Chimney Sweep

X Issue 2012: Kye Sones sweeps his method in to The X Issue judges’ hearts as ex homeless wannabe James Arthur turns into a agency favorite

Kye Sones makes her way into the hearts of the X-Factor judges …

He makes a living sweeping chimneys for other people.

But one thing is certain – after tonight, chimney sweep Kye Sones will climb new heights from his main job.

The 29-year-old from Middlesex should become one of the favorites to win this series after his outstanding performance in the audition tonight.

Moving into the favorites: Chimney sweep Kye Sones wowed all four X-Factor judges when he performed Rita Ora’s RIP

Ryan, who is said to be TV host Fearne Cotton’s best friend, took the stage to do a version of the track RIP. to be sung by guest juror Rita Ora

And his performance certainly impressed the pale blond star.

After receiving standing ovations from all four jurors and everyone in the audience, Rita said to him: “You made RIP sound so cool. You’re a superstar … you’re a real superstar. ‘

Singing to win: At the end of his performance, the 29-year-old received a standing ovation from the jury and the entire audience

Singing to win: At the end of his performance, the 29-year-old received a standing ovation from the jury and the entire audience

She's a fan: The guest judge for the evening, Rita Ora, loved Kye's rendition of her track and called him a She's a fan: The guest judge for the evening, Rita Ora, loved Kye's rendition of her track and called him a

She’s a fan: The guest judge for the evening, Rita Ora, loved Kye’s rendition of her track and called him a “superstar”

In his job: Kye hid his talents while working as a chimney sweep to make a living

In his job: Kye hid his talents while working as a chimney sweep to make a living

The other jurors were equally impressed. Gary Barlow told him, “Not only did we find a great singer, we also found an artist.”

Tulisa also admitted she could listen to him all day while Rita then joked with Gary, Tulisa and Louis Walsh that they would fight for him when it came to the mentoring phase of the competition.

But it wasn’t the only outstanding performance of the evening.

New favorite?  James Arthur, who used to sleep homeless, made a splash on today's show with his flawless performance of Tulsas Young

New favorite? James Arthur, who used to sleep homeless, made a splash on today’s show with his flawless performance of Tulsas Young

Proud Parents: James' mother and father, who divorced at a young age, put their differences aside to support their son in an outstanding audition

Proud Parents: James’ mother and father, who divorced at a young age, put their differences aside to support their son in an outstanding audition

Dubbed the new Plan B, James Arthur, who survived a difficult childhood of homelessness, sets Twitter on fire after his formidable version of Tulisa’s song Young.

He nervously went on stage with his guitar to perform the track, leaving the jury speechless while fans came to social networking sites to comment on how overwhelmed they were with his performance.

Guitar Skills: He performed an acoustic version of the dance track, much to Tulisa's delight

Guitar Skills: He performed an acoustic version of the dance track, much to Tulisa’s delight

It came after a long day for Gary, Louis, Tulisa and fourth judge Nicole Scherzinger, who were decidedly unimpressed by the rest of the Newcastle auditors.

But after seeing James’ talent, all four podium participants were satisfied enough to be amazed by the 24-year-old.

Shocked at how he managed to give her dance track his style, Tulisa said to the others as he happily walked off the stage, “My song is an Ibiza dance track and he did!”

Which led Nicole Scherzinger to reply: “I want to write a song and see what it does with it.”

The former Pussycat Dolls star previously told him as he finished his performance: ‘I understand why your mother and father put their differences aside. I came to this show because I was looking for an artist who would inspire me and that’s what you did today. ‘

Thumbs up!  Tulisa was overwhelmed by his performance and raved about his talents afterwards

Thumbs up! Tulisa was overwhelmed by his performance and raved about his talents afterwards

Dreams Come True: James couldn't believe the reaction he got after showing off his singing and rap talent

Dreams Come True: James couldn’t believe the reaction he got after showing off his singing and rap talent

“You inspired me and that’s because you sat on this stage and exposed your soul to us.”

Arthur overcame a tough childhood, homelessness and foster care to appear on stage before the judges.

Although his days on the park bench are over, James admitted that his bed is “not the Ritz.”

James became homeless due to a difficult family life after his parents separated when he was young.

Growing up, James was “out of joint” at school and “sometimes slept hard” after being suspended and expelled.

Humorous: Lucy Spraggan's witty lyrics and musical skills left the jury speechless and the audience standing on their feet

Humorous: Lucy Spraggan’s witty lyrics and musical skills left the jury speechless and the audience standing on their feet

Huge fans!  The judges were amazed at her unique style, while Twitter fans dubbed her the new Kate Nash

Huge fans! The judges were amazed at her unique style, while Twitter fans dubbed her the new Kate Nash

He then volunteered to be in foster care and used the music to cope with his situation.

At today’s audition in Newcastle, his parents Shirley, father Neil, put their differences aside for their son.

To give James their full support during his audition, the two had spoken for the first time in 22 years.

Shirley said, “There are times when I feel like I haven’t done enough, I’ve done enough. He put a lot of his feelings and emotions and fears into his music. ‘

Overwhelmed: Lucy was amazed at the reaction after just rehearsing in front of a small group of friends and family

Overwhelmed: Lucy was amazed at the reaction after just rehearsing in front of a small group of friends and family

Another artist who made a splash on today’s show armed with a guitar was 20-year-old Lucy Spraggan.

She showed off her skills by performing a song she wrote herself … Last night, about waking up to ‘Beer Fear’ and saying ‘anyone can do something with it’.

The singer-songwriter from Sheffield won over the audience with the humorous lyrics and then burst into tears at the words of praise.

Even guest judge Melanie Brown managed to drop her creepy exterior when she was overwhelmed by awe of the wannabe.

She said to her, “I absolutely loved it, you are brilliant. Be confident you have something brilliant about you” before adding, “Love it, love it, love it, love it.”

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