X Factor 2014 review: Jake Sims, Jake Quickenden and Charlie Martinez brave the arena audience

Tonight it was about the boys, who wooed the crowd - but not everyone impressed the judges

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Three of this year’s favourites were back tonight for the second round of auditions.

First up was the US Air Force’s finest Charlie Martinez with his boyband looks. Despite the initial nerves he melted hearts and impressed three quarters of the judging panel, who proclaimed it was an improvement on the room.

Unfortunately Mel B, who seemed to have woken up on the wrong side of bed, dismissed the performance as “boring”. It was a marked change from the first audition, where she leapt over the judges’ table to hug him and swoon over his muscly arms.


Jake Sims, the teenager from Bristol, again got four yeses from the judges and was quickly on his way. The young singer already has a fanbase of screaming girls, who seemed to have bought tickets to see him at Wembley. He has “finalist” written all over him.

Then it was back to Jake Quickenden – remember his painfully awkward first audition? Yes, that’s right, he was told to channel the emotion of losing his sibling into a song.

Despite his adversity to showing his vulnerable side, Jake chose Jessie J’s ‘Who You Are’ and really poured all the fragility he could muster into the track.

It all paid off and he was praised for taking on the judges’ feedback and applying it. To top it all off he got the seal of approval from Simon who told him that although he wasn’t “a massive fan” of last chance saloon types, Jake shouldn’t have been kicked off in the first place. Ah, the beauty of hindsight.