Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - JOSHUA KNAPMAN Re­porter joshua.knapman@waleson­line.co.uk

AWELSH con­tes­tant’s X Fac­tor dream is over de­spite wow­ing the judges dur­ing ini­tial au­di­tions. Jac­que­line Faye, who is orig­i­nally from Wales but who now lives on a farm in Ox­ford­shire, came close to se­cur­ing a spot at the judges’ houses but ul­ti­mately missed out.

Pre­vi­ously Jac­que­line stunned the X Fac­tor judges – Si­mon Cow­ell, Louis Tom­lin­son, Rob­bie Williams and his wife Ayda Field – with a won­der­ful ren­di­tion of Cilla Black’s 1960s hit You’re My World.

The 53-year-old re­ceived an unan­i­mous four yeses from the panel, and found a su­per fan in Rob­bie Williams, who was ef­fu­sive in his praise for her per­for­mance.

And she ini­tially was given a seat in the Six Chair Chal­lenge round of the singing com­pe­ti­tion in last night’s episode.

Singing for a spot in Ayda’s “Overs” group, Jac­que­line was given the fourth seat in her cat­e­gory af­ter a per­for­mance of Bring Him Home from the mu­si­cal Les Mis­er­ables.

Rob­bie said: “You’re all great about Great Bri­tain.”

While wife and co-judge Ayda, sim­ply added: “I would like you to take a seat Jac­quelin.”

How­ever, later on in the episode, 35-year-old singer An­tonino that’s Spadac­cino re­placed Jac­que­line in seat num­ber four fol­low­ing a ren­di­tion of Ri­hanna’s Stay.

Ayda said: “An­tonino, I love the tone of your voice, I’m go­ing to give you a seat. Please take seat num­ber four [Jac­que­line’s seat].”

Si­mon re­sponded in shock to Ayda’s choice, let­ting out a “woah”.

Off-stage, Jac­que­line said: “I’m gut­ted. I am gut­ted. But hey.”

The lucky six con­tes­tants that re­main in the chairs go on to take a place at judges’ houses – the stage be­fore the live fi­nals kick off.

And new for 2018, the Golden X has been added to the Six Chair Chal­lenge – mean­ing each judge can press the Golden X for a guar­an­teed place p for Judges’ J g Houses.


The X Fac­tor judges Jac­que­line Faye tak­ing part in the Six Chair Chal­lenge on the ITV1 tal­ent show, The X Fac­tor

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