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Sunday 20 May 2018

Ellen wants Crystal Swing on her show

CORK internet sensations Crystal Swing could soon be rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, after chatshow queen Ellen DeGeneres personally requested them as guests on her show.

The Herald has learned the three-piece family band is in talks about making an appearance on the couch alongside Ellen, who brought the group to international prominence when she flagged them on her Twitter page.

The popular TV star has more than four million followers on her site, who swiftly forwarded the link to thousands more.

Ellen again highlighted Mary, Derek and Dervla Burke's musical talents when she showed a clip of their now infamous He Drinks Tequila video on her St Patrick's Day special last week.

"This is a family of singers from Ireland," she explained. "I like them. Their song is called He Drinks Tequilla.

"Then they have a follow -up hit called 'He Drinks Appletinis And She Wonders Why He Doesn't Sleep Over'," she joked.

"We couldn't get Crystal Swing for our St Patrick's Day show, but we are hoping to get them."

When contacted by the Herald, Hugh Rodgers, who has been handling all press queries for the group, confirmed that they had been approached about doing the show but said negotiations were still ongoing.

"Nothing is confirmed yet. They have just expressed an interest and she put a clip on them on her St Patrick's Day show," he said.

"I can't really say any more than that for now. I have to protect the family's interests. The interest in them has been phenomenal. The phones just haven't stopped ringing," he added.

Based in Middleton, Co Cork, the trio shot to fame overnight following their appearance on Rural TV's Hot Country show, which gained more than half a million hits on YouTube.

Since then they have been inundated with interview requests and have already appeared on RTE's The Late Late Show and The Afternoon Show.

Both Derek (18) and Dervla (16) are still at school but hope someday to have a career in music.

Their mother Mary, meanwhile, admits that she regrets not following her dreams of becoming a professional singer, having only started singing solo eight years ago.

"It was my dream as a child to form my own band," Mary said.

lnolan@herald.ie

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