'Dad has been asking Irish communities in the UK to vote' - Brendan Murray aiming for X Factor final
Brendan Murray is hoping he can get to the X Factor final - so his dad will have a great excuse to make the journey from Galway to see him perform.
The singer, who has made it through to this week's semi-final, told Independent.ie his dad Frank has been asking Irish communities and groups in Britain to give him their support.
He has not made it over for the live shows, though other members of Brendan's family will be in the audience this weekend.
"I'm not sure if my parents will be over this weekend but I have a lot of family over," said Brendan (22).
"My dad hasn't been over since the very start of the show, so he really would love to make the final. He has been on to all the Irish community over here to vote."
Getting this far in the competition has exceeded all expectations for the Galway man, who is a plumber.
"I never expected it - I just took every show as it came. It's been mad this last couple of weeks - if I made it to the final it would make my world," he said.
It hasn't been plain sailing for Brendan, finding himself in the bottom two early on in the live shows.
However, he came back fighting and credited mentor Louis Tomlinson with keeping his morale up.
He said that despite going down a "rocky road" once or twice, he has formed a good working relationship with the former One Direction star.
Brendan said that having someone by his side who has been through the show is helpful, because Louis understands the pressure.
"I've been really happy with the song choices. Louis has been great, he comes over to the house every day and he's been through this - I'd say it probably feels a bit weird for him from the other side," he said.
Judge Robbie Williams has been missing from the show for several weeks, due to his commitments on his US tour.
However, the change in the judging panel has not upset Brendan, who said all the contestants knew well in advance that Robbie would be away.
Music legend Nile Rodgers filled in for the Take That singer.
For Brendan, keeping the audience at home impressed is his first priority.
"It was explained to us that Robbie was going on tour and at the end of the day he has another job and that's what he's doing," said Brendan.
"It'll be nice to have him back and we will miss Nile too, but it's down to the public, I suppose."
While he has become used to the lights, cameras and action of live TV, Brendan said that no matter what, the results show has him on tenterhooks.
Brendan, who is used to remaining professional and putting his best foot forward as a member of boyband Hometown and Ireland's Eurovision entry in 2017, has managed to keep his head and take every week as a chance to improve.
"Every results show is nerve- racking," he said.
He may not have won just yet, but he is a sure thing for the X Factor Live Tour when it arrives in Dublin on March 5 next year for a 3Arena show.
The tour then heads to Belfast's SSE Arena on March 6.
The X Factor semi-final is on Virgin Media One at 8pm on Saturday