X Factor bootcamp experience 'brutal'

Published Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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This year's wannabe music stars of the future are in for a rough ride, with more than 200 X Factor hopefuls culled to just 24 in the space of 72 hours at the show's "brutal" bootcamp.

X Factor bootcamp experience 'brutal'
Dermot consoles X Factor hopefuls backstage at bootcamp. (© ITV)

Tears and tantrums look to be on the cards this weekend - and that's probably just the judges!

From the acts, expect more microphone flinging, bum notes (not to be confused with the bum-flashing performances during the audition stages) and pleas for another chance.

"No. We don't want to hear that again," comes one swift put-down.

Uh-oh, Gary's channelling Simon Cowell again.

Sixty songsters were unceremoniously axed before they got so much as a note out and even those whose talents were lauded as they earned their bootcamp spot are left feeling the pressure.

You guys, this is brutal ...

Nicole Scherzinger

Remember supermarket worker Jahmene Douglas? No one expected the shy 21-year-old in his suit and buttoned-to-the-neck shirt to impress - let alone blow them away with a stunning rendition of the Etta James number At Last.

But either he's his own toughest critic, or it all goes a bit wrong when he's back in front of the judges for a second time.

"I've just come off feeling like I've completely let them down," Jahmene says after Mr Barlow stops his performance with the dreaded hand and he heads backstage, dejected and with his head down.

It can't all be bad though, with the now blonde Tulisa declaring: "I've never seen this much talent - every category is so strong!"

And for those who do have their dreams shattered, the lovely Dermot O'Leary is always on hand for a much-needed hug.

So better not stab him in the face with the metal spiky things on your jacket, huh, Rylan Clark? Oops! Watch out for the painful backstage moment this weekend ...

Tune in for the X Factor bootcamp shows on UTV this Saturday at 8.10pm & Sunday at 8pm.

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