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'X Factor' 2011: Reality Bites' Ones to Watch

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Dermot O'Leary best put away his Milk Tray man polo neck and dust off his snazzy suit and tie combo, because The X Factor auditions are over for another year.

But which acts have caught our eye over the past two months and which ones do we think will make the cut for the live shows?

Reality Bites picks out its eight tips for the top. If we get them all wrong and they're axed at Judges' Houses, we'll be crying into our Gamu Nhengu-initialled handkerchiefs all over again.

Janet Devlin
Audition Song: Elton John's 'Your Song' (The Ellie Goulding version)
Our Verdict: Diana Vickers + dainty Irish lilt - a claw x heartmelting coyness = Janet Devlin. The pick of the first episode's acts, and has not been thrust down viewers' throats, so looks unlikely to suffer what's known in X Factor land as Danyl Johnson-itis.



Kitty Brucknell
Audition Song: Lady GaGa's 'Edge of Glory'
Our Verdict: Come back Katie Waissel, all is forgiven. Yes, we know she's fame hungry, slightly bonkers and more irritating than crabs, but we all know Kitty's in this for the long haul. She's TV and tabloid gold and if you forget her worst traits, she's not too bad a singer either.



The X Factor 2011: Boot Camp: Frankie and James
James Michael
Audition Song: Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love' (The Adele version, obviously)
Our Verdict: He was on screen for barely a minute, he was wearing a silly hat, he sang Adele. There's so many things that should make us dismiss this lad in an instant. But if you missed him first time around, hunt down his audition now. There's something special about that voice. He deserves to make the live shows.

Misha Bryan
Audition Song: Aretha Franklin's 'Respect'.
Our Verdict: Attitude. Killer vocals. Rap skills that Cher Lloyd would sell her best hoodie for. And best of all she's doing it for her old auntie. Who isn't rooting for Misha?



Jade Richards
Audition Song: Adele's 'Someone Like You'
Our Verdict: Anyone who pulls off an audition in an Adidas trackie top that looks like it's about 10 years old, gets an instant thumbs up. The fact that this Fife belter can knock out an Adele tune at the drop of a hat helps as well.



The X Factor 2011: Boot Camp: The Keys
The Keys
Audition Song: Aloe Blacc's 'I Need A Dollar'
Our Verdict: The curse of The X Factor Groups... will it ever end? There's bound to be more judge-manufactured disastrous girlbands, but out of the auditions one set of boys looked like they may just have the potential to break with tradition and go all the way. As long as they're not morphed into Westlife-lite, The Keys could go far.

Marcus Collins
Audition Song: Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered'
Our Verdict: Olly Murs, watch and learn. This is how you do a cheeky Stevie Wonder cover. Impressive stuff.



The X Factor 2011 Episode 6: 2 Shoes
2 Shoes
Audition Song: K-Ci & JoJo's 'All My Life'
Our Verdict: When X Factor met TOWIE? Yes, vocally 2 Shoes may not cut the mustard, but we don't want power ballad after power ballad come the live shows. This duo could bring some cheekiness and colour to Saturday nights.

Do you agree with our picks from the auditions? Who is your current favourite act? Share your views below.

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