Who is Brendan Murray? X Factor star's age, songs and former band Hometown revealed

23 October 2018, 17:48

Brendan Murray
Picture: ITV

By Tom Eames

Brendan Murray is one the 16 finalists hoping to triumph in this year's X Factor.

The Irish singer almost had a taste of fame as part of a shortlived boyband, but he's now one of the favourites to win the 2018 competition.

Here's all you need to know about the talented singer:

  1. Who is Brendan Murray and how old is he?

    Brendan Murray is an Irish singer, and former member of the Irish boyband Hometown.

    He also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song 'Dying to Try', but failed to qualify to the final.

    He was born on November 16, 1996. He celebrates his 22nd birthday in 2018.

    Brendan was born in Tuam County Galway.

  2. When was he a member of Hometown?

    HomeTown - Where I Belong (Official Video)

    In 2014, Brendan became a member of the Irish boyband Hometown, who were managed by former X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

    The band had three chart successes in their home country, including the number one singles 'Where I Belong' and 'Cry for Help'.

    However, in December 2016, the band announced that they will be going on an indefinite hiatus.

  3. Is Brendan Murray competing in The X Factor?

    Brendan Murray shines at Judges' Houses | Judges' Houses | The X Factor UK 2018

    In 2018, Brendan auditioned as a solo artist on The X Factor.

    He qualified for the live shows, and is mentored by judge Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.

    In week 1, he performed 'Break Free' by Ariana Grande.