A Galway musician overcame his nerves to impress Simon Cowell and co during his X Factor audition.
Music fans may have recognised the young singer Brendan Murray, as he represented Ireland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
However, he was not fully prepared for the audition in front of music mogul Cowell, and former boyband stars Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson.
Brendan admitted to the judges that he had been ‘trying to learn this song all day’ when he stepped onto the stage.
Unfortunately, the audition got off to a shaky start, as Brendan struggled to get into the rhythm of the song and kept stopping.
Cowell generously offered him some water, and told him to take the song lyrics out from his pocket and sing from them.
Crucially, he also told Brendan: “Make sure you hit the big notes at the right time.”
With his nerves steadied, and the safety net of the lyrics in front of him, Brendan delivered a moving rendition of his audition song, This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush.
Thankfully, the Galway performer composed himself just in time, and by the end of the performance, the lyrics sheet had been dropped to the floor, and Brendan had all four judges were on their feet applauding.
He was sent through to the next round of the competition, and could be one to look out for in the coming weeks and months.
Take a look at the up-and-down audition below.
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