The X Factor: Nicole Scherzinger was loving Russell Jones’ audition [ITV]
But the performer had some tricks up his sleeve when he added his own spin on the song with original lyrics, written to charm each of the judges.
His jazzy rendition of the song and his dancing moves impressed the panel – who were all dancing along – but the best was yet to come as Russell stunned “Queen of X Factor” Nicole by asking her out on a date through the power of song.
In tune, he sang: “You look so gorgeous you do. I would like to take you on a date to the cabin. Can I?”
The X Factor: Cheeky Russell Jones asked Nicole Scherzinger out on a date during his audition [ITV]
The X Factor: Russell Jones had a very unique take on a Disney classic [ITV]
Nicole made a heart sign with her fingers while her and Sharon aww’ed at the contestant while Simon looked shocked.
Meanwhile, viewers were “cringing” at the original lyrics and Russell’s plea as they tweeted about the show.
On their account, one posted: “Started off good but went cringe #TheXFactor.”
While another commented: “Could this be any more cringe worthy? #XFactor.”
The X Factor: Sharon Osbourne enjoyed Russell Jones’ audition [ITV]
“He’s so cringe but so cute I can’t even #Xfactor,” laughed somebody else.
However, not all fans were against Russell’s idea and praised him for his “original take” on the ITV show, declaring that they were “in love already”.
“Russell Jones is such a sweetheart. #XFactor,” gushed one happy viewer.
Another mused: “Russell Jones is too cute for words #XFactor #xfactor2017.”
The X Factor: Russell Jones divided viewers with his audition [ITV]
Russell’s audition proved to do the trick as he received a yes from all four judges and was sent through to the next round.
The X Factor continues Sunday at 8pm on ITV.