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Co Tyrone singer Deaglan Arthurs (19) receives rave reviews on Let it Shine

Deaglan Arthurs from Dungannon appeared on the new show on Saturday. Picture by BBC

A YOUNG Co Tyrone singer has said he is "still in shock" after receiving rave reviews for his performance on a new prime-time TV talent show.

Deaglan Arthurs (19) told on Sunday how he had been "completely blown away" by support following the first episode of the BBC's Let It Shine.

No stranger to the stage, the former pupil of St Joseph's Grammar, Donaghmore has appeared in amateur productions at the village's Bardic Theatre as well as performing at numerous gigs across Ireland.

Let It Shine is the brainchild of Take That frontman Gary Barlow and will see a host of young male performers battle it out in the hope of securing one of five slots in a stage show featuring the band's songs.

Deaglan said before his appearance that he would be "so nervous" stepping out on to the stage in front of the four judges.

He told Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Amber Riley that he normally sings "in the shower and in church" but is told off by his mum for riffing a bit too much.

The teenager also described how he dreams of "selling out arenas, having a good time (and) being known for my singing".

And as he began to sing his own rendition of Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York', it was clear that the judges were impressed.

All four gave him a standing ovation with Barlow describing his performance as "amazing, absolutely amazing".

"Entertaining, great vocals, the surprise factor when you went so low we was like, 'What are we watching?' - it was absolutely great," he said.

"Love your personality, love it, love it."

Show host Graham Norton also said that "a star is born" as the Dungannon man secured a place in the next round of the contest.

In a message posted on social media, the singer said: "Well. What can I say? Completely blown away by everyone's comments! Just can't believe it. Thank you all for tuning in and watching me on TV".

He added: "Still in shock at the whole thing but thank you everyone".

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