Eoghan Quigg

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Eoghan Quigg
Birth name Eoghan Karl Christopher Quigg
Born (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 21)
Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2008–2010
Labels RCA (2008–2010)
Sony BMG (2008-10)
Associated acts The X Factor finalists 2008

Eoghan Quigg (born 12 July 1992) is a former pop singer and occasional actor from Dungiven, Northern Ireland, who finished third in the fifth series of the British television music talent contest The X Factor in 2008. As a result of his X Factor success, Quigg was due to be signed by Simon Cowell, X Factor creator/producer and owner and CEO of Syco Records, but was instead signed to RCA after Cowell pulled out.[1] He is best known for his 2009 eponymous début album, which was released to unanimous censure from critics.

Quigg competed in the Irish national selection for the chance to represent Ireland at the Eurovision but finished second in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Eoghan Karl Christopher Quigg grew up in Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Singing along to Disney cartoons since the age of two,[2] Quigg found his voice when he was in class and told to stand up and sing as a punishment. To the teacher's surprise he sang well, which led to his becoming a choir boy. From then on he sang lead roles in school musicals, such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[2]

Singing career[edit]

2008: The X Factor[edit]

Quigg auditioned for the talent show The X Factor in front of judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole in 2008. Quigg got past the "judges' houses" stage of the competition, and made it to the live shows in Cowell's 14–24 boys group, along with Scott Bruton and Austin Drage, both of whom were eliminated early in the live shows. On the first live show, Quigg sang "Imagine" and was highly praised by the judges. On the second live show (Michael Jackson week) he sang "Ben" which was also praised. On Big Band week Quigg sang "L-O-V-E" and received a standing ovation from the judges and the crowd. He made it to the semi-finals and after performances of "Year 3000" and "Does Your Mother Know" was voted through to the final.

Quigg eventually finished third, with Alexandra Burke the winner, and JLS runners-up.

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

Week Song choice Theme Result
Week 1 "Imagine" Number One Songs in UK and US 1st
Week 2 "Ben" Songs by Michael Jackson or The Jackson 5 1st
Week 3 "L-O-V-E" Big Band 1st
Week 4 "Could It Be Magic" Disco 1st
Week 5 "Anytime You Need A Friend" Songs by Mariah Carey 1st
Week 6 "One More Try" Best of British 2nd
Week 7 "Never Forget" Songs by Take That 1st
Week 8 "Sometimes" Songs by Britney Spears 3rd
"We're All In This Together" American Classics
Semi-final "Year 3000" Mentor's Choice 3rd
"Does Your Mother Know" Contestant's Choice
Final "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" Christmas Song 3rd place
"Picture of You" (with Boyzone) Celebrity Duet
"We're All In This Together" Contestant's Favourite

2008–09: Post X Factor[edit]

Quigg appeared at the Cheerios Childline Concert at the Dublin O2 in Dublin on 16 December 2008, among big stars including Enrique Iglesias, Anastasia, Boyzone and many more. In December he also appeared on The Late Late Show where it was announced that Irish boyband Boyzone had invited him on their UK and Ireland Better Tour.[3] After Alexandra Burke won the X Factor, Simon Cowell's Syco Music announced that it intended to sign Quigg, along with Burke, second place JLS, and fourth place Diana Vickers.[4] On 15 January 2009 it was announced that Quigg had landed a record deal with Syco's parent company Sony BMG.[5] The Sun later reported that Cowell had revoked his offer to Quigg and that he has been signed to RCA Records.[1]

2009: First Album[edit]

Quigg released his first album titled Eoghan Quigg on 6 April 2009.[6] "28,000 Friends", the only single from Quigg, charted poorly, peaking at no. 96 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] The album charted poorly in the UK, only making number 14 and spending only 3 weeks in the top 100.[8] After some initial success on the Irish Albums Chart - where it debuted at Number 1 - the album soon began free-falling and the album spent just a total of 8 weeks on the chart.[8] The album received overwhelmingly scathing reviews leading to Peter Robinson claiming it to be "the worst album in the history of recorded sound" and that it was "so bad that it would count as a new low for popular culture".[9] The album was mainly criticised for its complete lack of any original material, poor production and poor singing performance from Quigg.[10] Following disappointing album sales, Quigg was dropped by RCA Records in July 2009 and currently remains unsigned.[11] On 2 December 2010, Eoghan performed live at Wellington College Belfast. Lloyd Daniels was supposed to perform but was "unable to be there".

2014: Eurosong[edit]

In February 2014, Quigg was announced by RTÉ as one of the 5 acts that would compete to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, with the song "The Movie Song". He finished second in the contest.[12]

Acting career / Television[edit]

Quigg got a minor role in the BBC sitcom Dani's House, playing himself.[13]

He has also expressed an interest in landing a role in the E4 television series Skins but was turned down.[14] He also appeared as a guest on the 22 December 2009 edition of Alan Carr: Chatty Man[15] and featured as a guest on Harry Hill's TV Burp on 19 February 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Chart Position Certifications Sales
UK
[16]
IRE
[17]
Eoghan Quigg
  • Released: 6 April 2009
  • Label: RCA, Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
14 1
  • UK: TBA
  • Ireland: TBA
  • UK: 25,000+
  • Ireland: 7,000+
  • World: 30,000+

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[16]
IRE
[17]
2009 "28,000 Friends" 96 32 Eoghan Quigg
2014 "The Movie Song" 33 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[18]
IRE
[19]
2008 "Hero"
(with The X Factor finalists)
1 1 Charity Single

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eoghan Quigg and JLS have both secured record deals after X Factor Simon Cowell snubbed them". The Sun. 2009-01-17. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  2. ^ a b "The X Factor - Story Detail - Finalist: Eoghan Quigg". Xfactor.itv.com. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Music - News - Boyzone invite 'X Factor' Eoghan on tour". Digital Spy. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  4. ^ Boshoff, Alison (15 December 2008). "The Cash Factor: Don't be fooled, the real winner is Simon Cowell". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Major record deal for Eoghan - Derry Today". Derry Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  6. ^ "(UK) : Eoghan Quigg - Eoghan Quigg : CD - Free Delivery". Play.com. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  7. ^ "The Official Charts Company - 28 000 Friends by Eoghan Quigg Search". The Official Charts Company. 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Eoghan Quigg Chart Statistics on aCharts.us Retrieved on 6 July 2009
  9. ^ Robinson, Peter (18 April 2009). "(UK) : Guardian : Review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  10. ^ Published Sunday, Apr 5 2009, 11:31 BST (2009-04-05). "Eoghan Quigg: 'Eoghan Quigg'". Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  11. ^ Published Wednesday, Jul 1 2009, 14:59 BST (2009-07-01). "Music - News - Eoghan Quigg 'to be dropped by RCA'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  12. ^ "Linda Martin and Aslan star have stand-up row during Eurovision sing-off". Irish Independent. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "CBBC Programmes - Dani's House, Series Two, Hit the Jackpot". BBC. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  14. ^ "X Factor: Eoghan Quigg for E4′s Skins? @ Unreality TV". Unrealitytv.co.uk. 2010-03-20. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  15. ^ Eoghan Quigg Internet Movie Database profile
  16. ^ a b Peak chart positions in the United Kingdom:
  17. ^ a b Peak chart positions in Ireland:
  18. ^ Peak chart positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  19. ^ Peak chart positions for the featured singles in Ireland: