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World Karaoke final: Northern Ireland man hoping to be on song

By Maureen Coleman

It will be microphones at the ready in Moscow next month when Bangor man Brian Robb attempts to be crowned the world’s Karaoke King.

The 21-year-old earned his place at the World Karaoke final in the Russian capital after winning the All-Ireland competition in Portlaoise last week.

The modest student was chosen from dozens of Irish entrants, along with Waterford woman Andrea Byrne. One male and one female are selected from each country taking part.

The pair will fly out to Moscow to represent Ireland at the singing competition, taking on up to 30 other countries in a bid to retain the title won by Cork man Adrian Kenny last year.

Brian, who is completing a Masters in music at Magee College in Londonderry, said he was stunned to win the All-Ireland Final and still couldn’t believe he was going to Russia for the world championships at the end of September.

“I’m a regular at the karaoke nights in the Strand Bar in Derry and thought I’d give it a go, but I never thought for one minute I’d get through,” he said.

“I love singing and I’ve been doing karaoke for as long as I’ve been able to get into bars. I just love getting up and singing in front of people and getting nice feedback from them.

“It’s what I want to do. If I could make a living out of being a singer/songwriter I’d be very happy, if not, I hope to do something in the music industry.”

To impress the judges in the All-Ireland Final, Brian sang the Robbie Williams’ song Come Undone.

But he said he hadn’t chosen his track-list for Moscow.

“I’ll probably sing the Robbie song again and maybe something by Queen,” he said.

“My favourite karaoke song is Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, but I’m not very good at it, so I think I’ll avoid that one.”

Brian — 4/1 with Irish bookies Paddy Power — said that despite his obvious ability and encouragement from friends and family, he would never consider entering a singing competition like The X Factor.

“I’m asked all the time about trying out for the X Factor, but I’ve heard from other people who did that it’s all about the story and not the talent,” he said.

“Anyway, I’m happy doing my karaoke.

“And getting to Moscow will be a great experience.”

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