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Aussie X Factor finalist Andrew Lawson hopes Northern Ireland texters will propel him to victory

Lisburn lad Andrew Lawson is asking all of Northern Ireland to get behind him when he performs in the final of Australian X Factor tomorrow.

The 18-year-old singer blew the judges away when he turned up at auditions in August and sang Frank Sinatra’s classic Fly Me To The Moon.

Since then he has crooned his way through boot camp and nine live shows to reach the final and is now less than 48 hours away from finding out if he has the X Factor.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph from the X Factor house, the teenager asked people from the province to vote for him by text.

“It would be great if everyone could vote for me. I need all the votes I can get, I really want to win,” the singer said.

People can text their votes from 10am tomorrow until lines close at midnight.

Andrew, who will perform four times in tomorrow’s final, said he was not allowed to give away any details of the songs he would be singing.

But he did let it slip that he was very excited about performing a duet with James Blunt and said he would definitely be singing a Frank Sinatra song.

The young singer who emigrated with his family when he was six said he would love to return to Northern Ireland.

“I would love to go back I haven’t been back since I was about 10 so it would be great to return.

“I would love to maybe start a career (in music) over there if it doesn't work out over here, and I’m sure it would probably be a different type of crowd, so that would be exciting,” he said.

The teenager, who attended Ballymacash Primary School in Lisburn, has gone through an intense week of rehearsals and interviews. He also travelled back to his hometown of Noosa, Queensland, on Thursday with mentor Kyle Sandilands where he performed at his old school and at the local surf club.

“I’ve been in the studio since 7am this morning so I have been in the studio for about 14 hours today getting ready for Sunday night,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Northern Ireland is being asked to get behind one of their own and vote for Andrew in Sunday’s X Factor final.

People can vote by texting: Andrew to 006119778888 from 10am on Sunday. Lines close at midnight.

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