The X-Mas Factor
AS DFEI wound down for the holidays, the students of the college put on a talent show as a Christmas treat.
As the audience took their seats, we were welcomed by Mark Cronin, who dressed up as Santa for the occasion.
The show started with a mesmerising hula hoop act from Fiona Kirwan. Fiona hula hooped to a tune of electro violinist Lindsey Sterling’s ‘crystallize’. The judges heaped praise onto her, calling her act “unique, very prepared and quite artistic”.
Following Fiona was talented song writer and singer Peter Fahey, who sang an original song called ‘Live it Up’. The judges were pleased he sang his own music: “You’ve a fine voice and we would love to hear more,” one commented.
Next on was Jamie Crilly. He wrote a very touching rap about his grandfather who passed away when he was 15 years old. Unfortunately the emotions got the better of him as he couldn’t finish his piece but that didn’t stop the praise coming from the judges. Judge Berni Dwan said, “It was very compelling and you are a poet.” Fellow Judge willie Demange said that “the emotional message took its toll.”
The next act brought a very original rap with a mix of interpretive dance. Judge Willie said, “It was the most original piece I’ve seen with humour and great stage presence.” Berni added that “It was very clever and I really loved it.”
Solo singer Aidel was next up. She sang a groovy blues number that had most of the audience swaying. The judges were impressed by her bravery and thought she was very good with Judge Patrick Wall told her that she “got the crowd going”.
A Talented young man by the name of Anton Banaghan was next. He sang the popular song ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. Judge Bernie
commented that she “wouldn’t throw [him] out of bed for eating Tayto” (careful now Berni!). Willie added, “You make well known songs as if you wrote them.”
Last but not least was eventual winner Reuben James. He brought not only a very good rap to the show but a fantastic charisma that added to a brilliant performance. Berni was impressed by the interaction with the audience while Willie said the act contained “plenty of variety, good content and great stage presence”.
The DFEi talent show is a vital medium for showcasing the incredibly diverse range of talents at the college, and also raises vital funds for deserving charities. This year all funds went to NCBI.
by Niall Byrne, PJ5