Tuesday 23 May 2017

Jessie J stunned by students' antics at Trinity's drunken bawl

SHOCK: Jessie J said 'unconscious girls' were trampled on at the Trinity Ball inside the college grounds.
SHOCK: Jessie J said 'unconscious girls' were trampled on at the Trinity Ball inside the college grounds.

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

Students at Ireland's Trinity Ball were given a tongue lashing this weekend over their drunken behaviour -- by a British pop singer they jetted in to perform at the event.

Chart-topping sensation Jessie J spoke of her shock after playing to a 7,000-strong crowd where "so many people (were) so drunk" and "not with it".

The English singer-songwriter also spoke of her disgust at how many of the students were so intoxicated "they couldn't even stand" and revealed that she witnessed "girls unconscious" in the crowd at the prestigious university.

Following her performance on Friday night, the singer -- whose real name is Jessica Ellen Cornish -- took to Twitter to rant about the drunken Irish girls at the gig: "Just came off stage at trinity ball. Probably one of the hardest gigs to date," she raged. "To see so many people so drunk they couldn't even stand. Girls unconscious and (students were) literally trampling on each other. It wasn't easy."

The singer, who has had a stellar rise to fame over the past year, later posted: "I'm not upset they weren't all listening. It upset me to see so many young people so not with it. I'm not used to it," she said.

"It's hard to sing when I just wanted to go into the crowd and help all the crying girls who were being squashed."

The comments caused a stir online among students who attended the yearly party, with one commentator remarking: "Are you being serious? Just be thankful you were performing on stage to your fans."

The singer later posted: "Can I just clear up that last night was a UNIVERSITY BALL and it was students," she said.

"I was just shocked at how intoxicated they were and I was genuinely worried for them. I'm not used to it. That's all. And it's not just in Ireland, its everywhere. As a non drinker, I just want to spread the message that binge drinking is dangerous," she said, adding: "I just care."

The Blizzards frontman Niall Breslin, who wasn't at the ball, then commented on Jessie J's statement, dryly remarking: "Welcome to Ireland."

The yearly suits-and-gown extravaganza, which takes place on the grounds of Trinity College, also featured a host of other big names, including The Streets, Bell X1 and The Rubberbandits.

Jessie first saw fame when she began writing tracks for Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus.

The most successful track she co-wrote is Party in the USA, which gained platinum certification in many countries. On January 7, 2011, Jessie J came top of the BBC's 'Sound of 2011' list. She followed this in February by receiving the Critics' Choice at the 2011 BRIT Awards.

She released her first single, Do It Like a Dude, which peaked at number two in the UK. Jessie released her follow-up single, Price Tag, which went straight to number one in the UK singles chart. It remained at number one for two weeks. Her debut album was released on February 25, 2011, and charted at number two in the UK albums chart.

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