Belfast Telegraph

Stephanie McCourt finally sees her X Factor dream come true

A singer who has experienced "plenty of knockbacks" finally saw her dream come true, when she received four yeses to go through to the next round of The X Factor.

Stephanie McCourt, a 27-year-old songwriter from London, first left judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw unmoved with her rendition of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off. She then performed Ella Fitzgerald's soulful hit, Summertime.

Ora said: "It's crazy how important it is to have the right song."

Cowell said: "I don't know who the idiots are who have knocked you back, but I think you're 100% authentic. For me, it is four yeses."

Other hopefuls who received good news in the third episode of the ITV singing show include London-based girl group Alien, Isle of Man native Simon Lynch, Leeds singer Bupsi (aka Nicola Brown) and Olly Murs lookalike Jamie Benkert.

On tonight's episode a female farmer, who swaps mucking out for miking up, is among the hopefuls aiming for a winning ticket.

Hannah Marie Kilminster, a 30-year-old singer from Cirencester, is more used to having an audience comprising pigs, cows, sheep and chickens than an arena.

She sings Queen's Somebody To Love in front of the show's judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.

A flamboyant hairdresser who has performed with Chaka Khan, a backing singer who has accompanied Tina Turner and Oleta Adams and a former supermarket shelf-stacker will also appear.

Joselito Peralta, 51, who met Khan during his cruise ship days, gave the judges a memorable audition with his energetic performance of Barry Manilow's Copacabana.

Singer Anton Stephans, who brought his dog Honey with him to his audition, said he had intentions to pursue a solo career, but "never thought he would be good enough".

Essex resident Che Chesterman, who used to stack the shelves at his local Tesco, wanted to bring soul back with his rendition of Jessie J's Who You Are.

Also hoping to make an impression on the judges are 21-year-old call centre worker Jasmin Leigh Morris, Kent housewife Shaz Paz, male nanny Jordan Luke Gage, and Scottish immigration worker Erwin - who brought his own backing dancers on stage.

:: The X Factor airs on ITV1 at 7.45pm.


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