The Evans Twins, who sing 'Greatest Day' badly and off-key, and brothers Bejon who are voted into Boot Camp by Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole. Louis tells a despairing Simon that "kids will love" Bejon, but his co-star remains unconvinced.


The final twin act is Twem, who have come all the way from Paris to audition for the judges. They claim that they have come to the UK because it is "hot, spicy". Twem sing 'Just Dance' and get a great reception from the crowd for their exuberant and slick choreography. "Not the best vocals in the world, but there is something cute and infectious about you," comments Cheryl. "You are like the Parisian John and Edward." Simon teases Louis for "the two monsters" he created with Jedward, which are now "spreading across Europe". Simon gives them a no, but Louis and Cheryl send them through to Boot Camp.


Next up in London is Scottish-born 37-year-old Storm Lee, who has come from LA to audition. He claims that singing is a "gift" that he has been blessed with. He says that he is going to sing 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police, because he wants to show Sting that real artists can come out of The X Factor. Simon halts his performance and tells him that he will not call him Storm because it is a "silly name". He also asks him to change his song and "just sing it". Storm's second song is U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'. After his performance, Cheryl and Storm clash with Simon over his dismissal of his name. Cheryl claims that Simon is being rude, while Louis says that they should judge him on his voice. Despite Simon's reservations about his "rock star image", all three judges give him yes votes.

A montage of successful acts following on from Storm include 16-year-old Ruth-Ann St Luce, 29-year-old care worker John Adeleye, who entertains the judges with his rendition of 'You Are So Beautiful', and support worker Elesha Moses.

After success in London, Dermot introduces the Birmingham auditions and Natalie. The 'Torn' singer claims that she is working on the show to keep the Team Minogue flag flying.


The first act in Birmingham is returning contestant Liam Payne, who reached the Judges' House stage two years ago. The 16-year-old's dramatic version of 'Cry Me A River' hits all the right notes with the audience and panel, winning a standing ovation from Simon and Natalie. Simon claims that his decision to not send him through two years ago has paid off because he is a more confident and stronger performer now.

After a quick advert break, the next singer in Birmingham is Patti Eleode, who screeches her way through 'For Your Eyes Only' in what sounds like a high-pitched Chinese accent. The audience and judges warm to Patti, but it's a no from all the judges apart from Louis. Some other dreadful Birmingham auditions include Chad Kennedy, who fails to live up to his billing as the Brummie Michael Bublé, geeky duo High Street Boys, 67-year-old Brenda Morris and eccentric Elton John fanatic Scott Archer.

Thankfully, not all the acts in Birmingham are dreadful. 16-year-old Cher Lloyd picks up the standard of acts, tackling Soulja Boy's 'Turn My Swag On' with gusto. Cheryl claims that it was her favourite audition of the series so far, while Louis adds that she was "born to be a popstar". Simon Cowell comments: "Cher, that was a great audition. There is something special about you. 100 per cent yes."

After the break, acts that impress the panel include Diana Ross impersonator Keri Arrindell, 23, who gets Louis singing along to 'Midnight Train To Georgia', 54-year-old Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho, 30-year-old Justin Vanderhyde and returning contestant Treyc Cohen.


The final act of the week are friends Abbey & Lisa, who say that they want to "live the dream". During the chat with the judges, the crowd start booing the duo, which prompts Lisa to scream "Shut up" at the audience. Annoyed with her friend, Abbey storms off the stage in a strop. Eventually they return for a horrific rendition of Shayne Ward's 'That's My Goal'. Simon tells the duo that they have the "worst attitude" he has ever seen on any of his TV shows, but Lisa continues getting angry with the crowd for their constant barracking and jeering. The boos only get louder when she responds to Natalie's criticism by asking, 'Who are you?'. Their audition ends in chaos as Abbey gives Lisa a good wallop on the face and the duo have to be kept apart backstage by Dermot and their respective families.

The X Factor continues next Saturday at 7.45pm on ITV1.

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