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Daryl Black Wins Over the Judges with ‘Stereo Hearts’ on ‘X Factor’

You still with us, ‘X Factor‘ fans? We know how you feel. We had to DVR ‘Modern Family‘ too, but at least Daryl Black was a refreshing audition to watch!

The 37-year-old father of five was charming from the start. Upbeat and kind, his attitude beamed through as soon as he took the ‘X Factor’ stage; the guy admitted to wanting to buy a unicycle and leather shorts with his potential prizewinnings — we were pretty much hooked on Daryl after that.

Black opted to sing ‘Stereo Hearts’ by Gym Class Heroes for his audition, and he started out questionably slow, the tempo of the song just dragging along, doing the clearly talented dude no favors. It was boring, yet oddly soothing, but as soon as the tempo picked up, we were met with the ferocity of his voice and were instantly hooked.

His voice, with its cool, clean tone, reminded us of an older singer (think the Lionel Richie era), but we couldn’t quite put our finger on it. But at least the judges fell in love with Daryl Black too! “I think you took over and commanded the stage … your stage presence was amazing, and I loved it,” said Britney Spears.

Both L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato agreed that he was amazing, offering instant yeses to the man standing before them, smiling from ear to ear. “You remind me of Nat King Cole. I think you’re smart and you do something that’s different than everybody else,” said Simon Cowell. “There’s a place for you.” Cowell gave the final yes before offering his glass up to toast Black who began to walk off the stage. “He’s the type of person I want to give yeses to,” continued Cowell after Black cleared the stage.

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