Niall ready to light up hometown

Melanie Finn

X Factor sensation Niall Horan (17) has indicated that he'll be jetting back home to Ireland to turn on the Christmas lights next week.

The One Direction star has promised he'll take time out of his hectic TV schedule to come back to his hometown of Mullingar to give locals a boost.

And he is hoping to be joined by some of his fellow bandmates, Harry Styles (16), Liam Payne (16) Louis Tomlinson (17) and Zayn Malik (17), who have now been installed as one of the favourites to win the show.

He let his plans slip during a question and answer session with fans where he said he'd be back to Mullingar "on Monday or Tuesday".