X Factor offers second chance to former hopeful

The X Factor made an emotional return on Sunday night as a former contestant and single mother - who previously had a recording contract - were both given second chances.

Emily Middlemas first appeared on the show in 2014 and progressed through to the Judges' Houses stage, before falling at the last hurdle.

The 17-year-old won over the judges hearts with a rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'Master Blaster.'

In another tear-jerking moment, 39-year-old Rebekah Ryan explained to the judges that she was just 17 when she was signed by MCA Records.

Despite having a single that hit the UK Top 40, she was dropped shortly after.

After a jittery rendition of Hozier's 'Take Me To Church', Simon Cowell prompted her to sing Sarah McLachlan's 'Angel' - which she did, in style.

Cowell said: "I felt every word of that... I like you."

Eddie Lee points to the judges Credit: SYCO/THAMES TV/ITV

In an amusing exchange, 51-year-old Eddie Lee - who bears a striking resemblance to Simon Cowell - entered the audition room.

"Is it wrong that I find you attractive?" Cowell jokingly asked.

Lee said he often gets mistaken for the X Factor boss, and was given three yeses after singing a version of Elvis Presley's classic hit 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.

James Hughes attempts to impress the judges Credit: SYCO/THAMES TV/ITV
Saara Aalto attempted to impress the judges Credit: SYCO/THAMES TV/ITV

In another entertaining audition, Nicole Scherzinger stepped in to help 23-year-old Thai student Kittipos Maspu attempt to sing 'Memory' from the hit musical Cats.

However despite her best efforts, he didn't win any votes from the judges.