Young stars can shine on big stage
LOCALS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT
WHAT ANOTHER great School Stars season.
Louis Walsh has again said he is amazed by the talent on show from this region and he's not wrong.
But the thing is - how many will go on to make it big in any facet of the music business.
Nothing like putting your neck on the block so here goes.
Out of the hundreds upon hundreds of local acts I've had the pleasure in hearing I've decided to pick 25 who should give stardom a shot.
Some are already recognised names in the area and are busy aiming for that big break.
Theresa McKenna from Beaulieu continues to shine and the same must be said of Katy Anna Mohan, two ladies waiting for the big break - if someone has the sense to sign them! I think they both have something special.
A couple of the younger McKennas have real potential too.
The likes of the Carolan Brothers from their Baby A links in St Joseph's are well known to many and they continue to play the circuit, both locally and further afield.
The younger guns are lining up, who can match Leah Corcoran's voice?, maybe Amie Dyer in her own way and style, perhaps Bethany Conlon or Damilola Olojo?
Fabia Marsella has already appeared on TV as part of a dance competition, so an all round performer there.
In terms of comedy, Conor Whearty from Bellewstown is one of the best young comedians around with his Brendan Grace style.
Rachel Lynch greatly impressed in this year's event and what about the dance skills of Clinton Liberty. Awesome.
Latest winner Saoirse Kavanagh, is another exceptional one.
The full list, in no particular order is: Lauren Meegan from Termonfeckin, Grace Willis from Ardcath, Jamie Rijnders, the Duleek Girls NS choir, Alanah McArdle, Jack Synnott, Gareth Nomayo, Estelle Stratton, Amie Dyer, Roisin Connor, Damilola Olojo, Jake Cunningham, Sharon McCluskey, Conor Whearty, the members of Baby A, Five Foot Nothing, Rachel Lynch, Clinton Liberty, Saoirse Kavanagh, Greenhills Choir, Beth Heaslip, Theresa McKenna and the McKennas, Fabia Marsella, Bethany Conlon, Katy Anna Mohan and Leah Corcoran.