Northamptonshire singer scores three ‘yes’ votes with Bruno Mars song in X Factor audition

Northampton's Got Talent Final, Market Square
Northampton's Got Talent Final, Market Square
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A singer from Northamptonshire has appeared on ITV’s X Factor and received three ‘yes’ votes from the judges.

Jamie Benkert, who was a finalist in the Northampton’s Got Talent competition in 2011, impressed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw after he performed two songs on the TV show tonight (Saturday).

Northampton's Got Talent, Grosvenor Centre, Northampton. Jamie Benkert

Northampton's Got Talent, Grosvenor Centre, Northampton. Jamie Benkert

However, the 24-year-old from Northampton was questioned by Simon Cowell about his likeness to X Factor presenter Olly Murs.

Mr Benkert initially performed a rendition of a Murs-inspired track titled Dance All Night, to which Fernandez-Versini said: “Is that by Olly?

Mr Cowell remarked: “Listen Jamie, it’s like you’ve been watching Olly for years. Have you ever watched a movie called Single White Female? Olly, you’d better watch it tonight and lock all your doors.”

But, after going on to sing Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and receiving a great audience reaction, Mr Benkert, a healthcare assistant, received yes votes from every judge except Simon Cowell.

NORTHAMPTON GOT TALENT JAMIE BENKERT

NORTHAMPTON GOT TALENT JAMIE BENKERT