November 16: First impression from Ireland
THE STAGE IDEA
The solo performance of the Irish operatic ballad by Aimee Banks today enters the favourites for the victory for me. The best vocal performance (along with Destiny from Malta) will surely make this song a powerful bidder for the victory. Something like Ireland 1996 in Eurovision. Simply you love the sound of this and the graphics although abstract are effective.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE AIMEE
Aimee Banks is a 13 year old young soprano from Moycullen, in County Galway. She will be singing ‘Réalta na Mara’, translation ‘Star of the Sea’, a song which she co-wrote and composed with Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff & Brendan McCarthy.
Aimee was recently awarded first place for the International Vocal Competition “American Protege” and will have the honour of performing in Carnegie Hall on December 19th. This year alone she has secured eight National Titles at Ireland’s prestigious Classical Festival Feis Ceoil 2015 and was also awarded Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary 2015 for Midlands Feis Ceoil in June. She has also recorded her first cd “My Classical Spirit” and donated the proceeds to “Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice”.
Aimee is in second year in Coláiste na Corribe, she is one of three children. Her dream is to be the next Maria Callas and perform on the world stage. She loves Maria’s story and what she gave to classical music. This entry is particularly special to Aimee, as her Nana who passed away last April, had helped her with it at the beginning stages,she was also her biggest fan!
Aimee is so happy to have gotten this far and to be representing Ireland is such an honour. She really wants everyone to believe in themselves and not to listen to anyone who tries to make you feel bad. Not everyone likes opera or classical music and sometimes can say things that can be hurtful, but it’s her dream and she believes in it and because of that dream, she is now representing Ireland in Bulgaria.
Aimee can sing in six different languages and her favourite band is Hometown. She is so happy to have gotten this far. Eurovision has always been a family fun night in her house, she never dreamed she’d be a part of it and be representing Ireland. She is hoping to do everyone proud in Sofia in November.