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Eight years on Welshman Tom, who has been earning his living singing at weddings, got another chance when Tomlinson used his deciding vote as a judge to put him through to the next round of The X Factor. 

After Tom sang James Bay’s Let It Go and Rag ’N’ Bone Man’s Skin, Tomlinson told him: “I’m finding this really difficult because obviously we auditioned together and there’s a personal element there. 

“I thought it was a good audition but it didn’t feel 100 per cent authentic. I can only say what I feel and I’m sorry. 

“But here’s the thing. If you get this chance, one thing you’ve got to take note of is how to really be original. Look Tom, I want to give a yes.” 

Louis asked him: “Tell me what you’ve been doing for the last eight years, nine years, 10 years,” and Tom joked: “I’ve been busy gigging. Give me money and I’ll sing.” 

Later, a tearful Tom told X Factor host Dermot O’Leary his audition felt like reliving his 2010 heartache and pledged to “pull out all the stops for the next round”. 

He initially tried to impress judges Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field. 

But after first singing Let It Go, Cowell interrupted what Tom described as the biggest moment of his life, saying everything about his audition felt “over-thought” and unnatural. 

Tom was given another opportunity to sing and belted out the Rag ’N’ Bone Man track. But Cowell was unmoved, saying as a mentor, he would not know what to do with his style. 

Williams and Field praised Tom’s desire and hunger to progress in the competition, leaving it down to Tomlinson to cast the deciding vote. 

Tomlinson was also taken with 20-year-old Georgia Burgess, who works in temporary recruitment, saying her version of The Jackson 5’s Who’s Loving You was the best he had seen during the audition stage. 

Also through to the next round was 23-year-old church singer, and youth worker Armstrong Miller. 

Armstrong, who said he had a difficult childhood after moving out of his family home at 13, wowed the judges with an acoustic reworking of Breaking Free from the hit US TV series High School Musical. 

Carpenter Ricky John, 37, who was homeless for eight years, appeared to struggle with a throat problem and faltered with Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, but recovered and earned a spot in the next round. 

●The X Factor, is on ITV today at 8pm.


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