Two young acts from south Dublin will be showcasing their talents on this weekend’s Ireland’s Got Talent.
Oisín McMullin (11) from Cabinteely is a contortionist and hopes one day to be in Cirque du Soleil.
He is in 5th class and has been doing gymnastics for four years then started doing callanetics in a local club called Bar Monkey.
He trains three times per week and has won various competitions and he is admired for his unique style and for choreographing his own routines.
Alana Fox (19) is from Ballinteer, currently living in Sandyford, and is hoping to impress the judges this weekend with her singing skills.
She is hoping that Louis Walsh might recognise her from her 2017 X-Factor appearance when she was in girl group Fae who made it to the six-chair challenge. She also appeared on The Voice in 2016.
Alana has been singing since she was eight and joined a stage school. She is a performing arts teacher and performs in pubs most weekends, often as a duo with her mum’s cousin.
Dublin Gazette caught up with the singer who is hoping her appearance in this weekend’s popular TV show will boost her music career.
“There is not much opportunity in Ireland for people trying to make it in the music industry so to be on Ireland’s Got Talent is a brilliant way to showcase people’s talent and hopefully someone spotting them.
“I absolutely love singing. It is all I want to do, so to be on Ireland’s Got Talent was incredible and to be on the telly is a bonus!”
Alana’s dream is to be a full-time singer and write her own music.
“I have a YouTube channel I only started up a few months ago so I post videos there to try and push myself,” she said.
Oisin told Dublin Gazette: “I feel very excited to be on Ireland’s Got Talent, and I was so happy to meet the judges, in particular Jason Byrne.
“I like him the best because he’s genuinely funny. I was so nervous my knees were wobbling when I was speaking with the judges, but once I started my routine I felt more confident.”