THE heat was on for Manchester X Factor hopeful Scott Bruton when he jetted out to Barbados to face his moment of truth.
Former Pontin’s bluecoat Scott, 19, gave up on everything, including his job, to seek glory in the TV talent search.
But viewers will see him left sweating in two ITV1 programmes tonight and tomorrow as judge Simon Cowell makes potentially life-changing decisions.
Simon’s job as mentor of the Boys aged 14 – 24 category was to choose three acts from six to go forward to the live studio finals.
“I adored being a bluecoat but leaving that for X Factor was a chance I had to take. Just being here makes me think I can do this,” says Scott.
But after his performance of George Michael’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, the teenager believes he’s blown his chances and will be heading back to Manchester with bad news and no job to go back to.
Bolton student Laura White, 20, learns her fate at the hands of judge Cheryl Cole, who has taken charge of the 14 – 24 Girls.
The final six singers in that category flew out to meet Cheryl at a villa in Cannes, where she was helped by fellow Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh.
Having won through her original audition at Old Trafford, Laura blew the judges away with one of her performances at the Bootcamp stage.
In the south of France, Cheryl picked a tough Justin Timberlake track – Cry Me A River – to test and stretch Laura.
Although Laura then impresses, Cheryl expresses concerns, saying: “What I don’t get is why she’s not made it before with a voice like that? I am not sure if she is going to be to everyone’s taste.”
Also out in Cannes hoping to make the final three in the same category was Diana Vickers, 17, from Blackburn.
She sings Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Connor.
Cheryl describes her performance as “captivating” but Diana is worried that nerves have got the better of her.
Simon Cowell confronts contestant Alan Turner, 24, from Barnsley this weekend about claims that he had faked a story about his family to gain a sympathy vote.
While single mum Anastasia Baker, 19, from London collapses in tears and falls to the floor after messing up the words in her performance of Everlasting Love.
With just 24 acts left out of the 182,000 who applied, Dannii Minogue takes the 25 and Overs to St Tropez and Louis Walsh judges the Groups in Ireland.
The final 12 who win through will sing in the first of the live studio shows next Saturday night.
The X Factor is screened on ITV1 at 7.45pm tonight and 6.10pm tomorrow.
Check back tomorrow evening for more.
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