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17 September, 2012 4:57 PM
Published by Kevin Mc Stravock
I usually write a big dramatic introduction about how the talent so far is really quite impressive or about how the standard is higher this year but as this is the final auditions show of the year, all I'll say is this. Let's get ready to rumble!
Recap and videos after the JUMP ...
We're in London for the first audition tonight as boyband Rough Copy take to the stage. They're a three-piece and they're extremely irritating even from the first few seconds as they hopelessly flirt with the female auditionees and just come out with a string of annoying over-rehearsed phrases. Thankfully, the competition isn't about personality but moreso about about the singing. Unfortunately, they aren't even that great singing wise, one of them can hold a note but the other two act as book-ends to be perfectly honest and their harmonies don't impress me at all, they lack likeability, they're just annoying and they're not up to scratch vocally but their rendition of 'Use Somebody' seems to impress the panel and Rough Copy are through to bootcamp. - VIDEO
A cringeworthy montage of 'Hot Hunks' as it is described by the official YouTube account follows where all of the acts are probably going to be average but will get through 'bcoz they're well fit innit'. Oh, a turn up for the books, the first act in the montage Adam Burridge is actually very good, he does a fantastic rendition of 'Titanium' with his acoustic guitar and really impresses me. The next act Triple J, a trio actually impress me as well. I'm not a big fan of boybands but they really do a fantastic job with the song they're singing and definitely convert me to actually liking a boyband for once. Also in the same montage are George Shelley and Nathan Fagan-Gayle who you may know from Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack or even from his chart success as Starboy Nathan as recently as last year. Neither are anything to write home about to be honest, definitely not live show material for me at least. - VIDEO
Sob story time as our next contestant Robbie Hance has a very unique story. He's homeless and tells us about his life living on the streets and sleeping in doorways and street corners. He's singing Damien Rice's 'Coconut Skins' and I have to admit that he has a fantastic voice, a really smooth, mellow, acoustic vocal and he reminds me a lot of Damien Rice even down to voice projection. With that said, there's such a thing as sounding too similar to someone and this is where I feel like Robbie falls down slightly, he just doesn't put his own spin on the song enough for me. It's good but not fantastic and I like Robbie but I fear that he isn't a star, just a good singer. The judges really like it though and deservedly, Robbie is through to bootcamp with a full round of yeses. - VIDEO
Up next for the Liverpool panel is Danielle Scott who is hoping to make it through to the bootcamp stage with her rendition of Adele's "Turning Tables". It's not bad but it's not exactly brilliant either, a little bit of a middle of the road style performance for me. The judges aren't blown away either saying that the felt like the performance didn't stand out for them and was just an okay vocal but nothing special. She begs to be given a second shot with a Jessie J acoustic track which she insists will blow them away. She sings it and it's a lot weaker than the first song, her vocal flaws are exposed when the backing track is stripped away and all we have left is an acoustic backing and her voice. The judges all tell her that it wasn't good enough and despite her portests, there is nothing left for Danielle to do than to leave the stage in a strop and swear backstage, in a rage after her rejection. Maybe we'll see her on The Voice instead! - VIDEO
Finishing the final auditions shows was a familiar face Carolynne Poole who sadly didn't quite make the cut in the Overs Judges' Houses last year when Louis rejected her over the likes of vocal powerhouses Goldie Cheung and Johnny Robinson, yes really. Carolynne reveals to the viewers of her struggles in the past year after failed attempts with her husband to conceive a child, the rejection from 'The X Factor' and numerous other set-backs. Carolynne is singing 'Clown' by Emeli Sandé tonight, a favourite song of mine because of the beautiful lyrics. I really adore this performance, Carolynne has absolutely incredible vocals and an amazing tone, such depth to her as a performer as well. I'm really impressed, I have to say that Carolynne has just delivered one of the if not, the best audition of this series. - VIDEO