X Factor 2018: Who is contestant Brendan Murray?

X FACTOR 2018 continued with the second round of live auditions last night. One hopeful who stood out was Brendan Murray with his performance of a Kate Bush classic. Here’s what you need to know about him.

The X Factor 2018 continued last night on ITV (September 3) with the second round of live auditions.

The new panel of judges are well and truly on the lookout for the next big thing with Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson getting to work.

One hopeful who stood out last night, however, was singer Brendan Murray.

The 21-year-old impressed with his rendition of Kate Bush’s Women’s Work after a shaky start.Brendan is from Galway in Ireland and already has quite an impressive singing career to his name.

The Irishman immediately piqued the judges’ interest when he mentioned that he was already part of a boy band.

Despite charming the judges, his first song choice, Jermaine Stewart’s We Don’t have to Take Our Clothes Off was dismissed by Simon for being not suited to his voice.

The audience disagreed and Robbie claimed the singer has an “impossibly perfect pop voice”.


Brendan Murray is a 21-year-old plumber from Galway.

Formerly one-fifth of boyband Hometown, who were managed by Louis Walsh, Brendan had to get a day job as a plumber when their success dried up.

He came to The X Factor 2018 looking for a second chance.

In 2017 he competed in the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in Kiev but didn’t amen it through to the semi-finals.

Ahead of his audition Brendan said that he was looking for a second chance.

So he was given another chance to perform a section song.

Simon asked him to come back and sing Kate Bush Women’s Work.

Having never heard the song before, when he came back, he forgot the lyrics but was given a chance to start again, this time reading the lyrics from a page.

Brendan blew the judges and audience away this time, receiving a standing ovation and four yeses through to the next round.

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