Lots of talented hopefuls turned out to take a shot at music stardom during the second week of auditions on “The X Factor UK” which aired in the U.S. on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 on AXS TV. Check out our picks for the Top 5 best audition moments this week.
Let’s just say we were super surprised when somewhat shy student and retail assistant Daniel Quick belted out Elton John’s timeless ballad “Your Song” with such power and passion. This kid can definitely sing. He amused the judges (especially Simon Cowell) before singing by telling them all about his multiple pets, which includes four dogs, a ferret and a tortoise named Shelly. Simon was impressed with his audition, noting how he loved to be surprised and compared his performance to Shelly the tortoise, as if he was “putting his head” out of the shell. Daniel received his feedback well and earn a unanimous trip to boot camp.
Aidan Martin delivered an emotional original song which was directed at an ex, called “Punchline.” The charismatic crooner really put a lot of heart into his performance, which moved Sharon Osbourne to tears. The lyrics are sad, but lovely, as he tries to convince his former love he’s not a joke, that he deserves the truth, not lies. Overall, it’s a beautiful song which speaks to the strength of Aidan's artistry because it’s an original. At 27, it’s also nice to see him still pursuing his dreams and getting a four-judge mutually-agreed crack at it.
Anyone who tries a Whitney Houston song for this kind of high-pressure audition is gutsy. So, Anguilla native Deanna Mussington was really brave for tackling one of the late R & B legend’s biggest songs with her sparkling rendition of “I Have Nothing.” Deanna’s dynamic delivery was effortless. The 22-year-old has been singing on her Caribbean island home from a very young age and it shows. All of the judges loved her. She’s definitely one to watch moving forward.
Soul is undeniably flowing through French native contender Kevin Davy White’s veins. His smoky, powerful rendition of James Brown’s classic hit “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s” World” rocked on several levels. His voice has depth, flair and an authentic, distinct soul sound. He could easily make a record right now. The judges all loved the former French “Voice” contender. Sharon called his performance “organic” and “pure” – and she’s spot on in her description. He's already set a high bar for Overs contenders this season.
1. Rebecca Grace – “Piece by Piece”
Rebecca Grace sang Kelly Clarkson’s emotional song “Piece by Piece” and it was stunning. She has beautiful, raw talent that is reminiscent of the former “American Idol” champ. Clarkson can arguably sing any song, in nearly any genre, and we’re guessing Rebecca is vocally versatile too. Her cover was vulnerable and yet strong in all the right places. Simon was impressed and even admitted to listening to the lyrics for the first time ever via her audition. We’re expecting Rebecca's going to sail right through several rounds of competition. Of course, survival is never guaranteed in this kind of competitive playing field. So, we’ll have to wait and see.
“The X Factor UK” airs in the U.S. on Sundays and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on AXS TV.