Many Eurovision stars have had their big break on The X Factor, but it’s less common for it to happen the other way around. Irish singer Joseph McCaul – who along with his sister Donna represented Ireland in 2005 – has successfully auditioned in front of the judges on The X Factor UK.
Back in 2005, the teenage Joe McCaul and his older sister Donna were the pop duo Donna & Joe. Their song “Love?” didn’t make it out of the semi-final in Ukraine, placing 14th with 53 points.
But Joe hasn’t given up. Now using his full name Joseph, the 27-year-old took a chance with The X Factor. At the judges’ audition he first sang Sam Cooke’s soul classic “A Change Is Gonna Come”, but was stopped by judge Simon Cowell who said Joseph was “a great singer but a horrible performer”.
However, Simon gave Joseph a second chance, and was more impressed by the Irish singer’s a cappella version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”.
Joseph was put through to the Boot Camp round where he will have to impress the judges again. Can he do a reverse Jedward and go from representing Ireland at Eurovision to making the live shows of The X Factor UK?
This won’t be the first time Joseph has had a crack at The X Factor. Back in 2012, he also made it to the Boot Camp round but was eliminated.
Joe’s sister also made a recent attempt at a TV talent show comeback. Back in February Donna McCaul was accepted to the blind auditions phase of The Voice USA. However, she did not progress any further and her audition was not broadcast. But Donna has kept busy with music, releasing the song “Twisted Fairytale”.