This is the Irish teen who has been tipped to become the new Niall Horan – after being picked to join the ‘new One Direction’.
Meath singer Chris Leonard has been picked by Simon Cowell – along with seven other solo artists – and put into a new boyband in this years X Factor.
The 18-year-old was formally a member of Dublin boyband 5th Base, also known as Level 5, and made it to X Factor’s boot camp last year before they were kicked out.
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But after his hopes were dashed he returned this year as a solo artist.
He impressed the judges so much they decided to put him into what could be Simon Cowell’s new big boyband.
Gleeful Simon hailed the band last week in Wembley Arena and said they were “one of the best bands they’ve ever had on the show.”
Insiders revealed that he has already told people they are the new One Direction he has been searching for.
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Now Chris and his seven bandmates will be whisked to Bermuda next week to join Louis Walsh in the judges homes stage of the competition.