Is Newcastle a 'TFZ' (Talent Free Zone) Nicole Scherzinger left unimpressed after teenager Sophie Stokle leads tone-free wannabes at X Factor auditions
22:31 GMT, 25 August 2012
She flew all the way from Los Angeles ready to be wowed by what was on offer at the Newcastle auditions.
But in what could be seen as a swipe at Cheryl Cole, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger declared that Newcastle was a Talent Free Zone
It was only last year that the former Pussycat Doll was drafted in to replace Geordie Cole when she was axed as a judge from the US X Factor panel.
Disappointment: Teenager Sophie Stokle was convinced she would impress the judges but left them wincing with her singing
And as she entered the studio ready to witness the auditionees on offer, Scherzinger took a pop at the Newcastle accents.
She remarked; 'I'm not going to lie, I'm having trouble understanding.'
Nicole then added after a long day of disappointing auditions: 'I came from Los Angeles for this… I expected more from Newcastle. TFZ, it's a Talent-Free Zone.'
Ouch! Nicole Scherzinger was mainly left unimpressed with the Newcastle auditions after their bizarre attempts to show off their 'talents'
No tone: All four judges gave Sophie a 'No' straight away, despite her mother insisting she had amazing vocal ability
Although she was proved wrong later on when stand out singer James Arthur walked on and wowed with his acoustic rendition of Tulisa's Young, Nicole seemed to be proved correct for the majority of the acts.
The biggest disappointment of the night came from teenager Sophie Stokle.
She promised big things and the relief could be seen on the judges' faces when she walked on stage with her pop star-style get-up.
Oh dear! Newcastle wannabe Billy Moore even admitted himself that he was murdering his track choice and was left letting the audience finish the words
And she seemed convinced, along with her mother, that she was set to be the next big thing ready to wow the panel.
But Nicole, along with Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Louis Walsh, were left grimacing when she took to the mic.
After putting them through a strangled version of Jennifer Hudson's Love You I Do she was put in her place.
Really Nicole looked at the end of her tether following a round of cringe worthy performances
Bizarre: The height of bad auditions came from 20-year-old 'Haus of Danni' who simply made noises into the microphone
Grrrr… Tulisa found the funny side after the string of bad and humorous acts
Gary said: 'I want to be encouraging but it was vocally really, really bad.'
Scherzinger swiped: 'You have power and projection, unfortunately we were missing the pitch and the tone… You need all of those things.'
And as Sophie walked off stage to a gobsmacked mum, Tulisa commented: 'Where are the parents If that was my child I'd tell her: “Stop it!”'
Feeling 'nervewrack': Essex boy Rylan split the judges, with Gary Barlow being shocked and the other three putting him through
Which caused Barlow to bemoan: 'I don't believe there's no talent here.'
Although he was in for a long ride as throughout the evening they were treated to Haus of Dannii, who came dressed as a tiger and screamed into the microphone, to which Nicole said: 'You obviously have your own vision in your head.'
While Billy Moore admitted himself that he had murdered track Don't Stop Believin'.
Confused: The judges, including guest Rita Ora, couldn't hide the disdain from their faces
Poser: Rylan got his chance to show off his personality as he posed in a VT before his audition
After failing to show off his skills, he chastised himself and blasted: 'Sorry I'm absolutely murdering it… this was a bad idea.'
Barlow then said: 'I agree'.
Although he did still provide entertainment as the whole auditorium then joined him with him, as he found the funny side and commented: 'Exactly, you can sing it better than me!'
Meanwhile, earlier in the show the audience were treated to a snippet at the London auditions.
And it was Essex star Rylan who stood out the most.
Giving it his all: Rylan caused giggles in the crowd with his cheeky personality and confusing performance
A VT showed him preening himself with an assistant giving him a fake tan, waxing and tweezing his hair and perfecting his long bleached locks.
And his performance caused just as much drama as he sang a dance song, after boasting that Gary Barlow's parents had come to see his Take That tribute act in Ibiza.
Gary, of course, shot that rumour down and was equally unimpressed with his attempt, telling him: 'Love your personality and hate your voice, really strange song choice.'
But the singer was left outraged when the other three judges, including guest panellist Rita Ora, decided to put him through.