The X Factor 2013 auditions are seeing a flock of rejected wannabes back on stage this year.
For a lot of the contestants who have performed for the judges at Wembley this week, it’s not their first time on the stage.
And for some, it’s not even their second or third time.
Irish singer Melanie McCabe returned to the show this month, having previously missed out three times before, having made it as far as judges’ houses in 2011, and bootcamp in both 2008 and 2012.
Also back is Terry Winstanley, who also made it to judges’ houses with Melanie in 2011.
Curtis Golden, who impressed last year with a cover of Candyman, returned after being kicked out at bootcamp.
And Welsh singer John Adams, who wowed with Damien Rice’s Cannonball in 2011, was another previous hopeful seen giving it a shot.
Naturally, we’re not allowed to tell you how any of them – or the other auditionees – got on in front of the judges and audience, you’ll just have to wait until the show returns next month.
But our insider teased: “While some acts have returned and proved the judges made the wrong decision previously, others have disappointed with their comebacks.”
This week’s auditions have also seen a touch of the crazy, as well as the talent.
One hopeful got a telling off by producers after smashing up the judges’ desk during his audition.
The rocker blamed Gary Barlow however, claiming that the Take That star had told him to be more crazy following his first closed audition in London earlier this year.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Gary had previously advised the contestant to behave like a rock star at the first audition and had smashed his own cup and thrown his chair to give an example.
“But he didn’t realise it would make the contestant go berserk on stage.
“It was all a bit weird and unsettling.”
The X Factor 2013 will air on ITV1 later this summer.