Belleek and Enniskillen hopefuls audition for BGT

Britain's Got Talent hopefuls Jasmine Dorris and Rhys Hopkins from Enniskillen warm up for their audition

Britain’s Got Talent hopefuls Jasmine Dorris and Rhys Hopkins from Enniskillen warm up for their audition

YOUNG SINGERS, musicians and dancers from Fermanagh took the first step to potential international stardom yesterday (Tuesday) as they took part in auditions for the next series of the hit show, Britain’s Got Talent.
Young hopefuls travelled from all around the county to Omagh’s Strule Arts Centre to showcase their unique talents in front of a duo of scouts – and their performances were captured on camera for the show’s producers to see.
Successful acts will then be in with a chance of securing a place at one of the judges’ auditions in 2017.
Showing-off her audition song, ‘Team’ with the help of her trusty acoustic guitar, Enniskillen teenager Jasmine Dooris stunned onlookers with her angelic vocals.
The 14-year-old student has been singing for as long as she can remember, but it was only two years ago that she began playing guitar.
“Team is one of my favourite songs, and Iisten to it on repeat all the time,” she smiled. “I practised the song a lot so I wasn’t nervous about singing it in front of the judges – I was more nervous that they wouldn’t like me.”
Another Enniskillen entrant, Rhys Hopkins, has been singing since he was six years old, and cites his musical influences as Jason Derulo an Twenty One Pilots who inspired him to learn the ukulele.
And so, in front of the judges, the 14-year-old played his very own version of Jason Derulo’s ‘What If’.
“I’ve just always really liked the song and I enjoy playing the ukulele,” he explained. “As time went by I became more nervous about auditioning, but I think it went OK.
Belleek’s Aoife O’Reilly was not fazed by the audition as she was used to performing in different places and in front of lots of people. However, the teenager hoped that her cover of a traditional Irish song, ‘The Roses’ and classic song ‘Riptide’ were enough to impress the scouts.
“I think my audition went really well,” she said. “Even though my favourite artist is Adele, I chose those two songs as they showed off what my voice can do. I wasn’t too nervous at all – it was just a really good experience.”


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