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Celebrations as Bellaghy camogie player Brooke Scullion progresses in The Voice

Bellaghy's Brooke Scullion impressed the judges on ITV's The Voice on Saturday night to progress to the next round. Picture by ITV
John Monaghan

THERE were celebrations in Bellaghy on Saturday night as camogie player Brooke Scullion impressed the judges on ITV's singing talent show The Voice to book her place in the next round.

The 20-year-old student saw off her opponent Jordan Phillips as the pair sang Adele's track Water Under The Bridge.

Her two grannies, Peggy and Sheila, were in the audience to cheer her on.

The Wolfe Tones GAC in Bellaghy, Co Derry, of which Brooke is a senior player, broadcast her performance on a big screen in the clubhouse.

The camogie club shared a post on their Facebook page of members enjoying the night with the caption: "Camogs out in force tonight!! Our Brooke through to the next round!! #Brookeisthevoice."

Brooke revealed she had not heard the Adele song she performed until her mentor, US pop star Meghan Trainor, played it to her for rehearsal.

Speaking to The Irish News ahead of Saturday's show, the Ulster University drama student thanked everyone at home for their support.

"I am used to singing in bars where no-one wants to listen or at schools but there are four massive stars rooting for you, they only want you to do your best and they see potential," she said.

"I feel in Ireland you can be a big fish in a small pond and you don't want to branch out, it is terrifying. This has given me the opportunity to put myself out there in a way I am not afraid."

"People in Ireland want to help. People want to see people doing well and that is a lovely trait. You find yourself sitting some days thinking `Do I deserve to be here' and all you have to do is read back some messages.

"There are no words that could possibly explain how grateful I am and how much the support means. All I can do is try my best and put are wee Bellaghy on the map," she added.

The Co Derry woman said she was "not so happy" with her performance in this weekend's show but was pleased that her opponent Jordan Phillips had stayed in the competition after being picked by Olly Murs.

"I feel I just have so much more to give and I just didn't do myself justice in the battle," she told Sunday Life.

Brooke appeared on the first episode of the new series of The Voice last month and was loved by all four celebrity judges.

Her version of Lewis Capaldi’s Bruises prompted and Meghan Trainor to turn their seats around almost immediately.

The pair were quickly followed by Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones, with all four famous faces visibly impressed by the young woman’s vocal capacity.

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