AXS TV recently announced the exciting “X Factor UK” season 14 U.S. premiere date on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Our #TBT coverage continues this week with one of the most memorable moments in series history. Season 12 contender Josh Daniel stepped onto the stage to deliver the final audition of a long day. Nobody really knew what was coming next and the emotional impact he made on two of the judges was raw and unexpected.
The 21-year-old mechanic informed show boss Simon Cowell he was going to sing “Jealous” by Labrinth. But, he interprets the lyrics “in a completely different” way after losing his best friend a couple years ago. He explained he’s jealous of his friend being happy in heaven without him.
Cheryl has been known to become emotional during many auditions across her “X Factor UK” judging tenure. However, it has been rare to ever see Simon show a visible display of emotion, much less wipe a tear away, as he did when Josh delivered his heartbreaking performance. Anyone who has lost someone close to them cannot help but relate to the pain of Josh’s loss that flowed through the song in this moment.
Unfortunately for Simon, he had just returned to work after experiencing the devastating loss of his mother, Julie. Josh’s interpretation of the lyrics obviously hit home with him on a deeply personal level. He was rendered speechless and unable to comment on the audition when Josh was finished. He also fought hard to hold back more tears.
Tears streamed down Cheryl’s face as she told Josh, “That was the most captivated I’ve been in all the auditions so far.” Then she said she wanted to hug him and went up on stage to do just that.
Watch the entire emotional audition in the attached video clip – and grab some Kleenex before you do!
“The X Factor UK” season 14 premieres in the U.S. in a two-night television event on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, only on AXS TV. Find AXS TV on your TV and stay tuned to AXS for ongoing “X Factor UK” coverage.