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Northern Ireland schoolgirl Kaylee soars in America with Hallelujah rendition

A Northern Ireland schoolgirl who stunned the world with her version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, has spoken of the excitement of her first performance in America.

Kaylee Rogers, a pupil at Killard House School in Co Down, became a star when her performance with the school choir went viral last year.

Hundreds of thousands of people watched the recording of the 10-year-old at First Newtownards Presbyterian church. Many of those there were left in tears.

Even Hollywood A-lister Susan Sarandon joined in the chorus of praise of Kaylee.

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Kaylee, who has autism, has just returned from America where she performed at the Boston Winter Ball for a charity dinner.

"It was really exciting," she told UTV, "I loved doing it."

"There was a lot of people, but I was not nervous. It makes me happy to see so many people."

Her music teacher Lloyd Scates from Killard school also travelled to the States.

He said: "We were half-way across the room and she was performing in front of people she did not know and she was just brilliant."

Mum Tracey said she did not know how Kaylee would cope with the travel and the performance.

"But she soared," she said.

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