You're A Star hopefuls brave rain for shot at fame

Hundreds of wannabe pop stars today sang their hearts out for a place in the You’re A Star talent book.

Hundreds of wannabe pop stars today sang their hearts out for a place in the You’re A Star talent show.

From 3.30am budding performers queued in the rain for the hit television talent show.

Up to 400 young hopefuls were expected to turn out during the day at Dublin’s Helix venue in their bid for fame and fortune.

The turnout was low compared to the 1,000 plus youngsters who tried for a place in front of the X Factor judges in July.

Many teenagers were today instead collecting their Leaving Certificate results.

But the talents were still high for judges Louis Walsh, Brendan O’Connor and Thomas Black.

Hundreds more budding pop stars and bands are expected at the auditions for the RTE show in the RDS next month.

The scouting team is also visiting venues in Monaghan, Galway and Cork.

Dean Anthony, 21, from Ballyfermot, stunned the judges with his cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.

“You surprised me,” said Louis. “I didn’t think you were going to be that good. You have a great voice and great potential.

“It’s hard for a white guy to sing soul.”

Brendan added: “You just pulled it out of you effortlessly. This is the most enthusiastic we have been all day about anybody.”

It is the fifth year that Dean, an usher at Cineworld on Parnell Street, has auditioned for the show.

“I think I have improved with age,” he said.

“I was dreaming about them saying that to me.

“I am on top of the world. Performing is always what I wanted to do.”

Veteran rocker Brendan Kilkenny was once again among the crowd of hopefuls.

The 45-year-old civil servant has regularly featured on You’re A Star, X Factor, Fame Academy and Pop Idol.

He failed to impress Louis and Co with his collection of songs that included Bob The Builder, Matchstick Men and To All the Girls I Loved Before.

The self-confessed brutal singer said: “It’s great. The judges can’t stand me, the people out there love me, and the producers are very good to me.”

Secondary school pupil Laura O’Neill, 17, was eagerly practising outside the venue to try and secure a place before the judges.

“The talent is pretty good here today, but even some of the good ones are not getting through because the judges know what they are looking for,” she said.

“It’s also quieter than usual because of Leaving Cert results coming out.”

All of the young hopefuls are hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Lucia Evans.

The singer, walked away with a recording contract, publishing deal and musical equipment.

Other previous winners include Mickey Joe Harte, Chris Doran and The McCauls, who performed in the Eurovision Song Contest.

You’re A Star spokesperson Deirdre Crookes added: “The talent has been quite good. Most people who have come are serious about it.”

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