Ireland’s Brendan Murray, who we earlier reported as competing in the current series of The X Factor UK, narrowly escaped elimination from the competition tonight, after finding himself in the bottom two of the public vote.
Prior to the live shows, Brendan was tipped as one of the early front runners to win the series. After wowing the judges at the Six Chair Challenge stage with a rendition of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts, he received the Golden Buzzer by judge Louis Tomlinson, guaranteeing him a spot in the next stage of the competition.
Cher cover not strong enough to secure safety
At the first live show, Brendan received criticism from the panel. Simon Cowell branded his cover of Ariana Grande’s Break Free as ‘boring‘.
This weekend, the former Irish Eurovision representative, took to the floor with a rendition of Cher’s Believe, as part of this week’s Guilty Pleasures theme. All four judges agreed that the 21 year old had improved, although felt his song choices were poor thus far. Robbie Williams added that he saw a fighter in Brendan. Fellow judge Ayda Williams liked that he took a risk but admitted the performance left her feeling depressed.
After initially escaping the third elimination earlier tonight, which saw the exit of 50 year old Janice Robinson, viewers appeared to agree with the judges as Brendan found himself in the bottom two of the public vote.
Brendan given lifeline as judges fail to reach a verdict
In the dreaded Sing Off, Brendan faced 14 piece group LMA Choir with a take on Radiohead’s High and Dry. With the deciding vote down to the judges, a majority verdict could not be reached. Both Robbie Williams & Simon Cowell opted to send home Brendan. Meanwhile, Louis Tomlinson & Ayda Williams chose to send home LMA Choir, resulting in a tie.
“Both of you did your best performance so far, but I’m going to have to send home Brendan,”Simon Cowell
The decision resorted to the result of the public vote. This revealed Brendan as the act who received the highest number of votes between the two, therefore securing the exit of LMA Choir.
Twelve acts remain as competition intensifies
The X Factor live shows continue next weekend with the remaining twelve acts singing live to stay in the competition. Brendan has a harder fight on his hands with another double elimination on the cards.
The X Factor airs on ITV in the UK.