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X Factor's Brendan makes flying visit home

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 5:19pm

Story by Siobhan Holliman
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X Factor's Brendan makes flying visit home

Brendan Murray with mum Julianne and dad Frank. Photo: Ray Ryan89.jpg

X Factor's Brendan makes flying visit home

Brendan Murray with mum Julianne and dad Frank. Photo: Ray Ryan89.jpg

TUAM’S X Factor hopeful Brendan made a flying visit to his family and friends in his home town this afternoon (Wednesday).

The 21-year-old received plenty of hugs and kisses from his mum Julianne and dad Frank who greeted him at the door, surrounded by lots of proud and excited friends, relatives and neighbours.
Brendan will sing in the fourth round of the X Factor live shows on Saturday night and says the outpouring of support, especially from Ireland and his home town has been amazing.
“I can’t thank everyone enough. All I’ve been seeing since I’ve been home are posters wishing me well. It’s fantastic,” Brendan said.
Children were cheering and holding banners for the former Eurovision singer as he arrived to the family home where the TV crew from X Factor filmed ahead of Brendan’s performance on Saturday night.
Brendan couldn’t reveal what his song choice is for the weekend but says it’s a song he’s been eager to sing for some time.

 


Later tonight he is due to play a few songs in The Bridge Bar in Tuam where hundreds of people are expected to turn out. However, a restriction on the number of people allowed in for the intimate performance has had to be made for health and safety reasons and to allow space for the film crew.
The Tuam singer has made it to the final ten in the show and is hoping to stay in the show as long as possible.
His mum Julieanne was delighted to have him home for a quick cuppa while dad Frank admitted that it has been a stressful few weeks for everyone, watching to see if Brendan made it through. He also got a warm reception from his brother Barry and sister Sinead along with delighted young cousins, nieces and nephews who were excited to see their Uncle Brendan from the telly!
Brendan is thrilled with the Irish support but noted that some people were having difficulties voting. “I think people on mobile were finding it hard to vote because it’s a premium rate number, but they just have to contact their mobile phone provider to unblock premium calls and then they can vote.
“I’m so grateful to everyone and hopefully will continue to make everyone proud,” he added.

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