The X Factor USA really seemed to follow in American Idol‘s footsteps in terms of weird auditions. That includes Joseph Tolve, who tried out for the show in 2013 and shocked the judges with his high-pitched voice.
But was Joseph for real, or was he putting on a fake voice to troll the judges and America? Check out his performance below, and then find out what he really sounds like.
Joseph Tolve Auditions For ‘X Factor USA’
“I’d love to find a voice that’s different,” Simon Cowell said right before Joseph’s audition. “Something I haven’t heard before.” He got more than he bargained for when the 19-year-old stepped on stage.
Joseph’s high-pitched voice surprised the judges, with Kelly Rowland asking if he was hoarse and Simon offering him some water out of his own glass. Joseph accepted it, saying he felt “better” after drinking it, although his voice was just as high.
The young singer went on to sing “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato. And yes, his voice was just as high when he sang as it was when he spoke. Demi told him they were looking for unique people, but she said he wasn’t “the right kind of unique” for the show.
Was Joseph Faking His Voice For The Show?
The judges suggested that Joseph should use his voice on kids’ shows or doing voiceover work. “Joseph, I promise you this, you’re gonna get calls after this audition,” Simon told him after the judges voted no.
If you thought Joseph’s voice was to strange to be true, you’re probably right. YouTube videos of Joseph singing from the same year as his X Factor audition show that his voice doesn’t actually sound like that.
Check out the above clip, in which Joseph sings “The Lonely” by Christina Perri. Although he goes into a higher register in moments, his voice is actually quite deep. It definitely doesn’t sound like it did on the show.
Comments on Joseph’s video are largely from people who watched his audition and wanted to know what he really sounds like One commenter called it “the most amazing prank” they’ve ever seen.