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'Niall hasn't been affected by the bad remarks..the whole town's behind him' DAD BLASTS INTERNET JIBES ABOUT HIS SON.

Byline: LEANNE SMYTH

X FACTOR hopeful Niall Horan has been targeted by vicious Bebo bullies because of his success on the show.

The Mullingar singer, 17, is being bombarded with cruel messages from people who are jealous of him.

One of the harsh comments posted on the youngster's Bebo page said: "He's a snobby snob  
n.
1. One who tends to patronize, rebuff, or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and imitate, admire, or seek association with people regarded as social superiors.

2.
 ****. He thinks there's nothing like him. He goes around the town like he's something. He's the same as everyone else.

"I don't think he is going to like the fact he has been put in a group with four other boys, he won't like them getting attention."

insisted the X Factor competitor has not been affected by the remarks.

Robert said: "Everyone in Mullingar is behind him.

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"They have been so supportive, even when I am at work people come up and ask me about him.

"I didn't realise how many people knew him until he went on the show."

In a sensational battle to the finish on Sunday, Niall secured himself a place in music mogul Simon Cowell's house.

Robert revealed he is thrilled Simon will be mentoring his son and Louis Walsh Louis Walsh (born August 5, 1952 in Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland) is a manager in the music industry, and a judge on the ITV1 show The X Factor, which made him famous as a television personality rather than a manager.  has been giving him advice.

He said: "I'm delighted that Simon is Niall's mentor.

"He is the best man to be mentoring him. Simon really is the man on the X Factor.

"Even though Louis has helped him and he is there for any of the Irish contestants, I do think Simon's the best man for the job and Niall is thrilled.

"But to be honest he would be delighted to go to any of the judges houses."

After wowing judges on the Dublin stage with his version of Ne-yo's So Sick, Niall went soaring through to the bootcamp stages. But judges Simon, Louis and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger decided the country lad would be better as part of a group rather than a solo artist.

Niall will now move on in the popular contest as part of boyband 1 Direction along with fellow X Factor hopefuls Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zain Malik. Nicole said: "We thought of you each as individuals and we thought you were too talented to let go of."

Niall was convinced he would be packing his bags and returning to his Co Westmeath home but the X Factor judges couldn't let him go.

Robert said: "Niall was devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 when he thought he hadn't made it.

"I was sitting at home and I got a call from Niall saying he was out. He really was heartbroken.

"But 10 minutes later he rang back and said he was put into a band and he'd be going through to the judges' houses. It was surreal sur·re·al  
adj.
1. Having qualities attributed to or associated with surrealism: "Even with most facilities shut down ...
.

"I'm thrilled he got into the group and the boys are all great friends. Harry has been in Mullingar with Niall already.

"They are the best of friends, he really seems like a great lad. He's really respectable and mannerly man·ner·ly  
adj.
Having or showing good manners. See Synonyms at polite.

adv.
With good manners; politely.



man
."

Niall is so passionate about his singing career he has taken a year off school.

He was due to sit his Leaving Certificate The Leaving Certificate (Irish: Ardteistiméireacht), commonly referred to as the Leaving Cert (Irish: Ardteist) is the final course in the Irish secondary school system and culminates with the Leaving Certificate Examination.  in Colaiste Mhuire Secondary School in Mullingar but he has deferred his place so he can work on his singing.

Robert said: "Niall should be going into sixth year but because of the competition he will be taking this year out. "He can't do both, so he will be concentrating on his singing for now. Niall would love to get some sort of singing contract out of the show even if he doesn't win.

"He really loves singing. He always wanted to be on the X Factor. He has watched it since it started and it has always been his dream to appear on the show."

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TALENTED Niall Horan, and right, Simon Cowell Simon Cowell (born 7 October, 1959) is a British artist and repertoire ("A&R") executive for Sony BMG in the United Kingdom and a television producer, more commonly known as a judge on television programmes such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, American Idol  
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