Brendan Murray, a Galway lad who represented Ireland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest received a standing ovation from the British TV show’s judges – including Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson – despite a seriously rocky start.

Galway man Brendan Murray was among the hundreds of folks who turned out to try and impress judges Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, and Louis Tomlinson on this week’s “The X-Factor”. Sadly, his nerves got the better of him and it looked like it was all over until the usually dragon-like Cowell gave him a pep-talk.

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Murray took to the stage to sing “This Woman’s Work” by Kate Bush. It was all going well until his nerves got the best of him and he never found his rhythm. Cowell offered him a glass of water and a moment to gather himself.

Second time’s a charm! Under Cowell’s advice Murray simply sang the song from the sheet of music he had in his pocket and the results?... Magic.

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