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Aongus McAnally & Louis Walsh  during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory, Temple Bar , Dublin

Aongus McAnally & Louis Walsh during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory, Temple Bar , Dublin

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Gary Daly from City West during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Gary Daly from City West during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Jamie Reilly from Navan during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Jamie Reilly from Navan during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Connaire Bradley from Co. Derry during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Connaire Bradley from Co. Derry during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Jake Richardson from Firhouse during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at the Button Factory, Temple Bar , Dublin

Jake Richardson from Firhouse during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at the Button Factory, Temple Bar , Dublin

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Kevin Keeley from Tallaght during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Kevin Keeley from Tallaght during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Aonghus McAnally & Louis Walsh during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Aonghus McAnally & Louis Walsh during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

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Aongus McAnally & Louis Walsh during a boy band audition by Louis Walsh at The Button Factory, Temple Bar , Dublin

THEY'VE been gearing up for this moment all their lives and today hundreds of boy band hopefuls got a chance to try and impress music mogul Louis Walsh with their vocal talent.

Among the first 20 to take the stage were a former X Factor contestant, a singer celebrating his 18th birthday and a teenager who flew over from Manchester especially for the occasion.

William Ralph (18), from Irishtown, was joined in the queue for the Button Factory in Dublin by his dad, Bill.

The teenager, who sang Rihanna's 'Stay', is about to sit his leaving certificate exams, but said today's experience was a far more nerve wrecking prospect.

Acts have braved the microphone singing a range of songs across all genres, including a rendition of Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing' and an acapella version of Niamh Kavanagh's Eurovison hit 'In Your Eyes'.

Walsh will whittle down the numbers from today's audition by this evening, with successful applicants receiving a call-back tonight. The manager is expecting to see a total of 500 singers over the next 48 hours and so far the quality has been high.

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