When asked why he chose this song, Josh said, “It means a lot to me, for a different reason I think to how Labrinth throw it. I lost my friend a couple of years ago and I kind of interpret the lyrics in a completely different way.”
As Josh took to hitting the notes, Simon became emotional and you could see him wiping away a few times at tears. Some people explain that the song put Simon in an emotional state because it hit a nerve which was still raw: his mother passed away on July 5, 2015 at the age of 89.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, another judge on the panel, was also in tears. “That was the most captivated I’ve been in all the auditions so far,” she said.
Here’s the performance (double-click the video if you want to watch it in full screen):