Eoghan Quigg
Birth nameEoghan Karl Christopher Quigg
Born (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 29)
Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Years active2008–present
LabelsRCA (2008–2010)
Sony BMG (2008–2010)
Associated actsThe X Factor finalists 2008
WebsiteTwitter Account

Eoghan Karl Christopher Quigg (/ˈɪn/; born 12 July 1992) is a footballer and pop singer 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. Quigg released an eponymous studio album in 2009, to strongly negative reviews.[1] Quigg competed in the Irish national selection for the chance to represent Ireland in 2014 at the Eurovision Song Contest but finished second.

Quigg joined Coagh United F.C. in 2015,[2] and later Portstewart F.C. in the Northern Ireland Intermediate League.[3]

Early life

Eoghan Karl Christopher Quigg grew up in Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Singing along to Disney cartoons since the age of two,[4] 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.[4]

Singing career

2007–2008: The X Factor

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

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
Quarter-final "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

Quigg appeared at the Cheerios Childline Concert at the Dublin O2 in Dublin on 16 December 2008, among acts including Enrique Iglesias, Anastasia and Irish boyband Boyzone. In December he also appeared on The Late Late Show where it was announced that Boyzone had invited him on their UK and Ireland Better Tour.[5] On 15 January 2009 it was announced that Quigg had landed a record deal with Syco's parent company Sony BMG.[6] Quigg later signed to RCA Records.

2009: Studio album

Main article: Eoghan Quigg (album)

Quigg released his only album, titled Eoghan Quigg, on 6 April 2009.[7] "28,000 Friends", the sole single from Quigg, peaked at no. 96 in the UK Singles Chart.[8] The album charted at number 14 and spent 3 weeks in the top 100.[9] It debuted at Number 1 on the Irish Albums Chart, and left the charts eight weeks later.[9] The album met with what Matthew McCreary in The Independent described as a critical "savaging".[1] Many reviewers,[10] including Peter Robinson of The Guardian,[11] called it the worst record ever made. Criticism was directed at its lack of original material, low production values and poor singing performance from Quigg.[12][13] Following disappointing album sales, Quigg was dropped by RCA Records.[14]

2014: Eurovision Song Contest

In February 2014, Quigg was announced by RTÉ as one of the five 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.[15]


Quigg played a minor role in the BBC sitcom Dani's House, playing himself.[16] He appeared as a guest on 22 December 2009 edition of Alan Carr: Chatty Man[17] and featured as a guest on Harry Hill's TV Burp on 19 February 2011.



Title Details Chart Position Sales
Eoghan Quigg
  • Released: 6 April 2009
  • Label: RCA, Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
14 1
  • UK: 25,000+
  • Ireland: 7,000+
  • World: 35,000+


As lead artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
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

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Hero"
(with The X Factor finalists)
1 1 Charity Single


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  2. ^ "X Factor's Eoghan Quigg signs for Tyrone soccer club". The Irish News. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. ^ Weir, Billy (9 January 2017). "X Factor Eoghan's Portstewart outmatched in cup battle – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
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  5. ^ "Music – News – Boyzone invite 'X Factor' Eoghan on tour". Digital Spy. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Major record deal for Eoghan – Derry Today". Derry Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  7. ^ "(UK) : Eoghan Quigg – Eoghan Quigg : CD – Free Delivery". Play.com. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  8. ^ "The Official Charts Company – 28 000 Friends by Eoghan Quigg Search". The Official Charts Company. 11 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b Eoghan Quigg Chart Statistics on aCharts.us Retrieved on 6 July 2009
  10. ^ Walker, Gail (21 April 2009). "Don't you worry Eoghan, it hasn't all gone pop just yet". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. [Eoghan Quigg] is widely described as the worst album ever.
  11. ^ Robinson, Peter (18 April 2009). "(UK) : Guardian : Review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  12. ^ "Eoghan Quigg: 'Eoghan Quigg'". Digital Spy. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  13. ^ Eoghan Quigg. AllMusic. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  14. ^ Coleman, Maureen (13 May 2010). "Eoghan Quigg's early fame 'led bosses to make a quick kill'". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Linda Martin and Aslan star have stand-up row during Eurovision sing-off". Irish Independent. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  16. ^ "CBBC Programmes – Dani's House, Series Two, Hit the Jackpot". BBC. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  17. ^ Eoghan Quigg Internet Movie Database profile
  18. ^ a b c Peak chart positions in the United Kingdom:
  19. ^ a b c Peak chart positions in Ireland: