Final countdown to the Wexford Has Talent Grand Final 2017 11/02/17 : the

Final countdown to the Wexford Has Talent Grand Final 2017 11/02/17

| February 11, 2017

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The final week of preparation is underway at present as the countdown is on to the 2017 Wexford Has Talent Grand Final, which is set to take place on Saturday night, February 11th at Clayton Whiles Hotel.

A total of 15 finalists will take to the stage from 8pm to battle it out for the title of the champion of Wexford Has Talent 2017 and walk away with a cash prize of €2,000. Two runner up finalists will also be announced and each will be awarded €500.

Singing, Ballet, Opera, Hip Hop Dance, Harmony Group performances and Musical Theatre performances will all be showcased at the Grand Final event.

The judges for the Wexford Has Talent Grand Final are Vicky Barron, Carmel Cornish Wallace, Sophie Wilson and Catherine ‘Biddy’ Walsh and the MC Host on the evening is Councillor George Lawlor.

Tickets for the Grand Final are €15 and are now on sale at Clayton Whites Hotel; the show will commence at 8pm sharp on Saturday, February 11th.


Emma Hore performed a wonderful rendition of ‘I dreamed a dream’ from Les Mis at the Semi Final, she is deciding upon her Grand Final piece. She is 27 and is from 
Kilmore in Wexford. She is a
Primary school Teacher in Kilrane National School teaching 5th and 6th class.

Jirat O’Neill sang ‘Treat You Better’ by Shawn Mendes at the Semi Final, he is deciding upon his Grand Final piece. He is from Gorey and is 13 years old. He is making his third successive appearance in Wexford Has Talent.  He is currently a Class Captain in 1st Year in Creagh College.  He plays Piano, drums and is just starting the Ukulele.  He has won a number of talent shows including Kilinerin’s Opportunity Knocks two years in a row and has been a guest at the Sing Out Loud in 2015.  His musical inspirations are Olly Murs, Shawn Mendes and Michael Buble.

Having been in Oliver in 2016, Jirat will now take the role of the Prince in the Gorey Musical Society’s production of ‘The King and I’ in April this year.

He also participates in Soccer, basketball, GAA football, and Athletics.

Caoimhe Troy will sing ‘Human’ by Christina Perry. Caoimhe is 13 years old and is from Tomhaggard. She has been doing drama every Saturday for almost 6 years with Carmel and Lauren Corish Wallace. She has won the award for best female lead in the Bord Gais Energy student theatre awards 2016 for her role as Rafiki in the Lion King JR which also won best overall school musical.

Ballerina Sorcha Finn has been dancing from the age of the 3 with Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts, she also study’s Modern and Jazz Dance. She has completed many exams over the years but most of what she does is performance-based.

She has also participated in many shows and played the lead in Sleeping Beauty last June.

Earlier in the year, she auditioned and was accepted into the Irish National Youth Ballet where she played a lead role in their production of the Nutcracker. She is now preparing for the their next production where she is privileged to have another lead role. She is also currently preparing for the forthcoming production of The Children of Lir in the National Opera House on February 3rd and 4th.

Éabha Carty performed ‘Where Dreams Come True’ from the musical NOEL at the Semi Final, she is deciding upon her Grand Final piece. Éabha is 12 years old and she already has many credits to her name. She loves to perform and has been a member of Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts since she was three years old. She is also a member of Discovering Drama and has performed in both groups in all of their Christmas and summer shows, having played the role of Young Clara in their 2015 ballet production of the “The Nutcracker Suite” at the National Opera House. She has also appeared as an extra in the TV series “Clean Break”. Éabha has appeared in several promotional ads including “Visit Wexford”, Ferrycarrig Hotel and Emerald Group Christmas. Éabha has previously performed as a soloist in Wexford Light Opera Society’s hits from the Musicals and has also taken part as a soloist in the Sing Out Loud Concerts at the National Opera House.  Éabha has just recently taken part in the new musical NOËL which premiered in the National Opera House just before Christmas.

Singer Hayley Crosbie will perform Used to be mine’ by Sara Bareilles. Hayley is 17 years old and from New Ross and she is a fifth year student. She says she has been singing since she could talk and it is her passion. She is part of Superstars stage academy where she also loves acting and dancing. She has played Cinderella in the musical Cinderella, the Genie in Aladdin and Miss Hannigan in Annie and she love performing on stage.

Will Troy Walsh will sing ‘Eyes Shut’ by years and Years. Will is 13 years old from Tomhaggard, Co. Wexford. He is in first year of secondary school at St. Peters.  Will has loved to sing, dance and act from a young age and he has just finished his third season of the Wexford Panto.  2016 saw him play the role of “Hansel” in Snow White and the Babes in the Wood.  

Last March he had the lead role of “Simba” in his primary schools’ production of “The Lion King” where they performed at The National Opera House and were finalists in the Bord Gais Theatre Student Awards in May where they went on to win 2 awards.

Musical harmony group ‘7th Fret’ will sing ‘Send me on my way’ by Rusted Roots. 7th Fret is a group of local Wexford singers; Daniel Furlong, Robert Murphy,David Mcdonnell, Hazel Devereux, Holly Rossiter and Ciara Cullinane. They formed after performing together in a school production of Les Miserables in late 2015. Since then they have performed at many charity gigs, most notably at Wexford Spiegeltent Festival and Cycle against Suicide and they recently went on to win Taghmons got talent. Last year 7th fret made it to the final of Wexford Has Talent.

Aaren McStein will sing ‘Take my hand’ by Picture This. Aaren Mcstein is aged 15. He says that this year his life has changed alot as far as his musical adventure goes. He applied for Wexford Has Talent last year and made it to the semi-final also but he hopes that this year, through his vocal enhancement he hopes to get further. Aaren is originally from England and moved to Ireland in August 2014. He says Ireland is now his home and he wants to show wexford what he can do.

Caoimhe Boyle will perform ‘Pulled’ from the Addams Family. She is a fifteen-year-old singer from Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School in New Ross and lives in Foulksmills. She has been performing on stage since the age of three and recently took part in a school production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. She is also a member of Superstars Stage Academy and a student of Joanne McCabe

Danielle Reck will dance to ‘I will do anything for love’ by Meatloaf. Danielle is a 31-year-old mother of one from Wexford town. She is no stranger to the stage having performed with many local groups such as Wexford Drama Group, Wexford Pantomime Society and Oyster Lane Theatre group.  Danielle took a step back from the stage after the birth of her little girl but had her love of performance & dance rekindled when she took a pole dance class 2 years ago with Pole Image Wexford. 
Since then she has been hooked, competing and performing in many national Pole competitions around Ireland.

Aoife Goodison will sing ‘A moment like this’ by Leona Lewis.  Aoife is 13 years of age has a passion to sing and perform. She attends the County Wexford School of Music for singing along with the Naoimh Penston vocal academy for choral singing. She has been a member of superstars stage academy for many years and also does modern dance in Wexford school of ballet and performing arts .She was part of the children’s choir for wexford light opera show “Evita” and was more recently was part of the children’s chorus in the fabulous production of Noel. She is part of the chorus for this year’s production of beauty and the beast with Wexford panto society. She was a finalist in the soloist competition run by the Cross Boarder Orchestra of Ireland. Aoife was also lucky enough to get to stage 2 of the selection for The Junior Eurovision. During this process Aoife wrote her own song “As gaelige” and the music was composed by the very talented Sue Furlong. She also was part of sing out loud for all their performances in the national opera house with the penston academy. Aoife continues to grow and strives to always do her best and loves been part of new ventures as from each one she gains a wealth of experience. She always describes herself as been at her happiest been on the stage and performing.

Luke Hayes will perform ‘New Shoes’ by Paolo Nutini. Luke is 19 years old and from Belvedere, Wexford town He has been singing since he was about 8 years of age and was in a band with two other friends two years ago qualifying for the semi finals of Wexford Has Talent. He has been playing guitar and busking for a year.

Adi Roche O’Leary will sing ‘Run’ by Leona Lewis. Adi is 20 years of age and from Bannow in Co. Wexford. She’s been singing since she was 12 after singing in a school play so it all started from there.

Dance troupe Hysteria will dance to a mash up of ‘Get Busy, ‘Paris’ and ‘Your Mind’. Hysteria is a HipHop dance crew from Next Level Dance School who have been dancing together for over 3 years now and vary from ages 14-20 years old. They all live and have dance practice in Wexford town. The group has won gold at their last two dance competitions and also won best overall dance crew in their category in 2016. Every year they put maximum effort into their dance routines and with a lot of dance rehearsals comes great friendship.

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