Galway singer Brendan Murray, who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, has booked his place in the X Factor live shows after making it through the Judges' Houses stage of the competition on Sunday night's programme.

He sang a haunting Nothing Compares 2U and then anxiously waited to hear his fate the following morning.

When the moment of truth arrived, judge Louis Tomlinson said: "I thought long and hard about this decision... Will you join me for the live shows?"

After hearing the news, Murray, like a true son of Ireland, rang his mother.

The 21-year-old joins Dalton Andre Harris, Armstrong Martins and Anthony Russell in judge Tomlinson's Boys category.

Louis Tomlinson and the Boys

Tomlinson was joined by his One Direction bandmate Liam Payne and Chic's Nile Rodgers as he made his mind up about which singers to put through to the live shows. Rodgers said he was holding back tears during Murray's performance.

"I think I've got this level of respect and understanding with my - I'm not even going to call them contestants - with my artists," said Tomlinson of his final line-up.

"I just want to do different things with them.

"But in my mind right now there's two potential winners in my squad.

"That's not a bad position to be in for year one - I'm not complaining!"

Also on Sunday night, judge Ayda Williams decided on her four acts in the Overs category, putting Janice Robinson, Giovanni Spano, Danny Tetley and Olatunji Yearwood through to the live shows.

Ayda Williams and the Overs

Williams' fellow judge, husband Robbie Williams, had already chosen A Star, the LMA Choir, Misunderstood and Vibe 5 for his Groups category.

Robbie Williams and the Groups

Show boss Simon Cowell picked Scarlett Lee, Bella Penfold, Molly Scott and Shan for his Girls category.

Simon Cowell and the Girls

The X Factor live shows begin on Virgin Media One and ITV on Saturday October 20.