'If you don't know who you are going in there you'll end up being led' - former X Factor hopeful Melanie McCabe advice for Sean and Conor Price
Blessington brothers Sean and Conor Price look set for stardom as they prepare to take to the stage for The X Factor's first live show tonight, but they have been warned not to let the competition change who they are.
Former contestant Melanie McCabe, who tried out for the show four times but failed to make it past the judges' houses stage of the series, has wished Sean (18) and Conor (15) well, and hopes they stay true to themselves.
"They're so young and I was so young doing it as well. If you don't know who you are going in there, you'll end up being led," she said.
"On a TV show, there's so many things you have to do between dressing them and giving them songs to sing.
"They just need to remember at the core what they are about."
The Price brothers, from Blessington in Co Wicklow, impressed in their first audition and sailed through to judges' houses, where Simon Cowell chose them to compete in the live shows.
They attend Naas CBS and their principal Ben Travers has high hopes for their chances in the TV3 series.
"We are thrilled to bits for the lads to be involved. They are two very grounded young lads," he told the Herald.
"They are exceptionally rounded young fellas. They have a wonderful humility and, at the same time, are very talented.
"We had The X Factor over in the school about 10 days ago. It's given a great buzz around the school."
The brothers have been showcasing their talent from an early age and have taken part in school talent shows.
"Sean would have won a battle of the bands we had here, they've both been involved in those," Mr Travers added.
Sean and Conor have already won a loyal fanbase, with some of their fans sending messages to Niall Horan asking him to hire the pair as a support act on his Flicker tour.
Former Voice Of Ireland contestant Kayleigh Cullinan knows the pressures of performing on a reality series and she has every faith that the brothers will pull it off.
"The X Factor is on a much bigger scale than The Voice Of Ireland. They'll probably be shaking in their boots but I hope that they pull it off because they really have the ability to do it. I think it will be a really good stepping stone for them," she said.
The X Factor airs tonight on TV3 at 8.20pm