SLIDESHOW: All the fun from the Kilmallock lip sync challenge

BRITNEY Spears, Christina Aguilera, and The Rubberbandits must have been quaking in their boots on Friday night when 600 locals from Kilmallock converged on the Charleville Park Hotel for some epic performances as part of the Lip Sync Battles.

Eleven acts including one direct from Sydney, Australia, entertained young and old at the eagerly anticipated fundraiser in aid of  Kilmallock GAA Club and Scoil Mocheallog primary school. The groups had started rehearsals in mid February under the guidance of choreographer Charlotte Ni Riada.

“It was very entertaining. There was something to suit everybody,” explained Denice Ryan, secretary of Kilmallock GAA club.

The Candy Girls including Laura Earls, Marie Connery, Joanne Connery and Elaine Connery were crowned the overall winners after wowing the crowds with their routines to songs Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Candyman.

Meanwhile, Four and a Half Men took the title of Most Entertaining Group. The group included Brendan Hedderman, Conor Staunton, Micheal Houlihan, Phelim O’Reilly and Dan Joy.

One of the highlights of the night was the performance by two mystery guests who were revealed to be Sean Sweeney Todd and Frank Stapleton. The Kilmallock natives gave  a memorable performance from Sydney where they live.

“That was a great idea - it really worked well,” Denice explained. “It was a little emotional to be honest especially when they started talking on the video afterwards.  We couldn’t do it live so they pre-recorded it in Australia. The footage of them came on, as one of the acts, and they did the The Rubberbandits.”

While the final figure of what was raised from the night has yet to be totted up, the event was a huge success, according to Denice.

“The Go Fund Me pages are still going and the Australian one took off after the performance.  It was a great success. We’re over the moon,” said Denice.

The judges on the night were John Fitzgerald, Valarie Wheeler and Ger Downes.

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