“The X Factor UK” returns for season 14 soon and will air in the U.S. on AXS TV. We thought it’d be fun to serve up some memorable Throwback Thursday moments across series history to get revved up for the exciting new season ahead. We’re kicking things off with season 13 contender Christian Burrows, the nightclub manager who spilled a few secrets to Simon Cowell about some difficult reality star patrons before breaking our hearts with his emotional original song “Two Again” that was dedicated to his baby brother who passed away when he was young.
Christian sang a John Denver cover first and didn’t quite connect with the panel. When Simon asked what prompted him to get into singing, he cited watching Ed Sheeran perform live as his inspiration. Simon reminded the 19-year-old hopeful that with Ed, “it’s all about the songs.” He told Simon he writes songs too and launched into what will arguably remain one of the most beautiful and touching original songs ever performed on the show.
Ed Sheeran's influence was obvious in the deeply personal track's tender lyrical style and soft melody. Every one of the judges was visibly moved as they watched Christian perform. Tears streamed down Nicole Scherzinger’s face when she told him she didn’t quite get him with the first song, but on the second song “I was right there all the way and you got me. So, thank you for that.” Tears also welled up in Sharon Osbourne’s eyes as she watched him sing. She praised him at the end saying, “Very beautiful song. I like you a lot. You’re very pure in what you do.”
Christian went all the way to the Judges’ Houses round before being eliminated. Fans will likely never forget his moving audition, which garnered over 8 million views on YouTube. Christian released the song on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music on June 21 of this year.