Tears of joy and sadness in X Factor episode 8

After Saturday night's penultimate episode of the live room auditions on the X Factor, Sunday was the final night for the contestants to impress the judges and the 5,000 strong crowd.

The episode kicked off with US air force worker, Charlie Martinez, who completely won over Mel B in the room auditions.


Charlie Martinez failed to impress Mel B

However, the American singer failed to impress the Spice Girls star at Wembley Arena, with Mel branding his audition "boring."

While the Spice Up Your Life star remained unimpressed, the other judges decided to give the hopeful a second chance and sent him to through to bootcamp.

As the day progressed, it seemed that Mel B was the judge to win over as her standards were high for the competition.

Next to step onto the stage was Ten Senah, who previously turned up drunk to her room auditions. However, the aspiring singer's rendition of Jessie J’s Mamma Knows Best failed to wow Mel B.

"I found it really annoying," said the judge before Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh sent the contestant through to the next stage of auditions.

Also hoping to impress the judges was Janet Grogan, who decided to sing a cover of U2's I Still Haven’t Found What I Am Looking For.

Janet Grogan performed a powerful vocal for the judges

The Dubliner's confident vocals got Mel on her feet and was given four yeses, sending her to the next stage of auditions.

With the age limit lowered to 14-years-old this year, Charlie Jones took to the mic to perform his own version of the Spice Girls' Wannabe.

"You actually made it better than the original," remarked Louis before Simon admitted that he would definitely remember his audition.

As the under 25 category continued to impress the crowd, Helen Fulthorpe took to the stage to audition for the judges.

Carer Helen Fulthorpe won over the audience

The petite 34-year-old and mum-of-two sang Otis Reading's Try A Little Tenderness, stunning the audience with her powerful voice and saw her receive a standing ovation.

"You took that moment and you ran with it," praised Cheryl as the judges deemed her performance "fantastic" before giving her a well-deserved four yeses.

Next to audition was Tom Mann who returned to audition once again following his departure from bootcamp last year. Despite his performance of an original song going down well with the crowd, his vocals didn’t impress Simon.

"If you were ugly I don’t think you would've got that response," revealed Simon before the singer sang an acoustic version of N-Sync’s I Want It That Way which impressed the panel.

With the male performers wooing the girls in the audience, Jake Sims auditioned with a rock performance of the Arctic Monkeys' When The Sun Goes Down which resulted with Cheryl saying that he was "one to watch."

While Jordan Morris impressed with John Legend's All Of Me, next to the stage was Jake Quickenden who opted to sing Jessie J's Who You Are.

Jake Quickenden became a firm favourite with the audience

The 25-year-old pub singer's strong vocal performance stunned the crowd and resulted in the modest singer breaking down into tears at the response.

"You've got such commitment and passion," commended Mel B before Cheryl praised him for accepting their constructive criticism in the room auditions and delivering a great audition.

However, with the tears of joy came tears of sadness when Leah Kennedy's performance of Bruno Mars It Will Rain didn’t go down well with the music moguls.

"I don't know if you’re a star," admitted Louis before Mel B commented that it "didn’t fall into place."

Having experienced the nerves of auditioning, Cheryl gave the singer a second chance and gave her a yes vote but Simon decided that her time of the show had come to an end.

"Give me a chance please," begged the singer before walking off the stage in tears.

With the day nearing to a close, fish monger Lola Saunders was the final auditionee at Wembley Arena and with the pressure mounting throughout the day, the singer ended up crying as she answered the judges' questions before her performance.

Lola Saunders' nerves almost ruined her audition

Helping the singer compose herself, Mel B went up on stage to give her a big hug before the 20-year old belted out Sylvester's You Make Me Feel which received a standing ovation from the impressed crowd.

"You came to London and conquered Wembley," said Louis before the contestant received four yes votes and sent through to bootcamp.

Tune in next Saturday on ITV for the first bootcamp auditions at 8pm.
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