Sophie fails to win over X factor judges

Sophie Stokle performing on the X factor
Sophie Stokle performing on the X factor

A HARTLEPOOL wannabe starlet was seen by millions being panned by judges on the X Factor.

Sophie Stokle, 16, was given a resounding four “nos” from judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Sherzinger and Louis Walsh when the ITV show brought its auditions to Newcastle.

The former Manor College of Technology student was seen dressed in a brightly-coloured jacket and shorts suit and looked every inch the budding pop star as she arrived on stage and announced: “All I’ve ever wanted is to be a successful singer.”

But she hit all the wrong notes with the judges when she sang Jennifer Hudson’s Love You I Do, leaving Nicole to declare Newcastle a “talent-free zone” after she rejected other hopefuls.

Former Take That star Gary told Sophie, from Owton Manor: “I want to try and be encouraging but it was vocally really, really bad, it’s a no.”

Ex-Pussy Cat Doll Nicole added: “You are a beautiful girl.

“I’m not going to lie, you have power and projection, unfortunately you were missing the pitch and the tone, yes you need all of those things.”

Tulisa, formerly of N-Dubz, said: “What are the parents doing? If that was my child I’d say stop it.”

But Sophie’s parents and aunty were seen describing how talented Sophie was.

Her mum, Paula Coomer, said: “Our Sophie is really, really good.

“I can’t believe when she’s singing that’s come out of my little girl, it can bring me to tears.”

Before the judges’ verdict, she told presenter Dermot O’Leary backstage: “I think she can go far in this competition, if they give her a chance this break can be what she’s worked so hard for.”

As Sophie sang, the judges and audience appeared wide-eyed and gobsmacked, while Paula told Dermot: “I reckon she’s got it.”

Afterwards on her Twitter page, Sophie, who entered this year’s Hartlepool Mail-led Pride of Hartlepool Awards, said: “I’ve gotta say my audition was absolutely bad, murdered the song, nerves kicked in, I just couldn’t get one note right.

“Just what went wrong on that audition I just don’t know, I have got a voice and need to prove to people that I can sing! Not scream.”