Damien Agius sings for the Daily Mercury

Damien didn't make it to third stage of X Factor bootcamp

UPDATE:

ETON 18-year-old Damien Agius may not have made it through The X Factor's Bootcamp but he know has something to work on for next year.

He met with the Daily Mercury this week and gave us a first-hand experience of his musical talents.

After soaring through his audition with "If Tomorrow Never Comes" which caused a hug from judge Ronan Keating and a "yes" vote from Dannii Minogue, Mr Agius then made it through to the top 18 contestants in the under 25 male singers' group.

While he didn't make it through the group performance, which was televised on Sunday night, he still says it was "an amazing experience".

"I wouldn't tell anyone not to do it," he said.

"And I know what I have to work on for next year."

 

EARLIER:

ETON'S 18-year-old singing sensation Damien Agius has made Mackay history, after making it into the top 18 young male singers in TV talent show The X Factor.

After making it through his audition with his performance of If Tomorrow Never Comes, Damien soared through the first and second stages of Bootcamp, which was televised on Sunday night.

"To get into the top 18, I was over the moon," he said. "When we got all the under 25 boys together and did a head count, I thought 'Oh my God we're the top 18 in Australia'."

While he wasn't a main feature of the show, he didn't go unnoticed, as his iconic Akubra stood out among the other contestants in the under 25-year-old category.

Damien said the experience at Bootcamp was intense, with long days from 7.30am to past 11pm.

"Everybody was worn out; that was when all the emotions kick in, because you're tired," he said.

In the second Bootcamp day contestants were put in groups, and his team was given the U2 hit Beautiful Day.

"It was pretty cool, singing such a song from such an awesome band. It's the first time I sort of sang it, it was pretty different," he said.

"In our group there were a lot of egos; everyone wanted to be the best and not work together as a group. I got the part that was left over."

Getting into singing as an 8-year-old was a fluke, Damien said.

"I signed up to a choir (at Mirani primary school) because I thought, 'Oh yeah, I'm going to get girls in the choir'."

His music teacher saw potential and he started private lessons.

Damien is about to launch his EP CD next month. It features two of his own songs, which he wrote with the help of manager Tommy Contor.

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