A GROUP of Aghinagh teenage singers has made it through to the televised stages of Scór Encore on TG4 after impressing the judges in trial auditions.
The group were taken aback by the news when they received confirmation they had progressed onto the shortlist for the next phase of the competition. Group members Kiara Leahy, Ellen Lucey, Abigail Watson, Sarah and Sheila Twomey enter the studios on Thursday, January 30 for filmed rehearsal.
Fingers are crossed that the Aghinagh balladeers can win the votes to go forward to a semi-final next month.
The group assembled initially to participate in the Muskerry Scór na bPaiatí, singing and dancing on representing Rusheen National School for five years. "We are delighted to be chosen to appear on Scor Encore as it gives us an opportunity to appear on television representing our local club," said the girls.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Nancy Leahy commended the Aghinagh Ballad Group on their rise to prominence.
"We are so proud of the girls dedication and hard work and this being their first year singing together at a higher level, coming second in the County Scor na nÓg and now appearing on Scór Encore is a great achievement for all five teenagers", she said.
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