Talented Thomas wows judges on TV’s X Factor show
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.”