X Factor 2017: Fans praise 'amazing talent' as new series kicks off

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Fans have praised this year’s X Factor’s contestants who performed original songs in the first episode of the series.

ITV‘s hit singing contest returned for its 14th season tonight, kicking off the first round of auditions with boyband Rak-su.

While they failed to impress judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne with their Justin Timberlake cover, their all-singing, dancing and rapping original track I’m Feeling You proved a hit with both the panel and viewers at home.

Echoing the lyrics themselves, one fan wrote: “I’m feeling this song on X factor.”

Another added: “Really really like the first act on X factor omg I want that song they wrote downloaded on my phone.”

Cowell also handed them a glowing accolade by suggesting they “could” be the best band the show had seen since 2011 winners Little Mix.

Warehouse assistant Grace Davies, 20, from Blackburn, also wowed fans with her own song, Roots, which she performed for the very first time on the show.

Louis Walsh labelled it a “hit” while Simon Cowell described it as a “beautiful, beautiful song” as the panel awarded her a full hand of yeses and a free pass to the X Factor bootcamp.

Asked what the track was about, Davies tearfully explained how it was inspired by her friends and family constantly telling her that her talent would never take her further than “singing Amy Winehouse in the corner of a pub”.

Even fans at home thought her impressive performance was worthy of a record deal straight away, with one tweeting: “Grace should just be signed right now and skip the X factor process”.

Another posted the tune is a “record seller” while one added they would “gladly” pay for Davies’ album.

Other viewers took to social media to claim that the return of the show signalled that Christmas was “just around the corner”.

Broadcasting on the second of September – days after the first stage of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off and one week before the launch of BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing – it is already getting fans excited for some cosy weekend nights in front of the box.

“X factor starting means it’s practically near Christmas,” tweeted Lauren Fox. 

Phoebe Davidson added: “u know Christmas is just around the corner when X factor comes on the telly”. 

Aaron Bumby posted: “X factor starting tonight basically means summer’s over and the countdown to Christmas has started.”

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