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X Factor star Eoghan Quigg, 30, looks worlds apart from his baby-faced teenage self

He rose to fame at the tender age of 16 as the baby-faced singer from Northern Ireland on The X Factor.

And Eoghan Quigg, 30, looks a far cry from his younger self as the cute spiky-haired warbler he was once known as is gone, and in his place is a tattooed hunk.

His looks aren’t the only thing that’s different, as Eoghan ventured into parenthood when he welcomed daughter Emmy Belle, 11 months, with girlfriend Amy Campbell last April.

The couple have been together since 2015, became homeowners in 2019, and the former talent show is hopeful helping raise Amy’s two children from a previous relationship.

In an interview ahead of the birth of his baby girl, Eoghan said he was “over the moon” to be a father.

He told The Belfast Telegraph: “We’re both thrilled, absolutely delighted.

“In a very strange and difficult year, this is fantastic news and has definitely made 2020 a very memorable year for us – in a good way.”

When the series ended, the star traded the stage for the library as he decided to do “the whole university thing.”

Eoghan placed third on the show in 2008, finishing behind JLS and eventual winner of the year Alexandra Burke.

And in good news for fans, Eoghan is still working as a singer as a member of Irish wedding band The Housem8s, but he’s also found new professional passions in life.

As a footballer, he joined Coagh United FC in 2015 before joining Portstewart FC in the Northern Ireland Intermediate League.

He also works as a host for Q Radio, where he presents a segment called #QuiggOnQ.

Speaking of his radio appearance recently, he said: “The best part for me is that no two shows are the same, there’s always something different that keeps it fresh and that’s what I love.

“I also enjoy bantering with Q-Radio listeners.”

X Factor viewers will now doubtfully remember the Irishman for his super young looks and spiky blonde hair.

But these days he’s rocking a sleeker brunette haircut after undergoing a hair transplant in 2020, bulging muscles and a sleeve covered in tattoos.

On his personal life, Eoghan and his stunning girlfriend Amy recently got their first house together and celebrated their anniversary.

Speaking of his time on Simon Cowell’s flagship show during a This Morning interview in 2016, Eoghan said: “I was 16 then, I was just a kid, I was still in school.

“It was a big change for me, but one of the best experiences of my life.”

“I retired and did the whole parenting thing [after the show]I was at uni and now I’m back after my break and performing.’

Eoghan famously enjoyed a romance with fellow X Factor Diana Vickers, describing their fleeting liaison as “the best experience” of his life.

Simon wanted to sign Eoghan to his record label Syco after his time with The X Factor, but ultimately decided against it.

The teenager later joined RCA Records and released his eponymous debut album in 2009. However, it peaked at number 14 in the UK Singles Chart and its single 28,000 Friends only peaked at number 96, resulting in Eoghan being dropped.

Eoghan attempted to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with The Movie Song but finished second.

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