When Andrea first entered the audition room at the beginning of the series, with his Scary Spice action figure and his pug jumper, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that perhaps he wasn’t the most serious act among this year’s hopefuls.
However, since then he’s asserted himself as a force to be reckoned with, particularly after his Boot Camp performance of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’, which reduced Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to floods of tears, and even managed to get the usually stony Mel B cry.
This was once again the case during his performance in Mexico for Judges’ Houses, when his rendition of ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ managed to once again have both Mel B and her guest mentor Emma Bunton weeping.
We were crying at home too, but they were more tears of joy at the combined excitement of hearing a ‘Dreamgirls’ number and getting to see Mel’s 10/10 braids.
Mel and Emma during one of their less emotional moments
Unfortunately, not everyone’s audition was as successful as Andrea’s, after the former Spice Girl stopped Jack Walton mid-performance, claiming he was capable of much better and inviting him to start his performance again.
Meanwhile, Louis Walsh has made his final decision, and broke down into tears when sending three of his remaining groups packing.
Find out whether Jack and Andrea, alongside the other four remaining boys in the competition, have made it through to the live shows in Saturday night’s ‘X Factor’, airing at 8pm on ITV.