Glee role beckons for Derry’s Celtic Thunder star

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The teenage Derry star of the hugely successful Celtic Thunder could be set to bag himself a role in hit US musical drama Glee.

Damian McGinty (18) has enjoyed worldwide acclaim - alongside fellow Derry man Keith Harkin - since, as a 14-year-old, he earned a role in the Phil Coulter creation Celtic Thunder.

But his star could soar even higher if he is successful in ‘The Glee Project’ - a reality show where the winner scoops a role on the Grammy award winning show that centres on the lives and loves of high school choir New Directions.

Writing on the Celtic Thunder website the talented local teenager, told fans he’s very excited to have got to the final stages of the competition.

“I will go there, give it my best shot, try and do you guys and Celtic Thunder proud, and we will take it from there….what ever is meant to be for me….won’t pass me.”

The winner of the Glee Project, which begins on US network Oxegyn on June 12, will get a seven-episode guest starring role on the hit show which has become a global phenomena in recent years.

Launched on the Fox network in 2009, the show has since won Golden Globes and Grammies while songs featured in the show, such as Don’t Stop Believing, have enjoyed renewed success.

At one point in 2009, the Glee cast had 25 singles on the Billboard chart while in February of this year almost 40 million US viewers tuned into an episode.

Derry lad Damian is no stranger to success or to the limelight.

In December 2009, Billboard magazine named Celtic Thunder Top World Album Artist after their first three albums placed in the Top 10.

In March 2009, the five strong vocal group opened the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, before later performing for President Obama.

More than 40,000 hopefuls auditioned for the Glee Project.

Damian takes on 11 other finalists in the quest for a Glee role.