Author’s License: How a boy band member went from washing a star’s car to recording with him

It’s quite the journey from washing a car owned by chart-topping chart owner Steve Garrigan to recording songs with him in London.

Singer Conor O’Farrell, 20, a member of Louis Walsh’s new band, revealed how working with Garrigan on their debut album was a real “whole moment” for him.

Walsh enlisted the star power of the Dublin-based singer/songwriter to bring him aboard the first release of his band, which was produced by Brian Higgins of “Girls Aloud” fame.

“Steve came to the studio in London and sat with us and had some songs that were half finished already. So he ended up giving us about five or six songs, then spent a couple of days helping us out, giving us pointers and tips that were great,” Connor told

“Having such a great artist helping you at such an early stage is amazing, especially for me personally. I used to work at a car wash when I was younger and would watch his car for him so it was a great moment for me.”

“We spent some time with him and he sat down and wrote a really great song with him. He is an amazing guy.”

The new band, Next in Line, will make their debut on RTÉ’s Late Late Show on Friday as they perform in front of a huge television audience for the first time.

For Walsh, it will be a trip down memory lane since he’s also directed Boyzone since their debut on the main show in 1993.

Connor, of Co Meath, said he and his four bandmates are chomping to perform this weekend. “We’re ready for it. It’s been a long time now and we can’t wait to get started.

“It’s going to be a bit nerve-wracking, and that’s just normal for any band that kicks off on the Late Late Show, especially for one that’s starting out. It’s going to be a great moment for us and our families. All I have goes to one house to watch and cheer me on during the performance. Can’t wait – it’s going to be amazing “.

The quintet also consists of Harry O’Connell and Conor Davis, both 19-year-olds from Dublin along with Carlo’s Nyong Kelly (20) and Joshua Regala (17) from Navan.

They were chosen from among more than 1,000 aspiring stars who performed for Louis Walsh last year, before the line-up was confirmed last February.

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Their name, Next in Line, is a reference to their first-ever press interview where the band’s identity was revealed in ‘Life’ magazine last July,

“The idea came from the headline that was used in the Independent article. When the article was published, people actually thought that was the name of the band,” Walsh said.

“We didn’t have a name at the time and thought it was perfect. So I had to check if it was registered or not and it wasn’t so we chose that name. It’s perfect for them.”

He expects big things To his new band he said “Nobody is like them”. “They are young, talented, they have their own voices and they will be huge stars,” he said.

After their late appearance on the show, the band will also give their first public performance on Grafton Street next Saturday at 4 p.m., which will be filmed live on YouTube.

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