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"Do all ordinary things extraordinarily well, and if you do that then there is nothing that cannot be achieved.”
It was a little gig in Dame Lane, done extraordinarily well by the Hot Press/HTC crew. Everyone there was so happy to participate in making the evening a success.
The wristbands were put on, the drinks were served by smiling girls in 4" heels, and the happy hum of relaxed people, chatting together, soared into the open rafters. The only tension, if you could call it tension, was in the 12 finalists, as they – a little nervously – sized up one another playing with their phones...
Niall called Royseven, one by one, onto the open stage: Darragh, Bernard, Eamon, Sam and “lastly out front, a bona fide star, Paul Walsh!” And so the gig began.
Paul sweated, changed his coat and jacket more than once, but didn't disappoint! It was a blinding 10-song set and the crowd clapped and cheered their approval accordingly, through the hotly-charged air. Paul's youth spent in musicals, metamorphosed at times, into what could only be described as theatrical performance, as he waved a massive flag through the smoky dry ice.
'Killer' was killer! 'You Say, We Say' had the whole room fixated on Paul... and 'We Should be Lovers' – well, enough copy has already been written on that gem! There was a relaxed buzz afterwards, as introductions were made, drinks consumed: Happy people enjoying a well organised May evening, in Dublin's fair city!