Alexandra Burke laying down a track, Olly Murs shooting a music video and One Direction performing for a gazillion screaming fans - the opening montage of The X Factor proved this show can CHANGE LIVES, PEOPLE. The premiere episode of the new series aired on Saturday night (did you see it? did you? did you?) and saw Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh joined by brand new judge Nicole Scherzinger. What followed included laughs, tears, tantrums, obscene language and one very grumpy Spice Girl. Might one of the five contestants below be the next, err, Matt Cardle?
1. Zoe Alexander
‘I’m gonna start a fight’ the Pink impersonator sang during her audition - and that's exactly what she did! Zoe wasn't too happy when she failed to impress the judges, slamming down her microphone, storming off stage then coming back with her dad to launch a foul-mouthed rant. Oh, and then she smashed a couple of cameras. The Welsh singer was later arrested and cautioned for hitting a producer, but maintains that she was 'stitched up' for the sake of entertainment. The controversy certainly hit newspaper headlines this weekend and had Twitter reeling:
2. Jahmene Douglas
When they say a contestant has never sung in public before, you know you're in for a real treat. So it was no surprise when Asda worker Jahmene took to the stage and wowed the judges with his top-notch performance of ‘At Last’. In the words of Nicole Scherzinger, ‘We need more singers like you, real singers. I just want to take you and just eat you up honey.’ Blimey, steady on.
3. Sheyi Omatayo
He offered the judges free chicken and charmed the crowd with his cheeky chappy charm, but when the Nando’s waiter started his rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World', he was more Cookie Monster than Joe McElderry. Don't give up just yet, Sheyi, we're sure Nandos would snap you up as their new face voice.
4. Curtis Golden
When the self-confessed geek from Derbyshire performed a unique take on 'Candyman' by Christina Aguilera, he won over everyone in the room - except Mel B. Louis Walsh compared him to Peter Kay but don't let that put you off because, quite frankly, when you have a name like Curtis Golden, you're bound to reach superstardom.
5. Ella Henderson
Is this the new Adele?, the Twittersphere asked when Ella took to the stage. The classic 'dead relative' story certainly helped drum up support for the 16-year-old who sung a heart-rending song she’d penned about her late grandfather. 'Whoever, or whatever you wrote that song about those words, I’m sure, hit a chord with everyone,' said Mel B. Talk about a jaw-dropping moment.
...And Mel B
Forget Simon Cowell's tough love, the Spice Girl was positively monstrous. Our Mel didn’t hold back as the guest judge at the Manchester auditions, telling an elderly contestant he bored her to sleep and one young hopeful that singing is a waste of her time. She was booed by the audience like a pantomime villan but, after a big build up, Scary’s heart eventually melted. Phewf for that.
So what's your verdict on The X Factor 2012 thus far? We want to see your verdict in the box below...