Crowds greet return of Youth Factor

Longford Youth Factor returned to the Temperance Hall last Saturday night, which saw huge crowds queuing along New Street to get into the venue to support their favourite acts.

Longford Youth Factor returned to the Temperance Hall last Saturday night, which saw huge crowds queuing along New Street to get into the venue to support their favourite acts.

The opening night brought a total of 13 acts together to battle it out for the coveted places in next week's show.

The theme for the night was 'A Song From The Charts'. Contestants were requested to perform a song or a dance from a current chart hit of their choice.

The show opened up with the talented Sophie Carol Hunt accompanied by Josh Reilly, who sang the hit song 'Firework' by Katie Perry. The performance was received very well by the crowd and the judges, who were Liz Leavy, Evelyn Kelly, Benny O'Brien and Maureen Dunne.

Next up to perform was Emma Phillips performing Pink's 'Raise your glass' which went down very well with the audience, as Emma worked the stage to entertain the huge number of onlookers. Not only did Emma prove to be a remarkable singer, she is a born performer, the judges commented.

Helen and Harley were next on stage singing 'Grenade' by Bruno Mars. The judges felt that the performance was very good but commented that the nerves were showing and this needed to be addressed for next week's show.

Clodagh Healy was next up to perform 'Nothing' by The Script. An extremely talented young lady, Clodagh wowed the audience with her incredible voice. However, the judges agreed that a more up-tempo song would suit her better.

Next up to perform was Rachel and Aoife from Granard, who exploded onto the stage with their perfect rendition of 'Cooler than me' by Mike Posner. Judges were delighted with their performance, admitting that it was the best of the night so far. Benny O'Brien explained to the girls while they blew him away with the performance they need to be careful about their song choice.

Next to take to the stage was Mantas and Kirill, the only dance group in the competition. The audience and judges alike did not expect what came next. Calling themselves M & K, the dancers danced to a dance remix, defiantly entertaining the crowd and judges alike.

The judges, while liking the pair, said that they were relying on comedy more than talent but wished them the best in the competition.

Syllona Kanu wowed the crowd as she worked her magic on the stage singing 'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding. Judges were extremely impressed with the elegance of Syllona's performance and compared her performance to Beyonc.

The judges are looking forward to following Syllona's performances throughout the weeks to come.

Like other years, this year the bands' section of the competition was extremely tight, with Dutch Courage - a local Longford town band - performing first to 'Club can't handle me' by Flo Rida.

Next to perform was FreeFall playing 'Cooler than me' by Mike Posner.

They were followed by Out of the Blue playing to 'Written in the stars' by Tinie Tempah. The penultimate group, Almost There, performed ‘Fireworks' by Katie Perry.

While all bands were received well by the crowd, the judges stressed that they need to tighten up on their performances as each group fell down on various areas, including vocals.

The final performance of the night came from the Ballymahon band Three and a Half Men and this performance was definitely worth the wait.

Performing the X factor winning number ‘When we collided' by Matt Cardle, the group absolutely smashed the song. The audience lifted the room of the hall with cheers for the group. Benny O'Brien, judge at the event, commended the boys on an outstanding performance and said they were the best act of the night.

Judges were extremely impressed with the overall talent of all the contestants in the competition and commented that each year the talent seems to improve so much.

Two contestants were eliminated on the night and the show said farewell Carolyn and Anthony and Ciara McCarthy who received the lowest votes on the night.

The organising committee wish to thank all the dedicated volunteers, Forige staff, supporters, Youth Committee and funders for all their continued support with the competition.

The LY Factor returns next Saturday and doors open at 8:15pm and show begins at 8:30pm and finishes at 10:45pm.

Parents are reminded to collect young people directly after the show. Under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult and alcohol will not be permitted under any circumstances either outside or inside at the event. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

If you have any queries about the event or if you wish to volunteer with the Attic or Forige please contact the Regional Youth Officer Jim Maher on 086 9672920 or email

The band Almost There pictured at Longford Youth Factor on Saturday night.

The band Three and a Half Men pictured at Longford Youth Factor on Saturday night last.

Longford Youth Factor judges Maureen Dunne, Liz Leavy, Evelyn Kelly and Benny O'Brien.

Photos submitted.