Joseph McCaul‘s music career has been anything but smooth. At just 17, he represented Ireland at Eurovision 2005 alongside his sister, Donna. Their bubblegum-pop number, “Love?”, failed to impress and the siblings crashed out in the semi-final. Since then he’s drifted in and out of obscurity. However, thanks to the UK edition of The X Factor, the singer is back in the limelight.
Ginger hair, glasses, freckles. Kind of an uglier version of Ed Sheeran. But I think I’ve been given a talent, so I’m using it.
And talent is the most important thing, right? Well don’t be so certain. Whilst commending Joe’s cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”, the judges weren’t so kind regarding his looks. Simon Cowell even pondered aloud whether Joe’s voice could be transplanted into another body.
Is there any way, like that movie The Fly, you can put that voice into another contestant?
His fellow panellist and one-time Eurovision dropout, Rita Ora, helpfully confirmed that such a procedure wasn’t possible.
Joseph McCaul X Factor Boot Camp 2015
In spite of the panel’s unkind comments, Joe made it through to the six chair challenge, the penultimate round before the actual live shows.
What do y’all think? Was it necessary to focus so much on Joe’s appearance? And did it amount to body shaming? Can Joe overcome it all and reach the live shows? Let us know below.