Monday 26 September 2016

Hundreds sing their hearts out as X Factor auditions hit city

Jane O'Faherty

Published 25/04/2016 | 07:21

Sharon Mc Cluskey [22] from Drumconrath Co Meath pictured with her sisters Kelly[16] and Tracey [18] before taking part in the X Factor 2016 auditions in Dublin's 3 Arena. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Sharon Mc Cluskey [22] from Drumconrath Co Meath pictured with her sisters Kelly[16] and Tracey [18] before taking part in the X Factor 2016 auditions in Dublin's 3 Arena. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Sandy Kudemia from Dublin 4 pictured before taking part in the X Factor 2016 auditions in Dublin's 3 Arena. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Queues for the X Factor 2016 auditions in Dublin's 3 Arena. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath

Aspiring boy bands, soul divas and songwriters battled it out all day for a chance to impress in the first round of X Factor auditions.

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Yesterday hundreds of hopefuls queued outside the 3Arena in Dublin from 9am for the first round in the show's intense series of try-outs.

Sharon McCluskey from Drumconrath, Co Meath, was performing in Cork the night before auditions. But this didn't stop her giving it her best shot for reality TV show's bosses.

"When I was 16, I did it in Manchester," she told the Herald. "It was an experience. It was brilliant."

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'Untitled" Patric Byrne [19] Dundrum with Rob O Gorman [18] Dundrum, Dermot O Kelly [19] Sandyford and Aaron Burke [19] Stepaside, pictured before they took part in the X Factor 2016 auditions in Dublin's 3 Arena. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath

Sharon, who now runs her own show school, also wouldn't rule out joining other contestants to form a band.

"I'd do anything," she said. "Solo is my thing, but I would definitely work in a group as well. I've done it before."

Sandy Kudmia from Latvia has been living in Dublin 4 for nine years, and was also making a return to the audition stage.

"Singing has been the dream of my life, because my mum and dad passed away when I was really young," she said.

"It was my mum's wish for me to sing."

After first auditioning in 2013, Sandy (29) impressed judges with her vocals.

"I was selected three times, but because I was busy with my job and my son was in school I couldn't make it," she said.

Meanwhile, Rob O'Gorman (18), Dermot O'Kelly (19), Patric Byrne (19) and Aaron Burke (19) from Dundrum, said they hope to be even better than One Direction.

"We got through the first auditions the last two years, so we're not too nervous," said Dermot.

"We're going for the crowds," added Patric. "We like to be crowd-pleasers."

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