Top 15 ‘X Factor’ Auditions From Around The World
The X Factor USA is back for its third Season tonight and it is time to get excited!
To celebrate, I’ve taken the time to compile a list of the Top 15 X Factor auditions that I have enjoyed across the world!
A few things to keep in mind; this is more of a list, not exactly a rank. IE: I am not necessarily saying that I like video #4 more than video #14. I also did not include any of the X Factor auditions that were done before the Stadium audition format became the norm (which is why, for instance, Leona Lewis will not be making an appearance). Some of my favorite X Factor contestants are also missing from this list because I wasn’t blown away by their original audition. Lastly, this list is mainly complied by a combination of access/availability, popularity, and of course my personal taste.
THAT HUGE DISCLAIMER ASIDE, let’s get started:
15) James Arthur – The X Factor UK
This eventual winner of X Factor WGWG kicks off the list with an emotional and neat take on Tulisa’s Young.
Even if you aren’t religious, it is hard not to get a little emotional and teary eyed when they start that Amen harmony. I tear up every time, awesome energy!
13) Jai Waetford – The X Factor Australia
For me to like a tweeny bopper, you know the audition had to be great. Jai’s was a real surprise for me, and the little man is adorable.
12) Ella Henderson – The X Factor UK
The fact that Ella did not place higher in The X Factor UK is still a mystery to most. This performance of a song she wrote and dedicated to her grandad is just spectacular!
11) Cher Lloyd – The X Factor UK
Cher Llyod is one of the most recognizable acts to come from The X Factor UK. I’d say she was one of the first ever on a televised amateur talent TV show to take a hip hop song and make the performance not only NOT be awkward, but also quite good!
10) Rochelle – The X Factor Netherlands
I think it is safe to say that Rochelle may have been inspired by Cher to do her audition, but for me, she did it even better. And consider how far she went from her original audition, to get to that point, the transformation is just amazing and you know her attitude is real.
9) Melanie Amaro – The X Factor US
Melanie Amaro was the big kick off for the US incarnation of X Factor. Her audition went viral even before it aired on TV, and I believe that the popularity from it is ultimately what pushed her to win.
8) Osang – The X Factor Philippines
What an amazing surprise Osang was on The X Factor. Just watch it for yourself!
7) Te Ao Te Huia – The X Factor New Zealand
Check out this incredible audition from Te Ao Te Huia of The X Factor New Zealand. She sings her mum’s favorite song with amazing control and restraint as one of my favorite Idols, Stan Walker, joins her on stage for just a fantastically beautiful television moment!
6) Svetozar Hristov – The X Factor Bulgaria
Performances of Nessun dorma will get you everywhere.
5) Jazzlyn Little – The X Factor US
I’d almost completely forgot about Jazzlyn Little’s original audition from the first season of The X Factor US…but for me, that made it even better. The first season of The X Factor US was magnificent, and it is quite a shame that the second was garbage.
4) Samantha Jade – The X Factor Australia
Samantha Jade went on to win her season of The X Factor Australia, and she proved that when she wants to sing …she can sang.
3) Sam Bailey – The X Factor UK
I included two videos of Sam Bailey because of the new format used for The X Factor UK. Sam Bailey was one of the best surprises for me in the last few years. I automatically didn’t expect much from her, and quite frankly, was tired of hearing versions of that song. The moment she opened her mouth though, I was hooked, and I am looking forward to seeing how well she does this year. Hoping she makes it really far!
2) Angel Tepai – The X Factor Australia
Angel Tepai’s audition for The X Factor Australia will no doubt send chills all throughout your body. The notes she hit, and the way swooned around the song is an audition for the ages. Such a shame good songs were never picked for her, and she left the competition relatively early.
1) Ablisa’s – The X Factor UK
By virtue of Youtube views, this is the single most popular video/audition from The X Factor of all time. The drama. The attitude. The excitement. The punch. Simply unforgettable.
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What about the girl who did the Beer Song on Xfactor UK--Lucy Spraggan? That was pretty amazing. Kyle Sones mash-up of Save the World/RIP was great. And lil' Joe Mcelderry's audition--well, it wasn't THAT great, but they he picked a very difficult song…and ok, I just like him. I'm sorry Joe doesn't do more interesting things artistically now with his talent.
Oh, Rachel's Crow Mercy! For me it was better than Melanie's Listen. Reason being she got the swag, the soulful tone and the marketability. Yes, Simon should have been capitalised on her not Melanie Amaro. American Idol and The Voice won't produce such artist and if he sent her to Disney somehow, Boom! Too bad history can't be rewritten.
i always like Fatin from xfactor indonesia ..she sings Grenade on her audition.. you should check her.. she has a very unique voice
I would only have Ella, Melanie, Jazzlyn and maybe Sam in the top group.
I also think Sam is a bit of a ringer -- there are plenty of youtube clips of her to be found, where she is all glammed up. While she might not have had commercial success, she seems to have been singing for a number of years on the club scene
@djsastra Rachel crow is pretty much my only real favorite from X Factor US. Her bootcamp and elimination performances were just gold.
@AdrianS Whoa...didn't know it disappeared. Odd. Let me fixed that.
@djsastra Too bad Bella was never as good again as she was during her audition
@djsastra Bella: Absolutely! And I'll never forget that Jillian from XFactor US (the one who was bullied and cried through her whole audition!)
@PHaiRusjdin Yep -- she was good. Not sure if I would have her in the top 15 for pure talent, but she diefinitely had a very unique (and good) voice. Very cute personality too
@PHaiRusjdin I'm Team #Novita.
@krbcan I loved Jazzlyn.....she should've stayed longer. And the whole Melanie A. thing was so orchestrated...when Simon let her go then 'changed his mind' and went to her home. Please, did anyone buy that?
@elementalman If I do a bootcamp and/or Judges house edition she'd likely be included!
@Noelle <3 I'm attempting to try to get back in the game!
And no, I would burn out so quickly! Haha...I do follow the videos of UK, Aussie, Indonesia, and obv US though.
@Rickey I've never felt the Chris Rene magic. Probably because he never sang.
...I should have added Astro though. Lol. I forgot about him. :P
@aryehgizbar I always felt like she didn't want to win...because she'd do some horrible performances it seemed when she felt like it. But then...when she turned it on, and really tried, it was fantastic! She's great though. :)
@AdrianS Fixed! The entry was just not showing up. That was odd!
@mamashmoi Definitely it was a bit of a mystery why she didn't move on. I seem to remember that she went further (was it even to the judges house?), but she just didn't sparkle like she did during her audition. And definitely the game-playing with Melanie was contrived exclusively for the sake of building controversy and publicity for the show