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X Factor judges wowed by awesome Andrea Magee

By John McGurk

Another awesome Andrea from Northern Ireland is aiming to prove that she has the voice to win telly’s top singing talent show - the X Factor.

Just three months after Pomeroy’s Andrea Begley won BBC1’s The Voice, Andrea Magee from Glengormley is now in the running to win ITV’s The X Factor.

The ex-school music department head gave judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne a lesson in originality on last night’s show.

The 28-year-old did what only one previous contestant dared to do before — successfully perform her own song at the audition stage.

Last night millions of telly viewers saw the pretty peroxide haired singer perform her self-penned ballad Any Minute Now — winning the votes of all four judges.

Even though Andrea was not featured on the final round of arena auditions to be screened at the weekend, she wowed both the judges and audience — making it through to the bootcamp stage of the competition.

Maidstone-based Andrea said that she had been determined to stand out from the crowd with her own song — just like Lucy Spraggan in 2012.

“That was the only reason I took part in it. Seeing her last year gave me a bit of hope that they (The X Factor) are embracing different things and they are breaking the mould a little bit.”

She agreed that seeing Northern Ireland talents Andrea Begley and Leah McFall winning the first and second spots on The Voice UK also encouraged her to go the telly talent route.

Although it was not shown last night, accomplished musician Andrea brought a flute and bodhran to her room audition and played a reed instrument introduction to her song Any Time Now.

Doing that, she believes helped her score the first quartet of yeses from the judges — although her early audition in Glasgow was among the last to be shown this series.

Said University of Ulster music degree graduate Andrea: “They were excited to hear what I was going to do and said that it was lovely that someone had brought an instrument on that wasn’t a guitar or a piano.

“I think they really embraced the fact that it was something different.

“I was the first of the series to get four yeses and I was the first ‘yes’ from Gary Barlow.”

Said the Take That man: “It was a beautiful song. I thought you sang it really well. I was really hooked.”

Louis Walsh also offered Andrea a song of praise saying: “You’re definitely different and you’ve definitely got your own niche...We need people like her on the show.”

Andrea, whose parents and two sisters Kerry and Colleen witnessed her Wembley Arena audition triumph, is hopeful now that The X Factor will give her career a big boost.

Said Andrea: “I have been trying for a while to get my music on a platform so that people can hear it.

“My aim going into The X Factor was to do just that. I would really hope now that it will open a few doors and possibly help me to make an album and share my music on a bigger scale.”

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