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Saturday 2 August 2014

X Factor's Andrea Magee back in Belfast for gig

Andrea Magee wows the X Factor judges
Andrea Magee wows the X Factor judges
X Factor's Andrea Magee
X Factor's Andrea Magee

X Factor hopeful Andrea Magee was back in Belfast to play her first gig on home turf in 10 years.

The 28-year-old former music teacher, who is through to the boot camp stage of the competition after two impressive auditions, performed an intimate concert at Belfast Metropolitan College yesterday.

During her first X Factor audition, which was shown last Saturday night, the Glengormley girl won over the judges with an acoustic rendition of her own composition, Any Minute Now. After the performance, judge Gary Barlow said: "That was a beautiful song. I thought you put it across really well. I was really hooked."

Andrea, who started her singing career in a folk band with her father and two sisters, went on to wow all four judges and the 4,000-strong audience in the arena audition, performing Eurythmics' hit single There Must Be An Angel.

In the coming weekends, viewers will see the Kent-based singer compete in the boot camp stage of the ITV talent show. Andrea will also be seen showing off her diverse talent, playing musical instruments such as the flute and bodhrán.

X Factor: Glengormley musician Andrea Magee really hits the target 

Speaking at the Belfast Met yesterday, she said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed by the positive comments that I received not only from the X Factor judges, but also from the public.

"It is so exciting to be a part of X Factor 2013 and I am really delighted to come home to Northern Ireland to perform for my family, friends and fans.

"The response from the students at Belfast Met on my homecoming show was fantastic. I hope my musical journey helps to inspire each of the students who are hoping to make it in the music industry."

Marie-Thérèse McGivern, principal and chief executive of Belfast Met, said: "We would like to wish Andrea the best of luck on her X Factor journey and music career."

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