Meet Kelly Kiernan, the next Mullingar native vying for X Factor glory
Kelly Kiernan is hot on the heels of Niall Horan, as she competes for Simon Cowell's attention on The X Factor.
All eyes are on 18-year-old singer Kelly, who hails from the same town as global superstar Niall Horan.
It has been just five years since Horan was plucked from obscurity and catapulted into the international spotlight as part of boyband One Direction.
As news breaks that the band are set to go on a hiatus from the limelight, Kellie is in peak position to become Ireland's next superstar.
The brunette beauty is expected to sing Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart on stage tonight at the Wembley Arena.
"Terrified about this Saturday and Sunday," the fledgling performer wrote on Twitter.
And it seems the student has already won over Simon Cowell, who calls her babe before she even sings on tonight's hotly anticipated first show.The X Factor airs tonight on TV3 at 8pm.