Andrea Faustini might well prove to be this year’s ‘X Factor’ dark horse, after his Boot Camp performance on Saturday night moved both of the female judges to tears.
Until now, Andrea had been more beloved by ‘X Factor’ viewers for his sweet nature and love of pugs than his talent - but he made it clear that he is a force to be reckoned with in his most recent performance, which earned him a spot at judges’ houses.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and, yes, even Mel B - who unleashed her inner Scary Spice on some of the less talented hopefuls in Friday night’s show - were seen crying at the Italian singer’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’.
Andrea revealed to the judges after taking to the stage that his song choice hit home with him, claiming: “I didn’t know my own strength. I didn’t know I could be strong and powerful on stage."
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After shedding tears at his performance, the former Spice Girl told Andrea: “You’re so precious, and so honest and true when you sing - you’ve just got it.”
Unfortunately, Mel had already used up all of her spaces in the “six chair challenge” when he arrived on stage, meaning she had to cast aside young hopeful Hayden Leeman in order to give Andrea a spot.
He is now one of the six boys who will next week be seen arriving in Mexico to fight for a place in the live shows during “judges houses”, where Mel will be given some help in whittling down her acts from her former bandmate, Emma Bunton.
Don’t miss the final stage of this year’s ‘X Factor’ Boot Camp on Sunday, 28 September at 8pm on ITV.