“I am already a local celebrity. I was on the Voice of Ireland in 2013 and made it through to the live show,” said a delighted Velvin.
Dublin was first on the agenda for the X Factor live auditions and aspiring singing stars just had to turn up on the day.
Velvin, originally from Los Angeles, lives in Ballincollig, Co Cork with his wife Ann and two-year-old son, Velvin Jnr.
“Singing is my passion and just like so many other people here in Croke Park I am pursuing my dream,” he said.
“Following my heart brought me to Ireland but it takes team work to make the dream work and I have a very supportive wife.”
Velvin sang Hello by Lionel Richie, Glory by John Legend and his own song called No More.
“I was told I did great. Now I will just wait for the phone call or email to find out where I need to be next.”
Velvin now has a chance of auditioning in front of the X Factor judges when the judges’ auditions take place this summer.
Tomas Walsh, 16, from Glenfin, Co Donegal, who came to the auditions with his mum, Freda, also got invited to the next round of auditions.
Tomas sang Black and Gold by Sam Sparro, New Perspective by Panic at the Disco and Anybody there from the Script.
“I could have stayed there singing all day. I would have performed an entire concert for them. I just want to be out in front of a crowd,” said Tomas.
However, Kellie Dempsey, 18, from Donabate, Co Dublin, did not make it to the second round.
“The audition lasted less than five minutes. I sang one verse and the chorus from Complicated by Avril Lavingne,” said Kellie, who is hoping to study music at college.
“I still want to be a singer and will try again next year,” said Kellie.
Amy Ryan, 16, from Blessington, Co Wicklow, was asked to sing a second song but got a bit nervous.
“I sang You’re No Good by Linda Ronstadt and then I sang Valerie by Amy Winehouse. I think I was a bit shaky on that one,” said Amy
“They said I did really well and my voice was very good but I needed to be more confident and to come back next year.”
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