Being a judge on "The X Factor UK” has arguably revealed an emotional side of heartthrob Louis Tomlinson which fans may not have previously seen. The former One Direction member was tasked with choosing four of his six Boys acts to take through to the live shows, which will kick off and air in in the U.S. on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 on AXS TV.
The Judges’ Houses round was likely tough for Louis to call, as all six acts really stepped up their game. Therefore, making any cuts seemed nearly impossible. Louis recruited help from producing legend Nile Rodgers and his good friend and 1D bandmate, Liam Payne. One contender, Armstrong Martins, took a huge risk in kicking things off with a slow, R&B-infused rendition of the iconic “Friends” TV series theme song. Plus, Louis was brought to tears once again in delivering his decision to the closing performer. Learn more about this and two other standout moments below.
A Friendly Risk Pays Off
Armstrong Martins made a huge impression with his original song, “Breaking Free,” at his audition. He was thrilled to later earn a place at Judges’ Houses after smashing his Six Chair Challenge performance. As he faced Louis, Liam and Nile in Ibiza, the stakes were huge with one of four spots in the live shows on the line. Armstrong took a huge risk in performing a slowed-down, soulful rendition of the “Friends” theme and all three mentors loved it. Louis dubbed his performance “clever” and “amazing.” Armstrong packs a lot of star potential as he moves ahead to the live shows.
Nothing Compares to Brendan Murray
Brendan Murray served up one of the most memorable moments of the season 15 Six Chair Challenge when Louis Tomlinson smashed his Golden X for his raw, powerful performance of “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. There was no guaranteed safety at Judges’ Houses, though, when he tackled an iconic song in his “Nothing Compares 2 U” performance. Nile Rodgers told Brendan the song was “written by a dear friend” (Prince) and he was “holding back the tears” during his performance. Brendan was visibly in agony while awaiting Louis’ decision and the pair twirled around in a huge hug when he learned he was going through to the live shows.
Louis Breaks Down After Delivering Final Results
None of us will soon forget Louis’ emotional reunion with Anthony Russell at his original audition. Anthony had previously competed and had to withdraw due to substance abuse issues. Louis befriended Anthony during that time and the two became friends. While everyone may have assumed Anthony was a shoe-in for the live shows, he didn’t rest on his connection to Louis. He delivered a passionate performance of “Scars” by James Bay. But, his voice cracked midway through and the vocal wasn’t perfect. Louis told him not to worry about it. But, with the level of talent this season, Anthony was concerned about his fate.
When Louis finally told him he was going through, Anthony screamed and jumped up on Louis in a huge embrace. Then, he sat back down to say, “I feel like Rocky Balboa!” Louis wiped tears from under his eyes and said, “You’ve got me in tears again.” Anthony cried his own tears when Louis said, “Look how far you’ve come!” It was a beautiful moment that shows once again, just how big Louis Tomlinson’s heart really is. In fact, he’s repeatedly worn his heart on his sleeve throughout the entire season and it’s been a joy to watch.
Dalton Harris is also joining Brendan Murray, Anthony Russell and Armstrong Martins to represent Louis Tomlinson’s Boys team in the live shows. Be sure to tune into AXS TV or set your DVR now for Sunday Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to see the live show battles for season 15 begin on “The X Factor UK” here in the U.S. Weigh in on the action using #UKintheUSA on social media.