AN Irish boyband are being tipped as the new One Direction after impressing X Factor bosses.
The Herald has learned that 5th Base could be stars of the 10th anniversary series of the ITV talent series after stealing the show at auditions in Glasgow last week.
Dubliner Dean Gibbons (19), Jason Cafolla (18), Darren Regazzoli (18), Shane Thornton (18) and Meath teenager Chris Lenard travelled over to Scotland to try out with over 2,000 hopefuls at the try-outs at the SECC in Glasgow.
Originally called Level 5, the group have been making a name for themselves in Ireland during the past 12 months – performing at last year's Cheerio's Childline concert and at Niall Horan's 19th birthday bash in Mullingar.
"The experience the boys have been building up by performing around Ireland really stood to them when they performed in front of the X Factor producers. The panel of scouts loved their tight harmonies and fancy footwork," an X Factor insider said.
X Factor host Dermot O'Leary is said to be among those impressed, striking up a rapport with the Irish group when he turned up outside auditions to whip the crowd into a frenzy.
Getting though three rounds of auditions, 5th Base now stand to be seen by millions as their next step is performing for the X Factor judges and TV cameras next month in the UK.
However, they have been told to observe a complete media black-out and not comment on their participation in the series.
Last Christmas, the five-man group teamed up with X Factor finalist Mary Byrne for a charity single in aid of the ISPCC, to raise funds for suicide charity Pieta House.
The song, entitled I Won't Leave You, was produced by former Late Late Show musical director Frank McNamara, and written by the band, who are fronting this year's Pieta House campaign, Mind Your Buddy.