Joseph Tolve, 19, was unanimously rejected by the “X-Factor” judges on Wednesday night’s episode of the singing competition. But the Mahopac resident left on a high note — literally.
Tolve’s high-voiced, helium-esque performance of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” was…um, “unique,” but let’s just say his squeaky sound wasn’t right for the show.
“I think that in this competition, we do look for people who are unique and have unique voices. But I’m not sure that this is exactly the kind of unique that we’re looking for,” celebrity judge Lovato said, though she said he was “adorable. ”
The judges believed Tolve would be more successful voicing puppets and animated characters.
“I have an idea. I think that you would be great on like a ‘Sesame Street’ type show,” Kelly Rowland said.
“I agree. You have such a distinct talking voice, you should do something with it,” Simon Cowell added. “Joseph, I promise you this. You’re going to get calls after this audition. Good things are going to happen.”
It wasn’t clear if the judges were serious or joking (probably both), but Joseph left the audition with new aspirations.
“I think that being a voiceover artist, I would probably voice over…probably an anteater,” he said after the audition. “I actually feel rather excited to pursue a dream as an anteater.”
If that doesn’t work, Joseph might have another talent to fall back on. We did some digging and found out that he appeared in Brewster Theater Company’s production of “Plumfield, Iraq” earlier this year. It seems Tolve is also a stage actor. Was he acting throughout the entire audition? Either way, he seems to have gained some fans with his “X Factor” appearance.
Here’s what some viewers had to say on Twitter.
I AM IN LOVE WITH JOSEPH TOLVE HE WAS SUCH A CUTIE PIE I REALLY HOPE HE DOES VOICEOVERS ONE DAY
— mitali (@wimoweharry) September 26, 2013
Joseph Tolve is absolutely ADORABLE! I just want to hug him and be his bestfriend!! :3 He is my favorite person that has auditioned! <33
— Bobbie (@BobbieSturges) September 26, 2013
Joseph Tolve. My idol 🙂 I'm laughing o dear jesus. please help us americans.
— huh (@xtwerknarry) September 26, 2013
Joseph Tolve is so cute though I felt bad for him
— MYLARRYHEART❤ (@farheen_0407) September 26, 2013