'I know in my heart this boy will be in the final' - Lucy Kennedy chooses her golden buzzer act on Ireland's Got Talent
A 29-year-old singer has received the final golden buzzer of the first series of Ireland's Got Talent.
Christopher King (29) is originally from Limerick but moved to the UK when he was four and flew over especially to take part in the show.
His dulcet country music tones wooed the judges, despite his obvious nerves, which prompted Louis to say, "I didn't think it was note perfect. I know you're nervous but I think you're potentially very good."
Host Lucy Kennedy, however, wanted to be sure Christopher went through so she popped out and pressed her Golden Buzzer, declaring, "I met him backstage and I really like him as a person. I love his voice and I know he's nervous and I hear the nerves in his voice. But I know in my heart this boy will be in the final. I know it."
Jason Byrne sent producers into frenzy last week when he pressed his Golden Buzzer by mistake sending drag act Martin McGuinness through to the semi-finals, something which has never happened in the history of the show – anywhere around the world.
The judges have now all chosen their Golden Buzzer acts and Christopher joins Martin, the nation’s favourite great grandmother, Evelyn Williams (81), mum of two and singer, Linda McLoughlin (38) and Xquisite in the semi-finals.
Tonight was a good night for singers. Affia Ní Fhaolaín (18) is a leaving Cert student from Rathcoole in Meath who has been singing and playing piano since she was just 6 years old. She sang Video Games and was "magical" according to Denise and "amazing" according to Denise. Michelle said she preferred her to Lana Del Rey. It was an easy decision for the four judges to send her through.
Cora Harkin (9) was also hugely impressive. She sang Don't Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl and lifted the roof off the place with her powerful voice and got a rousing standing ovation.
"Wow Cora wow, this is the second coming of Barbara Streisand! said Michelle while Denise said she was "pitch perfect" and "lit up the stage". Jason and Louis were equally impressed.
Louis said, "I think we could be looking back at this clip in 20 years time saying remember it all started on that show RIeland's Got Talent. I don't think you realise how good you are.
Rather less impressive vocally, however, were Soul Sisters, twins Sophia and Nadia El Abdaly (35) from Claremorris in Mayo. Unfortunately they lacked soul, according to Louis, and received four red buzzers during their performance.
Ernest Poptect (34) from Lithuania, but living in Dublin, specialises in krumping. He didn't impress dancer Denise, however, as she buzzed quickly.
"It felt really dated and hasn't really moved with the times," she said. Louis challenged her by asking, "hat about ballroom and Strictly?"
"You did some good moves but I've seen better," added Denise. Despite her reservations, however, Ernest went through with three yeses.
Stretch BK (30) is a speed rapper, originally from Wales who came to Dublin for love. Jason reckoned every mammy in Ireland talks like him. He got four yeses.
Mayo trad group Atlantic Rhythm mixed music and dance and revealed they perform for Americans across the county. Their performance earned them a standing ovation from all four judges and the audience.
Michelle had "so many questions" about the instruments and added, "I've been waiting for this moment".
"That was a good session. That's what we call wrecking the gaff," said Jason.
"It's what we've been waiting to see. It made me feel so excited," enthused Denise Van Outen as they went sailing through with four thumbs up.
It was also the week of the unusual acts, kicking off with Brian Donnelly (33) aka the Grim Squeaker who described himself as a ‘side show freak’. He lives in Greystones, Co Wicklow, with his partner and 21 pets ranging from snakes to snails.
His act kicked off with him hammering a 6 inch nail into his face and concluded with Jason Byrne smashing a concrete block on his stomach as he lay on a bed of nails. Perfect Saturday night family viewing. And we will see more as he received three yeses. Denise found it a "bit too freaky and a bit too scary". She wasn't the only one.
feeling queasy after that side show....🤢🤢🤢 yet i still watched through my fingers cause it was intriguing 😮 #GotTalentIRL— Christina Duff (@tinaduff1) March 3, 2018
Another 'unusual' act came courtesy of Mark 'The Science Guy' Langtry. He's a 29-year-old science teacher from Kildare who incorporated some dry ice and an explosion or two into his act. Denise popped on stage to help him out but worried her shoes would suffer from the dry ice. After all that, they didn't send him through.
Completing a trilogy of oddball acts was Riuchi (40). He's originally from France and came over for three months to learn English and never left. He now lives in Cork and his act involved movement with LED lights in a dark studio. It was beautiful and earned a thumbs up from everyone except the hard-to-impress Denise who said it "wasn't exciting enough".
Ireland’s Got Talent this Saturdays, 7.30pm, followed by Ireland’s Got Mór Talent at 8.30pm.