Wednesday 30 July 2014

Pre-teen sensation James raps up spot in Kerry's Got Talent final

Simon Brouder

Published 10/07/2013|15:02

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Contestants and judges in the Kerry's Got Talent show at Siamsa Tire on Sunday; back: Francis Jones, Brian Hurley, Colum McCormack Crowe, Marie Woulfe, Ray Nash; front row: Aoife de Mille, Joshua Roche, James Friel, Sarah Landers and Kelsey Lang McCarthy.

CONGRATULATIONS to talented young Tralee hip-hop dancer James Friel who has been named as one of the first two finalists in this year's Kerry's Got Talent competition.

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James, a 12-year-old sixth class pupil at Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, was picked as one of two finalists in the first of Kerry's Got Talents six live heats at Siamsa Tíre on Sunday afternoon.

The young dancer from Boherbee, a student at Tralee's Dance to Destiny stage school, was one of eight contestants who battled it out for one of two spots in the grand final at the INEC on August 25 - or a second bite at the cherry as a wild card.

On Sunday, James took the second finalist place, wowing the judges and the audience with his hip-hop moves. James used a medley of tracks to showcase his various dance skills in a routine which varied quite a bit from his rehearsal as he said he always changes his moves to suit how he feels about the music in the moment.

James is no stranger to dancing success. The youngster has already won many provincial and national awards, including being named as a National All-Ireland underage hip hop dancing champion.

The next heat takes place at Siamsa Tíre on ths Sunday, July 14, and among the contenders are Tralee based pianist Yasmin Gardezi, nine year old Tralee musical theatre star Ella Smith and Tralee rock band Jousting with Chairs, which is comprised of Joe Greany, Cathal Sheehan, James O'Connor, Sean Carroll and Macdara De Bhillis.


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