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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Don't snub us Dubs, begs X Factor Rebecca

Irish X Factor star Rebecca Creighton (21) is calling on show chiefs to rethink their decision not to hold auditions here in 2011.

She revealed her dismay after it was claimed that Simon Cowell's hit show would be going to Liverpool instead of Ireland -- despite the many stars discovered here by the talent contest.

Belle Amie star Rebecca said she didn't think it was the right move, given the success of Jedward, Mary Byrne and One Direction star Niall Horan.

"There is a lot of talent here," she told the Herald. "There were a thousands of people who queued up for the auditions when they came to Dublin and I remember the last time I went for it, the show came to Belfast when I was 16.

"But there was no way I would have been able to travel over to Manchester or London for it and a lot of Irish people would be in the same position.



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"There were a lot of people at the Dublin auditions who were amazing singers and blew everyone away. Let's just hope they change their decision as it doesn't make any sense."

The pint-sized former hairdresser, who's performing Lipstick with Jedward for next week's Eurosong clash, was propelled into the limelight last August after she queued up for hours at the Croke Park auditions. She was even singled out for praise by pop princess and guest judge Katy Perry who raved about her afterwards on her Twitter page.

"There's ONE star today and her name is Rebecca! Get it girl!

"Thank you Dublin, X Factor & to everyone that auditioned, you were brave!"

The show returned to Dublin in 2010 for the first time in four years after show judge Louis Walsh persuaded Simon Cowell that there was a wealth of untapped talent here.

But it has been claimed that the producers have decided to travel to Liverpool instead of the Emerald Isle for the first round of heats later this year.

mfinn@herald.ie

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