Sunday 16 December 2018

Evelyn Williams 'not sour' at Ireland's Got Talent exit and backs talent of young acts

Evelyn Williams from Ireland's Got Talent and Alannah Beirne pictured when the nominees and host for this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards were revealed at an exclusive launch this morning in the Marker Hotel
Evelyn Williams from Ireland's Got Talent and Alannah Beirne pictured when the nominees and host for this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards were revealed at an exclusive launch this morning in the Marker Hotel
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

SINGING sensation Evelyn Williams is "not sour" about exiting Ireland's Got Talent in the show's last semi-final.

The great-grandmother sees it as a dream come true just to take part and reckons it was only fair for the younger generation of stars to have their time in the limelight.

Evelyn Williams of Ireland's Got Talent at the launch of this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Evelyn Williams of Ireland's Got Talent at the launch of this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"I'm not sour. The ones that got through were all young people. Of course, I was surprised, but you have to let them have their chance too," said the 82-year-old.

"I would have liked to have gotten through to the final and at my age. I don't have a lot of time left, but it was great to have got that far.

Evelyn Williams earns a Golden Buzzer through to the live shows on the first episode on Ireland's Got Talent
Evelyn Williams earns a Golden Buzzer through to the live shows on the first episode on Ireland's Got Talent

"I don't know why I didn't go through. I just put it down to the votes, and for whatever reason it was, I just didn't get enough votes."

The Tallaght pensioner stole the show at the start of the series after becoming its first golden-buzzer contestant with her amazing rendition of Send In The Clowns.

Evelyn Williams gets the Golden Buzzer on Ireland's Got Talent
Evelyn Williams gets the Golden Buzzer on Ireland's Got Talent

It is one of her favourite songs, and she turned to another song close to her heart for Thursday night's performance, which saw Aaron J Hart and Xquisite voted through to tonight's final eight acts.

Her rendition of the Dusty Springfield classic You Don't Have To Say You Love Me met with a rave reaction from judges and audience alike.

Xquisite
Xquisite

But there were shockwaves through The Helix when it was revealed that she hadn't done enough to get through to the overall final.

"I gave it my best, and that's all I can do," said Evelyn, "and I have to say, I loved the whole experience.

"I don't think I would have loved it as much without meeting so many lovely people backstage, all the production crew and everyone working on the show. They were just so nice."

She said that she's been blown away by the amount of support she's had, receiving phone calls from fans who have been following her progress from as far away as Norway and the US.

Evelyn has also become a local celebrity in her southside suburb, thanks to her stint on the show.

"I can't even walk through The Square in Tallaght any more. I get mobbed and asked for photographs all the time," she added.

"The children come over to me like I was Elvis Presley and are like, 'Can I have a photograph with you?'."

She will be tuning in to tonight's final to see which act will win but admits can't possibly pick a favourite.

"I just hope that whoever wins it deserves to win it, whether it's a dancer or a singer or a performer," she said. "I just hope they deserve it as I had such a great time on the show."

Evelyn now has the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards to look forward to next month after being nominated for an accolade. She already has her dress picked after the stylist on IGT designed a gown especially for the event.

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