Friday 22 September 2017

'Get off the stage' Irish hopeful Ben Quinlan sent packing from X Factor

Ben Quinlan on X-Factor
Ben Quinlan on X-Factor
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish X Factor hopeful Ben Quinlan fails to get through bootcamp as Mel B tells him to 'get off the stage'

Irish X Factor hopeful Ben Quinlan failed to get a place amongst Mel B's boys as the unimpressed judge stopped his performance and told him to leave the stage.

Ben, from Killarney, failed to impress the panel with his take on Dolly Parton's '9-5' which he said he sang because it reminded him of doing a job he hated.

However, half way through his energetic performance, Mel B said, 'I can't take any more' and stopped the music before telling Ben to get off the stage.

Two seats were taken by the time Ben performed but it was the end of the road for the Kerry crooner, who had featured prominently on the previous night's The Xtra Factor.

Ben follows fellow Irish contestant Orla Keogh, who had secured one of Cheryl's six seats in the Girls category but was ditched at the last hurdle in favour of model Chloe-Jasmin, who Cheryl brought back.

Cheryl told Chloe: “I want versatility in my group going forward… I want something that can do something different each week; I’m missing that up there. I want to put you in my top six”.

Orla, who sang 'Just Be Good To Me' was told, off stage, by Mel B that she would have remained had Mel had the final say.

She said, "I think that was a big mistake. I told Cheryl that. Big mistake."

Fellow Dubliner, Janet Grogan has yet to fight for her place in the over 25s, Simon's category, at boot camp.

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