Saturday 17 March 2018

'Justin Bieber doesn't know what's ahead of him - they're amazing' - dance coach of Irish girls chosen to perform on stage at RDS

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Two best friends from Belfast are among six Irish children who have been chosen to perform on stage with Justin Bieber at the RDS on Wednesday night.

Holly Sullivan (12) and Meghan Sewell (11) have been dance partners for four years and, according to their dance coach Shannon Mateer they've "won every competition going".

They auditioned solo, along with other members of their dance troupe Prime Intensity, for the chance to dance on stage with Bieber for the song Children on his Dublin Purpose tour date - and both were chosen.

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"If you watched them perform together you'd have goosebumps.  They're like magic," Shannon tells

"Justin Bieber doesn't know what he's in for because they really are amazing."

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Shannon taught the children the dance routine but initially didn't tell them what it was for.  When she finally did reveal she wanted to record it to audition for Justin Bieber, they were a little skeptical.

"It was the end of class and all the mummies were there to pick them up and the children were like, 'We're going home!' and I was like, 'No, you're auditioning!' but nobody believed me that it was for Justin Bieber!"

The auditions were posted to YouTube where Bieber's team could watch them and Shannon found out on Saturday that Holly and Meghan had been picked.

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"They live beside each other and were having a sleepover so it was great I could tell them together over the phone," says Shannon.

"I had them on loudspeark.  If I hadn't had them on loudspeaker my eardrums would have been busted with the screams!" she laughs.

"They're so excited.  I think they're a bit nervous as well but I don't think that will affect them.  I think it will make them dance better if anything."

While Meghan and Holly will be bringing their mums to watch them from side stage, Shannon has her own ticket to the show to watch them from the audience.

The news has given the whole group a boost and Shannon says they might even try out for Britain's Got Talent.

"We did a similar competition in Blackpool and Louis Walsh was the judge and he said my kids were ready for Britain's Got Talent so we might give it a week go next year."

Justin Bieber's private jet has landed in Dublin ahead of Purpose tour date at RDS 

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