Daniel Pearce’s from rival band to Girls Aloud band One True Voice won a standing ovation from Cheryl Cole, 25, when he returned to audition in London on Tuesday.
Daniel was beaten by Cheryl’s Girls Aloud to the Christmas No 1 after the 2002 show.
Chezza told him: “I always thought you were fantastic.”
He got four thumbs up singing Seal’s Kiss From A Rose.
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