Cross Rangers Junior X Factor

February 17, 2009

Once again the Rangers’ hall buzzed with raw talent reverberating round it.

The judges were once again amazed by what was taking place in front of their eyes, so much so that they had to take on a sub, Pamela Muldoon who ably stepped up to the mark as Miceal Moley went off ‘injured’ at half time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The unenviable task of appearing first on stage fell on the young shoulders of Niamh Daly. The spritely eleven year old  took a song from Pink ‘So What’ and made it her own, as she also did in the second half with the age old classic ‘Country Roads’.

The three Shania Twains aka LEO that included Dearbhla O’Neill, Siobhan Hussy and Alana Mc Entegart sang ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ and they looked as if they enjoyed every second in front of the packed venue. Their second half ‘S Club 7’ hit left the crowd  REACH-ing for more.

Shona Daly, big sister of Niamh gave an excellent rendition of the Dixie Chicks’ anthem Travellin Soldier followed in the second half by Man I Feel Like A Woman and, may I say, delivered it like a professional. Shona was the last of the Daly girls to compete in the X Factor. Well done!

Next up to do a bit of crowd pleasing were Bridgielicious. They took the stage by storm as they sang Saturdays’ version of Issues and made it their own, but their best was yet to come. The second half seen the tutu clad Bridgies putting large smiles on the faces of the lads on the front row as they rocked the whole hall with Girls Just Want To Have Fun. They will undoubtedly be strong contenders in the final.

A treat to behold came next in the form of Gerard Mc Keown.  He unassumingly took to the stage, but it’s when he strummed his first chords on the guitar and joined in with the vocals of The Verve’s, Lucky Man, that jaws dropped, ears perked and everyone witnessed the birth of a star. This was confirmed in the second half with his very own rendition of Mr Brightside by The Killers. Gerard has to be pushing hard for number one spot in the final.

Once again we have witnessed the abundance of talent and self confidence in our youth and going by Saturday night it is going to be one fantastic final night in a fortnights time Saturday 28th February. 

There will be nine acts in the final and the night will start at 7.00pm promptly, so come early and book your seats.