5 of the most memorable X Factor auditions

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With The X Factor Live Tour 2016 well underway, we thought we would have a look back at the 5 most memorable auditions from the last 12 years.

Olly Murs

Back in 2009 an unknown 25 year old Olly Murs came into our lives with an unforgettable first audition of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. While he finished in second place after Joe McElderry, Murs has gone on to have a very successful solo career, selling out headline arena tours and of course, returning to The X Factor this year as a co-presenter alongside Caroline Flack.



This one isn’t really memorable for a good reason, but it’s still one that springs to mind all the same. Best friends Abby and Lisa (or Ablisa to you and I).

Not only did they call Louis an “old man”, but they ended up getting into bit of a tiff with one another….

Harry Styles

The X Factor 2010 – the year that One Direction came to be and changed the lives of millions of teenage girls across the globe.

At the tender age of 16, Harry Styles who had just finished his GCSEs and was working every Saturday at a bakery, walked onto the stage and wowed the panel with his rendition of ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Stevie Wonder.


Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan‘s original song about the Sunday morning beer fear, ‘Last Night’ had the audience in stitches and saw her going straight through to the Boot Camp stage of the competition and on to the live shows!


Leona Lewis

A then 21 year old Leona Lewis blew everyone away with her first audition of ‘Over The Rainbow’ and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since her audition in 2006, Lewis has had global success with her 2007 single ‘Bleeding Love’ hitting the no. 1 spot in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and Ireland, to name but a few.


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