Sunday 19 November 2017

'Going to be bigger than Tupac' - X Factor returns to Dublin as thousands audition

We spoke to some of the hopefuls auditioning

Sean O'Grady

Thousands of hopefuls sang their hearts out at today's X Factor auditions in Dublin.

Starry-eyed singers are descending on St Stephen’s Green shopping centre for the next couple of days to be in with a chance of becoming the next Niall Horan or Olly Murs.

The lucky few who impress the producers will make it through to the judge’s auditions and get to showcase their talents for Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger at a later date.

Beginning at 9am today and Saturday, and 11am on Sunday, the auditions are open to anyone aged 16 and over and are on a first come, first served basis.

Last year’s series failed to see any Irish performers make the live shows, despite auditions being held in Dublin for the first time since 2010. Tallaght woman Janet Grogan made it to the judge’s houses section of the competition in the over-25s category where she was sent home by Sharon Osbourne.

Viewers watched as the Dubliner tearfully said that she dreaded the idea of having to go home and tell her family that she had been booted off the show.

Successful

Other well-known Irish contestants from years past include Tyrone woman Janet Devlin  who finished fifth in 2011 and Niall Horan who came third as part of One Direction in 2010.

The group went on to become the most successful X Factor act ever and Niall has since released his debut solo single This Town.

Applicants for this year’s series under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must have a valid form of identification.

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