No Irish acts make it to X Factor’s Judges’ Houses... but talent show regular Joe McCaul chances his arm
Those hoping to support some home grown talent on this year’s X Factor can think again as not a single Irish contestant has made it through to the Judges’ Houses stage.
The revamped talent show, which has been slammed by critics in recent weeks, failed to take any Irish singers to far-flung destinations to compete for a place in the live shows.
Despite Ireland’s disappointing performance in the audition stages of the show, Eurovision star Joe McCaul did reach the competitions’ six-chair challenge stage, according to The Sunday World.
The 26-year-old singer from Athlone and his sister Donna are no strangers to talent shows, as the pair won RTE’s You’re a Star in 2005, and later represented Ireland in the Eurovision.
Meanwhile the talent show has been criticised this weekend after claims that many contestants through to the final round of this year’s competition were approached by the series’ producers.
According to The Daily Star Sunday, 22 out of 24 contestants through to the live shows were invited to audition by X Factor talent scouts.
It is believed that singer Louise Johnson, who stars in her own professional music videos, previously auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, before being advised by ITV that she would be better suited to X Factor.
The 17-year-old favourite’s BGT audition was never aired while her X Factor rendition of Who’s Loving You wowed the new panel of X Factor judges.
“The days of Tesco Mary walking in to audition off her own bat and blowing away the judges are gone,' a source told The Daily Star.
“As far as producers are concerned it is a talent show and they will do all they can to ensure the country's top talent auditions.”