Full 2014 Room Audition YouTube Video
Ever doubted whether or not Louis Walsh really knows what he’s taking about? Well if his bank account didn’t prove otherwise, Paul Akister’s rendition of ‘Jealous Guy’ could really make you wonder.
Having been rejected by Louis at the judges houses stage of last years competition in favour of Luke Friend, Nicholas McDonald and Sam Callahan, the 25-year-old returned Saturday night to prove a point. And prove it he did.
Also, if Paul was trying to embarrass Louis just a little, then I’d say he achieved that too, with Simon appearing genuinely annoyed at his fellow judge. As Paul begins singing you can visually notice Louis start to panic, perhaps getting his excuses ready for the rest of the panel.
Following the pub singers stunning performance of the John Lennon classic, this is what the panel had to say:
Simon Cowell: “I think Louis, you probably owe him an apology. . . You made a mistake, admit it. . . Paul, you got a great voice.”
Mel B: “Hallelujah, I loved it, it was sexy and you can really sing. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I’m excited!”
Cheryl: “I think your an incredible singer. Only thing I would say is that you’ve got all the tools, but you don’t have to give us everything you’ve got all at once.”
For some reason we didn’t get to hear Louis’ opinion on Paul’s audition, but I’ll leave you to speculate on why that may be. What matters is he’s through to the arena auditions and I’d be amazed if we don’t see Paul competing in the 2014 X Factor live shows.
The arena auditions begin airing at 8:00pm on Saturday, 13 September on ITV.