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

AWELSH hope­ful is look­ing to se­cure a place in the live fi­nals of the X Fac­tor af­ter singing at one of the judge’s homes. Thomas Pound, pic­tured right, who’s a cleaner by day and a drag queen by night, made it through the Six-Chair Chal­lenge round of the singing com­pe­ti­tion last week.

In last night’s episode the 20-year-old from Brid­gend, was tasked with singing for for­mer One Di­rec­tion star Louis Tom­lin­son, who’s men­tor­ing the boys on the show.

At Louis’ house in Ibiza, Thomas per­formed in front of Louis’ exband mate Liam Payne and mu­sic leg­end Nile Rodgers. Be­fore he sang for the trio, Thomas said: “The Six-Chair Chal­lenge, that’s when I found that fight.

“To­day is crunch time, this is the most im­por­tant day of my life I think,” he added, be­fore welling up.

In pre­vi­ous shows, Thomas has per­formed as his al­ter-ego Lady Freida Wylde, but this week he wore a pink suit with a black hat and sun­glasses.

Louis asked the Welsh singer to take off his sun­glasses so he could see Thomas’ eyes, be­fore ask­ing for an in­tro­duc­tion.

Thomas said: “My name is Thomas Pound. I’m here with a mes­sage; Be who you are, be dif­fer­ent and be you.

Thomas belted out a ren­di­tion of One Night Only by Lead­ing Ladies, which got fel­low con­tes­tants danc­ing and judges tap­ping their feet.

Af­ter the per­for­mance, Louis said: “Thomas, your un­apolo­getic per­son­al­ity is so in­fec­tious, I just couldn’t stop smil­ing man.”

Liam said: “You dared to come out and do some­thing dif­fer­ent and the fact you, as the song said, put it right on the line is quite a beau­ti­ful thing re­ally.”

And in a quiet chat be­tween the three judges, Liam later added: “His con­fi­dence is fan­tas­tic and I think that’s go­ing to carry him so far.”

The episode re­vealed Rob­bie Wil­liams’ fi­nal four groups, which are LMA Choir, A Star, Mis­un­der­stood and Vibe 5.

But has Thomas done enough to se­cure a place in the live fi­nals? Find out tonight when Louis re­veals his de­ci­sion.

X Fac­tor is on tonight at 8pm on ITV.


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