X FACTOR hopefuls don’t always get the answers they want when auditioning.
If every hopeful X Factor contestant made it through the audition process, a series would take years to film.
But usually, judges say no to the potential pop stars because of their voice or, at times, their attitude.
That clearly wasn’t always the case though, as revealed in a recently unearthed throwback clip.
In the video, from The X Factor in 2004, aspiring singer Samantha Reay performs for Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne and Louis Walsh.
Samantha admits that she cancelled her honeymoon to be at the auditions, but she’s soon told by Louis that she’s made a mistake.
The bubbly lass gives her rendition of Mariah Carey’s Hero and while she’s praised on her voice, that’s as far as it goes.
Big boss Simon Cowell tells Samantha: “You sound nice, but you look like a shop girl.”
Clearly emotionally wounded, Samantha tells Simon: “I know what you’re saying – that I’m overweight, basically.”
“Mrs, go on a diet”
Simon agrees and, not holding anything back, says: “You are. You really are.”
However, Simon gives her a yes saying: “I’d like to see what this girl is willing to do because I think she’s got a nice voice.”
Sharon, who initially seems a little softer, says: “Mrs, go on a diet and I’ll see you at the next round.”
Since the clip resurfaced on Twitter, the woman in question has spoken out and made it clear she’s not bothered by the old comments.
She tweeted: “I’m alive and kicking! A friend sent me the link today so joined Twitter to have a read.
“It was brutal looking back but like a good wine, I got better with age.”
Samantha is no longer married to the same man in the video, and explained she found out she was pregnant not longer after it was filmed.
She’s now married to a Geordie and a mum-of-four after giving up her singing dreams.