Primary School and Omagh man Ryan Tracey progress
Northern Ireland is backing a primary school's bid for glory on Britain's Got Talent.
On Saturday night St Patrick’s Junior Choir from Drumgreenagh outside Rathfriland in Co Down made it through to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
The pupils are among 35 lucky acts joining the five golden buzzer acts who automatically qualified for the semi-finals this year along with Omagh man Ryan Tracey (35), who smashed a world balloon modelling record while blindfolded.
The winner will go on to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen. There has been an exodus from the small Co Down community to London to see the choir's Monday night performance.
Principal of St Patrick’s Primary School, Sorcha Lyness told Sunday Life: “We are absolutely thrilled that our choir have made it through to the live shows of Britain’s Got Talent.
“We already knew that we had a talented bunch here at St Patrick’s but it is so nice to have them recognised in this way.”
“The children throughout the school are so excited to be both performing on the night and, for some, to watch their best friends on the television on Monday night,” she said.
“The choir have worked really hard in the run up to the live shows so I really hope everyone can get behind us and vote for St Patrick’s Junior Choir.”
On Sunday they were given the star treatment ahead of rehearsals at the famous Elstree Studios ahead of Monday night's big show.
Check us out......at Elstree Studios for a rehearsal today - just been shown to our dressing room!! pic.twitter.com/b2V4wHYX2c— St. Patrick's P.S (@stpatricksdrum) May 28, 2017
After the excitement of last night we are getting ready for our next live performance on Monday. Please watch and please vote! pic.twitter.com/AuWjZetneY— St. Patrick's P.S (@stpatricksdrum) May 28, 2017
Since their stunning performance the Northern Ireland public have been backing their bid for glory and urging everyone to get voting for the school.
The pupils will make their bid for a final spot on UTV on Monday night's show which starts at 7.30pm with the public able to vote during the live show by phone or through the Britain’s Got Talent App.
Good people of Northern Ireland please please vote for these guys in the Semi Finals 👍👍 they are wee legends!! Every single 1 of them https://t.co/QG60M60IBh— Ryan Tracey Balloon Man (@RyanT_Balloons) May 27, 2017
The choir wowed the BGT panel during their original audition when they performed a rendition of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know. The eight to 12 year olds received a standing ovation from the audience and four big yeses from judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
"Loved it, loved it, loved it," was Cowell's verdict.
The primary school choir were asked to audition for the hit TV show after winning Radio Ulster's school choir of the year in 2016.
The school has just 80 pupils in total, almost half of which are members of the school choir.