We’ve seen plenty of talent show contestants who refuse to take no for an answer, but X Factor UK hopeful Michael Lewis took it to a new extreme. In 2011, he actually lay down on the stage after being rejected.
This wasn’t Michael’s first audition on the show. The previous year, he auditioned dressed as Michael Jackson. This time, he said he had decided to be himself. But the judges weren’t impressed by his performance.
‘X Factor’ Contestant Has A Disastrous Audition
“I am who I am now. No gimmick, no mask. Just me,” Michael told the judges at the start of his audition. He proceeded to remove his jacket and throw it on the floor of the stage before singing.
He performed “Look at Me” by Geri Halliwell, showing off some ridiculous dance moves to go along with his off-key voice. Eventually, judge Gary Barlow lifted his hand to get the music to stop.
The audience cheered, but Michael took it as a good thing. “There’s so much positivity in this room, it’s unreal. Thank you!” he said. Gary responded, “I’ve got a feeling that the audience weren’t clapping because they liked your talent.”
Michael continuously argued with the judges as they provided their critique, prompting Gary to tell him, “Just see if you can keep your mouth shut for one minute.” Needless to say, all four judges voted “no” on sending Michael through.
Michael Lewis Lies Down On The Stage
As the judges rejected him, Michael sat down on the stage. When Louis Walsh informed him he had four “no” votes, Michael settled in even further, actually lying down and putting his microphone on his chest.
“This is my stage,” he said. “I belong on this stage, okay? What part of that can you not understand?” The judges looked on in shock as he audience booed. Judge Tulisa told him, “You’ve ruined it all over again.”
Michael sat up and told the audience they were “two-faced.” He added, “One minute you cheer me, then you boo me. So shallow and sentimental and judgmental.”
Eventually, Gary had to walk on stage and get Michael to stand up, handing him his jacket and shaking his hand. Michael left the stage, saying, “They have got no clue whatsoever.”