Published 13/11/2013 | 05:28
THE annual School Stars Awards never fail to produce some remarkable talent – and the opening night of the quarter-finals didn't disappoint.
But in many ways it was a stunning performer from Scoil Choilmcille in Mount Hanover, Jessica Donagh, who stole the show.
She lit up the night with her rendition of 'Read All About It' – smooth and soulful – and with a professionalism that suggests she may be a real contender for the overall title come December.
She wasn't alone in the contenders list however.
Duleek Boys NS showed themselves to be an absolute haven of talent with Finn Fitzgerald, Matthew Sharkey, David Maxwell and Calum Agnew all awesome.
Ziva Cussen's (St Marys PPS) contemporary dance was another highlight while Katie Mallon (Scoil Naomh Feichin) performed 'Destination Anywhere' like a veteran.
Her fellow Termonfeckin entries, Abby Rice and comedians Ben and Joe were also very polished and were backed up well by Aoibh Murray and Ruairi Holohan.
St Mary's was also represented by David, Liam and Sean, AKA, the Rapping, Zapping Singers, the BSLs and Eye of the Tiger, Holly, Aine, Kelly Kate, Olivia, Carla and Lauren (The Grenades), Sean, Shane, The two Eoins and Ruairi who made up The Halls.
Marymount had the unique voice of Glodie Matondo and Caitlin and Amy with C In A, Mount Hanover dancers Megan Cromwell and Ellie Wright, The Skryne stars, Ava Purcell, James Dardis and Volume.
There was also a couple of unique acts. Indian dancer Angela Marie Jose from St Mary's PPS was spellbinding while the girls from St Brigid's delivered a faultless rendition of Firework 'As Gaeilge' with Sabina and Emily leading them out.
The second set of quarter finals take place this week.