The proud family of a Co Tyrone teenager crowned champion of a prestigious TV talent show have credited her victory to a “voice from God”.
Chloe Coyle (13) won RTE's All Ireland Talent Show after a stunning performance of the folk classic The Water Is Wide.
The St Eugene's High School pupil, mentored by former Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana, saw off the five other finalists to take the most votes and a prize of €50,000.
Her uncle Hugh Coyle said: “She was brilliant, we're all very proud of her. Her school — St Eugene's High School in Castlederg — has been going mad.
“I'd just like to thank all the supporters who voted for her. They have been great. She's had support from both sides of the community and it had been unbelievable. Without their help this wouldn't have been possible.
“She's got a voice from God, that's where she got it. Chloe has shown a talent for singing since she was six years of age. She's had numerous singing coaches and all her teachers have been very supportive.
“She goes to a drama class in Castlederg and a classical singing class. Her singing teacher has been so supportive of her she's more like a friend than a teacher.
“Me and her dad weren't in bed until 5.30am. All the acts from the show were in the same hotel and everybody was partying until the early hours.
“We would all just like to give a very big thank you to all those who have supported and voted Chloe.”
Castlederg is set to give Chloe a hero’s homecoming tomorrow.
Mr Coyle added that since the end of the show offers had been flooding in and that the family and Chloe had not had time to catch their collective breath.
He said: “There's been a lot of offers coming in. As soon as the show finished they started coming but there aren't going to be any decisions made just now. There's too much going on. We're going to step back and let everything calm down before making any decisions.
“It has been unbelievable, we still haven't come down to Earth.”
Chloe, meanwhile, has kept her feet on the ground. She said: “I was really nervous before the show but I was excited too. Winning was a real bonus because I was just so pleased to be in the final.”
“I can’t wait to do more singing but at the moment I’m looking forward to getting back to school next week to see my friends and concentrate hard on my studies.”
Chloe’s father Jude said: “Things are still a bit surreal but at the moment we are just so happy.”
He said the support they had received had been unbelievable and he paid a special tribute to Chloe’s mentor, singing legend and Eurovision winner Dana. He said: “Dana has been a real inspiration for Chloe and she even gave her a miraculous medal to wear for good luck. She had it pinned on inside her dress and it obviously worked a charm!”