We’d been promised that the groups on X Factor this year were some of the strongest ever. Except we haven’t seen any evidence of that…until now.
Boyband trio Times Red hit the stage tonight and impressed us with a smart version of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab. One of the guys started off on an acoustic guitar for a verse, then the other two kicked in with beatboxing and harmonies.
The combination of unusual hip-hop beat and the Amy Winehouse classic won us over – as well as the audience in the stadium. Oh, and did we mention that all three are rocking chiseled abs and hunky good looks? Well, they are. And even Dermot O’Leary took a moment out to praise the guys for their perfect pecs.
Times Red are made up of model Staz, 20, Abercrombie & Fitch worker Scott, 25, dancer and DJ Luke, 24. Geri Halliwell was particularly fond of the Abercrombie & Fitch emploee Scott, she gushed:
Hold on hold on, girls we are in for a treat because I know what they have to do in Abercrombie and Fitch. The guys have to take their top off don’t they, they stand there with no top on.
What the judges said
- Tulisa: Guys you have just got raw talent up there, you play guitar, you’ve got beatboxing going on, all of you can sing, good looking lads, what more could you want?
- Louis: I think it was a good audition, the harmonies were very good, I see potential here definitely.
- Geri: I really loved it and you are my favourite of what I’ve seen all day, I think it’s fantastic, brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
- Gary: Do you know what, like Geri said, I thought it was a great audition, well done. It was innovative, creative, musical, it’s just a shame you’re not all better looking really. It was great, I really, really enjoyed it, I love it when the beatboxing comes in, I think there’s something really special here.
What did you think of the Times Red audition? Love it or hate it?