We’re used to seeing familiar faces popping up on The Voice, but X Factor’s auditionees tend to be unknowns looking for their big break.

Will Rush was a familiar face (Thames/Syco Entertainment)

However, tonight viewers recognised one of the wannabe pop stars as Waterloo Road’s Josh Stevenson, played by Will Rush, who’s having a second crack at the fame game, this time as a singer.


— char (@farmigabates) September 17, 2016

Josh clarkson from Waterloo Road just auditioned from the x-factor what

— Georgia Stubbs (@gxorgx__) September 17, 2016

@debbie_rush Loved him on Waterloo road and now I love him more cause of X factor how amazing is his voice!!!

— Jodie watts (@Jodiewatts17) September 17, 2016

It seems Will is multi-talented, as he impressed all four judges and has been put through to bootcamp, so he may well be a regular again on our screens.

There was another former star in tonight’s episode of the ITV contest, too, as 25-year-old Mike Hough was previously nominated for a MOBO award in 2011 in the R&B/Soul category, but lost out to Adele.

Nominated for a mobo and having to do #xfactor afterwards. Music industry is savage!

— Rebecca Graham (@BexiGraham) September 17, 2016

It looks like his dream isn’t over just yet though, as he’s also been put through to the next round of the competition.

Mike impressed viewers and judges (Thames/Syco Entertainment)

Viewers were impressed, too.

He's so good and so fit omg😻😻😻 #XFactor

— Charlotte [PB] (@caseylovemeso) September 17, 2016

He could actually win this…. #justsayin #xfactor

— †♥Tiffany♥†(@s0ngf0rTiffany_) September 17, 2016

Who's this hottie #XFactor #MikeHough 🙊😍

— Rachel (@Rachx26x) September 17, 2016

Watch out Adele, it might be you losing out to Mike next time.