Thursday 22 February 2018

Mixed luck for Irish as Melanie McCabe survives X Factor cull while Irish ‘Jesus’ sent home

Melanie McCabe
Melanie McCabe
Niall Sheehy reporters

THERE has been mixed fortunes for Irish contestants competing across the water on UK talent shows.

Melanie McCabe (19) is still standing as the gruelling X Factor boot camp comes to an end. The pretty Dublin teenager became a fan favourite last year after she made it through to the judge’s houses stage of the competition; however fell at the last hurdle as she was sent home by Kelly Rowland.

Melanie, from Whitehall in Dublin, is hoping to go one better this year and make it all the way to the live shows.

She was due to sing backing vocals for Jedward’s ill fated ‘Waterline’ Eurovision entry earlier this year however had to withdraw due to illness.

Meanwhile former Irish Eurovision entrant Joe McCaul has been axed from this year’s X Factor. The Westmeath native, who represented Ireland in Ukraine in 2005, was eliminated as part of a massive cull of contestants ordered by Simon Cowell to remove ‘average’ singers.

Joe sang for Ireland as part of a sibling duo with sister Donna. Their performance of the pop number ‘Love’, which had an Irish jig in the middle with the ginger duo jumping around the stage, failed to make it out of the semi final.

It is also believed that several other Irish contestants are still in the mix on the talent competition, including a boy band and an older female singer.

Meanwhile 31 year old Wicklow native Niall Sheehy lost the chance to win a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, after the legendary composer chose to send him home and save 24 year old Rory Taylor.

Asked how he felt to be eliminated from the competition, Sheehy told host Amanda Holden: "I feel all right, I'm glad Rory's through. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted for me, and thank you Andrew."

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