Sunday 16 December 2018

'You don't know how good you are' - Irish X Factor hopefuls through to live finals

Wicklow teens Sean and Conor Price
Wicklow teens Sean and Conor Price
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Wicklow teenagers Conor (15) and Sean (18) Price are one step closer to their X Factor dream after making it through to the live finals.

The pair are over the moon after beating off competition from thousands of hopefuls to make it down to the last 12 to go through to the last stage of the cut-throat competition.

In an episode aired this evening, viewers saw the busking brothers join five other groups at Simon Cowell’s luxury villa in the south of France as he put the remaining hopefuls through their paces.

He was joined by former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole in one of her first TV appearances since having baby Bear with One Direction’s Liam Payne six months ago.

The new mum looked stunning as she arrived at Chateau Cowell by helicopter and met with the six final groups who were battling it out for a place in the X Factor final.

Speaking beforehand during the tense episode, the two Irish siblings described it as a “make or break moment” for them.

“We’re really looking forward to our performance for Simon and the celebrity judge. It’s going to be one of our biggest performances yet,” they said.

“You’ve gotta leave everything out there so we’re ready for that.”

They performed Pink’s monster hit ‘What About Us?’ to a clearly impressed Simon and Cheryl.

“That was the best I think you’ve sang,” he told them.

“You looked happy and relaxed. That was great guys, well done.”

“You’re so natural and confident,” added Cheryl.

They said afterwards it felt “brilliant” and had no regrets about their performance.

“Honestly I think we’re more comfortable with this intimacy,” said Sean.

As they deliberated afterwards over whether or not to pick them, Cheryl clearly favoured the two siblings.

“They’re likeable, they’re really fun and they’re different. They’re great, great value,” she said.

As they stood in front of Simon awaiting his final decision, he told them they had a “really charming naivety” to them.

“You don’t know how good you are. You’ve made it through,” he told the over-joyed teens.

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