Friday 24 January 2020

First semi-final is full of talent

Josh Cahill, who sang Passenger’s Let Her Go
Josh Cahill, who sang Passenger’s Let Her Go
Sinéad Hayes from the band Finch.
Evey Roche singing I’ll Never love Again from thefilm A Star Is Born.
Through to the final: Gymstars, Sullivan School of Dance and Evey Roche

Anna Hayes

The first semi-final of this year's Wexford People Wexford Has Talent competition saw a packed house in Clayton White's Hotel as 15 acts took to the stage in the hope of securing a Grand Final spot.

Cllr George Lawlor took on the role of host for the evening, welcoming each act to the stage as they did their best to wow judges Tara Doyle Robinson, Vicki Clancy, Catherine 'Biddy' Walsh, and Paul Walsh.

A variety of talents were showcased from gymnastics to musical theatre performances, as well as singer-songwriter offerings. Dance was also a big feature, with styles from both ends of the spectrum - one Irish dancing group and another showing off their hip-hop skills!

Performers on the evening included Enniscorthy-based band Finch, who performed lead singer Sinéad Hayes's original song 'Burning Love'; Kym Sinnott, who performed 'Make You Feel My Love' by Adele; Ella Dempsey who sang 'Naughty' from the musical 'Matilda'; Will Troy who sang 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak; Evey Roche who performed 'I'll Never Love Again' from the hit film 'A Star Is Born'; Anya Furlong who sang 'O Mio Babbino Caro'; Leah Gammell, who sang 'Shallow' from 'A Star Is Born'; and The Sullivan School of Dance, who rounded off the first half.

The second half featured performances from the Gym Stars gymnastic group; Lili O'Brien Dobbs who sang Adele's 'When We Were Young'; Brooklyn Meyler Smith who rapped his original composition 'Wonderful World'; Caoimhe Troy who sang 'On My Own' from 'Les Miserables'; Sinead Doyle who sang '2002' by Anne-Marie; Josh Cahill who sang 'Let Her Go' by Passenger; and, lastly, Sirius group from the Sheila Grace Dance Company.

Organiser Enda Whelan said: 'Our first semi-final of 2019 was brimming with talent - the judges have a very difficult task in deciding on the finalists.'

Three further finalists were selected by the judges on the night; they were singer Evey Roche, The Sullivan School of Dance, and Gym Stars.

They join golden ticket winner Marby Arrioli from Kildare.

Three further acts will be selected at the second semi-final on February 16, with the remaining finalists announced in this newspaper on February 19.

Taking to the stage in the next semi-final are The Wexford School of Ballet, Hip Hop dance group from RM Company, Jack Gladney, Group CRJ, Caoimhe Boyle, Eabha Keane, Evan Roche, Patrice McGillycuddy, Emma Byrne, Jenny Murphy, Adi Roche O'Leary, Michaela O'Hare, Chris Flood Hayes, Luke Spellacy Shaw, and Hip Hop dance group Synergy.

Tickets for the second semi-final are on sale now at €10. The show starts at 8 p.m. The Grand Final takes place on March 9. The competition winner is set to walk away with a €2,000 prize. Two additional prizes of €500 will also be awarded to runners-up.

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