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    Posted: 12 Sep 2010 at 11:05

X Factor audience saves Tom, 16, after crowd power forces judges to change their minds

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:08 PM on 11th September 2010


There are just four seats on the X Factor panel, but it was thanks to a whole roomful of judges that one teen made his way through to the bootcamp round on tonight's X Factor.

Tom Richards, 16, was initially told he'd be going home when Simon Cowell and guest judge Pixie Lott rejected his 'dated' dance moves.

But the audience loved the talented Welsh singer, and their chants of 'Pixie say yes' persuaded the teen pop star to change her mind.

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High hopes: Tom, 16, was saved from elimination from the X Factor when the audience started chanting 'say yes' and convinced Pixie Lott to change her mind

Pixie, who replaced Dannii Minogue for the auditions in Cardiff, was given the casting vote when Tom's version of The Scripts song Man Who Can't Be Moved divides the judges.

Cheryl Cole labelled his act is 'a little bit contrived' but admitted he was one of the best singers they had seen all day.

Cowell was unimpressed while Louis Walsh told him to cut out the 'silly stage antics.'

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Dancing boy: But while his singing was impressive, Tom's stage moves left the judges cold

But after lobbying from his family backstage the shaken teenager ignored their advice and sang This Is The Moment from the Jekyll and Hyde musical, only for Cowell to tell him he could not 'have chosen a worse song.'

The vote was split with Louis and Cheryl giving him the go-ahead and Cowell saying no, telling him: 'That was what I would call a boyband performance from five or six years ago.'

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Difficult position: Pixie Lott was forced to choose whether to end a teenager's dreams when she sat alongside Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh

She said: 'I find this really hard as I don’t know where I’d put you in the music industry today.  It feels like you were...not dated, but not right for this time.'

She decided to go with her 'gut instinct and say no', but was left with Louis and the audience pleading with her to change her mind.

As the chants of 'Pixie say yes' grew louder, and the crowd got to their feet, she bowed to the pressure with a smile.

Also on tonight's show was Kash, a phone salesman, who left Pixie speechless with his version of Ne-Yo's Closer.

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Flash man: Mobile phone salesman Kash during the Cardiff auditions

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So bad: Bun nd Cheese have an 'attitude', but Simon likes them

The show then moved on to London where one of the highlights was girl group Bun Nd Cheese.

The trio - Pinky, Patty and Peas - have been singing together for two years and claim their karaoke versions of Beyonce, Mary J Blige and the Sugababes have won over the crowds.

Their version of Beyonce's Listen did not impress the judges, or the audience, however.

But their attitude did, with Cowell telling them: 'Your attitude is so bad I actually quite like you.'

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Diva? Nicolo, 21, impresses the judges, and thinks 'I'm amazing'

One act who did impress was 21-year-old Nicolo with Cowell and Walsh agreeing they could have 'a diva' on their hands.

He told the presenters: 'Nobody has everything – the look, the style, the attitude and the voice.

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Other contestants included a McDonald's worker who could have a future away from flipping burgers and a cinema usher looking for stardom.

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'I don't like burgers': McDonlads worker Raquel wants to do more with her life



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1311189/X-Factor-audience-save-Tom-16-crowd-power-makes-judges-change-minds.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0zJAaH6gz
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