82-year-old Tallaght woman Evelyn Williams was fast-tracked to the live shows after singing her version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send In The Clowns on the TV3 premiere of Ireland’s Got Talent on Saturday night.

Speaking to the Irish Sun after her victory, Evelyn said, "When I seen that buzzer thing, I thought someone was after throwing a bomb in around the place to get me off the stage.

"I couldn’t stop crying I got such a fright. It was very dramatic, really. The whole hall stood up -  that made me cry. It was bad enough when the judges stood up, but when the whole place stood up - they were tears of emotion."

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Evelyn, who is widowed, has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was entered into the TV3 competition by her 30-year-old grand-daughter, who is also named Evelyn.

"Evelyn sent in a little video that she had on her phone of me singing Try A Little Tenderness. I got a call one day and they said, ‘This is Ireland’s Got Talent. I was in amazement - I said, ‘Who gave you my number?’

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