Move over, O’Donovan brothers, the Rebel County’s thrown a new dynamic duo into the spotlight and Simon Cowell’s not quite sure what’s hit him. Meet Famous Seamus and Sean-Tastic, known collectively as Lords of Strut. The eighties are alive and well - and Britain’s Got Talent may never be the same again.
Out of character, the lads are Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally, kings of street theatre, circus performance, physical comedy and of course, dance. In character, they play two brothers who’ve taken time way from their day jobs in their uncle Tony’s bistro to travel to Manchester and try their luck on this year’s BGT. They bounced on stage with clashing prints aplenty and everyone had a good laugh and an eye-roll until it quickly emerged that the only thing tighter than their leggings was their dance routine. These boys aren’t called the Lords of Strut for nothing and the joke is most certainly not on them.
Their gymnastics and gyrations earned them standing ovations from both Amanda Holden and David Walliams, and a place in the Britain’s Got Talent Semi Finals. They spoke to Ray D’Arcy about the experience and about their alter egos.
"I’ve been a fan of you for years – genius!" says Ray, who wonders if the powers that be at BGT HQ feel about the fact that the boys are playing roles.
"The show producers are encouraging of us doing characters. We wanted to do it in full comedy style so we’re doing it in character – the whole show and all the off-camera interviews"
Comedy heavyweight David Walliams described the boys as "seriously funny", but Simon Cowell was a tougher nut to crack, giving the lads their only "no" of the night from the judging panel.
"He’s not a fan of comedy, that’s kind of a thing for him, but it was good… He got quite booed when he wasn’t into us!"
With the live semi-finals approaching, Ray asks what they’ve got up their sleeves. The answer is "a slick, fast, funny routine… well, slick-ish!"
If you want to grab a piece of the high-kicking eighties action for yourself, you can catch the lads at the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular in Dublin and Cork this July and Riot in Vicar St around the same time.