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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Dublin boyband leads next Irish assault on new X Factor

A DUBLIN boyband is set to rock the next X Factor series.

The five-piece band have already made it through to the second round of auditions, the Herald can reveal.

The group includes businessman Michael Wright's stepson Brook (22) and is hoping to hit all the right notes with the new judging panel.

The young Dubliner is one of the few Irish acts to make it through to the audition stages of the new series of X Factor.

The hunky son of the Howth nightclub owner, who once had a record label, is part of a band called Element who are keen to make a big impression in the 2011 edition of the popular programme.

The group will shortly be strutting their stuff in front of the new panel of judges which includes fellow Irishman Louis Walsh and new additions Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland.

Describing themselves as an RnB group, Brook's fellow band members are Karl Bowe, Dean Anthony, Simon Anthony and Kevin Johnston, who cite their home town as Dublin.

Michael's stepson from his wife Kim's previous relationship, Brook is one of six children in the Wright family which comprises Mikey (9), Coco (8), Jett (6), Piper (4) and River (18 months).

As there were no Irish auditions this year, Brook and his Element bandmates flew over to Britain after applying to be on the show and made it through to the initial stages.

"These are five guys who are very well put together. They really look the part and have their sights set on stardom," said an insider.

"They have made it through the initial stages of the competition, where it's decided whether they'll get to see the judges or not and they have been invited back.

"The next auditions will take place next week and they're hoping they'll be a big hit with the judges."

The band say they are influenced by stars such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Usher and The Wanted and formed after meeting on Facebook.

"These guys all come from different backgrounds which is the basis of what makes them unique.

"This determined vocal harmony group aim to bring something new and fresh to the industry," reads their publicity blurb.

The judges have already been scouting in Glasgow and Birmingham as well as Manchester as they travel Britain looking to find talent.

The celebrity panel will also travel to Cardiff next week and London's O2 Arena from July 6-8 before finishing off at the Liverpool Echo arena on July 13 and 14.

This year's show is expected to air at the end of the summer.

mfinn@herald.ie

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