Brendan Murray will go straight through to the judge's house on the hit talent search TV show. 

The Galway man received Louis Tomlinson's first 'safe seat' - meaning he has earned a place in the judge's house without facing the Six Seat Challenge.

In order to seal the deal, the 21-year-old sang R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts," wowing the judges in the process. 

Indeed, hard-to-please Simon Cowell even told Murray that he was in a "completely different league to everyone else in the competition."

Murray, a plumber, is no stranger to the limelight. He was formerly the lead singer of popular boyband Hometown and has represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.

His performance has amassed almost half a million views since the show aired last night. 

In two uploads to his personal Instagram account, Murray told his 50,000 followers that he is "feeling blessed" and "over the moon".

 “One thing my dad always taught me is that life is full of disappointments and you’re going to get knocks along the way.  That’s the way it is – it’s like buying a lottery ticket.  It either works or it doesn’t," he told recently.

"I’m taking every day as it comes and working hard and hoping that this works out for me and leads to a few open doors.”

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