X Factor star Lloyd Daniels is unrecognisable seven years on from schoolboy audition!

Published Friday, Oct 28 2016, 21:49 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Lloyd Daniels found fame on The X Factor seven years ago - and he has grown up A LOT since then!

Now aged 23, we're not sure we would even recognise Welsh singer Lloyd if he was walking down the street.

Lloyd Daniels from The X Factor series six, 2009

© YouTube / The X Factor/ Lloyd Daniels TV



The baby-faced hopeful, who finished the series in fifth place, was just 16 years old when he auditioned in front of the panel - then made up of Simon Cowell, Cheryl, Danni Minogue and Louis Walsh.

His first audition song was Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours', however Cheryl stopped him midway through and told Simon: "I think he should start that again. Get the initial nerves out, because I think he could be good. That was terrible."

Lloyd Daniels from The X Factor series six, 2009

© YouTube / The X Factor/ Lloyd Daniels TV

Lloyd Daniels from The X Factor series six, 2009

© YouTube / The X Factor/ Lloyd Daniels TV



Simon rolled his eyes and asked Lloyd to sing a different song A cappella. After performing R Kelly's 'If I Could Turn (Back The Hands Of Time), he was put through to boot camp, eventually landing a spot in the live shows.

Cheryl mentored Lloyd and the rest of the Boys' category, which included Rikki Loney and Joe McElderry, who ended up winning the sixth series.

Lloyd has since launched a successful musical theatre career. His first ever role was as Joseph in the UK tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', for which he received a five-star review, and he has gone on to star in many other productions.



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