He took us on a intergalactic journey through “Space” in Kyiv, but ultimately crash-landed at the semi-final. Now Slavko Kalezic has brought his braid back to our screens tonight with his audition on The X Factor UK 2017.
The Montenegrin diva performed Beyoncé’s 2012 single “End of Time”. It’s the same song he used for his 2013 X Factor Adria audition, but with the confidence and swagger that only a seasoned Eurovision performer can deliver.
While Simon responded with slack-jawed bewilderment, Nicole Scherzinger was feeling Slavko’s fierce energy. She proclaimed, “Slavko has arrived!”
It was earlier revealed that judge Louis Walsh spotted Slavko backstage in Kyiv and suggested he audition for The X Factor. And Slavko is a fan of the Irish music manager, saying, “Louis Walsh is my favourite judge. He’s so lovely.”
Slavko will be hoping to improve on his X Factor Adria result. Back in 2013 he reached the Judges’ Houses stage before judge (and two-time Eurovision veteran) Zeljko Joksimovic delivered the bad news.
Judges Louis, Nicole and Sharon Osbourne were impressed enough to give Slavko three yeses, while Simon Cowell claimed he to was too overcome to vote. Nonetheless, it was enough to take Slavko to the Bootcamp round. There he’ll have to show another side to his talent.
Should Slavko make it to the live shows, he’ll be following in the footsteps of Finland’s Saara Aalto. The UMK 2016 runner-up defied the odds to reach last year’s X Factor UK final, before finishing second to Matt Terry.
What do you think? How far can Slavko go on The X Factor? Is the UK ready to be slayed? Share your thoughts below!