You auditioned for The X Factor, what did you sing? Tom Parker: Flying Without Wings by Westlife, which was a big mistake because it’s your typical boy band song. You don’t meet Simon at the first audition, you sing for a director.
He told me: ‘It’s a no’ before I even finished the first chorus. I was 16 and it shattered me. I didn’t sing for two years. There was a girl who was really terrible at the same audition who got through. It turned out she was one of the people they put in the show to laugh at.