Sometime later after we got to the waiting lunge, a man came in calling Liam’s name “Liam Payne, Liam Payne, you’re up next.” I could see Liam tense up, my heart skipped a beat, I was terribly nervous for him. I out my hand on his knee lightly, “it’s going to be alright.” I said “it’s just me and you up there, forever together.” I said using Liam’s words to comfort him. Liam and I got up together and walked over towards the ma.
“Liam Payne?” the man asked
“That would be me,” Liam said sounding confident.
The Payne family and I walked through the long hallway silently as if this was it, as if this is what would determine everything, and it was.
When the security man came to get Liam the girls and I went to get our seats in the audience, carrying our posters with us. Clarissa was still smiling from her incident with the Irish bloke, what was his nam? Oh, right Niall, yes his name was Niall. He was quite a fit bloke, with an adorable accent, but not my type.
We got our seat, which were quite close up to the stage so Liam would see us; we were his personal support system. I felt my hand vibrate, I looked down and saw my phone screen light up with a message picture on it. I opened the txt to see it was Nikki. “You guys seated yet?”
“Yah,” I responded
“Good” Nikki answered quickly
“How’s he holding up?” I asked. I could tell Liam was quite nervous, but I didn’t want to intrude on his personal space.
“he’s quite nervous” Nikki wrote back with a face.
“Let him know we believe in him”
“I will after”
“Why?” I asked confused
“It’ll be too much pressure”
“Alright” I said understanding
“Well I don’t have to ask who you are,” Jim said. (A/N: I changed his name because I didn’t know what it was) Jim was here when I auditioned for the x-factor in 2008. “How are you man?”
“It’s great to see you back!” Jim said with a massive smile.
“Great to be beck,” I said smiling.
“Well, you’re a bit broader and a bit deeper as well.” Jim said grabbing my shoulders and shaking them a bit. I laughed, I had always liked Jim; he made me feel so comfortable. “Well, here we go man, good luck!”
“Thanks” I said before I climbed up the stairs to the stage.
The audience cheered as I walked on stage, perhaps remembering me, and that made me smile. I looked at the judges and saw Cheryl pointed at me saying something to Simon so he would look at me and he did I think he was a bit shocked to see me back. “Liam,” Simon said raising his hand to get my attention, as if it wasn’t on him already.
“How are doing Simon, you alright?” I said into the mic smiling.
“How you doing? I’ve been well,” Simon responded smiling. “Two years, yeah?”
“Two years, yah, two years,” I said my nerves calming a bit, but I was still quite nervous.
“How far did you get last time Liam,” Louis asked me in his Irish accent.
“Well, I was here in 2008 and I made it into Simon’s house in Barbados.” I said with confidence to Louis. Simon looked at his papers shuffling about with them.
“What at are you going to sing today?” Simon said still looking at his papers.
“Urm, I’m going to sing Cry Me a River,” I looked at the judges seeking their reactions.
“Ok,” Louis said smiling, so I got ready. I swallowed my fears, now wasn’t the time for that, now is the time to show the world what I have inside of me, now is my time to make my mark. The familiar tune of Cry Me a River came on and I knew that was my cue to sing.
“Now you say you’re lonely,” I belted out with all I had. The crowed went wild, so I gave it all I had, putting all my emotions in.
“You cry the whole night trough,
Well, you can cry me a river,
Cry me a river,” Simon seemed utterly impressed with my so far, for that I was proud.
I cried a river over you.” This was the part I had to nail, if I didn’t get this part I was screwed, I let it come to me.
“Now you say you love me,” I nailed it! I nailed it! I smiled with all I had, and I could see the judges were impressed.
“Well, just to prove that you do,
Come on and cry me a river,
Oooh, cry me a river,
I cried a river over you,
Cry me a river.” my body was shaking, I realized what I had just done, what I had just accomplished and then I saw two judges standing up for me while the crowed went mad. Simon and Paula were standing, I was ecstatic. As the judges sat down, the crowed died down.
“You’ve definitely got it, whatever it is that you’ve got it” Cheryl said
“Thank you Cheryl,” I said smiling taking the compliment to heart.
“And I thought your voice was really, really powerful” Cheryl finished.
“That was really impressive, really, really impressive” Paula said sincerely
“Thank you very much.”
“And I think other people in this competition should be a bit worried about you.” Paula concluded
“Haha, thank you,”
“You’re really good,” Paula was making me feel amazing; she was giving me a tremendous amount of compliments.
“I’m really glad that you came back,” Louis said “it was a brilliant, brilliant vocal, and for someone sixteen years it was so confident. You totally delivered it.” I listened intently to Louis while he commended me. “Simon,” Louis said turning to Simon “this is the guy you didn’t put through!” I looked at Simon as did the whole room. I inhaled, quite nervous about Simon’s response.
“He wasn’t quite ready when he came to my house two years ago, but I said to him then; come back two years’ time and you’re going to be a different person. I got it right.” I exhaled relived that he enjoyed my performance.
“Now were going to vote,” Louis said to me, he paused still looking at me and then said “I am going to say yes.” I smiled showing him how overjoyed I was.
“Thank you so much” I said delighted.
“It’s a yes from me” Natalie said. I nodded my thanks.
“It’s a yes from me, definitely” Cheryl said
“Simon, yes or no,” Louis said. Simon looked at me, my heart dropped, my worst fears surfaced.
“Based on talent, absolutely incredible, one massive, fat, almighty yes”
I was shocked, I was so happy I clenched my hands flexing my arms as the crowd cheered. I walked off the stage elated. When I walked off the stage the first person I saw was Nikki, standing there smiling her imperfect, yet perfect smile. “I knew it she mouthed to me. I winked at her as my family wrapped me in their loving embraces.
“The boy becomes a man, congratulations,” Jim said grabbing the back of my neck giving me a manly hug. “How are you feeling?”
“Really good” I said “I really enjoyed that. I have been waiting two years to get up there and do that and now it’s just-”
“You could just see that frustration-”
“Coming out, yeah” I finished for Jim. He knew how I felt, and I really had been waiting all this time just for that.
Nikki was standing right in front of me, smiling so proud. “Thank you” I said as I hugged her.
“Don’t thank me, I was just doing my job.” We hugged again before leaving the x factor house.
My phone was buzzing like mad. I got texts from Mum, Taylor, Dekota, Kayla, Clarissa and Shay.
“Tell Liam I’m so proud of him” Mom’s txt said. My mum had always been like another mum to Liam. I opened Dekotas txt which said, “OMG! You were right! He totally nailed it!”
“Told ya” I wrote back quickly before opening Taylor’s text.
“Tell Liam he was AMAZING! We have to celebrate tonight.”
“He is officially my idol” Kayla said. I smiled at that, knowing she meant it.
“Hey Liam, guess what?” I asked him.
“You are officially Kayla’s idol”
“Sweet,” Liam said “tell her it’s an honor.”
“Alright” I said before texting her Liam’s words.
“He was awesome! So happy I came” Clarissa wrote.
“Because of Niall?” I asked with a smiley face.
“You’re horrid!” She wrote back with a winking face.
I opened Shay’s text “I was watching x factor, was that your friend Liam on there?”
“Yeah,” I wrote back.
“He was awesome! Tell him I’m rooting for him.”
“Will do” I wrote back and I told him.