Did you know Olympic medallist Louis Smith auditioned for X Factor?

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Did you know that Louis Smith auditioned for The X Factor?

Nope, neither did we.

Well, back in the day and in the same year that he won his very first medal in the Olympics in 2008, Louis braved Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Danni Minogue and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

You have got to see this...

His song of choice? Shai's 'If I Ever Fall In Love'.

Hoping to kick off his singing career, a baby-faced Louis showed off his vocals to the judges (and the entire nation) on the talent show, but sadly his rendition didn't give the crooner the praise he was after.

After failing to impress the judges, Cheryl told him: "I think you're a really nice guy, you look great, but I think you should come back after 2012."

Louis then asked if it was "worth" coming back and while a polite Chezza told him yes, Simon shot down any glimmer of hope he had at being a popstar with a categorical no.


He told Louis: "I don't think you'll ever be good enough." Before advising him to stick to what he's good at doing, gymnastics.

Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith reunite after a month apart, Glasgow
1 November

© Instagram / @lucymeck1

Now *that* he is without a doubt a total pro at.

Not only has he won three Olympic medals, but just last week he won a silver medal at the World Championships.

The 26-year-old had his girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh cheering him on from the audience and she was quick to gush about his impressive result.

We wonder if she's ever heard him busting out a tune?

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