Eurovision stars are no strangers to The X Factor UK. And now the crossover continues. Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 singer Brendan Murray and the Maltese Junior Eurovision 2013 winner Gaia Cauchi have both been spotted auditioning for The X Factor UK— and it looks like they’re both doing well.
The new series of the long-running talent show is in production and fans have been reporting from the Bootcamp and Six Chair Challenge rounds.
From there, it has been reported that the “Dying to Try” singer Brendan Murray successfully earned a seat in the Six Chair Challenge. He was guaranteed an unswappable position in the Boys category by getting the “Golden Buzzer” — a new feature that guarantees a seat to one contestant in each category.
Brendan is a former member of the Irish boyband HomeTown, which was managed by now-retired X Factor judge — and good friend of Simon Cowell — Louis Walsh.
Fans have also spotted Junior Eurovision 2013 winner Gaia Cauchi auditioning in the Girls category.
Fans of Malta at Eurovision had been hoping that the young singer — who turns 16 later this year — would audition for X Factor Malta and take a chance at Eurovision 2019. But it seems Gaia is aiming higher.
Gaia reportedly did not make it as a solo performer, but in X Factor tradition, “The Start” singer has been put together with others to form a girl group.
All going well, Gaia’s girl group and Brendan will face the Judges Houses round, where new judges Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson will respectively decide which contestants will make it to their teams in the live shows.
Eurovision stars on The X Factor UK
This is not the first time that former Eurovision stars have taken a chance on The X Factor UK. Last year Montenegrin diva Slavko Kalezic and Dutch soul queen Berget Lewis both made it to the Judges Houses stage before being eliminated. The same year, Welsh singer — and Cyprus’ Eurovision 2010 singer — Jon Lilygreen made it to the Six Chair Challenge before being eliminated.
We’ve also seen another Maltese Junior Eurovision winner in a British talent show. Last year, JESC 2015 winner Destiny Chukunyere auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. She impressed the judges with her big soul voice, but was eliminated in the semi-finals.
The X Factor UK has also boosted the profiles of singers who have gone on to represent their countries at Eurovision. Ruth Lorenzo, Jedward and Saara Aalto all made their mark on the iconic reality show.
Who would you like to see in the live shows of The X Factor UK? Should Gaia represent Malta at Eurovision next year? Sound off below!
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