Judges’ tears at trib­ute to mum

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE X Fac­tor judges were re­duced to tears by a singer who au­di­tioned with a song he wrote about the sud­den death of his mother, and sent him straight through to the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

J Sol, 25, re­vealed he had de­cided to fol­low his late mother Vic­to­ria’s wish for him to ap­pear on the TV singing show, af­ter read­ing old text mes­sages he ex­changed with her.

Fol­low­ing his per­for­mance, he was em­braced on stage by One Di­rec­tion star and judge Louis Tom­lin­son, whose own mother Jo­han­nah died in De­cem­ber 2016 aged 43 fol­low­ing a bat­tle with leukaemia.

Tom­lin­son told the per­former from east Lon­don: “That was mov­ing for me. I lost my mum as well, I think you did an amaz­ing job.”

Rob­bie and Ayda Wil­liams were also emo­tional as they praised J Sol, with Ayda telling him his song Bul­let In My Heart re­minded her of the un­ex­pected loss of her fa­ther in 2014.

The judges reached a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to send J Sol through to the next stage.

J Sol said that he knew his mother would be proud of him.

The emo­tional episode also saw older singers try­ing to im­press the panel, in­clud­ing 30-year-old Louise Se­tara. The cleaner had turned her back on a record deal she signed aged 18 in or­der to get mar­ried and start a fam­ily.

The sin­gle mother of two wowed the judges with a ren­di­tion of a song she wrote about a con­ver­sa­tion she had with her for­mer hus­band.

Cow­ell said her per­for­mance was one of his favourite au­di­tions that he had seen on the show, while Tom­lin­son praised the sto­ry­telling in her lyrics.

Se­tara said: “To­mor­row I’ve got to carry on clean­ing and I’ll be Cin­derella again. To­day I got to go to the ball.”

Cow­ell was also con­fronted by a con­tes­tant who had pre­vi­ously sung for him on the US equiv­a­lent of the show.

Panda Wil­liams pre­vi­ously reached the boot­camp stage of the US X Fac­tor, but was taken to hos­pi­tal with pneu­mo­nia af­ter her suc­cess­ful au­di­tion.

Cow­ell said that Wil­liams’ ren­di­tion of late soul singer Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Nat­u­ral Woman was one of the best ver­sions of the song he had ever heard.

The X Fac­tor con­tin­ues at 8pm tonight on ITV.

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