Monday 22 July 2019

'I'm a glutton for punishment' - Joe McCaul on his recent X Factor experience

Joseph McCaul (second from right) performing during Bootcamp stage at X Factor
Joseph McCaul (second from right) performing during Bootcamp stage at X Factor

Sasha Brady

Former Eurovision star Joe McCaul spoke out about his recent experience on the X Factor, Simon’s reaction to his song choice and what happens next.

This is the Athlone singer's second appearance on the X Factor.

McCaul, who represented Ireland in the 2005 Eurovision with his sister Donna, first auditioned for Simon Cowell's show in 2012.

"It wasn't a very pleasant experience the first time around," McCaul told the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One today.

The singer was kicked out of the show after his group performance of 'Moves Like Jagger' failed to impress the judges.

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The 27-year-old singer admitted that he still gets a pain in his gut when he hears the song.

When Ray D'Arcy asked him why he has returned to the show for a second time, McCaul said: "I'm a glutton for punishment, I don't know why I keep doing this to myself."

He admitted he had doubts about making an appearance on the show, after being invited back by the show's producers.

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"I had a chat with my mam and one of my friends and they were like 'what have you got to lose?'"

McCaul's performance of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' last Saturday night didn't win judge Simon Cowell's approval.

McCaul said that once he saw Simon's hand go up, he knew he was in trouble.

"I sang that [song] right up until the very end but the way it's edited you see [Simon Cowell] put up his hand midway through.

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McCaul said that Cowell's comments that he was a 'terrible performer' were 'soul-destroying'.

He returned with a slow-tempo performance of Whitney Houston's classic 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' which won him a spot in next week's bootcamp stage.

He told listeners that everything will be stripped back in this next stage.

"I was very happy with my performance which I'm hoping will be shown on Sunday night," he said.

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"I can't say exactly what happens within the next couple of shows. I wish obviously they had gone better," he said - hinting that he may not have been successful in making it to the live show.

Speaking on his personal life, McCaul, who suffers from MS, said he's taking fitness classes to help him combat the disease.

"You looked bloated the last time I saw you," joked Ray.

McCaul said that the steroids he was on for MS gave him a false sense of hunger but he's now cut back on the Supermacs and Chinese takeaways.

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"I could be up until three or four in the morning 'cause the steroids had me high as a kite and I'd hear the nurses talking and I'd ask them to order me a burger and chips," he said of his time in hospital.

McCaul said he's in the remission stage of MS which could last for years, depending on how well he looks after himself.

"I used to party a lot but I don't as much anymore, at all"

Returning back to the topic of the X Factor, the RTE presenter asked McCaul if he would return to the X Factor for a third time but the singer admitted he wouldn't.

"It was great for what it was but I want to focus on my studies."

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