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Performers eager to show Dublin's got talent

Hundreds of people with hopes of television stardom auditioned in Dublin for the next 'Britain's Got Talent' competition. Dublin and 10 cities in Britain were selected to host auditions for the 2015 series of the popular TV show created by Simon Cowell.

Young people arrived from all over the country at a Dublin hotel yesterday with dreams to impress a team of talent scouts for the show.

Three 12-year-old Dublin pals - Mia O'Connor, Mia Conroy and Niamh Fagan - were all full of confidence as they prepared to perform their individual songs. Mia O'Connor,from Ballybough, had thoroughly prepared her song Latch, by Sam Smith.

Mia Conroy, from Donaghmede, had high hopes for her rendition of Read All About It, by Emeli Sande.

"I feel nervous about the audition," her mother Michelle said. "Mia is a good singer and she performed well in a talent show at St Mary's School, Killester, recently. We both love the show on TV."

Niamh Fagan, from St Mary's Mansions in Sean McDermott Street, was hoping for success with Jennifer Hudson's And I'm Telling You.

One of the audition's producers, Sophie Coen, told the Herald: "We've had hundreds coming today and many are really good. They will be told by February if they have been successful. The show is all about giving people a chance. It can be life changing. And for some it can be a dream come true - like what happened to singer Susan Boyle."

Little Ellie Sunner (10), who is from Ballybough in Dublin, was one of the youngest hopefuls.

She was excited as she waited to audition as a freestyle dancer. She said she loves going to her dance classes at The Rising Stars club in Clonliffe Road.

Brimming with confidence was Natalie O'Neill (21), from Newry, otherwise known by her stage name of Milky Barz.

"I'm a rapper as well as a singer and a DJ. I'm got an arts degree and I've love to make a career in entertainment. I love Dublin. I have a vintage clothing stall in the Francis Street market every month. I'll be giving the audition my very best," she said.