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Northern Ireland-born teen Andrew Lawson still has the X Factor Down Under

Andrew Lawson
Andrew Lawson
Andrew Lawson

Another week and another win as Northern Ireland’s Australian X Factor hopeful, Andrew Lawson has made it into the final seven.

The teenager, who has been dubbed the next Dean Martin, was put slightly out of his comfort zone with this week’s rock theme but performed Elton John’s Crocodile Rock with his usual style and swagger.

The 18-year-old crooner, who grew up in Lisburn, is now the only under-25 male left in the competition.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph his thrilled mother, Julie Lawson, said: “We are just so proud of him and he is just beside himself to get this far.

“He is now the top under-25 boy in Australia; it blows you away when you think of it like that.”

Julie flies from the family home in Queensland every week to be at the show in Sydney and is delighted to see extra Andrew posters appearing in the audience as the show continues.

But the proud mother said the results show is becoming more difficult as the weeks progress.

“Monday nights are just horrible because we have got really close to the other families so we feel for the other contestants. But we are just delighted for Andrew,” she said.

“I was concerned this week because Andrew did a rock song in week two, just to get it out of the way, and he got a lot of stick from the judges.

“So when it came out that this week was rock week I was a bit worried worried.”

Judge Ronan Keating criticised his choice of song but was blown away by his performance.

“It’s not a rock song, but Andrew besides all that I really enjoyed your performance. Your confidence has come on 100%, your tone was great and you sounded great.

“Honestly I really enjoyed it and you’re definitely growing in this contest,” the Boyzone singer said.

Co-judge Natalie Imbruglia said: “It’s probably the most confident I’ve seen you.

“Working with what you had to work with you totally delivered that song and you entertained me, it was great.”

Although Andrew is becoming a household name in Australia his mother said he is still the same Andrew – last night he celebrated with a trip to McDonalds.

“After the shows when he comes out to meet us on his skateboard at the front gate it is just like having my little Andrew back,” he said.

“He never ever wanted to do anything but sing. I just hope that he will make something out of his singing because this is really his passion.”

Next week contestants will perform movie soundtracks and the singer — whose family emigrated to New Zealand when he was six and then to Australia five years ago — will be mentored by former Westlife star Brian McFadden.

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