X Factor singer Conor McGinty has apologised for 'offensive' tweets that have been dug up after his appearance on the show.
Conor, a 21 year-old Boots photographic assistant from Derry in Northern Ireland, impressed the judges in last night's auditions.
As Conor performed A Great Big World's Say Something in front of the panel, his mum was left welling up as she watched on with Dermot O'Leary outside the judges room.
Inside, Simon Cowell concluded after the powerful performance: "It was just you and the piano, it was your song."
Louis Walsh commented: "It was magic, it really was.
Sharon Osbourne said: "Beautiful performance, I'm really, really, impressed."
"You did your own version, it had some fire, and you meant it," added Nicole Scherzinger.
With four yesses, Conor sailed through to the next round.
But the tabloids have already rounded on Conor over tweets sent many moons ago.
In one of the 'shocking' messages revealed by the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper, he dared to to agree with comedian Brendan O’Carroll that Louis Walsh "is a w**ker".
“Brendan O’Carroll to Cheryl Cole ‘Louis Walsh is a w**ker, I love that’. Haha Couldn’t agree more," the message read.
Other controversial messages included homophobic terms.
“united match over… thank god hat big poof beckham didn’t score!!! Get yer dax our becks!!!!" one message said.
And another read: “School tomorrow, bit I’m going to bed a happy man… He may be queer as a pancake but Louis Spence is absolutely hilarious.”
It's not clear how far Conor has got in the show but an insider told the tabloid today: "He could even be ditched from the competition over this.”
Conor commented on the story: "The tweets were sent years ago and were only meant in jest. I apologise if I've caused any offence."
The X Factor airs Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.