The Liverpool X Factor auditions hit our screens for a second time this weekend, and once again the judges were highly impressed with the talent that the city had to offer.
Recently we saw Craig Colton blow the judges away as he sailed through to boot camp, and he was joined by more Scouse hopefuls as the panel remarked on how impressive Liverpool singers had been at the Echo Arena.
The Liverpool date was also the day when X Factor judge and N-Dubz beauty Tulisa turned 23, and she said: "Let’s find the winner in Liverpool for my birthday." Tulisa’s birthday present from the other judges was her own personal semi-naked butler for the day.
Speaking about coming to Liverpool, Take That's Gary
Barlow said hopefully: "The North West is a great
place for talent, and Liverpool especially. There are lots
of characters here so I think we are in for a big day today."
Gary was right to be optimistic, as Marcus Collins, a
23-year-old hairdresser from Liverpool, took to the stage
with a song by Stevie Wonder and proved to be a huge
Marcus, who came to the auditions with his hairdressing
clients, told the judges: "I want to be a well-known
performer. I want a better life for my mum and my family.
"I’m not giving you a sob story, that’s what I want. I’d like to
be able to go into Marks and Spencer’s and not have to
walk past it!"
His performance of 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' led to
united praise from the judges.
Tulisa said: "Marcus, do you know what that just felt like for me? I didn’t even feel like you were auditioning, I felt like I’ve come to see you perform. What a way to start the day. That was outstanding."
Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland told him: "You’re going to Marks and Spencer’s, Harvey Nichols and Harrods!" He got four big ‘yes’ votes from the judges, and speaking after his audition Marcus said: "My friends and family have been coming with me to gigs and auditions for years and years and years and they’ve always said to me you should really go to the X Factor but I never really thought it was right.
"This year I heard that there were Liverpool auditions and I was straight in there."
James Michael, 20, also brought a smile to the judges faces with his unusual version of the Bob Dylan song, which has more recently been covered by Adele, 'Make You Feel My Love'. Gary Barlow told James: "Amazing voice, totally unique. I think you’re a recording artist waiting to be recorded."
Kelly Rowland said of the singing on display in the city: "Liverpool has such great talent. It’s been hard to say 'no' to anybody because if it’s not been good, it’s been great."
By Helen Dodd, Website Editor
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