X Factor UK S12E01 – The Auditions

The X Factor is back!

Back in December, Ben Haenow won season 11 of X Factor UK with Fleur East coming in second and Andrea Faustini in third place. Ben’s winner’s single “Something I Need” went to #1 in the UK and a few months later the TOP 8 finalists toured the country. Since then, some even released some music.
“Only The Young” released a single independently. It bombed. Stereo Kicks also released a single independently. It bombed and the band split up. Andrea Faustini signed with RCA UK and released a 10 tracks album. The single and the album bombed in the charts. That was very predictable – his musical style is too old fashioned for him to get support from BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM, radio stations that break the new acts. That’s why Simon wasn’t a fan of his last season. Ben Haenow and Fleur East both signed to Syco, but haven’t released anything yet.

Now let’s move from last season’s contestants to the show. Back in March Dan Wootton revealed host Dermot O’Leary was leaving the show and a month later Olly Murs and Caroline Flack took over his X Factor job as presenters. A month later was Dan Wootton revealed/confirmed the departure of the original judge Louis Walsh. Right after the end of season 11 the tabloids were reporting that Mel B was a sure bet to return as a judge, but then everything turned around and no one made a big deal out of her being replaced. Popstar (and former The Voice UK coach) Rita Ora and BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw joined Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the panel. Cheryl was also promoted: she is now one of X Factor’s executive producers. Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom took over the Xtra Factor hosting duties from Sarah-Jane Crawford, who moved to E! Network. Oh and X Factor’s announcer Peter Dickson was also given the boot.

All these cast changes brought down the average age of X Factor’s cast. Now Simon Cowell is the only person on the show over 40 years old. Let’s see how old are the previous and current cast members today.

S11 Cast
Simon Cowell – 55
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – 32
Mel B – 40
Louis Walsh – 63
Dermot O’Leary – 42
Sarah-Jane Crawford – 34
Average Age: 44,333

S12 Cast
Simon Cowell – 55
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – 32
Rita Ora – 24
Nick Grimshaw – 31
Olly Murs – 31
Caroline Flack – 35
Rochelle Humes – 26
Melvin Odoom – 35
Average Age: 33,625

As you can see, the average age of the X Factor’s cast went down significantly. Perhaps next year, Simon Cowell will let Louis Tomlinson take his seat at the table? Is the show aiming to attract younger audiences? The Over 25s won the last two seasons and last year the TOP 2 acts were Overs. That category is by far the hardest for SYCO to market post show. Will the show push the younger contestants hard this year? The show’s last relevant winner is Little Mix (S8, 2011).

The X Factor airs tonight at 8pm BST (9pm CEST, 3pm EDT, 12 noon PDT) on ITV 1 (90min). The Xtra Factor starts at 9:30 pm BST on ITV 2 (55min).

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Susan Pryce – Techno Susan, 60 year old retired grandmother from Brighton. She has a pet … bird.
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Lauren Murray – 25 year old dental receptionist from Essex. Heavy fake tan.
She wants to sing Whitney Houston, but then Jocelyn Brown’s “Somebody Else’s Guy”. False start. She does have the pipes. 4 YESes

Man and Woman – Cyprian Anyanga Ndah (36) and Ruth Botwe (30), a couple
Another joke act. They murder Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone”. Simon asks for another song. He is just kidding.

Jennifer Phillips – 49 year old part time carer from London
Loves big songs, Celine, Whitney. She wants to sing Beyonce’s “Halo”. Then Celine. Then Cheryl asks for Mary Mary’s “Shackles”. Looks like the judges aren’t here for the predictable and stale song choices. She is good. Bootcamp bound!

Tom Davies – 25 year old gym receptionist from London
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Mason Noise – 21 year old waiter from Birmingham
He performs Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita”. Flirts and dances with Rita Ora. 4 YESes.

Tom Bleasby – 19 year old politics student from Leeds, famous for virtual duet with Jessie J
Sings Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”. Sounds kinda feminine. To be honest, I preferred the two guys shown before him. Simon thinks he is polarizing, but he gets 4 YESes.

4th Power – Mylene, Celina, Irene and Almira Cercado (19-27), sisters from The Philippines
They traveled all the way from The Philippines to audition. I guess foreign auditioners are now a thing?
The girls perform Jessie J’s “Bang Bang. They absolutely kill it. In a good way. The judges give them a standing ovation. 4 YESes

Dani Clay – 33, teacher
“Heard It Through The Grapewine” – 4 YESes

Jon Goodey – 27 year old IT salesman from Essex, previously sung with Olly Murs in a band called The Small Town Blaggers
Jon sings George Ezra’s “Budapest”. It’s not a good fit for him, so they ask him for another song – OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars”. Nick says it was uncomfortable to watch him. Rita says he is lacking star quality. Simon says there is a reason why he isn’t in a group now. Cheryl says he sang well, but will be remembered as Olly’s friend. 4 NOes.

Kelly Kiernan – 18 year old student from Mullingar, Ireland (Niall Horan’s hometown), studies science at University
She sings Ariana Grande’s “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart”. Shaky and weak.
Jamie Mitchell – Another nervous dude.

Louisa Johnson – 17 year old student from Essex
Sings Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Loving You”. She is amazing. 4 YESes

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