It’s not often that the X Factor judges are left speechless, but they were in for a shock during the Scottish auditions after hearing 44-year-old Melanie’s rendition of Janis Joplin’s Cry Baby.
Melanie, who comes from Glasgow, has been singing in bands since she was 15, but after taking a break from music to raise her two kids, she was hoping that the judges would like her voice.
“Music is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do but I feel it’s kind of make or break now,” she said backstage. “I’m going to sing today like it’s the last time I’m ever going to sing.”
Heading out onto the stage, her nerves were soon forgotten when she started singing, and the judges were left stunned after hearing her amazing voice.
“That was insane, oh my god that voice!” Gary told a delighted Melanie in amazement. “You were guiding us through the song. It was amazing, it really was.”
Louis was just as positive and added: “Melanie where did that voice come from and where has it been? You’re 44, this is what the show is all about, finding somebody as amazing as you and giving them a chance.”
Guest judge Anastacia absolutely loved the performance and said: “I completely can’t believe that you killed it like that. It is never too late to have a record deal girl!”
Tulisa was blown away by Melanie’s audition and couldn’t stop raving about her, telling her: “You came on stage and you seemed really gentle and then all of a sudden this fire and this soul and this diva came out of you.
“You owned that stage and you absolutely rocked it – that is how you do an audition. Amazing.”
With a resounding yes vote from the judges, Melanie was over the moon to be going through to Boot Camp. Definitely one to watch!
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