FANS of the X Factor will be keeping an eye out for Limerick woman Deirdre Lawlor this weekend to see if she makes it through the bootcamp phase of the show.
The 20-year-old from Ballysheedy first auditioned for the show at London’s 02 Arena in April and progressed to the televised stage which was recorded in May.
For her audition proper, Deirdre performed Four Non Blonde’s song What’s Going On in front of an audience of 5,000 people and X Factor judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa, Leona Lewis and Louis Walsh.
Deirdre, who is studying philosophy and sociology at UCC, received some positive feedback from the judges and even managed to get a hug and a kiss from Gary Barlow.
Her audition featured on the X Factor spin-off programme, the Xtra Factor a fortnight ago during which she was interviewed in-depth by presenter Caroline Flack.
Viewers will find out tonight and tomorrow night which contestants have been selected for the “Judges’ Houses” phase of the show.
While remaining tight-lipped about what viewers can expect from bootcamp, Deirdre, said the auditions are a lot different then they appear on television.
“We were there at 6 o’clock in the morning and we didn’t get on stage until 7 o’clock that night,” she said adding that her audition lasted for less than 15 minutes.
Deirdre, who lives at home with her parents Kay and Denis said the whole experience of taking part in X Factor was “the most psychotic, overwhelming ridiculous craziest fantastic experience” of her life.
The X Factor will be broadcast on TV3 at 8.10pm tonight and at 7.30pm on Sunday.