Louis Tomlinson’s ‘X Factor’ Extended Audition: Watch – Billboard

Before Louis Tomlinson was a music superstar who toured the world with One Direction and subsequently launched a successful solo career, it was just Louis, an 18-year-old from Doncaster, England, who changed his life by auditioning for The X Factor.

The singing competition revealed the extended cut of the now-30-year-old singer’s 2010 audition on Wednesday (Aug 17), where Tomlinson is seen visibly flustered onstage before judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

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She begins singing “Elvis Ain’t Dead” by Scouting for Girls, before Cowell stops the music and asks her what other songs she has prepared. “I’m so nervous,” Tomlinson admits, before Cowell assures him, “You’re actually doing great, which is why we asked you to do a second song.”

Tomlinson then sings the performance of Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” that the directors know and love, which was met with rapturous applause from the audience. “You feel like you’re looking a little beat up,” Scherzinger told Tomlinson, who responded, “Yeah, I can do a lot better than that, honestly. If you give me a chance.

Fortunately, the judges gave him a chance and Tomlinson received a resounding “yes” from Cowell, Scherzinger and Walsh. In July, The X Factor shared a clip showing how One Direction came to be, with The Pussycat Dolls singer arranging photos of Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles to create the famous boy band. “The girls are going to love it,” he said at the time.

Revisit the moment that changed Tomlinson’s life forever by watching his full X Factor audition clip below.

Source: www.billboard.com