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Galbally singer Lauren takes television crown!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Galbally singer Lauren takes television crown! thumbnailLeft: Glór Tíre Finalists Pandy Walshe, Lauren McCrory & Dermot Lyons

THE village of Galbally is celebrating the success of their singing sensation Lauren McCrory as she won the this year's Glore Tire final.

Glore Tire (Country Voice) is a country music talent show broadcast in spoken Irish and is one of the tops shows on TG4, the Irish language channel.

Lauren battled against eight other hopefuls to be crowned this year's winner and receive 5,000 euro in the live final at The Quays Bar in Galway.

Speaking after she was crowned champion, Lauren thanked Courier readers for their support.

"I have to thank the readers of the Tyrone Courier and everyone who has supported me throughout this competition,' she said.

"I would not be standing here now, having won this competition, if it wasn't for everybody who voted for me."

Discussing her journey, Lauren revealed she has had a passion for music and performing from a young age.

"I have been singing since I was 12 and have released three singles. I have also won the Sounds Like Country Award," said Lauren.

"To enter Glor Tire I had to send a video in that was judged by nine star judges, thankfully I was selected."

Lauren's audition wowed the judges and Tyrone man Barry Kerwan picked her as his candidate in this year's competition.

"Working with Barry Kewan was amazing," said Lauren. "He is there when I need him and I got to perform with him and sing a few songs with his band which was a fantastic experience."

Discussing the final, the 20-year-old admitted that despite her best efforts the nerves started to get the better of her.

"The whole day was fantastic but during the rehearsals I could feel the excitement building," she said.

"I never really believed I would win it but I was delighted just to be getting to the final. To be the last girl standing was, as far as I was concerned, the major achievement for me.

"I really wanted to take it in I got nervous when I was singing my song. To win it has been the biggest achievement of my life so far.

"As they announced the results myself and the other two participants (Pandy and Dermot) left in the competition were on stage.

"My head was down looking at the ground I was so tense but I remember telling myself to look up and hold my head high. Then when my name was called out and after that it is all a bit of a blur."

As for what's next for Lauren, the young star is determined to use this victory as a platform for further success.

"My music will be with with the public very soon," said Lauren. "I will be using the money I have received from this competition.

"I'm doing guests spots over the coming months but I'm going to try now and get on summer festival bills.

"I've worked hard to get where I am now but the whole thing starts again now and I can't wait to get going."

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