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X Factor 2018: Brendan Murray makes judges’ houses thanks to Louis Tomlinson

Brendan Murray has earned himself a place at The X Factor 2018 judges’ houses with a ‘Golden X’.


Brendan is a 21-year-old Plumber from Galway, Ireland.

A former Eurovision hopeful for his native Ireland, Brendan was once a part of boy band Hometown managed by former X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

“At the age of 16 I was lucky to pursue a career in music in a boy band,” said Brendan at his first audition. “Our first single got to Number 1 in Ireland, our second single didn’t do as well as thought.

“Gigs kinda got scarce. That’s when we said we’ll call it a day.”

Now working as a plumber, Brendan added: “Literally all I think about when I’m at work is what I’m going to sing when I get home.

“A lot of people don’t get second chances so to be in this position is amazing. I’m hoping this starts something new.”


After making it through his audition with four yeses, Brendan returned to the stage tonight for the Six Chair Challenge.

He performed R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts for mentor Louis Tomlinson, the other judges and the crowd at Wembley Arena.

Louis didn’t just give Brendan a seat, he hit his ‘Golden X’, sending Brendan straight through to judges’ houses.

Simon Cowell said after the performance: “In my opinion you’re in a completely different league to everyone else we’ve seen so far. Do you know what’s so charming, you don’t even know how good you are.”

However Louis’ decision left him having to find a chair for Brendan, with all six of his seats full.

Those currently in the chairs are Ollie Swain, Nathan Grisdale, Anthony Russell, Armstrong Martins, Corey Sean and Tommy Ludford.


The result of Louis’ decision will be revealed next Saturday along with his confirmed final six acts.

The X Factor continues next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.