Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

X Factor: Glengormley musician Andrea Magee really hits the target

Andrea Magee on The  X Factor
Andrea Magee on The X Factor

Andrea Magee is a classically trained musician with a Celtic soul – but has she got the X Factor?

A Glengormley singer-songwriter is through to the reality show's boot camp stage after impressing the judges with her own music.

Former music teacher Magee (28) won over the four judges with her first audition, in which she performed her own composition, Any Minute Now. She then wowed them again in the arena audition with a unique take of The Eurythmics hit single There Must Be An Angel.

The musician also played the flute during both performances, garnering praise from all four judges for her individual style and haunting, melodic voice.

But it's not the first time the full-time musician has had a taste of a reality television talent show.

Ten years ago she made the final 25 in BBC1's Fame Academy.

And she said the experience had made her a stronger, more determined person.

"To be honest, I think I was just too young when I took part in Fame Academy," she said.

"In saying that, I learned a lot about the industry and how it works, so I have mixed feelings about it now. I never thought I'd ever audition for another television talent show, even though people kept asking me why I wasn't giving The X Factor a go.

"So I decided, 'why not?'"

The former Ballyclare High School pupil, who studied music at the Magee campus of the University of Ulster, is currently based in Kent where she spends much of her time gigging.

She gave up a job as a music teacher after two-and-a-half years to concentrate on her singer-songwriting career and hopes The X Factor will provide the right platform for her material.

"I grew up singing in a folk band with my family and I've always stayed true to my roots," she said.

"I play several instruments, including the flute, the bodhran, the guitar and whistles and was determined to show the judges what I could do.

"I'm proud of the fact that I've stayed true to myself. I was a bit sceptical about doing The X Factor, in case they thought I was too different.

"But all the judges were so positive and said it was great to have someone different like me on the show."


"Even though it wasn't shown, I actually played the flute at the start of my song in the first audition, and in the arena one they asked me to play the flute again.

"I'm proud of the fact that I've stayed true to myself."

Andrea Magee

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