Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

X Factor Eoghan will sell out the Odyssey

Bad Lashes’ tears may not be dry yet but the X-Factor producers are already looking beyond the finals.

The talent show gravy train is set to steam into Belfast as part of a series of live concerts around the UK showcasing the winner — whoever that may be — and the group of finalists.

Playing at The Odyssey Arena on March 18 next year will undoubtedly be judges’ favourite and Northern Ireland’s own Eoghan Quigg.

It is expected that the tour will include performances from each of the 12 finalists, although the line-up has yet to be confirmed.

This is the third year in a row that the X Factor tour has touched down in the province. Previous stars of the show who have appeared in the city have included winners Leona Lewis and Leon Jackson as well as runners-up Rhydian Roberts and Ray Jackson.

Young Eoghan is hoping to follow in their footsteps.

The Dungiven teenager, who is being coached by Simon Cowell, blew the panel of four music makers away with a sound interpretation of John Lennon’s Imagine on Saturday. Louis Walsh, the man responsible for Boyzone and Westlife, told Eoghan he has a bright future.

Louis said: “After that performance you're definitely not going home tonight.

“I think you're the youngest performer; you have got so much potential. You've got a great recording voice.”

The Belfast gig will come at the end of a tour that takes in all the largest venues in the UK including the O2 and Manchester’s MEN Arena. Tickets cost £31.50 and went on sale on Monday.

The show’s own website claims that demand will be high as 11.2 million viewers tune in every week for the fifth series of the show.

Tickets are available from the Odyssey Box Office on 90 739074 or from all Ticketmaster outlets.

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