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The X Factor: auditions reach Cardiff!

The X Factor: auditions reach Cardiff!
The X Factor: auditions reach Cardiff! (Image credit: Ken McKay)

The X Factor 2010 has travelled to Cardiff for the first time this series, with some of the most memorable audtionees yet taking to the stage. Joined by guest judge Pixie Lott, the panel found themselves facing a whole host of hopefuls - including mobile phone salesman Kash Dholliwar, who failed to make much impact despite his confidence. "You sing like you're in pain!" Louis told him following his out of tune version of Neo's Closer. "Sometimes I expect a lot," Simon told him. "I expected you to be good but you just sound like you've got a really really bad cold. There was better news for 16-year-old Tom Richards, who was given a second chance to sing after his initial performance of The Script's The Man Who Can't Be Moved. The judges were impressed by his voice but not his dancing, with Cheryl describing it as "contrived" and Simon calling it a "boy band performance from five or six years ago". They were similarly unsure when he performed a second song, and he almost failed to make it through to the next round after being turned down by Simon and Pixie. However she changed her mind after being persuaded by Louis and facing an onslaught of chanting from the audience. Back at the London auditions, the judges were less than impressed by all-girl trio Bun 'nd Cheese - who named themselves after their favourite food. "You didn't even try," Simon said. "You made no attempt to sing, you didn't even know the words - but your attitude is so bad I actually quite like you." Cheryl, meanwhile, suggested they may be "doing it for a laugh". But it wasn't all bad news in London, with Italian-born Nicolo Festa just one of a number of people who made it through to boot camp. "There's something very charming about you," Cheryl told the 21-year-old, while Simon added, "I like you, because you're weird." But it wasn't all bad news in London, with Italian-born Nicolo Festa just one of a number of people who made it through to boot camp. "There's something very charming about you," Cheryl told the 21-year-old, while Simon added, "I like you, because you're weird." Boy band F.Y.D and dentistry student Jo Beetlestone also made it through, with Cheryl telling the latter that she was "gobsmacked" by her performance of Whitney Houston's All The Man That I Need. But 19-year-old Paije Richardson divided the judges. Louis called him "one of the best singers today" following his rendition of Fly Me To The Moon, but Cheryl wasn't so sure. "I'm kind of a bit on the fence," she said. And Simon agreed. "I could be at a wedding," he said, before both he and Cheryl turned him down - but once again Louis stepped in, telling him to return later in the day and sing something else. However when he did, his version of James Brown's It's A Man's World saw him through to boot camp. "It was gutsy coming back out, and that was better than earlier on," Simon told him. "I think you're special," Louis added, "I just think you need a lot of work."

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.