The X Factor thrills fans as judges say yes to a Greek star, rapper and 2017 hopeful Scarlett Lee and Simon Cowell vows ‘no more sob stories’

SIMON Cowell vowed that there will be “no more sob stories” on the The X Factor tonight as he put through a Greek star, a rapper and 2017 contestant Scarlett Lee.

The music-mogul and new judging panel were forced to listen to a few dud acts first – including mum-of-three Kiki, 29, from South East London.

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Kiki missed the mark with her performance of One Night Only
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The panel weren’t convinced that Kiki was a star
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She said she regularly gets mistaken for Janet Jackson, but barely resembled the pop star, and sounded nothing like her.

Robbie Williams softened the blow as viewers raced to Twitter to complain. He told her that she “radiates loveliness”, before Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson and Ayda Field refused to put her through.

Next up, female singer Burgandy Williams from Atlanta, USA, entered the stage and said she is “America’s best kept secret.”

Dressed head to waist in leopard print, she nailed her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s hit Respect.

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Burgandy Williams was a huge hit with the panel
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Burgandy said ‘this is my moment’ before singing RESPECT
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Robbie and Ayda jumped out of their chairs to dance with the cheering crowd, and Simon even threw his hands in the air and clapped along to the energetic star.

The boss led praise and said: “That’s how you do it … This is not about a sob story, this is about a hope story. You’ve got your fourth yes.”

Later, One Direction star Louis moaned that he wanted to see more guitar acts – as Simon rolled his eyes.

After a couple of “boring” acoustic acts were batted away by the music-mogul, kitchen porter Tommy Ladford, 20, from Rye in Sussex, turned the judge’s head.

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Tommy told the judges he is a ‘kitchen prince’
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The panel cheered for Tommy after he rapped and sang his own song
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Speaking to panel, he introduced himself and said: “I’m at the bottom of the food chain.

“I clean dishes, windows, floors, I cleaned a toilet once.

“But I couldn’t wish for a better family really, and a better hometown, because they’re family too.”

Tommy said he was singing an original song titled Kingpin, and wanted to change Simon’s mind about guitar acts.

Mixing vocals with rapping, his catchy feel good tune impressed the crowd as his girlfriend and family clapped along backstage.

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A string of guitar acts, including Roy Robson, failed to make it through
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Patrick James
Patrick James who won Voice of Ireland auditioned but missed the mark
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Louis said afterwards: “I absolutely loved that” as Ayda told him that he “went from the kitchen prince to the prince of Wembley”

Robbie told him “a star is born” and Simon conceded, “you swang me, I just got swang”.

Stunning Greek singer Athena Manouki, 24, caught Robbie Williams’ eye, after she said she wants the UK to love her.

The sultry singer sang Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, with a bevy of backing dancers.

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Athena caught Robbie’s eye

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The singer flew all the way from Greece to audition
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You’re a beautiful girl but there were moments where I found it a bit cheesy.

“I thought the vocal was good, but I’m not sure.

“There’s a lot about you that is right, if you had the right direction.”

Simon added: “You’ve got a dated image, but I could never say no to this audition. You’ve got three yeses”

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Elsewhere, Scarlett Lee managed to convince the panel she is good enough for a second chance
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The fourth episode of The X Factor saw exciting talent put through
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Finally, 2017 contestant Scarlett Lee returned to audition and fluffed her song.

The 20-year-old talent show hopeful, who crashed out of the competition last year when judge Sharon Osborne sent her home during the six chair challenge, was given a second chance by Simon.

The bubbly singer mustered all of her strength and belted out her song as the crowd went wild. Ayda said “the roof blew open” with her performance.


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