Take a bow
LAOISE Dunne Ward (11), a fifth year student at Presentation NS on the Ballymakenny Road is primed for a major musical career according to The Voice judge, Bressie.
Laoise was declared the winner of the last ever School Stars last Wednesday night at the TLT, bringing the house down with her soulful performance of 'My Baby Just Cares for Me' by Nina Simone.
'If that was on the Voice the four of us would have turned round and we'd be ripping the heads off each other to get you on our team. That was a flawless performance, right on the money. You have something massively special and you don't oversing the song. 10 out of 10,' he exclaimed.
She pipped Duleek Boys NS student Calum Agnew for the crown, a personal favourite of the star judge.
Already an accomplished singer/songwriter, his own song 'Tell Me Why' was declared the best of the night by Bressie.
Joint third were the fast moving Sidas from Laytown and Indian dancer Angela Marie Jose from St Mary's.
'You are a serious talent,' he told the Laytown boy, while adding that Angela 'blew me away. Your traditional dance was incredible, Brilliant.'
Overall the standard was remarkable with a number of other acts right in the frame for silverware.
April Judge from Presentation NS delivered her performance of the series with 'Wings' and the Comedy Kidz from Tullydonnell delivered a unique 'Voice' tribute.
Domination from Whitecross were also up there, Matt, Calum and rapper Harry possible future 'billionaires' on this effort.
Lauren Murtagh's big voice lit up the place and Beth Heaslip belted out 'Wrecking Ball' – deemed as good as anything Bressie had heard in Voice auditions this year.
David Byrne from St Joseph's was told to go and get a band and become a star, such was his effortless class.
Jessica Donagh from Mount Hanover was awesome with 'Skyfall', Jessica Kealy, a future country queen, and Callystown choir showing they have one great music teacher, ranging from tin whistle to voilin and drum, never mind singing. Abbey Rice's unique voice was haunting too.
Each act brought something different to the show, but spare a thought for Duleek's Lauren McCormick who lost her voice and couldn't perform, Megan Butterly from Aston Village coming in and giving a powerhouse of a performance.
The Stewart Agnew/ Patrick Leddy inspired show, judged by Derek Ekins, Vicki Muckian and Fiona Shields, with Bressie, was packed out, but a lot of the screams were directed towards the star singer.
Even a couple of members of Gravity 11 from St Joseph's got a word in for Bressie's admirers. 'The teachers in St Joseph's, my aunt Vicky and cousin Emma fancy you!,' one declared on stage.