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Kidderminster College's Giles through to judges' houses
9:44am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
KIDDERMINSTER College student Giles Potter broke down in tears when he was given a pass through to the next round of The X Factor.
Sixteen-year-old Giles impressed the judges by singing Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up on last night’s show.
He and five others in the boys category will now fight it out for a place in the live shows at judges' houses.
Giles’ previous audition in the arena saw him forget the words to Jackie Wilson's Reet Petite causing judge Gary Barlow to label his performance a “car crash”.
Before his audition, Giles said: “I’ve definitely stepped up my game since my arena audition. Now I’ve had my telling off from the judges I will focus on the competition.
“This means so much to me. To go home with a no today would be devastating.”
After Giles’ confident performance, Gary Barlow said: “It’s been by far your best audition to date. Giles, well done. You should be proud.”
It was Louis Walsh who the student, of Norton, near Worcester, had to impress after the judge was picked to mentor the boys category.
The new format of the show means that singers have to compete for one of six seats at the side of the stage and once full, contestants need to prove they are better than the six already chosen.
Louis said: “It was a perfect song for you. It’s hard to believe you’re only 16 but are you good enough for the live shows? This is my problem.”
Giles was given the final place in the line-up but had to sit through two more performances before he knew his seat was safe.
Fellow contestant Nicholas McDonald even sang the same song as Giles but Louis decided to replace 17-year-old Alejandro Fernandez instead.
He and Nicholas will now compete for a place in the live shows against Sam Callahan, Paul Akister, Ryan Mathie and Luke Friend.
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