X Factor viewers know the show has no shortage of tear-jerking moments.
Something about seeing regular folks overcome hardship and heartbreak and pursue their passions and dreams is just a recipe for heartwarming scenes. Looking for a good cry? Look no further than these five emotional auditions on X Factor UK.
1. Jake Quickenden
Things get off to a rough start for Jake Quickenden when the judges cut him off just moments into his first audition song, John Legend’s “All Of Me.” They ask him what’s going on in his mind when he sings and he doesn’t have much of an answer. Then, Jake reveals that he lost his 19-year-old brother a year before his audition and the judges give him another chance, asking him to sing for his brother. His subsequent rendition of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” is absolutely packed with raw emotion. When you finish with the tissues, pass them my way.
2. Amy Connelly
Eighteen-year-old Amy Connelly arrives for her X Factor audition with her biggest fan in tow — her dad. She reveals in her interview that he gave up his own dream of a music career to care for Amy when her mom died. Amy takes a deep breath before singing Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be.” The song’s touching lyrics are clearly meant to honor Amy’s mother and, by the end of the song, Amy and judge, Cheryl Cole, share a tearful hug.
3. Daryl Markham
Cabinet-maker, Daryl Markham, passed up his first chance at an X Factor audition to be his younger brother’s best man in his wedding. He tells the judges his brother was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after the wedding and died only six weeks later. Daryl says he promised his brother he would try again to make his singing dreams come true. Daryl’s nephew watches from backstage as his performance of Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” gets a “yes” from all three judges. When Daryl’s nephew joins him on the stage for a tearful hug, there’s not a dry eye in the place.
4. Danny Evans
Danny Evans says his wife always pushed him to audition, but he just never got around to it. He realized life is too short to wait, he says, when his wife passed away after giving birth to their third child. He sings for his wife, saying he’s looking forward to being able to tell her he finally went after his dream.
5. Hope Murphy
Poor Hope Murphy is cut off by Simon Cowell before she even has a chance to start her audition. Then, her audition of “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell blows him away. Hope’s ability to stand up to Simon’s criticism and keep striving for her dreams is so inspiring, it had me tearing up.