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Revealed: The Irish acts set to wow the X Factor judges

This year's X Factor will see two acts from Ireland wow the judging panel - and we can confirm it's not Sinn Fein despite a spoof video going viral this week.

Co. Wicklow brothers Sean and Conor Price, and Dublin girl group F.A.E impressed Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh, and Sharon Osbourne during their first audition.

According to Ireland's Sunday World, Sean, 17, and 15-year-old Conor wowed the panel with their talent and have now made it as far as Simon Cowell's Judges' House in Los Angeles.

An observer at their bootcamp audition in Wembley told the newspaper: “They sang Beggin by Madcon and Sing by Ed Sheeran. The audience liked them after their first track, but Simon wasn’t keen, so they sang Sing.

“They are a dead cert for the live shows in my opinion, potentially the new One Direction.

“One brother sang, the other was rapping and playing the acoustic guitar – they’re like Shawn Mendes meets Ed Sheeran.”

The brothers are regularly spotted busking on Dublin's Grafton Street and have released an EP called Change, which reached No. 9 in the Irish iTunes chart.

Their debut song Déjà vu has had over 40,000 hits on You Tube.

Meanwhile, girl group F.A.E impressed the judges with their rendition of Jessie J's Masterpiece and made it to the Six Chair Challenge.

An onlooker at their audition said: “They wore white jeans and different coloured jumpers and looked like skittles.

“Simon then asked them who chose the choreography and the group said their teacher. Simon said they should sack their teacher and that the audience wasn’t feeling them.

“They got through to the Six Chair Challenge by the skin of their teeth.”

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The group is made up of Kelly Irwin, Louisa Farrell, Katie Ball, Kez Higgins, Alana Fox and Charley White, who are aged between 16-18.

Unfortunately the six-piece don't progress to this year's Judges' Houses.

With Cowell seemingly looking after the Groups this year, Walsh is said to have the Boys category, while Scherzinger has the Girls, and Osbourne getting the Overs.

The X Factor news comes as a spoof video called 'Ulster X Factor' was posted on Facebook this week mocking Sinn Fein for celebrating its paramilitary links.

The clip shows Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and the party's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill 'auditioning' for the talent show's judges, as Cowell and co look on in shock at marches by republicans waving flags in Belfast to the tune of the Lady Gaga song Poker Face.

The video was shared numerous times since it was posted and watched over 300,000 times.

The X Factor returns to ITV this month.

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