A barman singing an impassioned original song about his heartbreak brought judge Sharon Osbourne to tears on The X Factor.
Aidan Martin, 27, from South Shields, performed his composition Punchline for the judging panel, telling them it was about a previous relationship.
The moving audition left Osbourne with tears in her eyes as Nicole Scherzinger praised him for being “revealing and vulnerable” and told him: “You’re not a joke.”
Another contestant singing original material was Scunthorpe cleaner Andy Holloway, 29, who hoped to get the party started with the judges with his song Sing It With Me.
Also hoping to dazzle the panel was 22-year-old musician Deanna, who flew over from the Caribbean island of Anguilla to sing Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing after residents of the British colony helped her raise money to pay for the trip.
Band JBK also made a long trip to try out for the show, flying 24 hours from the Philippines in the hopes of impressing with their cover of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down, while Elysa V travelled from Sydney, Australia, to perform Fleur East’s Sax.
Covering a shorter distance was Daniel Quick, an 18-year-old Iceland checkout assistant from Bristol, who brought his mother along to his audition so he could perform Elton John’s Your Song.
Meanwhile, family group The Cutkelvins, from Lanark in Scotland, performed Runnin’ (Lose It All) by Beyonce featuring Naughty Boy and former hotel hostess Bukky Shittu tried her hand at singing I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston.
The X Factor is on ITV at 8pm on Sunday.