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:
I don't think there's an easy way to say this - Hannah, I think you have the potential to go far, but on your own.
You can have friends but this is serious stuff - this is a career, this is something that could last for the rest of your life. If you really are as good friends as you're telling us, I think your two friends would understand what we're saying here, and they'd be OK with it.
And fellow panellist Nicole Scherzinger agreed:
Hannah is the strongest vocalist and she has the strongest tone - and right now she's carrying the group.
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.