Monday 19 November 2018

Fiona's Germany's Got Talent journey

Fiona, in front on the right, behind the scenes at Germany’s Got Talent
Fiona, in front on the right, behind the scenes at Germany’s Got Talent

David Looby

Dancer Fiona McCabe from Adamstown made it into the finals of Germany's Got Talent with an Irish singing and dancing group.

Fiona, 24, works for Take 2 Promotions and their show Dúlamán: Voice of The Celts was a big hit with the show's judges over recent weeks.

Fiona said she loved performing with the singing and dancing act - which featured four singers backed by 11 Irish dancers from across the country, on the show.

They recently secured a deal with Sony music on the back of their success on the show and will be embarking on a tour of Germany in January. The group's semi-final performance earned them the only standing ovation of the night and particularly impressed judge Dieter Bohlen when they performed one of his hits, Cheri Cheri Lady, as Gaeilge. They were one of 14 acts who made it through to the live final in which they were up against acrobats, singers, musicians and dancers from all over the world. A public vote decided the winner and although the Irish group were unsuccessful in the final, Fiona said she took a lot away from the experience. 'We entered Germany's Got Talent for publicity ahead of our tour. We got through the first round and made to through to the final.'

The daughter of John and Kay McCabe, Fiona is one of five sisters, Catriona, Aisling, Eimear and Aoife.

She started dancing when she was four with Margot Murphy School of Irish Dancing and having won some competitions, she followed her dreams, studying Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

'I started working for different companies and did part-time gigs until I graduated in 2014 and went into full-time touring.'

She said touring has shaped her into the person she is today. 'I love performing in different countries. I feel that worldwide the Irish are known as being such a proud nation. The audiences love Irish music and Irish dancing. It's overwhelming and it gives me encouragement.'

Fiona is touring China with the Celtic Legends group in 2018 after her tour of Germany.

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