Ireland has a star-in-the-making as Dubliner Janet Grogan was welcomed back on to the X Factor by Simon Cowell, two years after he ditched her in the show’s cruel six-chair challenge.
28-year-old Janet Grogan made a stunning return to the show with a fabulous rendition of Zayn Malik’s Pillow Talk.
Cowell immediately recognised her and said he had always hoped she would return.
Here is Grogan’s second X Factor audition.
Grogan made a similar impact two years ago, with a stunning rendition of U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. The performance had the crowd on their feet cheering, and head judge Simon Cowell grinning from ear to ear.
Grogan received a ‘Yes’ from Cowell and fellow judges Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh, to progress through to the next stage of the competition.
The elated singer revealed: “Mel B gave me a standing ovation and said, ‘That’s how you do an audition. It was Mary J Blige, and Faith Evans’, and she just listed a load of my heroes.
“The really standout thing for me was her standing up and going crazy, because she’s a hero of mine.”
Although Grogan is unknown to music fans in Ireland and Britain, she has previously had a smash hit in Germany. She performed alongside R’n’B star Kobra (real name Xavier Naidoo) on the 2009 five-times-platinum single Alles Kann Besser Werden (Everything Can Be Better).
Grogan told the Mirror: “I thought it was my big break, but it wasn’t. It didn’t really get me the recognition that I wanted.”
Watch Janet Grogan performing Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
Watch Xavier Naidoo and Janet Grogan – Alles Kann Besser Werden