Leah’s Late Late dis­ap­point­ment

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

DROGHEDA singing sen­sa­tion Leah Cor­co­ran (right) was left ‘dev­as­tated’ af­ter she qual­i­fied for the Ir­ish fi­nal of the Karaoke World Cham­pi­onship, the win­ner due to be selected live on the Late Late Show last week­end.

But the slot was pulled late in the week af­ter a ma­jor row erupted when two per­form­ers - in­clud­ing Leah - who qual­i­fied through the heats, were not in­cluded in the fi­nal line up.

‘I was dev­as­tated when I heard about it,’ she stated this week. ‘I was told I had qual­i­fied for the Late Late Show fi­nal and then told I wouldn’t be on it.’

The story hit the Joe Duffy Show last week and the likes of Mary Byrne even com­mented, stat­ing that Leah was one of her favourites from the heats, held in the Red Cow and Mo­rans in Dublin over the past month.

The Late Late Show re­leased a state­ment to the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent be­fore the slot was can­celled on Fri­day, stat­ing ‘ap­pear­ances on The Late Late Show are, as al­ways, within the ed­i­to­rial con­trol of the show’s pro­duc­tion team. Fol­low­ing a re­view of clips filmed dur­ing the karaoke com­pe­ti­tions, the singers cho­sen by the team to take part in Fri­day night’s show were made on the ba­sis of their suit­abil­ity for a live per­for­mance on The Late Late Show, qual­ity of per­for­mance as well as choice of song. Nei­ther age nor gen­der were fac­tors in choos­ing the per­form­ers tak­ing part.’

Leah says she’s still love the chance to per­form on the show if it is re-staged.

The win­ner qual­i­fies for the World Cham­pi­onships in Helsinki in Novem­ber.

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