X Factor 2016 launches with hilariously bad audition

It involves dry ice, a lot of yelling about Friday night and a baffled Simon Cowell

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X Factor 2016 is kicking off with an audition that you really need to see to believe. 

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It basically involves a gym instructor-cum-McDonalds manager leaping around to his own track ‘Friday Night’, with no care for rhythm, tone or the well-being of our eardrums. 

He needs dry ice brought in before he sings, perhaps in the hope it’ll drown out some of his vocals before they reach the judges’ ears.

But there’s a silver lining: returning host Dermot O’Leary learns the words in about two seconds flat and so starts a backstage rave. And as judge Nicole Scherzinger gets into the groove, even Simon Cowell manages to move his arms just enough to be classed as dancing along. 

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See the full audition here:

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The X Factor returns to ITV later this year