Kilkenny Choir miss out on Britain’s Got Talent final

Kilkenny Choir Britain's Got Talent finalThe Kilkenny school choir that missed out on a place in Britain’s Got Talent’s finals this Saturday night has been showered with praise and compliments across social media.

Kilkenny’s Presentation Secondary School finished fourth in Thursday night’s semi but there is still a possibility of a place in the finals via a wildcard.

The choir and choir mistress Veronica McCarron got a standing ovation from the judges and the audience for their performance of Schubert’s Ave Maria.

Along with the judges’ wildcard, members of the viewing audience now have the chance to put one nn-qualifying act from the semis through to Saturday’s final.

Simon Cowell, who owns the show, said he “absolutely loved” the performance and described McCarron as “honestly special”.

Choir leader Veronica McCarron lives outside Ballyshannon in Co Donegal but spends two weeks a month teaching the choir in Kilkenny.

She retired from teaching at the school two years ago after 21 years.

She said she thought the good natured banter between her and Cowell – in which he made fun of her glasses – was the reason people were still talking about the choir and its performance.

“It was just a laugh. We were delighted because that’s partly why people are talking about the choir because of that bit of banter. The glasses that I had on were Dior. I have eight pairs of glasses and I wear a lot of them.

“I’ve always had a lot of glasses. Years ago, I used to paint them with nail varnish, but now, of course, I have the real thing,” she told RTE.

Watch the girls on their way over to the UK for the performance, and hear form some of the mums!


She called the whole experience unbelievable: “You have to be there to believe it. The sound in the studio is astonishing and sounds different to what you hear on TV. The operation is just incredible and professional.”

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