'X Factor': Judges Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson break down in tears

Laura Hannam
Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson broke down in tears on tonight’s X Factor. (ITV Pictures)

Judges Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson burst into tears on tonight’s X Factor during a particularly poignant audition.

25-year-old East Londoner J-Sol dedicated his performance of self-written ‘Bullet in my Heart’ to his late mother Victoria, who passed away in 2015.

“I was looking back at old texts and she was also sending me ‘Go on the X Factor!” J-Sol explained.

“Once I’ve done this, I have nothing left of hers to complete, so it kind of feels final but right – mentally” he added.

J-Sol brought down the house with his stirring performance. (ITV Pictures)

As J-Sol sang the heart-wrenching song, both Field and Tomlinson broke down in tears. A visibly choked up Tomlinson left his judging chair to embrace J-Sol at the end of his performance.

The One Direction band member, who lost his own mother Johannah Deakin in 2016 to leukaemia, whispered words of thanks and solidarity to the X Factor hopeful.

“I lost my mum as well, you did an amazing job. Well done, well done!” Tomlinson said as he hugged J-Sol.

A teary J-Sol then received praise across the board from the judges.

“J-Sol. Your voice, your soul, your passion. Incredible!” an also teary Robbie Williams remarked.

Meanwhile, Williams wife and fellow judge Ayda Field said the audition also deeply resonated with her own loss of her father in 2014.

“I lost my father very unexpectedly. I will never forget how the world swallowed me up on that day when I found out,” a crying Field said.

“That’s the power of music that you can write such a beautiful song that’s touched us all on this panel. You’re a legend for what you’ve just done,” Tomlinson added.

Even the typically jaded Simon Cowell was moved by the audition.

“Wow J-Sol. I understand how difficult that would have been to perform that – but you did. It was an amazing audition and you have an amazing voice. This is something we will all remember, I have to kick this off with the first yes,” Cowell said.

Suffice to say, J-Sol received a resounding four yeses.

And it wasn’t just the judges that were moved, as many viewers took to Twitter to share their appreciation of the touching tribute.

X Factor continues Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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