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X Factor Quigg survives Cowell lashing

By Matthew McCreary

Dreams of pop stardom came a step closer for a Co Londonderry teenager last night after he made it through to the next round of hit TV talent show The X Factor.

Eoghan Quigg (16) from Dungiven has been tipped as a possible winner for the recording contract prize after he wowed judges and won the hearts of the audiences with his singing talents.

And the gifted schoolboy once again made it through last night when he convinced hard-nosed judge Simon Cowell at the music mogul's Barbados holiday home that he was worthy of a place in the live shows.

But Cowell — famed for his barbed retorts and stinging criticism — was not won over easily by Eoghan.

He told Eoghan: "You were so good throughout Bootcamp, and this is what I was looking forward to. But in my opinion you blew it.”

But Cowell raised hopes for the youngster when he said, "I'm going to take a chance on you".

Eoghan said: "This is the biggest and best day of my life!"

Fellow contestants Scott Bruton, a 19-year-old former Bluecoat from Manchester, and Austin Drage, a 21-year-old singer/actor from Essex, also made it through following a tense show.

But fellow Bootcamp competitors Mali, Liam and Alan were not so lucky and were told they would be going home.

The Dungiven schoolboy has had thousands of local followers tuning in to see him make it through to the final stages of the gruelling contest.

Eoghan was one of six acts in the boys 14-24-year-old category being mentored by Simon Cowell.

He has been one of the judges' favourites from the very start of the competition.

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