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New Dublin boyband in their Element with bid for X Factor fame

A Dublin boyband called Element will appear on tonight's X Factor show, the Herald can reveal.

The Irish hip-hop act includes Michael Wright's stepson Brook among its members and has been tipped as a group to watch. The second episode of the hit show will now see the five-strong act performing at the Liverpool auditions in a bid to win over judges Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow.







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After impressing X Factor chiefs with their initial audition, they were invited back to perform in front of a live studio audience, with their performance featured on this evening's programme.

Made up of Brook, Karl Bowe, Dean Anthony, Simon Anthony and Kevin Johnston, the group cite Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Bruno Mars as their main musical influences.

They also performed at the recent Miss Ireland final in their bid to carve out a name for themselves in the music business.

However, it's not yet know if Element are successful in their bid to go through to the next round of the competition -- with so much competition from other acts this year.

"The acts have to be really, really good to get through. The standard this year has gone through the roof, so they need to be good," explained judge Louis.

But even if the lads don't make it through to the next round, there's plenty more Irish interest to keep viewers hooked this year. Despite the revised judging panel and the noticeable absence of Simon Cowell, hordes of viewers have been tuning in to see the latest instalment in the hit show.

There were no Irish auditions this year but that didn't mean that plenty of our home-grown stars didn't travel over to throw their hat in the ring in Britain.

Tyrone's Janet Devlin was the star of last week's show after her amazing rendition of the Elton John classic Your Song, and was over the moon this week after getting her GCSE exams.

Other Irish hopefuls include Melanie McCabe from Whitehall alongside Megan Burke, from Swords, and Michelle Barrett, with even judge Kelly Rowland saying that there's "so much Irish talent this year".

Now in its eighth series, TV3 is also engaged in frantic negotiations with ITV bosses in order to secure full voting rights for viewers here.

Steadily growing in popularity, last Saturday's show pulled in nearly half a million viewers for the station.

mfinn@herald


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