The X Factor Australia Premiere Recap - Is Jai Waetford The Next Justin Bieber?

29 July 2013

The X Factor kicked off tonight with a bang – with the much touted Jai Waetford opening the show and crawling straight into Australia’s collective heart!

Jai started off with cover of A Different World and after leaving the judges breathless performed an original called ‘Don’t Let Me Go’.

He left Redfoo, who revealed he is having relationship woes, in tears and Ronan Keating so excited that he jumped on the desk!

As Dannii Minogue aptly put it – his is the audition to beat! And at only 14-years-old, Jai is definitely one to watch in the completion!

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Jai was followed by X Factor alum, 17-year-old Kelebek who danced, sang and rapped her way into a second chance at the X Factor title with her rendition of Flo Rida’s Good Feeling.

She even scored an onstage dance off with RedFoo – who called her “the definition of a popstar”.

Father of 2 and a half, Texan/Australian Tyler Hudson was next to the stage with his version of Matchbox 20’s Unwell- quickly earning his place into the bootcamp.

Then it was time for the first group to take to the stage – with Swedish brothers JTR taking the brave and risky move of tackling Justin Bieber’s As Long As You Love Me.

But with harmonies as tight as these guys they had nothing to worry about! We also liked that they played with the track a bit, adding in a semi-rap.

The surprise of the night came with Korean singer Dami Im who took on Mariah Carey’s infamous Hero. You could tell by the look on the judges faces that they were not expecting what they got – which frankly neither were we! Of course she was straight through to bootcamp.

Indigenous singer Ellie Lovegrove who comes from a musical background was next to take the stage performing an acoustic spin on Alicia Key’s huge hit Girl On Fire. Her honeyed voice getting a resounding three ticks from the judges (Nat Bass having to bow out to have her baby!)

The cringe moment of the show came with 19-year-old John Roubos who performed a breathless performance of Enrique Iglesias’ Tonight I’m Loving You complete with dance moves that he learnt off the internet.

According to RedFoo there was “three too many crotch grabs” with the deciding vote coming down to him – with the singer sending Roubos home.

Foster child Veanka Howard gave a heartfelt performance of Miley Cyrus’ The Climb – hoping to inspire other foster kids to turn to singing to help them through dark times.

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Dannii and the rest of the judges said she had them “hanging off every word” and left the whole panel in tears (including Ronan!).

With the 15-year-old winning her way into the next stage of the competition.

And that was a wrap on the first night of The X Factor!

Who was your favourite?


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