He’s the pug-loving Italian with a massive voice, but what else do you need to know about the current fave to win?
Name: Andrea Faustini
From: Rome, Italy
Category – Mentor: Boys - Mel B
Fast Fact: LOVES the Spice Girls.
What he said: “I just want to sing my heart out, show everyone who I really am, and give everything I have.”
Most Likely To: Be called ‘world Class’ by Simon Cowell, make the judges cry.
Andrea first caught our attention when he donned a Pug jumper, brought in his Spice Girls Barbie doll, and belted out ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’ in his room audition, moving the judges to ACTUAL tears.
At his arena audition Louis Walsh said that Andrea has “So much soul”, whilst Cheryl called his performance of Otis Redding’s ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ a “Perfect audition”.
Queen Chezza has spoken.
And the only way is up for Andrea, who immediately got one of Mel’s prestigious six seats at Boot Camp following his rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’, and yet again had the judges in tears.
Does he carry onions in his pockets or something?
At Judges Houses Andrea performed his version of X Factor fave ‘And I Am Telling You’ by Jennifer Hudson, effortlessly securing himself a place in the live shows, with Mel’s trusty advisor, Emma Bunton, saying that she felt “Emotionally drained” after his performance.
In the first week of the lives Andrea closed the show with Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’, and got thumbs up all round from the judges.
Verdict: Andrea better get comfortable in the X Factor house because he is in it for the long haul.