By Jeffrey A. Ledesma
The show is called the X Factor, and it certainly got a little X-rated.
At the Saturday, Aug. 20 audition, Goldie Cheung, originally from Hong Kong, wrapped her leg around Gary Barlow’s neck, flirted with Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, and planted a kiss on Louis Walsh’s forehead.
It was a kiss even Marilyn Monroe herself would be proud of. But despite all the personal attention given to the judges, not everyone said yes to the booty-shaking 48 year-old in a shiny and tiny Tina Turner black dress.
Nonetheless, the Tai Chi instructor struck gold on the hit television show with her energetic dance-packed audition, as three out of the four judges said yes.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a stranger’s leg around my neck,” Barlow said. The lead vocalist of the British band Take That refused to give Cheung the green light to go to the next round though.
During her first song one of Cheung’s laces came undone and she ended up mooning the audience and the more than 10 million viewers watching at home.
Cheung explained that she didn’t realize what she had done and that it was a total accident.
“Instead of standing over to show my chest, I thought, I have hot pants underneath my dress. So I bent the other way.” Cheung told Metro UK. “It’s a family program. I wouldn’t do anything not nice.”
Despite her accidental mooning, Cheung did manage to discover some fans at the judge’s table
“Goldie, I loved you from the moment you walked out on that stage,” Walsh told Cheung after her performance, which included a full-on split and a plethora of breast cupping. “You got great energy. You owned the stage. It was fantastic.”
Another judge, singer-songwriter and actress Tulisa Contostavlos, called Cheung’s performance refreshing. “I’m sold. I love it,” Contostavlos added. “I have to see you again. So it’s a definite yes for me.”
Rowland, however, needed a little convincing from the audience who roared for a yes vote.
“The moves, the voice, it all needs work,” Rowland said. But Rowland said she believes Cheung could do it. Rowland’s yes vote solidified Cheung’s spot in the next round.
Cheung said she has wanted stardom since she was a little girl. She remembers gazing into the mirror and singing her heart out.
“I think I am born to be a star. I can be as big as Tina Turner,” Cheung said in a confident, yet likable tone. “People will watch me. People will listen.
“I think I’m unique. Goldie is unique.”
But is uniqueness enough? Is she the Asian Tina Turner? You be the judge and watch Cheung’s full audition.