Stephen Sondheim wrote the ballad “Send in the Clowns” for A Little Night Music, a musical in which seasoned actress Desirée reflects on her life’s trials and tribulations. The show hit Broadway in 1973 and, in the decades that followed, “Send in the Clowns” became a jazz standard covered by Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, and more.
But Michelle Visage, one of the four judges on Ireland’s Got Talent, said the song was “only meant to be sung by a woman of this age who has lived a life, and she sang it with love.” 81-year-old contestant Evelyn Williams— a mother of two, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of six— would certainly fit the bill.
Evelyn got the opportunity to audition at Got Talent earlier this month after her great-granddaughters sent in a clip of her singing “Try A Little Tenderness,” and she took full advantage of her moment in the spotlight.
Her rendition of “Send in the Clowns” had judges wiping tears away.
But the big question is, did she get through to the next round? She did! Not only that, Evelyn got the coveted golden buzzer. Judging by her face, it looks like Evelyn was not expecting that!
When I seen that buzzer thing, I thought someone was after throwing a bomb in around the place to get me off the stage. I couldn’t stop crying, I got such a fright.
It was very dramatic, really. The whole hall stood up – that made me cry. It was bad enough when the judges stood up, but when the whole place stood up – they were tears of emotion.
Watch her stunning performance in the clip below (don’t you just love her dress?), and be sure to share to wish her luck this season!