By Ryan O'Connor, first year Journalism.
The DFEI Christmas Talent Show took place yesterday in the college’s canteen.
Event Management teacher Fionnuala Martin took time out of her hectic schedule on the day to speak to me about the event. “It’s great for the students,” she said. She described the organisation as “arduous” but said that “when it comes down to it they really enjoy the show”
Guitar duo Oisin O’Rourke and Peter took to the stage to open the show. They chose to perform the classic Jamaican song ‘Kingston Town’ made famous by UB40. It was performed sweetly and was a perfect opening to the event. The judges praised their choice of song and the quality and confidence of their performance.
Second to the stage was hip-hop MC Jamie Crilly. He performed a touching original song which stunned the judges as they gushed with praise for the emotional performance. The highest compliment came from Berni who said that while she wasn’t in the mood for judging the talent show, this performance had changed her mind and said she was “really glad” she had heard him.
Next to take the stage was guitarist James Wynne who performed the Ed Sheeran song “Thinking Out Loud”. His confident performance also drew unanimous praise from the judges, who complimented his powerful vocal delivery.
The fourth contestant of the day was singer Anton Banaghan who delivered a soulful performance of Adele’s “One & Only” with his deep booming voice hitting every note perfectly. The judges praised his bravery in attempting an Adele song and his strong stage presence. Next was guitarist, Kevin Banfield, who performed an instrumental arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. The judges made nice comments about his technique and how much variety he managed to get from his instrument.
Last but not least was Kate Dineen who performed “Only Exception” by Paramore. The judges spoke positively of her voice saying it was beautiful and had a really nice texture.
In the interval while the judges decided the winner, the crowd were treated to an instrumental medley by Audrey Traynor & Friends which finished with the Pogues classic Fairytale of New York. After this a raffle in aid of the Simon Community took place with a hamper being the top prize.
Finally it was time for the winner to be announced: the judges chose Jamie Crilly, having been moved by his personal and emotional performance. I spoke to Jamie briefly just after the announcement He beamed as I asked him what he was feeling: “Surprised and shocked. It is such a personal song I didn’t expect to get compliments like this.”
The event was a great success in terms of enjoyment for those in attendance and money raised for the Simon Community.