The winner of the Late Late Show's Search for a Country Star competition was revealed on Friday night's Country Special, with Clodagh Lawlor from Co Clare saying her ambition is "to fuse Irish Country with American Country".
A Country Star is Born! Well done Clodagh Lawlor! #LateLateCountrySpecial #LateLate pic.twitter.com/o9JhRzaMjl— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) May 3, 2019
The 24-year-old singer, who was in the audience for 2018's Late Late Show Country Special, said she had given herself a year to get on the Late Late stage.
She joined the stars of Irish Country on Friday's special, performing a duet of Shallow with Nathan Carter.
On the night, Daniel O'Donnell was inducted into the Irish Country Music Hall of Fame - and also sang a duet with Ryan Tubridy.
Father Brian D'Arcy surprises Daniel O'Donnell with his Irish Country Music Hall of Fame award!#LateLate pic.twitter.com/kFShrqegaH— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) May 3, 2019
The show kicked off with its most ambitious opening number yet, with Daniel O'Donnell, Nathan Carter, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Michael English, Robert Mizzell, Derek Ryan, Trudi Lalor and 100 jivers from around the country performing Walk of Life.
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Ryan Tubridy also hosted a 'Circle of Friends', sharing family tales and hearing some of the country stars' favourite songs.
Guest performers included Robert Mizzell and his father Richard, who flew in from Louisiana; Susan McCann and her 13-year-old granddaughter Sinéad; Cliona Hagan and her sister Nicole, as well as Jimmy Buckley and his daughter Claudia.
Cliona Hagan on how Susan McCann helped launch her country music career #LateLate pic.twitter.com/pfcND2S8qx— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) May 3, 2019