27-year-old Max Stone didn’t make things easy for himself, kicking off with Bob Marley classic No Woman, No Cry.
His Boot Camp auditions weren’t shown and at Six Chair Challenge Overs category mentor Simon Cowell wanted Max to prove he was fun. After initially giving him a seat, Max was swapped out for a while. But the deafening roar of the Wembley crowd saw Cowell U-turn and swap him back in.
Max told RadioTimes.com he owed the Wembley crowd “everything” for his place in the competition.
At Judges’ Houses in France, Max performed Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise.
Cowell admitted he’d originally planned to include Jennifer Phillips in his final three, but after watching Max’s audition for a second time during the live result, the boss changed his mind and swapped Max in.
The Overs category mentor later told me Max had had somewhat of a ‘Fleur East’ moment, and had blasted his way into Cowell’s consciousness with that final audition.
Max joins Anton Stephans and Bupsi in Cowell’s final three.
The X Factor live shows kick off on Saturday 31st October at 8:00pm on ITV