X Factor wannabe drives judges gaga with audition

Nicola Marie Bloor as she performs during the Manchester auditions for this year's X Factor.
Nicola Marie Bloor as she performs during the Manchester auditions for this year's X Factor. Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/PA Wire

One X Factor wannabe drives the judges gaga with her audition in the latest show tonight.

Nicola-Marie Bloor, who performs as an Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga tribute act, blames her nerves for her constant chatter which sees Louis Walsh compare her to Davina McCall.

The 35-year-old from Derby does a better job of impressing the judges when she sings Taylor Dayne's 1988 hit Tell It To My Heart and former Spice Girl Mel B tells her: "I properly loved it, it was full on. Yeah, it is a little bit dated, so what, but you grabbed my attention".

Gary Barlow is less impressed, telling her: "I didn't really enjoy the audition, I found it dated and ultimately I'd find you really annoying if you were in my category."

Lifeguard Jake Quickenden is a definite hit with his version of Kings of Leon's Use Somebody impressing all the judges with Barlow telling him: "I love your voice, I love your image".

Jake Quickenden as he performs during the auditions for this year's X Factor
Jake Quickenden as he performs during the auditions for this year's X Factor Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/PA Wire

It all ends in tears for another of the performers - a 26-year-old tool salesman from Wolverhampton called Joseph.

His emotions get the better of him after he is joined on stage by his four-year-old son Kian.But his performance of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love makes the panel smile with Walsh telling him: "You've got an amazing talent, you've got an authentic rock voice," and Barlow describing him as "absolutely awesome".

oseph Whelan as he performs during the Manchester auditions for this year's X Factor,
oseph Whelan as he performs during the Manchester auditions for this year's X Factor, Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS

He also impresses Mel B with the former Spice Girl saying: "You smashed it. You're really hot, you've got great tattoos, and you smash things up with tools, and then you sing...done."