Video: Shirlena’s “Own-Version” Of Mercy

Apart from “the worst audition in the history of the show” (which is quite an achievement when you look at these efforts) Shirlena Johnson’s wacky version of Duffy’s hit ‘Mercy’ was the highlight of a rather underwhelming opening episode of X Factor, (although producers assure us that we will see a couple of singers smacking each other about next week).

However there is definitely a hint of the “voice-improving” technology that show bosses admitted using to boost the performance of some stars in this video. Yet the show averaged 11.3 million viewers on Saturday night, a record for the show’s opening episode and fans were rewarded with the kind of horrific warblings from no-hopers that usually pepper the opening few weeks of the show.