The 30-year-old Kye Sones from Middlesex impressed the judges at the London auditons earlier this year.
The singer-songwriter has been gigging around the country for a decade before performing RIP in front of the track’s original singer, guest judge Rita Ora.
She told him: “You made RIP sound so cool man! Can I tell you something? You’re a superstar!”
Louis Walsh adds: “You were born to sing, you weren’t born to clean chimneys. We’re looking for the X Factor and I think we found the X Factor in you.”
Kye tells the judges: “I don’t just want the songs I write to end up on pads of paper around my flat, you know, I want to be heard.”