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Ireland’s Brendan Murray eliminated from X Factor UK

Tonight’s airing of The X Factor in the UK saw the elimination of Brendan Murray. The former Irish Eurovision participant was voted out in the show’s penultimate week.

Brendan misses out on X Factor final

The sixth weekend of live shows saw the competition reach its semi final stage, with each act performing two songs. Brendan delivered an intimate performance with his interpretation of Snow Patrol’s Run.   As part of an ABBA tribute, his second performance was a cover of the Swedish quartet’s single I Have a Dream.

A brutal double exit at the end of tonight’s show saw Brendan fail to secure a place in next week’s grand final.  He was eliminated along with fellow finalist Danny Tetley. 

Participation in X Factor live tour confirmed

Despite missing out on the competition’s final week,  the 21 year old has secured his place in the show’s live arena tour.  The show goes on the road from February next year, stopping off at arena’s across the UK & Ireland. It was announced last week that the final eight contestants would be eligible to participate.

Brendan’s X Factor journey

Brendan’s first audition 

We first reported of Brendan’s participation in the show back in July, when it came to light that he had received four yeses from the judges. He progressed to the brutal six-chair challenge round where he performed a rendition of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts. Following a standing ovation from the judges, Louis Tomlinson selected Brendan as his golden buzzer act. Simon Cowell believed he was in a completely different league to the other acts.

Brendan flew to Ibiza for the judges houses round of the show. His take on Sinead O’ Connor’s Nothing Compares 2U impressed mentor Louis, as well as guest judges Liam Payne and Nile Rogers. 

Things didn’t start off too great for Brendan in the first few week’s of live shows. Performances of Ariana Grande’s Break Free and Cher’s Believe failed to win over the judges. This almost resulted in an early exit when he found himself at the bottom of the public vote in week 2.

His sing off prompted a wake up call and ignited a turning point in his X Factor journey.  Although a cover of 5SOS’s Youngblood didn’t win over Cowell,  it was to be his performance in the show’s movie week that would give him the praise he’d been craving.

Brendan took his chance to re-perform the song which won over all four judges once before. Keeping in line with movie week,  his version of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts once again got the judges on their feet.  Following the performance, the Chic guitarist revealed that he would love to record him.

The sixth weekend of live shows saw the competition reach its semi final stage, with each act performing two songs. Brendan delivered an intimate performance with his interpretation of A Great Big World’s Say Something.

After enduring several weeks of criticism from Simon Cowell, the music mogul praised Brendan on his delivery of the song, citing it as the perfect song for him. He also expressed that he had grown respect for the singer in his determination to progress further in the competition. Record producer and former CHIC guitarist, Nile Rogers, applauded the 21 year old’s efforts and revealed he had previously been moved to tears by his voice.

The X Factor airs on ITV in the UK

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