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Monday 5 December 2016

Singers descend on Croke Park hoping to prove that they have the X Factor...

Chika Odusi from Dundrum during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Chika Odusi from Dundrum during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Members of Class of 2 (L to r) Patrick Mulligan & Adam Doherty grey both from Enniskilken during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Cathrine Maguire from Wexford during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Laura Donnellan from Killarney Kerry during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Members of the public queueing during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Tida Kirwan from Limerick during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Twins Denim Kate & Ellen McEntaggart both from Drogheda twins during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin
Sarah Cecilia Garrett from Santry during X Factor auditions at Croke Park, Dublin

Wannabe pop stars flocked to Croke Park yesterday to see if they had what it takes to compete in talent show The X Factor.

Aspiring singers and song writers travelled from the length and breadth of the country to sing their hearts out.

Nursery school nurse Laura Johnston had driven down from Holywood in Co Down to compete.

"We left at 6am this morning and I was so nervous going in," she said.

Johnston performed a rendition of jazz standard My Funny Valentine and got the nod from the producers.

"I was thinking of signing up and told my son Ben. He said: 'Mum, remember YOLO'. And now I'm one step closer to meeting the judges."

But it wasn't all good news as many hopefuls were sent home - their dreams of making it to boot camp and hanging out with Simon Cowell in tatters.

Katherine Maguire (18) from Wexford arrived with her triplet sisters in tow.

"I didn't get through," she said. "The producers said I just wasn't ready. The nerves got the better of me.

"Loads of people were crying when they heard 'No'."

JUMPING

Rockabilly chick Annie Finnegan (17) from Carlingford was jumping for joy after she made it through.

"I sang an Ella FitzGerald song and I'm over the moon. I've been watching the show since forever," she said.

Annie is due to sit her Leaving Cert this year but believes The X Factor is more important.

"It's what I want to do," she said.

The auditions continue today with the mobile audition van travelling around the country.

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