AN Irish boyband has made it through to the X Factor bootcamp.
Pop stars 5th Base are celebrating after triumphing at live arena auditions in Wembley last week.
The singers wowed judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh with two songs and made it through to the next round.
It was an amazing comeback for the five-piece group, who had been warned to "up their game" by judges when they last saw them at X Factor auditions in Glasgow last June.
Since then the band spent weeks working with choreographers and voice coaches – and it seems to have paid off.
"Everyone on the X Factor panel was full of praise this time around about how much the guys had improved," a band insider said. "Bootcamp comes next."
However, despite their new assured role in the upcoming 10th anniversary of X Factor, sources said that 5th Base was keeping a low profile.
"The X Factor can end overnight. The guys want to keep their feet on the ground," the insider said.
"What helps is that everything is being done on a shoestring."
Originally called Level 5, members Dean Gibbons (22), Jason Cafolla (21), Darren Regazzoli (22), Shane Thornton (19) and Meath teenager Chris Leonard (18) first entered the X Factor last May, when they turned up at auditions with 2,000 other hopefuls at Glasgow's SEC.