Donegal teenager Lia-Della Friel was a class act on Ireland’s Got Talent tonight with an astonishing acro dance.
The 14-year-old Carndonagh dancer left the TV3 talent show judges flabbergasted by her flexibility during a contortionist routine.
Her performance was just as strong as the Titanium song she played, which resulted in a resounding Yes from judges Denise Van Outen, Jason Byrne, Michelle Visage and Louis Walsh.
“I’m a dancer just,” Lia-Della told judge Jason Byrne, before proving she’s much more than just a dancer.
The audience squealed with disbelief as she twisted and contorted herself into amazing shapes. The crowd gave a standing ovation to the beaming teen.
Louis said: “It’s like, I’ve never seen somebody so young get so good, how did you get like this?”
As cool as a cucumber, Lia-Della replies, “I don’t know.”
The judges agreed that she was a great variety act and quickly sent her through to the next stage of the competition. We’ll be seeing Lia-Della again, whether that’s upside-down or back to front, at the live finals on TV3 next month.
“It’s like something you’d see in a horror movie,” Louis Walsh whispered to the rest of the panel afterwards.
Lia-Della has trained in ballet from the age of three and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She has competed locally and is skilled in all types of dancing, including ballet, modern dance and tap dance. She has already enjoyed success with her dancing, having been the recipient of the Associate Board of Dance scholarship for two years running. Her ultimate dream is to train in aerial silks and perform with Cirque du Soleil.
This is the first year of Ireland’s Got Talent, where the overall winner will receive a €50,000 cash prize plus their own Christmas TV Special.