Teenager Hannah Sheares was left in tears when The X Factor judges asked her to ditch her best friends and go solo to stand a chance in the contest.
The 17-year-old shop assistant was asked to make a decision about whether she would like to continue in the competition alone after trying out with her group The Daisy Chains.
Viewers saw the young hopeful being told by the panel that she was "carrying" the others and needs to choose her career or her friends.
The trio auditioned for the ITV show with The Supremes' top 10 hit Stop In The Name Of Love, but Hannah proved to have the standout voice after she told judges they took the name because "if one of the links is broken, we don't work".
But after performing, Gary Barlow told them:
And fellow panellist Nicole Scherzinger agreed:
The programme also saw a return for builder Joseph Whelan, who made it to the judges' houses stage of the contest last year but failed to make the cut for the live shows.
The 27-year-old played the Bon Jovi track Always for the judges as his young son Kian watched the audition while seated on Scherzinger's knee.
The youngster joined his father on stage last year when they both won the panel's hearts.