Tonight Gary Barlow called for talent. Serious talent. For a moment he considered auditioning the crew.
Says it all really doesn’t it?
There was J-Koda who bopped around a lot tapping his arm. Then motormouth Ryan and his buddy Liddia bundled in, only to get a “schermazeless” from Nicole Scherzinger. Ryan tried to hit back. “You wouldn’t know talent if it hit you in the face with a brick,” he told Louis Walsh. Unsurprisingly, Liddia, Ryan and his denim cut-offs were sent packing.
Bob Marley fan Souli Roots brightened the room with her own song about the recession. She wants to meet Prime Minister David Cameron. Give him some tips about the economy. “Three pounds for a slice of cheesecake? I can’t afford it, afford it, afford it,” she sang. Nicole, having a merry little wiggle to the tune, wanted her through. “It made me feel good,” she said, Gary, still hunting for that talent, ended the fun. “It might feel good. It didn’t sound good.”
Then it came in truck loads. Gary became a happy chappy again and everyone at home stopped themselves from switching off. Giles Potter wowed with an acoustic version of Jessie J’s Price Tag. Of Ga Ga’s performance (yes, Nicole’s already given him a nickname) Gary enthused, “There’s the heart and soul of the show”.
Brothers Next of Kin performed a song the three of them had penned with their mum. They certainly had the likeability – they’ve had a taste of fame before and bumped back down to earth after just nine months. Now one of the lads works in a box factory. When they showed off their harmonies it’s a wonder Gary didn’t do a lap of honour around the room. “Job done,” Sharon Osbourne confirmed.
Stephanie Woods, who didn’t make it past Sharon’s Judges’ Houses in 2007 joined the growing batch of returning stars, hitting them with a stunning version of Snow Patrol’s Light Up. Sharon, amid all of her tears, thanked Stephanie for coming back, who promptly promised to win it for Sharon if she put her through.
“You know I’ve never won! It’s embarrassing,” Sharon cackled. “I feel old,” Mrs O added as Stephanie ran off with four ‘yesses’ under her belt. “You are old,” Louis giggled. Sharon probably went off to find Ryan and that brick...