He’s the Irish Eurovision star who has been battling it out in the X Factor UK. But the journey is now over for Brendan Murray. The “Dying to Try” singer was eliminated from the show’s semi-final, which had an ABBA theme.
Brendan was eliminated from the show on Saturday night. After the acts performed two songs each, voting lines were frozen and the two acts with the lowest number of votes were instantly eliminated — no judges’ vote, no sing-off.
Before his elimination, Brendan had performed Snow Patrol’s 2004 anthem “Run”, along with the ABBA ballad “I Have a Dream” in a group medley.
The show had an ABBA theme, and featured appearances from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, one half of the iconic pop group. Benny taught a masterclass with the X Factor contestants, working through songs with each act, while Björn joined the judges’ panel.
Brendan had a one-on-one session with Benny on piano. The multi-platinum-selling hitmaker commented, “I like his voice. There’s a softness to it.”
On the live show, Brendan performed ABBA’s 1979 hit “I Have a Dream” as part of a group medley, paying tribute to the music icons and Eurovision winners.
But despite two strong performances, it wasn’t enough to save Brendan. He was eliminated from the show along with Overs singer Danny Tetley.
Brendan — whose Eurovision past and professional relationship with Louis Walsh was never mentioned on The X Factor — lasted six of the seven weeks of live shows. In the second week, he was voted into the bottom three, but escaped elimination after winning the sing-off against the LMA Choir.
Despite that rough start, Brendan managed to avoid the sing-off again. His elimination comes after three more weeks of solid performances, including a week-four performance of REM’s ballad “Everybody Hurts”.
While Brendan won’t have the opportunity to do a Saara Aalto and make the X Factor UK final, his music career is in a stronger place than a year ago.
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