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From Bat Dad to Liam Gallagher: 6 showbiz stories that had Northern Ireland talking this week

It was a busy week in the world of showbiz and entertainment - take a look through the stories that got everyone talking over the past seven days.

1. Lisburn singer Rwanda Shaw impress the X Factor judges

Pictured: Rwanda Shaw (C) Syco / Thames / ITV Plc

The 21-year-old Poundland worker performed for the X Factor panel during Saturday's series opener, earning four 'yeses' and a place at Bootcamp.

Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh were suitably impressed by Rwanda's rendition of Florence and the Machine's You've Got the Love.

2. Hilarious Irish Bat Dad video goes viral

Poor dad is tasked with capturing the bat.

There was only one Internet video the world was watching this week and it was Co Kerry man Tadgh Fleming's hilarious clip of his father trying to catch a bat which was flying about the kitchen.

After being posted on to Facebook on Tuesday, the video has since had over two million views - hopefully the family's poor puppy has recovered.

3. Songs of Praise to record two shows in Northern Ireland

Aled Jones

Northern Ireland will play host to popular BBC show Songs of Praise later this month.

Fans of the programme can watch a recording in Enniskillen and Dungannon and tickets are now available.

4. Ryan Adams surprises fans with an impromptu gig

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

US singer Ryan Adams flew into Belfast on Thursday for his sell out show at the Ulster Hall on Friday night.

However he decided to perform an impromptu gig - only telling his fans on Twitter an hour before taking to the stage.

5. Nadine Coyle releases new single - and opens up about Girls Aloud split

Nadine Coyle.

Derry singer Nadine Coyle made her return to the music scene with the release of her new song Go To Work.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, the star admitted there was tension within Girls Aloud, saying some of the girls were 'very bitter' that she was often given lead vocals.

6. Liam Gallagher Belfast concert gets venue change

Liam Gallagher (PA)

Fan were told this week that tickets for Liam Gallagher's show at the Ulster Hall could only be purchased from the venue - only for the venue to be changed before tickets were released.

Next month's gig has now been moved to the much bigger SSE Arena - news that was mainly welcomed by fans as it meant they had a better chance of getting tickets.

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