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Season 4, Auditions 1 - Recap

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It is another series of Australia’s X Factor and Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Guy Sebastian and Ronan Keating are back to see if they can’t find the next X Factor of Australia. With the stage set, they bring on the first contestant.

First up for the night is Bella Ferraro. She says that she dropped out of school and wants to pursue her career in music. She sings and it is good. Afterward, Guy says that everyone has witnessed the birth of something special. Mel B says that she doesn’t really amazing she is and says that it was great. Natalie says that her voice was amazing and has the power to do what Adele does and says that it was great. Ronan says that she has the power to go all the way in the competition. They vote and it is a yes from all four judges.

Next up is “What About Tonight”, a boy band. They say that they are the Australia One Direction. They sing and they are good. Afterward, Ronan says that he has been in a boy band for many years and says that he loved it and doesn’t care about the key changes. Natalie says that they are going to have to get used to the screaming. Guy says that they need work, but they have great chemistry. Mel B says that they were great to hear and says that it was good. The judges vote them through to Boot Camp with no problems at all.

Jason Owen is up next and he is from the Bush. He says that this is his moment and says that he wants to do something with his music. He sings and it is good. Afterward, Guy says that he has it and has the ability to drag people into his singing. Mel B says that she would have sung something newer, but says that she really like the audition. Natalie says that he made everyone smiling in the audience. His parents are called up on stage and his mom tells him that he is special. Ronan says that he sang with his heart. They vote and it is an easy yes from all the judges.

Up next is Adil Memon, a lifeguard that likes to sing. He has only been singing for a year and says that this is the biggest thing in his life. He sings and is good. Guy says that he is a phenomenal singer and loved it. Natalie says that he has everything that this competition and says that he was amazing. Ronan says that it was fantastic and that it is a yes from him. The other judges agree and send Adil into Boot Camp.

Shiane Hawke is up next and she says that says that her dream would be singing at the Emmy’s and says that she is nervous. She comes out and sings. She shocks the judges with her voice and she is great. Afterward, she gets a standing ovation from the judges and audience. Guy says that he is speechless and says that she was fantastic. Mel B says that she has an amazing voice and says that she is great. Natalie says that she just blew the house down. She says that was her favorite so far. Ronan says that she is truly gifted. They vote and it is a simple yes from all four judges.

Next is Nathaniel Willemse. He says that he is worried about this because he has been trying to get his break and says that he hopes that people are going to like what he has to give. He comes out and sings. He has a good tone to his voice. Mel B stops the music. She says that she felt that it was boring. She says that she wanted to feel his personality. Natalie says that it is crazy and says that it was magical and says that it was good. Ronan says that it was a little too laid back. Mel B says that it’s a no. Natalie says yes. Guy says that it was great and says that it is a yes. Ronan says that it is a yes.

Samantha Jade is next. She has been a singer before and was signed to a label. However, the record was never released. She is there for another shot. Guy knows her. She sings and is good. Afterward, Ronan says that it is always good to find someone who knows how to sing. Natalie says that the industry is a roller coaster, but feels that she got back on. Guy says that it was a gift and felt like he was at a concert. Mel B says that she can sing, she looks good and she is likable. She says that it was well done. They all vote her through to boot camp. After she leaves, Guy cries tears of happiness.

The auditions go south when the singers try to sing Whitney Houston. Hoping to turn things around is Jasmine Kennedy-McDonald. She says that she is going to sing a Whitney Houston song. Ronan warns her, but she does it anyways. She sings and it is horrible! Guy says that there were moments, but Ronan says that it wasn’t at all in tune. They tell her that it is not going to happen.

Last up for the night is Josh Brookes, a repeat performer from last year. He says that he has a job, but wants to make it as a singer. He goes out on stage and they recognize him. He sings his song and is still good. Afterward, Natalie gives him a standing ovation. Guy says welcome back and says that he hopes that this goes further. Mel B says that it showed a different side to him and says that she loved it. Natalie says that she did the song a lot of justice and says that it was great. Ronan says good job. They vote and it is an easy yes. That does it for the first round of auditions!

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