The X Factor got a case of the giggles with one young lady’s performance, and it took Simon Cowell a little while to recover. He even had to turn around in his seat to avoid eye contact with the young singer, because clearly, something funny was in the air.
In a video uploaded to YouTube in January 2017, the judges forecast it’s going to be a good day. Cowell even says, “It’s got good energy here.”
Moments before contestant Faye Horne faces the panel of judges, the account assistant reveals to the camera, “I am kind of nervous, because to have Simon Cowell that close to me is a really scary thought.”
So, when the 24-year-old walks in with a slight giggle, and stands before the judges with her face radiating joy, the judges, particularly Cowell, seem very pleased to see her.
Horne looks at Cowell and exclaims with a giggle, “…you’re real!”
“And, so are you,” Cowell responds, minus the giggle.
But things take a humorous turn, and even Cowell can’t contain himself.
After a little, let’s just call it a comical misunderstanding with the contestant’s surname, the 24-year-old starts giggling, and it’s contagious.
“Behave yourself,” she tells Cowell.
“I haven’t done anything, Faye,” assures Cowell.
Alright, so, it is X Factor after all—Cowell asks Horne, “Why are you here Faye?”
“I just want to, I just want to sing…” she insists, unable to stifle her laughs.
Simon nearly chokes on his water. Oh, yes, there’s “good energy” in there.
Judge Louis Walsh needs to take the reins, because Cowell is possessed by laughter. He manages to keep the show going, and Horne states she’s there to sing for them Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall.”
But, for those who know what it’s like to have a case of the giggles, it doesn’t go just like that. It’s not always so easy to recover oneself!
Seconds into Horne’s performance, she inadvertently makes eye contact with Cowell, who’s got a huge grin plastered on his face, which triggers Horne’s giggles once again. Cowell apologizes, and the young singer is given another chance to start again.
Judge Sharon Osbourne advises Cowell to turn around during the performance. So, he sits with his back facing the young singer, who can now concentrate on her performance.
As Horne sings, the judges are already looking most impressed. She demonstrates to the judges her wonderful voice, and she’s obviously got great stage presence. This girl can sing!
After she gives an excellent performance, Cowell asks if he can turn around again, as though he’s been a naughty boy.
And, as to the verdict, all the judges vote “yes” one after another. This was one great performance, coupled with a humorous streak, which makes it all the more entertaining.
To see Horne’s performance, check out the video below:
Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | The X Factor UK.
Softly singing the opening lines to ‘You Are My Sunshine’ with her great-grandmother by her side