Thursday 20 September 2018

'I nearly died with the fright when the buzzer went off', says Ireland's Got Talent's Evelyn (81)

5 Feb 2018; Ireland's Got Talent's Evelyn Williams at home with her crochet. Bolbrook, Tallaght, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
5 Feb 2018; Ireland's Got Talent's Evelyn Williams at home with her crochet. Bolbrook, Tallaght, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Sean O'Grady

Dublin great-grandmother Evelyn Williams has spoken of her joy at the audience reaction to her audition on Ireland's Got Talent.

The Drimnagh woman (81) enthralled the judges and the viewers watching with her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns, which prompted judge Michelle Visage to give her the golden buzzer which sends her straight through to the semi-final.

Evelyn is no stranger to the cameras however, and eagle-eyed viewers may recognise her from 20 years of working as an extra on Fair City.

"I'm full of life. I walk on a treadmill every morning for three-quarters of an hour and I've done that for 20 years. That's the reason I think I am well," she said.

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 hope I am an example to anyone who wants to be well as they're getting old to be able to move.

"I put it down to that. I keep myself exercised and I've worked all my life.

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

"For 20-odd years I've being doing extra work at Fair City as well," she said.

Evelyn, who lives in Tallaght, comes from a musical family and has sung all of her life. A family member suggested she audition for the TV3 series but she never expected to hear back from the programme when she sent her tape in.

Evelyn Williams
Evelyn Williams

"I've been singing all my life and my granddaughter sings," she added.

"My youngest granddaughter auditioned for Mamma Mia and she's doing very well.

"This is the way this family is. We all like music and singing.

"From the day they were born, I sang in their ears. I said, I might go for that some day," she told the Herald.

Evelyn received a standing ovation after her audition and was in tears after she learned she had been sent straight through to the live semi-final shows in March.

"I felt, 'this is great', that's what I felt. I'm going to sing. There were beautiful children there auditioning, everyone wanted to do well.

"It was a long day, from 10am in the morning until nearly 11pm at night. I was second or third last to sing and I gave it my all and now it's history," she said.

"I heard the buzzer and I didn't know what it was, I broke down then alright. I nearly died with the fright."

Evelyn is mum to daughter Eileen (57) and son Barry (51). She has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She said she had a full house on Saturday night as family and friends gathered to watch her audition.

Although she has already won the hearts of the nation, Evelyn insisted she has not thought about making it to the final or what she might do after the show.

"As far as I am concerned, I have won already. I am so happy with what I have now," she said.

"Hopefully something will happen but there are some fantastic acts."

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