Andrea Faustini was mistaken for a joke act before he’d even opened his mouth to sing at his first X Factor audition.
Kitted out in a jumper that stated ‘I Love Pugs’ and uttering words to that effect, the judges looked horrified and set their expectations low for Andrea’s performance. Well how wrong were they when he opened his mouth to sing and proved to be rather incredible.
Throughout the competition so far he’s had Mel B, his mentor, and Cheryl in tears with his powerful and emotive voice.
Talking about making it to the live shows Andrea says, “I just want to sing my heart out, show everyone who I really am, and give everything I have. I think this is the greatest chance I’ve ever had in my life. I still can’t believe it right now.”
Who does he think are his biggest rivals? “I’m not thinking about rivals. I’m just thinking about the singers who are really good. I really like Paul, I love his style and I think he’s an amazing soul singer. I think he’s going to do really well. I wouldn’t call him a rival but I think he’s very good.”
What would he buy if he won the show? “I would buy a car, maybe. I’m not very good at driving so just a small one, to start with.”
The X Factor 2014 live shows kick off at 7.30pm on Saturday on ITV. Watch Andrea’s judges’ houses performance below: