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Teen wows X Factor judges
Teen wows X Factor judges

A Melbourne teenager who survived chemical warfare in Iraq left X Factor judges in tears during last night's performance.

Emmanuel Kelly, who was adopted by Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly after she rescued him from an orphanage in Iraq, wowed Ronan Keating, Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.

All of the judges voted to send Kelly through to the next round but Keting said he was extremely moved with his performance.

"I don't think I have ever, ever been moved as much as I was by that performance," he said.

Kelly, who auditioned for last year's show but failed to make it through, said he was thrilled with the reaction of the judges.

"When I got up and started singing there was nothing else, adrenalin just took over, it was just a blur," he told News Ltd. "I just want to sing and I want to make people happy."

The return of The X Factor to Seven pulled in 1.319 million viewers, making it the most-watched show on Monday night.

This was an improvement from last year's launch when the reality TV show pulled in 1.186 million viewers on its series launch with Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating, Natalie Imbruglia and Kyle Sandilands as the judges mentoring talents.

Seven News came in second in the ratings with 1.3 million viewers followed by Today Tonight with 1.281 million viewers, making it a clean sweep for the Seven Network.

Nine News and A Current Affair took the fourth and fifth places with 1.154 million viewers and 1.137 viewers respectively.

ABC1 had two shows in the top 10 with ABC News (932,000 viewers) coming in eighth and Australian Story (797,000 viewers) rounding up the top 10.

Seven's Home and Away took the sixth spot with 1.13 million viewers ahead of Nine's The Farmer Wants a Wife at seventh with 1.024 million viewers.

Ten had one show in the top 10 - the 7PM Project that pulled in 804,000 viewers.