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

From washing the car of Kodaline’s chart-topping Steve Carrigan to recording songs with him in London, it’s quite a journey.

ut Singer Conor O’Farrell, 20, a member of Louis Walsh’s new boy band, has revealed how working with Carrigan on their debut album was a real “closing circle moment” for him.

Walsh has enlisted the Dublin singer/songwriter’s star power to bring him on board his band’s first release, which will be produced by Brian Higgins of Girls Aloud.

“Steve came into the studio in London and sat with us and had a couple of songs that were half done. He ended up giving us five or six songs and then spent two days helping us, giving us hints and tips, which was amazing,” Conor told

“To have such a great artist at such an early stage is just overwhelming, especially for me personally. I used to work at a car wash when I was younger and I would babysit his car for him, so it was a beautiful closing moment for me.

“We had some time with him and he sat down and we wrote a song with him that was really cool. He’s such a great guy.”

New band Next in Line will make their debut on RTÉ’s Late Late Show this Friday when they perform in front of a huge TV audience for the first time.

It will be a trip down memory lane for Walsh as he has also overseen Boyzone since their first appearance on the flagship show in 1993.

Conor from Co Meath said he and his four bandmates can’t wait to perform this weekend. “We are prepared for this. It’s been a long time coming and we can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“It’s going to be a bit nerve wracking, which is only natural for any band that goes on the Late Late Show, especially one that’s starting out. It will be a big moment for us and our families. Mine all go to a house to see and cheer me on during the performance. We can’t wait – it’s going to be brilliant.”

The quintet also includes Harry O’Connell and Conor Davis, both 19 and from Dublin, as well as Neung Kelly (20) from Carlow and Joshua Regala (17) from Navan.

They were chosen from over 1,000 rising stars who auditioned for Louis Walsh last year before the cast was confirmed last February.

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And their name Next in Line is a nod to their first ever newspaper interview, in which the band’s identity was revealed in Life magazine last July.

“The idea came from the headline used in the Independent article. When the article came out, people actually thought that was the band’s name,” 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 went with that name. He’s perfect for her.”

He predicts great things for his new band and said there’s “nobody out there like them”. “They’re young, they’re talented, they have their own sound and they’re going to be big stars,” he said.

Following their performance on the Late Late Show, the band will also have their first public performance on Grafton Street next Saturday at 4pm, which will be filmed live by YouTube.

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