Who is Brendan Murray? X Factor 2018 star who also competed in 2017 Eurovision for Ireland

Will X Factor be his ticket to fame? Here is the lowdown on the X Factor hopeful…

Who is Brendan Murray?

Brenday Murray is a 21-year old plumber from Galway, Ireland.

He first took to the X Factor stage to sing Ella Eyre's version of the hit song We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off.

However he was told by Simon Cowell that this was an unfortunate song choice, while fellow judge Robbie Williams adds 'You have an impossible perfect pop voice'.

His performance in the Six Chair Challenge received a standing ovation, with Simon telling him he's in a different league to his fellow contestants.

X Factor is not Brendan's first try at stardom. He appeared in the second semi-finals in Kiev 2017 with a ballad for Eurovision, that he sadly missed by coming in 13th place.

He was also part of the Irish boyband Hometown – managed by former X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

Maybe third time will be the lucky one for this talented hopeful.

Who are this year's X Factor judges?

The judging panel for the fifteenth series of the show has seen a major overhaul.

Simon Cowell remains but all three other judges have been replaced.

That means that Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are no longer on the panel.

Instead they have been replaced by Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field. Sharon Osbourne will also help out during the live shows.

 

When does The X Factor 2018 start?

The X Factor makes its big return on Saturday, September 1, at 8pm on ITV.

It will be followed by another show on Sunday at the same time.

After the first week, it will air every Saturday and Sunday from then on.

Last year's contest was won by Rak-Su who triumphed in the final over Grace Davies.

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