‘The X Factor’ UK review: Kayleigh Marie Morgan, Niall Sexton, Conor Mc Ginty save Ireland auditions

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Let’s face it: The start of “The X Factor” this week in Ireland was a disaster. The only highlight from the first twenty or so minutes of the show was a guy who claimed he didn’t want to be like Bono, and yet he dressed exactly like him and performed “Beautiful Day.”

Thankfully, some acts started to rise to the surface after that in turning both the show — and the city’s auditions — around. Therefore, hometown boy Louis Walsh could start to feel a little bit of redemption.

Niall Sexton – Isn’t it nice to have another Niall on the show? He’s got a really cool androgynous voice that you don’t get on this show very often. Also, love the song choice in “Gravity.”

Conor Mc Ginty – This show is all about seconds! We have a second “X Factor” Niall, and we now have another Mc Ginty from Derry. (We’re referencing Damian Mc Ginty here, a former “Glee” guest star who was on “The Glee Project.”) Conor’s very good, and somehow made us feel for “Say Something” despite it being a very over-played song.

Janet Grogan – It takes confidence to sing Zayn’s “Pillowtalk,” so MASSIVE credit to her for taking that on. She’s been here before, and she certainly proved in this audition that she was very much worthy of coming back.

Ottavio Columbro – This guy is a HUGE character. He can certainly sing, but the thing that was the funniest about this is that his original audition plan was dashed all because of under-cooked chicken.

Bradley Hunt – This was the boyfriend of Ottavio’s who made said chicken. Who would’ve thought he was going to head in there in order to perform “Ignition” from R. Kelly?

Eventually these two got back together and performed as a duet. We’re honestly not that sure that it was all that much better as a pair than they were individually, but they were at least entertaining and fierce. We’d watch them again just because they’re different.

Kayleigh Marie Morgan – This was a REALLY light episode when it came to getting to see the standard audition. Kayleigh was a nice performance to help tie together the show; she has a nice voice, but she definitely needs to do more in order to own the stage.

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