Hometown were a boyband who auditioned for Series 8 of Britain's Got Talent. The band consists of Brendan Murray, Dayl Cronin, Dean Gibbons, Josh Gray, Ryan McLoughlin, & Cian Morrin. The band originally included Gareth Borrow and was a five piece group selected from a thousand applicants for a band project by Walsh, however Borrow was later removed and McLoughlin & Morrin were introduced thus turning the band into a six piece band.
The act were reported to have impressed the Judges and advanced through to the next round. However, it emerged that Hometown had been created by X Factor judge Louis Walsh, leading to claims that the band had been 'fast-tracked' through the audition process, and that they would have advanced regardless of their performance. A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent dismissed the claim, stating 'As with all other acts, the band were auditioned on the merit of their performance on the day'. The band did not reach the Semi-Finals, and their audition was not aired.
Cian Morrin auditioned for the X Factor in 2012, were he was eliminated at bootcamp.
The bands debut single 'Where I Belong', written by Kodaline, debuted at #1 in Ireland, becoming the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. In 2014 the band performed a gig in support of Childline. The band's second single, 'Cry for Help', was released on 27 March 2015 in Ireland. The song also reached #1 on the Irish Singles Chart. The band began a singing tour around Ireland shortly after. They released their first single 'Where I Belong' in the UK on 24 July 2015, with an impact date of 4 September 2015. On 23 October 2015, Hometown released their debut albums third single entitled 'The Night We Met' written by Liam Payne of One Direction and Jamie Scott. On 20 November 2015, HomeTown released their self-titled debut album, which debuted at #4 on the Irish Albums Chart. Additionally in 2015 they supported Olly Murs on his 'Never Been Better Tour', The Vamps on their 'The Vamps UK Summer Tour' & McBusted on their 'Most Excellent Adventure Tour'. In August 2016, the band released 'Roses' as the fourth and final single from the album.
In 2016 they performed gigs in order to support the Coca-Cola Music Experience, and Beaulieu Convent School, located in the Jersey Channel Islands. In the same year they also supported The Vamps on their 'Wake Up UK Arena Tour'. In October 2016, the band had made their European debut in Madrid, Spain, where they played to a sold out Barclaycard Center at the festival Coca-Cola Music Experience alongside other acts such as Meghan Trainor and Bea Miller. In December 2016, Hometown announced that they would be taking a break from music to pursue individual projects, however it was later revealed by Murray in November 2018 that this meant that the band had split.
On 16 December 2016, Brendan Murray was announced as the Irish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with his song 'Dying to Try', which was later released on 10th March 2017. Murray however failed to reach the Final as he placed 13th out of 18 and had to place in the top 10 in order to qualify. In January 2017, Dayl Cronin took part in the Irish version of Dancing With the Stars, wherein he placed fourth overall alongside dance partner Ksenia Zsikhotska, however she was replaced by Valeria Milova in Week 7. In 2018 Murray auditioned for The X Factor wherein he was mentored by former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, and reached the Semi-Finals however he was eliminated in 5th place overall. In 2019 Murray released a new single entitled 'If I'm Honest', wherein fellow Hometown bandmate Dayl appears in the music video for the single.
- Band members Cian Morrin & Brendan Murray are the seventh & eighth ever Untelevised acts to have auditioned for The X Factor with the other seven (in order of their BGT Audition's) being Matthew Bennett, John Wilding, Soheila Clifford, Peter Lee, Johnny Robinson, Norbert Bondin, & Shawn Armenta.
- Morrin & Murray are the first members of an Untelevised band to have auditioned for The X Factor.