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X Factor joy for 'likeable' Wicklow brothers as they make it to final 12


Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price

Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price

Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price

Wicklow teenagers Conor and Sean Price are one step closer to their X Factor dream after making it through to the live finals.

The busking brothers are over the moon after seeing off thousands of other hopefuls to make it down to the last 12, going through to the final stage of the cut-throat competition.

Viewers last night saw Conor (15) and Sean (18) joining five other groups at Simon Cowell's villa in the south of France as he put them through their paces.

He was joined by former X Factor judge Cheryl, in one of her first TV appearances since having baby Bear with One Direction's Liam Payne six months ago.

The new mum looked stunning as she arrived at Chateau Cowell by helicopter and met with the six final groups, who were battling it out for a place in the live finals.

Speaking beforehand during the tense episode, the two Irish lads described it as a "make or break moment" for them.

"We're really looking forward to our performance for Simon and the celebrity judge," said Conor.

"It's going to be one of our biggest performances yet. You've gotta leave everything out there, so we're ready for that."

The pair performed Pink's monster hit What About Us? to a clearly impressed Simon and Cheryl.


"That was the best I think you've sang," Simon told them.

"You looked happy and relaxed. That was great, guys, well done."

Cheryl told the brothers: "You're so natural and confident."

Conor and Sean said afterwards that it felt "brilliant" and they had no regrets about their performance.

"Honestly, I think we're more comfortable with this intimacy," said Sean.

As the judges deliberated over whether to pick them, Cheryl clearly favoured them going through.

"They're likeable, they're really fun and they're different. They're great, great value," she said.

As the brothers stood in front of Simon awaiting his final decision, he told them they had a "really charming naivety" to them.

"You don't know how good you are. You've made it through," he told the overjoyed teens.