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Singer Donna McCaul: 'I was thrown by Simon Cowell's comment about my brother on the X Factor'

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Singer Donna McCaul has defended her brother Joe after he received some less than savoury comments from Simon Cowell during the X Factor auditions.

The former Irish Eurovision hopeful was referred to as the film The Fly after performing in the Bootcamp stages by the music mogul.

“I was thrown back with that comment,” she said.

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“Then again, he took that criticism. Joe has been taking a lot of criticism since Eurovision and I think what he’s doing is showing people that’s not going to knock me down.”

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One, Donna insisted looks are irrelevant when it comes to the music industry.

“Let’s be honest – how many famous singers out there do not look like stars? It’s all about the vocals, the songs, the hits,” she admitted.

“I don’t think anybody should worry about how they look. If you have it you have to go with it.”

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Being a supportive sister, Donna commended her younger brother for chasing his dream although being diagnosed with MS.

“People commend him for going in and doing it after everything he’s been though, the whole MS thing as well,” she said.

“Fair play to him, he got himself back together and back on track.”

Meanwhile, things are going from strength to strength for Donna, who is currently pursuing a solo career in LA, revealed she recorded vocals for a film directed by Julia Roberts’ brother Eric which she described as “raunchy”

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“It was very weird recording it! It’s very early days Madonna sounding. It’s dancy, it’s a very club sound but my vocal that they wanted on it had to sound a little bitch raunchy,” she added

The 30-year-old admitted she moved to LA for a “complete change somewhere nobody knew me” and since entered the US version of The Voice.

“I’m going to be involved a lot more than people think at the minute,” she added.