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Walsh and Cowell say X Factor’s Eoghan is a certainty

By Deborah McAleese

Published 20/10/2008

Christine Bleakley dazzling the judges on the Strictly Come Dancing
X-Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg
Sixteen-year-old Eoghan Quigg
Dungiven schoolboy Eoghan Quigg
X factor star Eoghan Quigg
Eoghan's moment of joy as he learns he's made it to the X Factor bootcamp

Northern Ireland’s X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg has been tipped to reach the finals of the competition by music mogul Louis Walsh.

The baby faced schoolboy from Dungiven once again wowed the judges and the public with his rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ on Saturday night.

Louis Walsh said that while he does not have the strongest voice in the competition the public love him and his Irish charm.

“You have a great personality and Irish charm. You can’t buy that. It is only the second week but I’m betting you are going to be in the final,” he said.

Eoghan's mentor Simon Cowell told him he believed he was going to sail through the competition.

“It is a much harder song to sing than people think. It wasn’t as good as last week but it was a tougher task. I still think you will sail through and there is a lot better to come,” Simon said.

Dannii Minogue said his performance was “amazing” adding: “Your purity will challenge all the other

voices in the competition. I think you are fantastic.”

Cheryl Cole told him: “You are not fazed by anything. It is almost like you belong up there. You nailed it.”

Speaking on the show Eoghan said that he was having an amazing experience and that it was always his dream to perform.

“I feel like it is all a dream and I don’t want the dream to end,” he said.

The talented teenager was joined on the show by Derry beauty Nadine Coyle and her fellow Girls Aloud band mates who performed their new single.

Meanwhile, X Factor rejects Girlband have defended their mentor Louis Walsh, despite claims from fellow judge Cheryl Cole that he had “lost his girlband mojo”.

The foursome lost out in the public vote to Spanish-born Ruth Lorenzo, after coming in the bottom two and being forced to sing a survival song for the second consecutive week.

In the Michael Jackson-themed live show, the group – friends,Tita and Jay Lau, 19 and 17, Marisa Billitteri, 19 and Manoochehri – performed ballad Heal The World, with six female backing singers and petals falling on stage.

The performance was branded “gimmicky” by judge Simon Cowell, but the girls agreed with Walsh's song choice and reined in the production.

Billitteri said “He was a brilliant mentor and being the band man he is, he did the best for us and unfortunately we're at this place now.”

X Factor beat rival BBC talent show Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings for the second week running as 9.3m viewers tuned in, compared withStrictly’s 8.6m.

Belfast Telegraph

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