X Factor's Andrea Faustini: "I sang Spice Girl's songs as a child!"

Published Tuesday, Sep 30 2014, 10:27 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor hopeful Andrea Faustini is a self-confessed Spice Girls fan, so he was treated to a double whammy at Judges' Houses!

Not only did the Italian singer get to spend time with his Boys' category mentor Mel B, he also met her guest judge - fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton.

Andrea Faustini auditions at X Factor Judges' Houses - 30 Sep 2014


Speaking ahead of this weekend's Judges' Houses episodes, 20-year-old Andrea said: "Since I was a child, I was maybe three or four, and I used to sing Spice Girls songs. I was a huge fan.

"When I met Mel B for the first time in my room audition, oh my god. I was so happy, I was freaking out. I love her voice, everything about her!"

Andrea wowed all four X Factor judges - Mel, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - when he sang 'Who's Loving You' in his first audition.

Simon did mention the fact he is from Rome in Italy, not the UK, but Andrea has strong reasons for trying his luck here rather than on the Italian version of the show.

X Factor 2014 Judges' Houses: Mel B and Emma Bunton in Mexico

© ITV / Syco / Thames TV

He added: "Italy is the country where I was born, where I grew up. I love my country but I know that British X Factor could really help me be the singer I want to be.

"From a musical point of view, I feel so close to the show. I used to watch The X Factor all the time, I am a huge fan, I watched it on YouTube."

Andrea will be seen going head-to-head with Mel's five other Boys - Jake Quickenden, Jordan Morris, Paul Akister, Danny Dearden and Jack Walton - in Cancun, Mexico, this weekend.

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