The Late Late Show sets out to find the worst singer in Ireland.
Auditions to find the worst singer in Ireland are being held in the Montrose Hotel in Dublin. Ten members of the public put themselves forward to sing a song accompanied by ‘The Late Late Show’ resident pianist and Musical Director Frank McNamara.
The songs chosen to showcase the various vocal abilities in the competition range from standards to country ballads.
The first contestant attempts the Simon and Garfunkel classic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. The next man gives Frank Sinatra a run for his money with a rousing rendition of ‘My Way’.
Changing the tempo, a woman tackles the Irish ballad ‘The Rose of Mooncoin’ and is followed by a man singing the Slim Whitman country classic ‘China Doll’. Then follows a heartfelt rendering of ‘So Deep Is The Night’ originally made popular by the singer Tony Christie.
The next contestant bravely takes on The Dublin City Ramblers song ‘Nineteen Men’ about the 1974 escape from Portlaoise Prison by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. This is followed by a woman singing the popular country classic ‘One Day at a Time’ a huge hit for the Irish singer Gloria in 1977.
The next participant gets to grips with the ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ made famous by the Welsh singer Tom Jones. He is followed by a wannabe Elvis Presley who gyrates his way through 'Heartbreak Hotel’.
The final contestant also sings ‘China Doll’ but she is disappointed with her performance on the day.
I could sing it better coming up in the car.
This episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ was broadcast on 10 April 1982.