Not a dry eye in the country as adorable Tallaght dance troupe get golden buzzer on Ireland's Got Talent
Just three weeks into Ireland's Got Talent three golden buzzers have already been awarded with the latest going to a dance troupe courtesy of judge Denise Van Outen.
Latin and ballroom group Xquisite, from Tallaght, gave a crowd-pleasing old school performance full of energy and fancy footwork and earned themselves a standing ovation as well as a pass straight through to the semi-finals.
"Everything about that from that from the start to the finish was fantastic," said Van Outen.
Xquisite are aged just 9 to 11 years old and the boys and girls rehearse up to five days a week and the time and dedication they devote to dancing was obvious from their performance.
"When I was your age I stuck a crayon up my nose," laughed fellow judge Jason Byrne.
The act had finished performing and were receiving their appraisal when Van Outen added that she had been "very close" to pressing the golden buzzer. Her fellow judges encouraged her to do it so she did, much to the delight of the children.
They are the third golden buzzer recipients, after singers Evelyn Williams and Linda McLoughlin. Jason Byrne is the only judge who has yet to award a golden buzzer to an act.
He may have been close to it on tonight's episode as he was serenaded by Steve Barry (32) from Kerry.
Steve is trained in musical theatre and several years ago he received a 'yes' from Louis Walsh on The X Factor. He also auditioned for Denise for the role of Joseph in the West End.
Steve received a standing ovation for his performance with Denise raving, "I wanted more and more. It was fantastic. I didn't want it to end. What a voice. I can't believe I overlooked you the first time. That was phenomenal."
During his performance Steve descended from the stage and walked towards judge Michelle Visage who had her hand extended to greet him. However, he hilariously took a sharp turn left and instead sang to Jason Byrne.
"It wouldn't be the first time, [it's] the story of my life honey!" quipped Visage afterwards.
Louis added, "This is your time. You are way up there. It was absolutely brilliant."
Unsurprisingly Steve got four yeses from the judges. Unfortunately, fellow singer Adrian Kenny from Cork was not so lucky, despite also having previously auditioned for Louis on Popstars and The X Factor.
He sang in Italian and within seconds Jason Byrne pressed his red buzzer. While the judges agreed he had a great voice, Michelle said she found his vibrato "distracting".
"A monosyllabic word turns into prayayayayayaya instead of pray," she said.
Denise said he had a "really powerful voice" but added, "there's just something missing".
Louis said he needed vocal lessons but said yes to give him a chance. Michelle also said she would put him through if he worked on his vibrato. Jason said no and the deciding vote was left to Denise, who also said no.
"I didn't think he was special enough," she said afterwards.
A magic moment came courtesy of The Deaftones, a choir with a difference, comprising of eleven deaf members, who sign to the music, with two hearing members who sing. They received four yeses after their moving performance of Ed Sheeran's Photograph.
"The entertainment world is about emotions and so much just flowed out of you towards us," said Jason.
Michelle added, "I'd like to say thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us and allowing us in. It was beautiful."
Another stand out singer was Philip Murphy (71) from Dublin. The retired roofer is known as 'Reggae Phil'. He started out singing karaoke 10 years ago and the judges loved him, giving him four enthusiastic yeses.
"This is absolutely mad," said Michelle. "We're sitting here in Ireland listening to a man singing the music of the Rastaferi and that was amazing Philip!"
"Only in Ireland, I swear to God," said Louis.
Jamie Skelton from Portmarnock brought something a little different with his magic act. The 24 year old, who has been performing since the age of 14, wowed the judges with his close-up card tricks and went sailing through to the next round.
"I think you're a cut above the rest," said Louis, while Denise said she was "completely blown away by it". Michelle added that he had "great eyebrows" too.
Dancers did well on the show, led by Street Kidz, a dance troupe from Belfast who received four yeses for their super energetic performance. The Fatima Twirlers baton twirling troupe also received four yeses from the judges.
David (30) and Johely (26) are originally from Venezuela and salsa is their passion but Michelle said that "some of those moves were bit clunky and sloppy."
Denise said no but the other three judges gave them yeses, sending them through to the next round. Michelle said they deserved a "second chance".
Pro Seven, from Waterford, meanwhile performed using special jumping boots but they divided the judges and with just two yeses their Ireland's Got Talent journey ended on stage.
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