17:59 EST, 29 September 2012
18:03 EST, 29 September 2012
Its safe to say Gary Barlow wasn’t taken with wannabe singer Nicola Marie at her first audition on The X Factor:
So its no wonder the hopeful wasn’t thrilled when she realised the Take That singer was in charge of her fate at judges’ houses.
After arriving at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, the 35-year-old’s face fell when she discovered he was mentoring the Over 28s.
Nervous: Nicola Marie admits she isn’t optimistic about her chances after finding out Gary Barlow is mentoring the Over 28s
Bad history: Gary Barlow tells his assistant Cheryl Cole that he hated Nicola’s first audition
Her lack of enthusiasm was noted by Gary, as he told his assistant Cheryl Cole he wasn’t fond of her in the initial auditions.
He said: ‘In her auditions I didn’t like her act and told her…’
In her first audition, the Derby-native performed a dub-step version of Taylor Dayne’s Tell It To My Heart.
Pep talk: Gary takes Nicola aside and tells her to forget the past and he would be judging her on this audition only
While the other judges enjoyed it, Gary didn’t, telling her: ‘I’d find you annoying if you were in my category.’
So when she entered the garden to perform for him a judges’ houses, she was understandably pessimistic about her chances.
When Cheryl asked how she was feeling, Nicola replied: ‘Everything’s that’s bad I’m feeling right now.’
Tension: Gary noticed Nicola’s face drop when he introduced himself to the contestants
He hated me: Nicola admitted she was worried about her audition
Aware of their bad start, Gary took Nicola aside and said: ‘I feel like you’ve given up before you started. I’m judging you on your performance today. Put the past behind you.’
She went on to perform the Bee Gees’ Tragedy, but the judges weren’t too sure.
Cheryl said to Gary: ‘Maybe that was the wrong song.’
Disco classic: Nicola sang The Bee Gees’ Tragedy
Meanwhile, Kye Sones, Melanie Masson, Brad Shackleton, Carolynne Poole and Christopher Maloney went on to perform in judges’ houses.
Christopher was told to relax by Gary as he struggled with his nerves, saying: ‘Celebrate today. This is your moment.’
Although Gary and Cheryl seemed impressed with his performance of Air Supply’s All Out Of Love, they were concerned about his confidence.
Nervous: Christopher Maloney performed Air Supply’s All Out Of Love
The pair were also worried about Carolynne’s confidence after she failed to progress past Judges’ Houses in 2011.
After she sang Ronan Keating’s When You Say Nothing At All, Gary said: ‘She needs that confidence boost.’
Cheryl admitted she liked Brad Shackleton’s ‘husky’ voice after he sang Europe’s The Final Countdown, but wasn’t sure ‘if he would instantly connect with the public’.
Powerful: Carolynne Poole (left) and Melanie Masson had good auditions
Who will go through? Kye Sones (left) and Brad Shackleton
The pair both loved Melanie Masson’s audition with Daryl Hall’s Every Time You Go Away, but were worried over how she would cope being away from her two children.
However, Gary admitted he was very ‘excited’ after Kye Sones after he sang Maroon 5’s Payphone.
Meanwhile, over in Dubai, new judge Nicole Scherzinger was whittling down the Boys group with the help of R&B singer Ne-Yo.
Middle East: Nicole Scherzinger was whittling down the Boys group with the help of R&B singer Ne-Yo
Popular: James McArthur turned out another good performance
Both Nicole and Ne-Yo were impressed with James McArthur, one of the bookies’ favourites to win this year’s show.
After his rendition of Adele’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, Nicole gushed: ‘There’s something in that voice.’
Next up was Nathan Fagan-Gayles, who took the brave decision to perform one of Ne-Yo’s songs Monster.
Brave: Nathan Fagan-Gayles performed Ne-Yo’s own song Monster
Following the audition, Ne-Yo said: ‘It’s always weird when someone sings m song. It was like “look how cool I am?” It takes away from his voice.’
Adam Burridge’s rendition of Rihanna’s SOS was ‘the best audition I’ve seen’, according to Nicole.
However, they were unsure after Jake Quickenden’s performance of Take That’s Back For Good.
Mixed response: Ne-Yo said he liked the tone of Jake Quickenden’s voice as he sang Take That’s Back For Good
Flamboyant: Rylan Clark wore a quirky outfit for his audition
Ne-Yo said: ‘His falsetto isn’t as strong as it could be. I like the tone of his voice. It’s soft, it’s inviting.’
Flamboyant Rylan Clark auditioned in a bizarre outfit, which bemused Nicole and Ne-Yo.
When they asked him what exactly he was wearing, he replied: ‘I don’t know… when in Dubai!’
‘The best audition I’ve seen’: Adam Burridge’s rendition of Rihanna’s SOS impressed Nicole
Nerves: Jahmene Douglas sang David Guetta feat Sia’s Titanium
Following his rendition of Rihanna’s We Found Love, Nicole said: ‘That’s the best he’s ever sounded. He’s got this little sparkle about him.
Finally it was Jahmene Douglas, whose nerves threatened to overshadow his powerful vocals as she sang David Guetta feat Sia’s Titanium.
Ne-Yo told him: ‘Your nervous energy is going to make you or break you. You’re here because you’re talented.’
Sun-worshipping: Tulisa Contostavlos enlisted rapper Tinie Tempah to help her
So much soul: Essex teen Amy Mottram impressed with Read All About It
Meanwhile, over in St Lucia, it was up to Tulisa Contostavlos and rapper Tinie Tempah to whittle down six girls to three.
Jade Ellis, Amy Mottram, Leanne Robinson, Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson and Jade Collins all performed against the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.
Despite being a favourite in initial auditions, singer/songwriter Lucy, 20, struggled with Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.
Singing their heart out: Jade Ellis (left) and Leanne Robinson (right)
Oh dear: Lucy Spraggan tells Dermot O’Leary she thinks it didn’t go well
Tinie said: ‘It’s such a big song to sing.’
They were impressed with Essex teen Amy, 18, who sang Emeli Sande’s Read All About It.
Tulisa noted: ‘She’s got so much soul for someone so young.’
Unsurprisingly, another favourite Ella, 16, put on another show-stopper as she sang Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up.
Redhead: Jade Collins sang It Must Have Been Love
Favourite: Ella Henderson impressed with her rendition of Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up
Tinie exclaimed: ‘She’s so good!’
Meanwhile, Louis Walsh had the tough choice of finding three groups and looked to former judge Sharon Osbourne for help in Las Vegas.
Two groups have been given a chance to re-join the competition after one of Rough Copy had a visa issue.
Trio Times Red returned, as did Triple J, but this time as Union J with added solo singer George Shelley.
Handsome: Trio Times Red returned after Rough Copy had to leave the competition over visa issues
Another chance: Trio Triple J became Union J with added solo singer George Shelley (2nd left)
Crocked: Simeon Dixon (right) from MK1 ended up performing with a broken leg following a football injury
Times Red performed a medley of Get It Started and Ain’t No Sunshine and appeared to impress both Sharon and Louis.
However, Louis noted: ‘There’s a lot of work to be done.’
When three-piece Mitsotu came on to sing Outkast’s Hey Ya!, Sharon joked: ‘Sounds like something from a Chinese menu.’
Louis said: ‘I like them, but I’m not sure who the lead singer is.’
Time for a new band name? GMD3 sang Rascal Flatts’ Bless The Broken Road
Nice view: Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh decided on a Las Vegas rooftop
MK1 – who were a trio before being told to drop third member Will in the first audition performed Just Good To Me.
Newly-formed Union J performed Call Me Maybe and seemed to impress, however Sharon noted: ‘Some of them have picked up novice bad habits.’
Also performing were Duke with The Way You Make Me Feel, Poisonous Twin with Freak Like Me and GMD3 with Rascal Flatts’ Bless The Broken Road.
The final 12 acts will be revealed in Sunday night’s episode of The X Factor at 7:40pm on ITV1.
Matchy matchy: Poisonous Twin sang Freak Like Me
Something different: Duke performed The Way You Make Me Feel