In Ireland's Got Talent, an all-girls Irish choir from Dublin, all dressed in blue, stepped out into the stage. The Deaftones introduced themselves as a mix of deaf girls, deaf and mute, and hearing girls, from ages 13 to 39.
When they stepped out, IGT judge Michelle Visage asked what their concept was and they introduced themselves as Deaftones. They have two hearing girls who are also members and sing the songs with their voice, and the rest of the girls, who are either deaf, or deaf and mute, sign out the words of the song.
Their conductor, Shirley, teaches at the Holy Family School and started the choir in 2010. She shared that some of the choir members can sing and hear the music, some can hear the music, and some cannot hear the music at all. They eventually decided to bring hearing girls as members to show how the deaf and hearing community can mix together and be just like everyone else. That was how Ciara, the sister of one of the members and the lead singer, became part of The Deaftones.
Ciara shared that she actually grew up as the only hearing member of her family. Both her parents, her sisters, and her brother are all deaf and it was hard for her to live a normal life with her friends because of it. But then she became part of the group and she realized the positive impact the choir had on the girls. She realized being part of the choir gave them a lot of confidence in themselves.
They entered the stage, introduced themselves, and got ready to sing "Photograph" by Ed Sheeran. Ciara and Hannah, the two hearing girls, stayed on the sides, while the girls who signed stayed in the middle. Ciara and Hannah successfully sang Photograph, despite their nerves, but the signing girls signed with so much confidence.
The judges and audience watched and listened in silence, tears in their eyes, as the Deaftones continued to perform on stage. Presenter Lucy Kennedy tried to control her tears unsuccessfully as well as IGT judge Jason Byrne and some members of the audience.
They received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience when they sang and signed the last note. The judges even waved their hands up high, the sign for applause. Jason said that the "entertainment world is all about emotions and there's just so much that flowed out towards us." Michelle thanked the choir for sharing their world with everyone. The audition ended with all judges signing Yes.