Video - Ireland's Joseph McCaul through to next round of X Factor

Athlone Joe's X Factor journey continues
Athlone Joe's X Factor journey continues

Irishman Joseph McCaul has made it through to the next stage of X Factor, after Simon Cowell and his fellow judges trimmed down the numbers in their quest to find their next pop superstar.

McCaul and his sister Donna represented Ireland in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, but he is performing as a solo artist in X Factor and he has already beaten off some serious competition to get a step close to appearing on live shows.

Athlone-born Joe sang his version of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Same Love and while the judges had some reservation about his potential to attract fans, he will be back next weekend when contestants fight for a place at the Judge's Houses.

Here is Joe's performance on Sunday night and he will have to step up his game once again if he is to become Ireland's next big X Factor star.

Here is how Twitter reacted to his success on Sunday's show: