X-FACTOR star Eoghan Quigg has vowed to give the performance of his life in front of his home crowd in Derry on Monday if he makes it through to the final tonight.
Speaking to the Telegraph ahead of his bid to make the final three, the 16-year-old said he is extremely hopeful he will get the chance to perform in his native Derry on Monday afternoon.
If he makes it through to the final three, Eoghan will fly into Belfast on Sunday and spend the night in a hotel before heading to Derry on Monday. He is planning to meet up with his family and friends before visiting classmates and fellow pupils at St Patrick’s High School in Dungiven.
He will then perform at a major free, open-air concert at Guildhall Square in Derry City Centre from 3pm to 6pm as a thank you to local people who have supported him over the past two months.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Eoghan said he was “all buzz” ahead of tonight’s performance.
“If I get through on the night I am coming home to Ireland and on Monday I’m going into Guildhall Square and I can’t wait to be singing there. The support from back home has been immense and I wouldn’t be here only for the support people have given me.
”I’m just really looking forward to seeing my family and my mates and everybody at school and can’t wait to come home and sing for everybody if I stay in the competition.”
He added: “The last two months have been unbelievable. If I make it through I will be the youngest ever person in the final and the first Irish person to make the final so I’m nearly making history right now.
”I hope afterwards I get a record deal and people will see my album and go ‘there’s Eoghan Quigg’s album’ and buy it.”
In tonight’s live show, Eoghan will be up against Diana Vickers, Alex Burke and boyband JLS. One of them will be eliminated.
Mayor of Derry Gerard Diver urged local people to vote for Eoghan.
Mr Diver said today: “There is always a danger of complacency because he has got so far in the competition already but we need to make sure people vote for him.
“What Eoghan has achieved so far is nothing less than remarkable and just listening to him he is so grounded and humble and is taking everything in his stride. We will all be rooting for him.”