X Factor 2013: Nicholas McDonald & Shane Filan duet on Flying Without Wings!

by Lisa McGarry

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Nicholas McDonald took on his first ever proper collaboration on tonight’s X Factor show.

The X Factor finalist revealed earlier this week that he would be singing with Westlife star Shane Filan on the final of the ITV series, he even insisted that he chose the Irish crooner himself and that Louis Walsh did not force the issue at all. We’re not sure we believe him…..

Anyway, tonight Nicky and Shane performed the hit Westlife song Flying Without Wings in Wembley Arena, as the teenage hopeful battled against Sam Bailey and Luke Friend for a place in tomorrow’s grand finale, in the hope that he could win himself the lucrative SYCO record deal.

The Scottish singer was more excited than nervous about taking on the challenge and before performing he tweeted:

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“Doing the dress just now and everything is going well so excited !!!”


Shane added:

“Buzzin for tonight !!! Can’t wait to get on that stage Wembley!!🎤🎶🎶
Everyone VOTE for my man @nickymcdonald1 !!!! #TEAMNICKY”

“XFACTOR FINAL DAY !! Lets do this !!🎤🎶🎶🎶”

Before singing Nicholas said:

“I am a massive Westlife fan and I am so delighted to be singing with Shane. Tonight when I go out and sing this song it will be the biggest moment of my life.”

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Nicky Blue Eyes kicked off the performance on his lonesome, standing in amongst the audience and he didn’t even have a stool!

He didn’t get much of a solo before Shane joined him though and after the first line the pair were singing together…..but at opposite sides of the arena. Radical!

The vocals were impressive though and this second performance was a much better effort from McDonald. We felt the first was a little weak but he was in his element with this ballad.

Afterwards Filan said:

“I said to Louis ‘there is something special about this kid, he could win it for you.” He got to the final! He’s amazing. He is 17 and he can sing like that. He nailed it!”

“He’s incredible!”

Did you enjoy the performance tonight? Leave your comments below….

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!