Scarlett Lee first auditioned for The X Factor in 2017 and Simon Cowell went absolute savage mode when it came to her audition. But she was persistent and sang a second song to show the judges another side of what she can do. Take a look at her audition below.
Simon Cowell Was Not Such A Big Fan Of Scarlett Lee’s ‘X Factor’ Audition
Scarlett brought pictures that she drew of Simon when she was just seven years old to her audition. A makeup artist at the time, she always dreamed of singing on The X Factor and wasted no time jumping into a song in front of her idols. Scarlett sang a mashup of some popular songs, but Simon stopped her halfway through. “This was annoying,” he said. “Can you stop going into all these weird ad-libs and everything else and let me just hear your voice straight?” he asked. Scarlett sang her second song in the attempt to redeem herself which put the judges even more on the fence. Simon said that she made it “more difficult” because she was trying to “be too clever” with her vocals. “There’s parts of your voice I literally couldn’t bare” he said honestly.
But he liked her personality and it was enough to send her into the next round and was later eliminated during the six chair challenge. It did not stop her from coming back to re-audition the following year. For this audition, Scarlett sang an original song and Simon stopped her in true Simon fashion.
He encouraged her to show the audience why she wants to be on the show with her second song. With her next song, Scarlett finally impressed Simon and the rest of the panel and was into the next round where she began to dominate the competition.
Simon chose her to advance into the live shows and she actually was the last act in the girls’ category. She came in second place that year in the biggest comeback story of all time on The X Factor.
Where Is Scarlett Today?
During her success on the show, tragedy struck in 2018 when Scarlett’s family home burnt down in a fire and she suffered eye injuries. She and her family lost everything they had in the fire but Simon wanted to help out in any way that he could. His team brought over toys, clothes and anything that her family needed. In late 2018, Scarlett announced that she wanted to release an album along with a plus-size clothing line. Most recently she posted that she has been in the studio recording music.
She put out a snippet of a song she has been working on that will soon be available on all music platforms.
It is clear that Scarlet is never going to give up on her dream of becoming a singer, and we cannot wait to hear her full album. This was definitely one of the best ‘X Factor’ stories of all time.