Tuesday 24 October 2017

'It was like you came from Heaven': Simon Cowell praises Kilkenny choir as they fail to make Britain's Got Talent final

Presentation Choir from Kilkenny conducted by Veronica McCarron on Britain’s Got Talent last night
Presentation Choir from Kilkenny conducted by Veronica McCarron on Britain’s Got Talent last night

Denise Calnan and Ciara Treacy

Presentation Secondary School choir were left sorely disappointed when they failed to make it into the 'Britain's Got Talent' final.

While the 60-strong choir impressed the judges during the semi-finals, they failed to secure enough public votes.

Contestants Jasmine Elcock and Craig Ball were the two acts selected to make it through to the finals.

Millions of viewers tuned in to watch the Irish all-girls choir sing 'Ave Maria' on the show in Wembley Stadium.

"Aw, gosh, that literally brought a tear to my eye," judge Amanda Holden said after the performance.

"It's a silly thing to feel but I feel so proud of you all."

Simon Cowell had only praise for the girls. "You are honestly special, it was like you came from Heaven, dropped down to earth, did this performance.

"What I love is the subtlety, at the same time you have all these different harmonies," the TV producer said.

The pupils at the Loughboy school departed for Britain on Wednesday.

Their first performance of 'Adiemus' in the audition stage in April impressed the judges and earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One's 'Ray D'Arcy Show' before the semi-finals, choral director Veronica McCarron said the group were "very excited and thrilled" to make the semi-final.

"We have an amazing team," she said.

Ms McCarron officially retired from the school a couple of years ago but still travels from her homestead in Donegal to teach the choir for two weeks each month.

"I came to the school 22 years ago, they wanted a choral programme. We now have 300 children from first year to sixth year," she added.

The students have described the choir director's enthusiasm as "infectious".

Since their last appearance on the show, the choir have also performed on 'The Late Late Show'.

Irish Independent

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