Contestant Returns In Disguise After 3 Failed Attempts — Will The Judges Be Fooled?
X Factor UK contestant Ashwin Abinashi is the definition of persistence. The singer came back year after year to try and gain the judges’ approval, but it never worked.
At one point, he even tried to disguise himself. Check out Ashwin’s multiple auditions in the video below, and read on to find out what the judges thought of his performances.
Ashwin Abinashi Auditions For ‘X Factor’
Ashwin first auditioned for The X Factor in 2008, when he was 23 years old. He said he had “charisma,” adding that he could imagine people chanting his name. For his audition, he performed “King of the Road” by Roger Miller, and said he thought it went “brilliantly.”
Louis Walsh said he was “very average,” and Simon Cowell called him “deluded.” He told Ashwin that people would pay money not to have to listen to him. “You haven’t heard the last of me!” Ashwin said as he left.
And he wasn’t lying! Ashwin returned to the show in 2009, and Simon immediately recognized him, rolling his eyes. Ashwin performed “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum.
Although Dannii Minogue said he improved, Simon got real with him and told him he’s “not gonna be a star.” That didn’t stop him from returning to the show in 2012. This time, he performed “Fight for This Love” by Cheryl, showing off dance moves that had the audience laughing. He was once again rejected, with Louis Walsh saying “it’s a never.”
Ashwin Returns In Disguise
In 2012, Ashwin said his X Factor dream was “probably over,” but his dream of pursuing music was “immortal.” He proved himself wrong on the first part when he returned the next year to audition again.
This time, Ashwin tried to disguise himself by growing a beard and putting on a Scottish accent. The judges recognized him anyway, and he had to admit who he really was. He performed “When We Were Young” by Take That.
Although he once again received four “no” votes, he was chosen as a wildcard by the Xtra Factor hosts, and got another chance that season. As he was performing, the judges got up and left. Ouch!
Although he didn’t make it on The X Factor, Ashwin is still singing. He uses the Smule karaoke app to perform songs. He recently posted a duet with Kylie Minogue on “Only You.” Follow his Instagram for more.
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