COULD this 21-year-old singer from Buckhaven be the next X-Factor winner?
Well, if the judges’ reactions at last week’s auditions in Glasgow are anything to go by, Jade Richards could be the real deal.
Louis Walsh and Kelly Rowland were reduced to tears as Jade dazzled the crowds with her version of Adele’s heartbreaking ballad Someone Like You.
Fellow judge Gary Barlow apparently told her: “You’re a star. This will change your life forever.”
According to online reports, the ex-Buckhaven High School pupil got several standing ovations from the audience throughout the song and was in tears herself at the end.
To top it all off, her gran’ joined her on stage.
Jade is well known for her performances on the pub and club circuit around Levenmouth and beyond.
But, her appearance at Molly Malones’s pub in Leven on Sunday evening might prove to be one of the last rare chances of seeing her in a small venue.
According to reports, all four X-Factor judges on the panel agreed Jade had something special about her before giving her a resounding thumbs-up.
X Factor veteran Louis Walsh said: “This has made our trip to Scotland so worthwhile.”
New judge and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland tearfully added: “I know it sounds funny but I had a dream about this.”
And N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos told Jade: “This is your moment and I want you to take it all in – a humongous yes.”
Ironically, Jade managed to wow the judges despite Louis Walsh complaining that he was bored because too many hopefuls were choosing to sing Adele numbers at the Glasgow auditions.
If Jade does go on to win X-Factor 2011 she would follow in the footsteps of Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. She would also continue a legacy of Scots winning TV talent contests.
The last Scottish competitor to win the X-Factor was Leon Jackson in 2007. Michelle McManus shot to fame winning Pop Idol in 2003.
Singer/songwriter David Sneddon also emerged victorious from the first ever series of the BBC’s Fame Academy in 2002