Matt Terry backs X Factor's Shanaya as viewers are moved to tears
X Factor viewers were moved to tears over the audition of singer Shanaya Atkinson-Jones, who also drew sobs from judge Nicole Scherzinger.
The contestant performed a moving version of Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera after explaining she had been adopted as a child and had been through tough times.
Her performance drew praise from last year’s winner Matt Terry, who tweeted her named accompanied by a string of praise hands emojis.
Other viewers said they had been left in tears by her singing, with one writing: “@realshanayaa Had me crying on tonight’s #XFactor Such soul & passion in her voice . Damn girl.”
Another wrote: “X factor has got me so emotional! Crying my eyes out! Her voice was just amazing!!”
Others said they thought she would go far in the competition, with one writing: “Dammmmm girl you have my crying you are seriously unreal looking forward to seeing you in late stages of #Xfactor,” as another said: “@shanaya_jones’ voice is everything. My heart just felt so much emotion, I’m crying. My new favourite to win.”
The X Factor continues on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.