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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Andrew Lawson hits last six in Australian X Factor

Andrew Lawson

Love seems to be all around for Northern Ireland's Andrew Lawson - star of the Australian X Factor.

The 18-year-old crooner, who grew up in Lisburn, has gone through to yet another week of the Australian version of the hit show, putting him into the final six.

Andrew sang The Troggs’ classic Love Is All Around in Sunday’s live show and certainly wooed both the judges and audience with his charm and smooth singing style.

His thrilled aunt, Jenny Dunlop, said: “It’s just fabulous for us to see Andrew doing so well, I can't imagine what it must feel like to be there in the crowd, emotions must be running high. I think I might have to start looking at flights again.”

This week the singer’s mentor, Australian radio host Guy Sebastian, was away so Andrew was given direction from ex-Westlife star Brian McFadden.

“He did particularly well this week as Brian McFadden was only there for one day and he was on his own the rest of the time,” Mrs Dunlop said.

X Factor judge Ronan Keating had criticised the crooner in previous live shows but this week he was blown away by the teenager who he said “seemed very comfortable in his own skin”.

Judges Natalie Imbruglia and Sebastian both agreed that it |was Andrew’s best performance so far.

Andrew attended Ballymacash Primary School before his family emigrated to New Zealand when he was six. They finally settled in Queensland, Australia, five years ago.

The Australian X Factor live show goes out on Sundays with the results show broadcast each Monday.

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