from Susan Boyle to Kodi Lee

The full version of Harry Style’s audition on The X Factor is available for viewing online.

A video showing never-before-seen footage of One Direction training during the 2010 season was posted on YouTube.

Judging by the audition tape, it wasn’t easy for Styles to navigate.

Where the broadcast version made him and the judges smile after a successful take by Stevie Wonder Isn’t she beautiful, the full version revealed that it was a second attempt for the future pop star.

Styles’ first audition had her singing on an instrumental version of Hey soul mate by train.

Unconvinced by the approach, judge and music mogul Simon Cowell demanded another piece sung acapella.

“I don’t know if this is the track that throws you, but can I hear something just you, without any music?” he asked before Styles launched into a more confident version of the classic. Wonderful.

Such moments are perhaps in Styles’ distant memory, with a stratospheric career that included a recent breakthrough performance at the Coachella festival.

However, the footage proves that some of the biggest stars got off to an inauspicious start, and the nerve-wracking audition process isn’t for everyone.

That being said, a number of artists seized the moment and left an impression that continues to resonate today.

From Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert to Susan Boyle and Kodi Lee, here are nine musical contestants on talent shows offering some of the greatest TV auditions of all time.

1. Kelly Clarkson, “American Idol” (2002)

“I want to win ‘American Idol’ because I love acting,” Clarkson, then just 20, said in her first audition video as part of american idolthe inaugural edition of.

After being rejected by a number of American record labels, the talent show was seen as a final roll of the dice for a potential career in show business.

That courage and desperation to succeed was all over her debut performance of Madonna’s 1989 hit express yourself.

Clarkson’s eventual victory was not only a modern pop culture milestone, but spawned a glittering career, including releasing nine albums, hosting his own television talk show (The Kelly Clarkson Show) and influencing a new generation of female pop stars, including Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks and Ava Max.

2. Carrie Underwood, “American Idol” (2005)

The American was a country music star in the making with her cover of Bonnie Raitt’s I can’t make you love me for his hearing on american idol.

Generally understated, Cowell said his startling acapella performance was simply “very good.”

It was the start of a journey that saw Underwood win the contest, tour the world, and become the country singer with the most industry awards in history.

His track record includes eight Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards and 17 American Music Awards.

3. Susan Boyle, “Britain’s Got Talent” (2009)

Susan Boyle’s hearing on England has an incredible talent is the reason why TV shows in this format were started.

Quiet and eccentric, she took the stage and blew the roof off with an epic cover of a musical standard I dreamed a dream.

Boyle became an instant star; she, unsurprisingly, won the series.

In the years since, she has released seven albums, sold out venues in the UK and US, as well as performing at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

4. Adam Lambert, “American Idol” (2009)

It takes some confidence to buckle Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as part of your american idol audition, but American singer Adam Lambert cut a fine figure at just 19.

Coming in second, Lambert took home the prize of his life after being chosen to tour with some of Queen’s surviving members (as Queen + Adam Lambert) and releasing two live albums as part of the project.

5. James Arthur, ‘The X Factor’ (2012)

Looking like he walked into the studio after a street party, the raspy-voiced Brit, who spent part of his childhood in Bahrain, made an immediate impact with a rendition of Young by English singer Tulisa.

With singer and Take That judge Gary Barlow praising the performance, Arthur went from strength to strength and eventually won the contest.

Arthur has released four albums, including one inspired by last year’s pandemic Everything makes sense in the end.

6. Harrison Craig, ‘The Voice Australia’ (2013)

When you know, you know.

It only took around 20 seconds for soul music star Seal to hit the buzzer in his successful attempt at mentorship The Voice Australia winner Harrison Craig.

What made the audition more impressive was that star mentors Ricky Martin and Joel Madden also offered their services to the Aussie singer, before Harrison finally settled on Seal.

It was a solid choice with Seal guiding Craig to fame and fulfilling the dream of being a full-time recording and performing artist.

7. J-Sol, ‘The X Factor’ (2018)

You don’t need to win or make the final rounds of a major talent show to make a global impression.

That’s what happened when British-Nigerian singer J-Sol auditioned with the original song, Bullet in my heartwhich left judges Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson in tears.

While starting out in the early stages of competition, J-Sol remains an active artist in the UK.

8. Mennel Ibtissem, ‘La Voix France’ (2018)

Franco-Arab singer Mennel Ibtissem hit the headlines in France and the region after her spellbinding blind audition of the spiritual ode Cohen by Leonard Alleluiawhich included lyrics in both English and Arabic.

An early favorite to win the contest, Ibtissem controversially pulled out of the show after an uproar over old social media posts in which she declared her support for Palestine and criticized the government. French.

9. Kodi Lee, “America’s Got Talent” (2019)

One of the all time greats America’s Got Talent auditions.

Blind, autistic and prodigious musical scholar, the Korean-American sat behind a piano and delivered a gripping and devastatingly beautiful take from Leon Russell A song for you.

Lee’s audition amassed more than 50 million views within weeks, proving the aging show still has plenty of life left in it.

Lee stormed to win the series and is currently headlining the America’s Got Talent Live show in residence at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.

Updated: 02 August 2022, 12:19

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