residents are being urged to give it some 'Oom-Pah-Pah' and get
voting for Niamh Perry as she competes to be Nancy in the
forthcoming West End production of 'Oliver'.
The 17-year-old starlet, who hails from
Bangor, has become a familiar face in recent weeks appearing on
the BBC's 'I'd Do Anything' as Andrew Lloyd Webber strives to
find another West End star.
Now, however, as the final nears, her local
relatives are urging everyone to get behind the girl whom former
'Fagin' himself, Barry Humphries, described as 'exquisite',
saying "I've been Fagin to a lot of Nancys and I'd be very happy
to take a curtain call with you."
Nadine Webb, Managing Partner of Halifax
Estate Agents in Market Street is the fiancée of Niamh's cousin
Martin Savage from The Spa and has been closely involved in
drumming up support for her.
Nadine is urging everyone in the city and
surrounding district to give Niamh their support in Saturday
night's quarter final of the hit TV show.
"Niamh is a great girl and has strong family
connections with Ballynahinch, and obviously with myself here in
Lisburn. She is very close to Martin and all the family and we
are all so proud of her" Nadine said.
"It is hard to believe she is only 17, she
has been so calm and professional each week and has always given
her best. Niamh is a mature girl who has always dreamed of
making it big in musical theatre, and she has all the talent
required to make her dream a reality. She has really impressed
the judges and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has been full of praise
Niamh has seen off the challenge of over
10,000 auditionees to make it to the final five, and is just two
weeks away from making it to the final of the competition.
However, it took the 'Lord' to come to her
rescue on Sunday evening as Lord Webber had to save her in the
sing-off, something her family are hoping she will avoid going
through this week. Martin said: "We all thought she did
brilliantly on Saturday night and we were really disappointed
that she was in the bottom two this week. We really need the
local public to get behind her.
"Many local people have recognised the huge
talent that Niamh has and have commented to us when we meet them
on the street. But she needs the support of the public in
Lisburn and beyond and she needs their votes if she is to make
it past next weekend."
The show goes out live on Saturday on BBC1 NI
at 7.45pm with the results show on Sunday evening at 7.35pm.