Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Growing up Quigg!

We delve into X Factor star’s family album

X factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg

Oh boy! Here are precious photos of Northern Ireland’s X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg as you’ve never seen him before.

Sunday Life can exclusively show you treasured family snapshots of our singing superstar in the making, as he was growing up in Dungiven.

The tousle-haired, cheeky grinned TV talent show sensation became a ‘celebrity big brother’ a few days ago.

For mum Denise gave birth to a sister for Eoghan — as Chrissie Mia came into the world, at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry on Thursday night.

So far, Eoghan has only seen photos of his little sister, who weighed in at 6lbs 2ozs.

Speaking exclusively to Sunday Life, just hours before appearing on The X Factor last night, Eoghan talked about the amazing rollercoaster ride he is on and his joy at the birth of Chrissie Mia.

He told Sunday Life: “This is totally amazing. This is the first baby sister in my family.

“This is the best time in my life and it’s just gotten even better!”

The 16-year-old local lad is now keeping his fingers crossed that his mum and new baby sister might make it over to London if he continues to wow The X Factor judges and show voters in the coming weeks.

Said Eoghan: “I don’t know when I’m going to get to see them. But I am really looking forward to it.”

Added delighted dad Chris: “Eoghan was over the moon. I called him as soon as the baby was born and sent him over a picture on the mobile phone.”

And now Sunday Life readers can see our exclusive pictures of Eoghan as a baby in his mum and dad’s arms back in 1992 which show he is in fact GINGER!

Other photos include a cute studio portrait of baby Eoghan in a sailor suit and as a young boy on his BMX bike.

Last night Eoghan and his fellow X Factor contestants sang their current Number One hit single — the charity track Hero — in the company of its original performer, US superstar diva Mariah Carey.

Last week, Sunday Life revealed that Eoghan defied sinister threats from renegade republicans about his participation in the British war veteran charity fund-raising song to continue singing on the show.

And there was even more drama, as Eoghan’s best friend in the house — bookies’ favourite Diana Vickers battled a serious throat infection which had threatened to stop her taking part last night.

Just days ago, the 17-year-old Blackburn blonde stepped out for a night out on the town with her hometown sweetheart Chris Jones — in an apparent attempt to dampen rumours of a budding teen romance with Eoghan.

Said Eoghan: “I know there has been speculation about us. She is the most attractive girl in the house. But there isn’t anything like that going on. She’s my best friend in the competition.”

The betting odds for Eoghan, who last night sang Mariah Carey’s Anytime You Need A Friend selected by his mentor Simon Cowell, have considerably shortened in recent weeks.

Before the live heats began, he was a 12/1 outsider. But last night his odds at William Hill’s were 6/1 — making him fourth favourite to win The X Factor 2008.

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