MORE 'X FACTOR':
- The 20 Best 'X Factor' Auditions Ever
- The 30 Worst 'X Factor' Auditions Ever
- 20 Of The X Factor's Most Hilarious Moments
- The Definitive Ranking Of X Factor's Greatest Ever Performances
- Which ‘X Factor' Judge Are You?
- What Happened To The Contestants Of 'X Factor' Past?
- How Many Past 'X Factor' Finalists Do You Recognise Now?
The aspiring singer brought out an emotional side to the judges with her unique rendition of Ariana Grande’s ‘Break Free’, truly - at the risk of doling out the ‘X Factor’ clichés - making the song her own.
In one of the, admittedly, less impressive ‘X Factor’ sob stories we’ve heard, the 21-year-old performer sang the track for anyone who’s ever been through a rough break up, telling the judges she’d had her heart broken, to which Rita Ora told her: “Join the club, babe.”
Speaking to camera, she admitted: “I’m having to draw on my own experiences of relationships that haven’t necessarily gone the way that I wanted them to go. I think a lot of girls know what that’s like.
“It is so painful and something that you never want to experience again, but if I didn’t go through that, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
“Today is about trying to be strong, and getting through that hurt and that dark place, and the way I do that is with music and with singing.”
Back story aside, Katie nailed the performance, earning a massive thumbs up from all of the judges on the panel, including a standing ovation from Rita and Nick Grimshaw.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini told her: “You know what’s probably made you cry, sweetheart? You wore your heart on your sleeve, and you let us all into your pain. Out of every bad experience is a silver lining, and the silver lining is the beauty in your performance.”
Other stand-out acts from Sunday’s show included Kiera Weathers, who gave her own spin on ‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’, and Mary O’Sullivan, who get a slightly less warm reception from the judges.