Mother and daughter duo told to make big decision in The X Factor
Will they stick together or separate to stay in the competition?
Emotions ran high as a mother and daughter duo were told to rethink their act by The X Factor judges in Sunday’s episode.
Debye, 40, and her 20-year-old daughter Hayley, known together as Descendance, performed a rendition of Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us, complete with rapping from both as well as singing.
But the judges – Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh – were torn over the pair, and advised mother Debye to step back to let her daughter shine through on her own.
Osbourne told Hayley that she is “phenomenal” and that she loves Debye’s spirit, but that she “should be the DJ in the booth and join in on some of the vocals”.
Walsh added: “I was thinking something similar, I was watching (Hayley) all the time, you are an amazing performer, you were in your own little world and I believed every bit of it.”
Scherzinger described the younger of the two as “super dope and really relevant right now”.
Speaking to mother Debye, she said: “I think it’d be cool for you to have involvement in some way like Mrs O said, you’re so cute together, you’re a great team.”
Agreeing with her co-star, Osbourne said that what Descendance did is “odd”.
Hitting back, Debye said: “We don’t think it’s odd.”
Cowell replied: “I’m going to be really honest with you, it’s not great. What you’ve done for your daughter is incredible because you have an amazing relationship, but it is quite rare that we see someone like (Hayley).
“The fact you are happy to do this with your mum makes me like you even more.”
Cowell said he does not want to be rude, but that “it doesn’t work”.
Becoming increasingly emotional, Hayley said: “I won’t do it with anyone else.”
Despite the disagreement, the judges give them four yes votes to take them through to the Bootcamp stage of the programme, with Cowell advising them to think about how to continue in the competition.
Another act who made it through to the next round was 16-year-old Chloe Rose Moyle, whose own song Holding Out For Us saw her described as “quirky and charming” by Cowell.
Full-time father and part-time singer Gary Barker, 29, was given a second chance to audition after he was told his version of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars was not original enough.
Tackling Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, the judges were visibly stunned at the power of Barker’s vocals.
“I wasn’t expecting that, you’ve got a good voice,” Cowell told him, before he was given four yes votes.
Elsewhere, Cowell was wowed by 19-year-old Taliah Dalorto and her rendition of Ain’t No Way by Aretha Franklin.
After her powerful performance, he said: “You have no idea how much I wanted to find someone like you today.”
“Sometimes I question why we’re in these small rooms, but that told me why it’s right to do it this way. It was just you, us and your voice – it was amazing.”
:: The X Factor continues at 8pm on Saturday on ITV.