X Factor 2011 Bootcamp: Judges send contestants home without hearing them sing

by Lisa McGarry

Almost 200 hopefuls turned up to the X Factor bootcamp last month, and were treated on their first night to a party.

However, when the contestants rose the next morning and got prepared to sing their hearts out for Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Kelly Rowland, more than thirty were sent home without even being allowed to perform.

As the group were getting to know each other and availing of the free drink and food upon their arrival, the panel had been reviewing their audition tapes and deciding who they wanted to cut during the first round.

During their decision making process Gary said:

“We have seen hundreds of people; I think there are some people that don’t deserve to be here.”

Tulisa added:

“Looking back, when you’re on the panel and you’ve got all these people on that stage, you kind of get lost in the moment…yes they are a great person, they’ve got a great voice, but great isn’t good enough, these people have to be stars, they have to be amazing.”

Kelly went on: “When it comes to being in this music industry it’s not easy, it’s tough, at times it’s brutal.”

Louis concluded:

“This is going to be the toughest most brutal Bootcamp in X Factor history.”

After seasoning hours reviewing auditions and performances, the judges finally whittled the contestants down and the next morning, Barlow told the waiting wannabes:

“Guys, we have had a chance now to review everything, we don’t believe that everybody standing here today actually has the chance to make it. It’s been a really tough decision but some of you are going to be going home right now.”

Some cried, some even fell to the ground in despair and Curtis Ray White stood up for himself.

See who made it past this point and onto judges houses here.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!