Longford's Sharyn Ward secured her place in the Ireland's Got Talent Grand Final next week following her mesmerising rendition of Black is the Colour in last night's live semi-final on Virgin Media One.
Dance group Fly Youth and Sharyn went straight through to the grand final next Sunday, April 7.
Fly Youth received the highest number of votes on the night with the judges choosing to save Sharyn over magician Aidan McCann.
Describing herself as a proud Irish Traveller, thirty-three year old Sharyn (nee Stokes), now lives in Dublin with her husband James Ward and she is a stay at home mammy to her two children Bonnie, who is 8 years old and Jack who is 7.
Sharyn says she was born singing and aims to stay true to herself. She also hopes that her performances on Ireland's Got Talent can be a positive one for people’s perception of the travelling community.
In her first audition, Sharyn began by performing Stand By Me, but judge Louis Walsh asked her to return to her Irish roots and she sang Finbar Furey's Sweet Sixteen without accompaniment and blew the judges and audience away.
Similarly, last night, Sharyn stunned the judges, audience and TV viewers with her version of Black is the Colour.
Louis Walsh told Sharyn, "I love your voice, loved your first audition and it was even better tonight. You look like a real star, you sing from the heart I think you have a recording voice."
Michelle Visage said, "I hope you feel as gorgeous as you look. Please do not ever veer off don’t ever change."
Jason Byrne said you can really hear your accent that’s what makes you unique toy have a chance of winning this whole show.
Denise Van Outen told Sharyn, "I think you’re really special, I love the simplicity of it, just beautiful."
Totally blow away by @SharynW85470932 #SharynWard on @GotTalentIRL. Loved her voice, she looked amazing and for the first time I want to start listening to Irish Balads. Wishing her all the best in the final. :-)— Colin Mulcahy (@colin_mulcahy) March 30, 2019
Sharyn Ward is so unique, absolutely love her. She is a perfect winner that represents true raw Irishness!! G’wan Sharyn #GotTalentIRL— Katie (@Kuffers88) March 30, 2019
#GotTalentIRL Sharyn Ward was exceptional in my opinion. I love how her voice has grit and honey at the same time and her song choices are spot on.— Hilary Band (@Hilzcat) March 30, 2019
Listening to Sharyn Ward singing 'Black is the Colour' reminds me of Brendan's haunting rendition of that song at the end of each gig. @CryBeforeDawn— Robbie Doyle (@Doyle1876) March 30, 2019
Wow #SharynWard was spine tingling. What a beautiful voice ❤️— Sinead Matson (@montigirl) March 30, 2019
Ok I'm a bit behind the rest of ye, but I LOVE this haunting song Sharyn Ward is singing so powerfully. #GotTalentIRL— Aoife (@irishginge) March 30, 2019
OMG If Sharyn Ward sang that song on Eurovision we would have a good chance of getting somewhere— angelina Elbell (@tubs1965) March 30, 2019
Sharyn Ward sang beautifully tonight, her rendition of Black is the colour would make the hairs stand up on your arm.— Travellers' Voice (@VoiceTraveller) March 30, 2019
We are all so proud of you, Sharyn. You go girl ❤❤❤❤
video to upload later, hopefully.