Ta­lented Thomas wows judges on TV’s X Fac­tor show

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A CLEANER from Brid­gend wowed X Fac­tor au­di­ences as he au­di­tioned not once, but twice. The sec­ond time Thomas Pound ap­peared on the com­pe­ti­tion was as his drag queen al­ter-ego, Lady Freida Wylde.

And the judges ab­so­lutely loved her.

Si­mon Cow­ell con­vinced Thomas, 20, to come back af­ter au­di­tion­ing as him­self, singing Sim­ply the Best, by Tina Turner.

Cow­ell told the singer: “You’re good, I like you, but this is what I feel. I think you should come back as her [Lady Freida].

“Al­most be­ing a lit­tle bit more ou­tra­geous would make more of an im­pact.”

When Thomas re­turned as Lady Freida in the third part of the show, the crowd went wild as he per­formed clas­sic Proud Mary af­ter a mind-blow­ing at­tempt at the spilts.

It didn’t put Lady Freida off and it cer­tainly didn’t change the judges’ mind. Si­mon Cow­ell told her: “You’ve got balls, I love the fact that some­one took the ad­vice. It could have gone hor­ri­bly wrong, but it didn’t.

“Whether you’re lady Freida or Thomas Pound, I don’t care, be­cause both of you have got a yes.”

Rob­bie Wil­liams told the singer: “I love you, Thomas Pound, Lady Freida Wylde. You’re through.”

And for­mer One Di­rec­tion star Louis Tom­lin­son added: “It’s great to see you hav­ing fun on stage. But if you get through it’s worth show­ing how good a singer you are as well.”

Tom/Freida got four yeses as fourth judge Ayeda Field also wanted to see the singer again.

Ahead of his per­for­mance, Thomas could be see with his fam­ily and told au­di­ences: “I love my job, But I don’t want to be a cleaner for the rest of my life.

“This is make or break. I just want to bring some­thing else to the com­pe­ti­tion. Wem­b­ley’s not go­ing to know what hit it.”

When asked what in­spired him to be­come a drag artist, he said: “I started be­ing a drag queen for char­ity, I didn’t get paid for it, and I loved it.

“I have my own take on drag, I’m more of a nat­u­ral­is­tic woman, and who doesn’t need a nat­u­ral woman in their life?

“I don’t just want to be an artist, I want to be a pub­lic fig­ure, the next Bey­once. They do call me the Bey­once of Brid­gend.”

Thomas Pound

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