Caitlin prepares for CU Factor Final

Caitlin Quinn who will be competiting in the final of the CU Factor next weekend in Cookstown
Caitlin Quinn who will be competiting in the final of the CU Factor next weekend in Cookstown

THE nerves will be in full flow next Saturday night, 29th June, as Ardboe’s very own Caitlin Quinn prepares to compete at the CU Factor Final in the Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown.

Hosted by CoolFM’s Award-winning Breakfast Show DJ Connor Phillips, and with an expert judging panel that includes Brian McMahon & Cliodhna Fullen, both drama coaches, musician & newsreader Fionnuala O’Connell, singer and music teacher Mary Hardy and The Voice UK’s Conor Scott.

Fifteen acts who have sang their way through regional heats will go head to head to secure that £1000 prize, and the coveted title of CU Factor Champion in the competition’s fourth national Final.

The final takes place at 7.30pm in the Burnavon Theatre. Tickets are £10, £8 for concession, and available from the Burnavon Box Office. Come along and support your favourite act on the night, but don’t forget your banner – there’s £100 up for grabs for the best banner on show!

Ardboe contenstant Caitlin is a pupil of St Pius X College in Magherafelt and was successful in the Portglenone heat.

Cheering her on in the final will be local businesses and family members including J & K Coaches, B & G Electrics as well as Ardboe Credit Union.

The competition has been running since May, with heats taking place across the province. Budding superstars between the age of 12-19 performed a song of their choice, with the top three from five regions making it all the way to the Grand Final, and a step closer to that £1,750 prize fund!

It is organised by credit unions, who have a strong belief in nurturing the talent of young people, and giving them the opportunity to showcase those talents through a range of youth initiatives each year.

This year’s finalists have a lot to live up to, with previous CU Factor finalists taking their abilities to our television screens… including Janet Devlin of X Factor fame, Sophie Griffin, a finalist in last year’s The Voice UK, and Niall Sexton, also of X Factor and recent support act to Tulisa and Ne-Yo in Liverpool.

The £1,750 prize fund up for grabs will give the winning act £1000, a second prize of £500 and third prize, £250.

For more information on the CU Factor, visit their facebook page or to purchase tickets for the Final, please contact the Burnavon Box Office - 028 867 69949 or online at