Irish singer Conor McLoughlin and his band Drive have made it through to the final of Gary Barlow's talent competition Let It Shine.

Drive, which features 20-year-old McLoughlin and four other singers,  performed Duran Duran classic Girls on Film, in the semi-finals on BBC One on Saturday, going up against three other groups; Iron Sun, Nightfall and Five to Five.

However, they found themselves in the sing-off against Iron Sun, with the latter failing to impress the judges with their emotional rendition of the Beatles classic tune The Long and Winding Road - and so they were sent home.


Drive (Mark Angels, Jazzie Mattis, Jonnie Halliwell, Conor McLoughlin, and Matt Angels) who sang Something In The Way She Moves for their survival song,  will continue to battle it out for the chance to star in a West End musical based on Take That's greatest hits, in next week's finale.

'90s nostalgia ruled the semi-final with the remaining boy bands taking on some of Take That's most iconic hits in a cooler than cool medley - which even included a surprise appearance from the band.

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Each of the groups incorporated a trademark boyband break dance into their songs and took to the stage with the current Take That line-up of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald to perform their hit Shine.

McLoughlin was "secretly nominated" for the show by his mum and step-dad

McLoughlin was "secretly nominated" for the show by his mum and step-dad, with the Dublin singer telling The Eoghan McDermott Show on RTÉ 2fm that he was "overwhelmed" when he heard Barlow wanted to see him for an audition.

McLoughlin's dad is engaged to television presenter Kathyrn Thomas who has been showing her support for him on Twitter throughout the competition.

The Let It Shine final is on BBC One next Saturday at 6.55PM.