WATCH: These Irish kids join Justin Bieber on stage and absolutely nail it
'They felt like celebrities themselves'
These Irish children were the envy of Bieber fans everywhere last night, when they took to the stage to perform with the international popstar on the Dublin leg of his Purpose world tour.
Abi Doolan (10), Shane Bosson (12) and Leah McNamara (12), from the House of Swag dance school in Swords, were chosen from hundreds who auditioned to dance with the singer during his song Children in the RDS last night.
Speaking to Independent.ie, the dance school’s co-owner Janelle Kelly said the children were “over the moon” to be performing at the sold-out concert and gave a performance that was nothing short of “absolutely brilliant.”
She said: “I thought they’d be really nervous but they were so calm about it, they were brilliant.
“They were so happy afterwards and even had people coming up to them who’d recognised them from onstage. They felt like celebrities themselves.”
The talented trio were given front-row seats to the show and were within touching distance of Justin Bieber as he performed his set.
Ms Kelly said: “At one point he was singing ‘Boyfriend’ and we lifted the kids up and he actually crouched down and sang the song to them. The kids were absolutely over the moon.”
Abi, Shane and Leah are also members of dance crew Nasty 2.0, and will compete at the World Irish Dancing Championships.
Last night marked the second time children from the House of Swag have been chosen to perform with Justin Bieber, though it was previously a different dance group.
Also selected to perform last night were Holly Sullivan and Meghan Sewell, from Belfast. The best friends have been dance partners for four years and according to their dance coach Shannon Meeter, were starstruck meeting the popstar last night.
She said: “The girls got tickets to the VIP bit, right up at the front of stage, and when it was their turn they went up on stage and did their routine. Then Justin Beiber went around and asked their names and stuff and said to Meghan, ‘what’s your name gorgeous?’
“We will not hear the end of that now. She keeps saying ’Justin Bieber thinks I’m gorgeous’.”
Ms Meeter said she was incredibly proud of how her students performed, noting that they were “really professional.”
Like the other performers, Holly and Meghan were stopped by fans and asked for photos on their way home from the show.
“It was really cool, the girls absolutely loved it,” she said.
Bieber fever was at an all-time high in Dublin yesterday as the singing sensation was spotted in various locations. He was pictured playing a game of basketball in Bushy Park, Terenure, as well as eating dinner in Picadero’s restaurant, Maynooth the night before.