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When The Judges, Simon Cowell Audition with Contestants

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From Simon Cowell’s hilarious singing to the judges’ dramatic reactions, watching the judges themselves audition with contestants is always a highlight of any talent show. We take a look at some memorable moments when the judges took the stage alongside the contestants, showing off their own singing skills or providing some comedic relief.

Simon Cowell Sings on The X Factor

On an episode of The X Factor USA in 2013, Cowell surprised everyone by singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” after contestant Russ Pouliot’s undoubtedly disastrous rendition of the song. Though not exactly pitch-perfect, Cowell was a good sport and provided some comedic relief for the judges and audience alike.

Nicole Scherzinger Sings With Contestant on The X Factor UK

During an audition on The X Factor UK, judge Nicole Scherzinger surprised everyone by singing a duet with contestant Kittipos Maspun after he struggled with his lines. Though Maspun ultimately didn’t make it through to the next round, he got to sing with one of the biggest stars in the industry and even received an invitation for future karaoke sessions.

Adam Lambert Sings With Contestant On The X Factor Australia

During the early audition rounds of The X Factor Australia in 2016, Queen frontman Adam Lambert surprised a nervous contestant with a duet of “I Want To Break Free,” after the contestant was told he didn’t get through. Lambert’s amazing vocal ability stunned the audience and the contestant was surely overjoyed to have had the opportunity to sing with him.

Nicole Scherzinger, Alesha Dixon Join Contestant on The X Factor UK

During Filipina Gaga Lord’s audition for X Factor UK, judges Scherzinger and Alesha Dixon joined her on stage to recreate the Bond girl silhouettes in the James Bond title sequence. This impressed Cowell who then said “That was it. We were in our own James Bond movie. That was amazing.”

All BGT Judges Dance With Contestant

Teesside’s DJ Murray Mint certainly wowed the judges and audience of Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 with his groovy performance. Murray, also known as David Robinson, got all the judges dancing on stage, including Amanda Holden, Dixon, and David Walliams, but Cowell looked like a disco fish out of water.

Robbie Williams Sings on The X Factor UK

During the opening episode of The X Factor UK, Robbie Williams surprised hopeful Andy Hofton by joining him on stage for a rendition of “Angels.” Andy couldn’t contain his excitement, and the crowd went wild as Robbie sang alongside him, also making it a moment to remember for everyone involved.

Alesha Dixon Sings on The X Factor UK

During his audition on The X Factor 2017, dance teacher Reuel Elijah from Cardiff impressed not only the judges but also guest judge Dixon, who sang along with him as he performed Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” Dixon then praised Reuel’s performance for bringing great energy to the room and creating a fun duet.

Cheryl Cole Sings on The X Factor UK

During one emotional audition, Cheryl got up on stage to help a tearful contestant sing a Girls Aloud song. Amie Buck from Newcastle was struggling to impress the judges with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’,” but with Cole’s help, she delivered a stunning performance of “I’ll Stand By You,” earning four yeses and a ticket to the next round.

All AGT Judges Take Part in Professional Cuddler Audition

During the premiere episode of AGT 2015, professional cuddler Samantha Hess demonstrated her cuddling techniques to host Nick Cannon, Not long after that, judge Howard Stern wanted to join in on the fun and hugged the host, meanwhile, the other judges joined shortly after.

Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh Join Singing Duo on The X Factor UK

During the final day of auditions for The X Factor UK in 2017, judges Scherzinger and Louis Walsh joined singing duo Just Us for a singalong, and even Cowell suggested they expand their act to include the judges, impressing all and earning them a place in Boot Camp.

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