LIMERICK woman Deirdre Lawlor, who is set to feature on the X Factor in the coming weeks says auditioning for the hit TV show was one of the best things she has ever done in her life.
The bubbly 20-year-old from Ballysheedy first auditioned for the show at London’s 02 Arena in April and progressed to the televised stage of the talent show in May.
For her audition proper, Deirdre performed in front of an audience of 5,000 people and X Factor judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa, Leona Lewis and Louis Walsh.
“Twenty-five of us went over from Limerick (for the audition). It is very intense and it is stressful and nerve-racking and it was great to have so many family and friends there with me,” she said.
Deirdre, who is studying philosophy and sociology at UCC 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.
“I was so excited and I was just thinking this is my dream so I went on full of energy chatting away,” she said adding that she performed the Four Non Blonde’s song What’s Up.
Deirdre says she received positive feedback from the judges and even managed to get a hug and a kiss from Gary Barlow.
“They (the judges) were saying you are very talented, you are a great singer and Gary was saying I can see a little bit of a star in you so hearing those comments from such big people is so, what is going on,” said Deirdre whose live at home with her parents Kay and Denis.
Although Deirdre has revealed that she received four yeses from the judges and advanced to Boot Camp she says she cannot reveal whether she will feature on the live shows later in the year.
“It was the most psychotic, overwhelming ridiculous craziest fantastic experience of my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she told the Limerick Leader.
Deirdre says the show’s producers have not told her how much of her audition will be broadcast and she says she doesn’t know whether it will be included in the main X Factor show or in the spin-off programme, The Xtra Factor.