Blessington brothers impress X Factor judges with Hendrix cover

Sean and Conor Price get four yes votes and a place in Bootcamp round on TV show

 X Factor contestants the Price Brothers, from Blessington, during episode 5 of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames/ITV Plc/PA Wire

X Factor contestants the Price Brothers, from Blessington, during episode 5 of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames/ITV Plc/PA Wire

 

Busking brothers Sean and Conor Price, from Blessington, Co Wicklow, have impressed The X Factor judges with a fresh take on an old classic, as they managed to give Nicole Scherzinger “goosebumps on my goosebumps”.

Their performance was also deemed so good by Simon Cowell, he declared it “one of the best auditions we’ve had”.

The siblings offered up a modern rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower, complete with rapping from guitar-playing Sean (17), and singing from 15-year-old Conor.

Following a rapturous round of applause, Cowell told the Price brothers: “This is probably one of the best auditions we’ve had. I’m going to say something to you guys -I don’t want to change a single thing from what I saw and heard today.”

‘Youth and energy’

Cowell described the boys, who wanted to add “youth and energy” to the Bob Dylan-penned track, as “rare”.

He added: “Every so often I sit in these auditions and think... thank God we found people like you.”

Scherzinger told them they have the “It Factor”, before telling her colleagues that the boys’ performance gave her double goosebumps.

They were given four yes votes and have earned a place in the Bootcamp round of the ITV reality programme.

The X Factor continues on Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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