Published Tuesday, 10 September 2013
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Melanie McCabe’s Room Audition
Jade Richards’s Room Audition
Barclay Beales’s Room Audition
Thomas Feeley’s Room Audition
Relley C’s Room Audition
Shelley Smith’s Room Audition
Ryan Mathie’s Room Audition
Stuart Manson’s Room Audition
Abi Alton’s Room Audition
Colin Stacey’s Room Audition
Shelley Smith’s Arena Audition
Melanie McCabe's Arena Audition
Jade Richards' Arena Audition
Barclay Beales' Arena Audition
Luke Friend's Arena Audition
Tom Mann's Arena Audition
Relley C's Arena Audition
Abi Alton's Arena Audition
Euphoria Girls' Arena Audition
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I'm not referring to the fabulous force of nature that is Mrs O, but the returning hopefuls who have decided to put themselves through the gruelling process again because they won't take no for an answer.
Put some inspirational music to an over sentimental montage as they recount their heartache of rejection in previous years, throw in a supportive parent who "will always believe in their child" and I'm hooked. I've found my winner.
I may be easily pleased...
Melanie McCabe's return to the audition process for the fourth time possibly induced gasps of "why doesn't she just give up??!" but there is a lot to be said for her determination.
The closest the 19-year-old Dubliner came to the live shows was in 2011 when she reached the Judges Houses stage but was heartbreakingly told no by panellist Kelly Rowland.
Many would have simply let it be.
But despite her multiple rejections, an undeterred Melanie picked herself up and was once again back on our screens on Saturday.
And if her vocals were not enough to put me in "Team Melanie"- a slightly odd, tearful endorsement from the legend that is Louis certainly sealed the deal.
This week's show also witnessed the return of Scottish lass Jade Richards.
Auditioning for the third time, the Amy Winehouse-inspired singer has always been a firm favourite with the X Factor viewers.
But Jade's progression to Boot Camp was not as sweet as Melanie's.
There is no denying her talent, I personally think she has got one of the most unique voices the X Factor has seen in recent years, but Jade is still holding on to the rejection she previously received and a chance at the live shows may once again be out of reach.
Which is a shame because having two triumphant returnees to root for would double my chances of actually being proved right.
Dramatic returns and victory over adversity all add to the quite unnecessary but, let face it, wholly enjoyable X Factor experience. And this weekend's returning hopefuls definitely pulled on the heartstrings of the viewers.
With regards to the question of "why not just give up?" let me tell you a story....
In 2008, a teenage Liam Payne was sent home from Judges Houses and told he was "not ready" for the X Factor circus - but he refused to take no for an answer and two years later he returned.
The talented singer was eventually teamed up with four other fresh-faced lads and now Liam is a member of the biggest boyband on the face of the planet
Let's all take a moment to consider the fact that if Liam Payne had decided to "just give up", One Direction would currently be without the obligatory "sensible one" and quite frankly that is a world I do not want to think about!
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