DO GRAN’S FISHFINGER SARNIES HAVE THE X FAC­TOR?

Chris­tine tries to win judge Si­mon over with a box full of tasty treats

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - NATHAN BEVAN Re­porter nathan.bevan@waleson­line.co.uk

IN all the years it’s been broad­cast, X Fac­tor has seen con­tes­tants try all man­ner of ways to get through to the next round. Other than the most obvious – be­ing re­ally good at singing – they’ve cried, begged and (in some cases) thrown a com­plete hissy fit in or­der to per­suade the judges not to deny them the big break that could make them an in­ter­na­tional star.

How­ever, tonight’s show pro­vides a first cour­tesy of a nanny from the Val­leys who tries to win Si­mon Cow­ell’s favour with a box full of home­made fishfinger sand­wiches.

Nanny Chris­tine, from the Rhondda, pulls the crafty culi­nary trick in or­der to try to get 23-yearold Lloyd Macey a good re­view from the can­tan­ker­ous Cow­ell and the rest of the panel – Louis Walsh, Ali­cia Dick­son and Sharon Os­bourne.

And it’s not the first time Chris­tine has gone over and above the call of duty to pro­mote her fam­ily mem­ber – Lloyd’s self-pro­fessed big­gest fan, she never goes any­where with­out a hand­ful of busi­ness cards to dis­trib­ute to ev­ery­one she meets in the hope they’ll book him to sing at some up­com­ing lo­cal func­tion.

“When Lloyd was only eight he got up on stage and shouted, ‘Nanny, this song is for you,’ be­fore launch­ing into Tom Jones’ Sex Bomb,” she laughs, be­fore fol­low­ing the ner­vous hope­ful into his au­di­tion and sidling up next to Cow­ell with the packed lunch she’s pre­pared for him.

“Lloyd has al­ways loved fishfinger sand­wiches and I also heard that Si­mon does too,” she adds.

But will her plan work, or will Lloyd’s ren­di­tion of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down be good enough to get him four “yeses” any­way?

If he does go though he’ll join those from last night’s open­ing show of the new se­ries who all got a pass to sing an­other day.

They in­clude a 20-some­thing duo from Lon­don called Jack and Joel, a 21-year-old Florence and The Ma­chine-lov­ing shop as­sis­tant from Ireland named Rwanda Shaw, a Wat­ford boy band called Rak-Su, 15-year-old Barns­ley pub singer Holly Tandy and the ex­traor­di­nar­ily named Elisan­gela Ma­hogany from Brazil, a per­sonal trainer whose take on Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You earned her praise from the judges.

Tune into the X Fac­tor on ITV tonight at 8pm to find out how Lloyd gets on – and, more im­por­tantly, to see if Si­mon ac­tu­ally eats the sand­wiches.

PIC­TURES: TOM DYMOND

Lloyd Macey with his grand­mother Chris­tine, who took some fishfinger sand­wiches for Si­mon Cow­ell

Chris­tine, right, sits next to Si­mon Cow­ell as he and his fel­low X Fac­tor judges lis­ten to her grand­son Lloyd – will he get through in tonight’s show?

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