VIDEO: ‘The X Factor’ Brings Back Trevor Moran, TLC’s Freddie Combs
Freddie Combs, 40, the 540 lb. reality show personality who was featured on Ton of Love in 2010 and Heavily Ever After: The Big Climb in 2011, is after another 15 minutes of fame, as he appeared on last night's final audition episode of The X Factor, helmed by Simon Cowell and judged by Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid.
The almost exclusively wheelchair-bound Combs, a minister from Tennessee who has lost almost 400 lbs. since his brush with death in 2009, took the stage (with some help from his wife of 16 years, Kay) on The X Factor to sing "Wind Beneath My Wings," but not before telling his story and getting congratulated for his weight loss by Reid.
The judges were pleased with minister's strong, melodic voice, and the crowd went wild for the song. Reid called the rendition "heavenly," Spears said it was "shockingly amazing," and Combs got passed through.
In other inspiring news, Trevor Moran, 12, the YouTube Apple-store-dancing sensation who was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance at the end of Wednesday night's episode — we later found out, for dehydration — was allowed to do the performance of "I'm Sexy and I Know It" that he had previously missed.
"I'm not entirely sure that was age appropriate," said Cowell before going ahead and giving him a yes. "You'll be remembered for that performance," he said, and passed Moran through to the next round.
Watch the video of Combs' performance here:
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