Already a star at the age of 9, Offaly born Irish Dancer/ Schoolgirl Siobhan Phealan from Walsh Island, is set to wow Irish and British audiences alike all over on Sky One’s dancing spectacular ‘Got To Dance’. Siobhan will be cheered on by her Kilkenny born father, Regan Phealan hailing from Connolly Street, and the rest of her Kilkenny family still residing there, including her great aunt Pauline and children.
Siobhan, who goes by her stage name of ‘Damsha Dreams’, will perform in this week’s semi-final of the Sky One hit show in front of a live studio audience of over 1,000 in the hope of winning the public’s hearts and votes for a place in the live final where she will be competing for title of Got To Dance champion and the 250,000 euro prize money.
The 9 year old star has already made a big impact on judges Adam Garcia, Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo. Judge Adam Garcia, who broke the news to Siobhan at her local school in Offaly on reaching the semi final, was in full admiration of her after her earlier Dublin audition saying “it was precise, complicated; you had a spring in your little legs”.
Siobhan made a big impact on judges and audiences alike with her first performance, and her Mum, Sinead, wasn’t far behind. Siobhan wanted to impress judge Kimberly Wyatt, who said of Siobhan - ‘That was incredible, honestly as an Irish dancer you held your body stiff as a board but you just floated across that stage’. But her Mum had her eye on heartthrob Adam. ‘Siobhan donates every dance prize she wins to a range of charities; including The Shoebox Appeal in Africa, Chernobyl and Haiti’, says Sinead (Mum). ‘If she won the Got To Dance prize money she would definitely donate some of it to charity.’.
Another Irish act that will also appear in the live semi-finals in the coming week is ‘Mystic Force’, an Irish dance group from Galway. The dance group combined their love for Michael Jackson and Irish dancing together in the hope of standing out from the crowd. Heart throb judge Adam Garcia was over whelmed by the group’s determination, explaining that “you performed like you had something to lose.”.
Got to Dance airs at 6.00pm every Sunday on Sky One. Irish viewers can vote by ringing the Irish number that will be announced after each act performs. The voting lines will open after all the acts have performed. Later in the show, host Davina McCall will announce the results and the two acts with the highest number of votes will go through to the final.