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Saturday 30 August 2014

Daniel is tops in Borris 'X-Factor'

Published 09/04/2013 | 05:24

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Students at Borris Vocational School took to the stage to sing, dance and perform at the first X Factor show.

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After auditions were held at the school 25 acts performed and danced to music from the 1930s to 2013, played the piano and entertained with comedy sketches.

'From 80s love songs to hip-hop, George Gershwin to Snow Patrol, Ray Charles to David Guetta, jazz to U2, the range of acts was mind-boggling,' said school principal John O'Sullivan.

There were solo and group acts from first years to sixth years and afterwards some of the TY competitors hopped on a bus to Cologne for their school trip.

The judges on the night were Niall Whitty, a 17 year old magician from Gorey, Co Wexford and Dermot O'Shaughnessy, a well known musician from Donore, Bagenalstown.

'Tissues were needed when comedy act Wrong Direction took to the stage,' he added. 'A spoof of the boy band One Direction, Joe Porter, Conor Fenelon, Jack Kavanagh and their manager Katie O'Byrne had the entire audience in knots.'

There were some first-rate displays of self-choreographed Dance talent from Tess Hennessey and Rachel Holmes, from Orla Doyle, Rebecca Nolan and Rebecca Doyle. Emma Neville performed an Irish dance act.

Judge Niall Whitty, an accomplished mentalist, was accompanied on stage by his friend Johno to do a magic act and while the judges were making their deliberations a local group of 'Sisters' arrived for a brilliant Sister Act, they were joined on stage for a minute with pope Francis.

Overall Winner was sixth year Daniel Whelan with his Blues Number, No More Alcohol.

'His guitar playing was outstanding, his singing was superb, his stage presence was like a real pro he rose the roof and stole the show,' said Mr O'Sullivan

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