Competition heats up at Longford Youth Factor

The seven remaining acts in the Longford Youth Factor took to the stage last Saturday night in the hope of securing a place in next week’s final. This week the contestants were required to perform two songs of their choice.

The seven remaining acts in the Longford Youth Factor took to the stage last Saturday night in the hope of securing a place in next week’s final. This week the contestants were required to perform two songs of their choice.

The only duo in the competition, Katie and Wayne, opened the show singing ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters and Men. Liz Leavy complimented the pair’s vocals as well as crediting the Ballymahon students on “making the song their own”. However, the judge did point out that they “weren’t together in parts.”

Up next was local group Lacuna singing ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ by The Black Keys. The four lads, who received some negative comments from the judges last week, “upped the ante” this time in a bid to secure their place in the final. Delivering, what was described as a “magnificent and fantastic” performance by the judges, the band obviously put a lot of effort and thought into their performance this week. Judge Evelyn complimented each of the band members individually saying; “the singing was beautiful and the guitar and drumming was super.”

Niamh Sheahan, who was sick last week, was another contestant back to her best. The young girl chose to sing ‘The One That Got Away’ by Katie Perry and, old time classic, ‘When You Say Nothing at All” by Alison Krauss for the semi-final. Niamh was described as being in “top form” and having “a great attitude” by the judges on Saturday night. However, the judges felt that the second song choice suited Niamh better with both Evelyn and Liz saying they felt “simpler, quieter songs” suited the contestant’s voice the best.

Helen McDermott followed suit, singing two drastically different songs in Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’ and Sandi Thom’s ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker.” Helen, who used her school tie as a guitar strap on the night, proved popular with members of the audience, who held banners supporting her. Liz Leavy described the first performance as Helen’s “best performance to date”.

Another strong contender for the final is Jordan Grant. The Wilson’s Hospital School student chose two popular songs in Emile Sande’s ‘Read All About It’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘Story of Us’.

Charlotte Fox was another student who received very positive comments on the night. The Mean Scoil Mhuire Student chose to sing ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers and ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline for the semi-final. Bridie complimented the contestant on the night for “making the songs her own” and “giving a strong, relaxed performance while remembering to use the stage and sing well.” If you wish to volunteer with the Attic or Foróige please contact Jim Maher on 086 9672920 or email james.maher@foroige.ie.

Don’t forget to check out next week’s Longford Leader for fullc coverage of the Youth Factor Finals!