It’s always special when a contestant on shows like The X Factor receives a standing ovation from the judges and audience. In 2015, contestant Seann Miley Moore’s audition inspired a pretty memorable one.
Seann performed an incredible cover of Queen’s “Show Must Go On,” wowing the judges and making the crowd go wild. Check out his performance below, and read on to find out what the judges had to say.
Seann Miley Moore Auditions For ‘X Factor’
When Seann walked out onto the X Factor UK stage wearing a fluffy coat and sky-high heels, judge Rita Ora asked if he went into her wardrobe. Seann then shared that he’s from Australia, but his dad is originally from the UK. He just moved to London two weeks before his audition.
Seann said London is more “accepting” of his style than Australia was. He added that music has allowed him to “be me.” He shared that he chose to sing “Show Must Go On” to represent “taking a chance and moving across the world.”
The 24-year-old went on to show off a powerhouse voice and an amazing stage presence. Rita Ora was brought to tears by the performance, and the audience couldn’t stop cheering Seann.
Afterward, the judges immediately stood up to applaud, as did the audience. “I wasn’t expecting that,” Simon Cowell remarked. Seann got emotional as the crowd cheered for him.
What Did The Judges Think Of Seann’s Performance?
“I was literally spellbound for that whole performance,” X Factor judge Cheryl told Seann, adding that she couldn’t take her eyes off him. “You were just giving us everything. You were amazing.”
“I always, always wanted to find an artist on this show that you can’t compare with anybody else, who’s got originality,” Simon said. “And most importantly, you’ve got to remember somebody. And I’m gonna remember this audition for a very, very long time. I think you’re great.”
Seann ended up being eliminated in the second week of X Factor live shows, finishing in tenth place. He’s continued to perform, putting out a self-titled EP in 2017. He’ll be performing in a production of the musical Rent at the Sydney Opera House starting in December.