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Friday 23 February 2018

'You're going to go far', X Factor brothers told

Sean and Conor Price impressed judges and viewers
Sean and Conor Price impressed judges and viewers

Teenagers Sean and Conor Price look set for The X Factor glory after singing their way into the third week of the live finals.

The Wicklow brothers impressed judges and viewers alike with a quirky rendition of Sia's Cheap Thrills, which they performed with an acoustic guitar.

Sean (18) and Conor (15) received rave reviews from the judges, with Louis Walsh praising them during Saturday's live show, which attracted five million viewers.

Talented

"You're so young, you're so nice and you're so talented," Louis told them. "I love these guys, you're going to go far."

Fellow judge Sharon Osbourne was also impressed. "I love you, I love your personalities, every time you perform I get a sense of who you really are," she said.

She also referenced their clear popularity with the studio audience, asking them if they had brought "the whole of Ireland" along with them.

Proud parents Karen and John were in the audience alongside a dozen of the boys' closest school pals, who watched them perform on the Latino-themed show.

Mentor Simon Cowell said he thought people were "warming" to them as the show progressed.

"I think you're really professional and really committed," he said. "I like that there's no moaning or anything, you just get on with it, you have fun and it's infectious."

The pair obviously hit the right note with viewers and sailed through to next week's show.

The Twitter exchange between Louis and Niall
The Twitter exchange between Louis and Niall

Sean and Conor, who began their career busking on Grafton Street, told the Herald they would love to stay in the competition until the latter stages.

"We just want to do the best we can do," said Sean.

They were also full of praise for Simon and said he was "so hands-on" and gave them nothing but constructive criticism.

Not everyone, however, was completely blown away by the lads' performance.

Rap

Former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson tweeted: "I like these little Irish lads but enough with the rapping."

Niall Horan was quick to weigh in, however, replying to Tomlinson's.

"Stop talking about me like that, I'll rap if I want. You know I can spit bars," he wrote in a back-and-forth between the former bandmates on the social media platform.

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