Local girl Andrea Magee is among the 24 hopefuls through to the Judges’ Houses section of this year’s X Factor.
The 24 wannabes are bidding for a place in the last 12 who will be part of the live finals over the coming weeks on the ITV show.
Last night viewers learned who the six girls that have made it through are along with which mentors will be on hand for the judges as they guide their performers through the next stage of the process.
Nicole Scherzinger with the girls category will be helped by Mary J Blige, Gary Barlow (groups) is joined by Olly Murs, Sharon Osbourne (over 25s) enlists Robbie Williams and Louis Walsh (boys) is joined by Nicole Appleton, Shane Filan and Sinitta.
Andrea Magee from Belfast, but living in Maidstone, is a music graduate.
She was head of music at a secondary school but gave it up to concentrate on gigging and helping autistic children in her spare time.
The 28 year-old said she has been overwhelmed by all the support she has received from home.
Writing on her Facebook page this morning she said: “I would to thank you all for your generous comments and amazing support so far. Thank you also for anyone sharing my songs and spreading the word. Very humbled by it all.”