Irish granny melts the nation’s hearts on Ireland’s Got Talent

Dublin gran will sing for late husband on Ireland's Got Talent

An Irish grandmother won the hearts of the nation when she appeared on Ireland’s Got Talent back in 2018.

Evelyn Williams wowed the judges, and had audience members wiping away the tears, with her performance of the classic Judy Collins song Send in the Clowns.

The 81-year-old sang the song beautifully and with plenty of emotion and was rewarded with a standing ovation from both the judges and the audience.

Irish granny Evelyn Williams sings Send in the Clowns on Ireland's Got Talent

They had no hesitation in sending Evelyn through to the semi-final and judge Michelle Visage pressed the ‘golden buzzer’ meaning Evelyn was through.

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Visage was so moved she left her station behind the desk and headed to the stage to give Evelyn a big hug.

Evelyn’s husband passed away seven years ago and she once again moved people to tears when she said: “My husband will be very proud of me here tonight.”

Visage said: “She stood here and sang one of the most incredible Stephen Sondheim songs ever written – only meant to be sung by a woman this age, who has lived a life. And she sang it with love.”

Comedian Jason Byrne added: “Do you know who’s proud of you now? The whole of Ireland. That’s who loves you – you’re great.”

Denise Van Outen said: “You’re 82-years-young. You sang it beautifully. You moved me to tears because I just love everything about you. You’re a lovely, lovely lady and I’m so pleased Michelle pressed the golden buzzer for you.”

Evelyn then had everyone in stitches when she said: “I didn’t know what that was about. I thought ‘they’re going to kill me in a minute’.”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Evelyn left the stage to another standing ovation.

Take a look at the video below.

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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling