Tooban singer Roisin to Take the Floor in top stage show

Roisin Carlin, from Tooban, the lead vocalist in 'Take the Floor.'
Roisin Carlin, from Tooban, the lead vocalist in 'Take the Floor.'

A talented Inishowen singer has beaten off hundreds of hopefuls from across the world to take a leading role in a top Irish dance show.

Roisin Carlin, who is from Tooban and now living and working in New York, is to be the lead vocalist in ‘Take the Floor,’ an Irish dance show directed and produced by Paula Goulding and Shane McAvinchey.

Over 60 of the world’s top dancers auditioned online for the show and the best were selected to travel to Ireland for 10 days to learn the choreography and perform the show.

Roisin also auditioned online for her vocal role and a substantial public vote ensured she made it into the top ten finalists.

An esteemed panel of judges, which included Celtic Women’s composer and creator, the Emmy nominated David Downes. the platinum selling singer/songwriter Ryan Sheridan and the Take the Floor directors then chose Roisin from the ten hopefuls.

Roisin is no stranger to the stage and made it to the live, televised finals of the Irish talent show ‘The Voice of Ireland’ last year.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Roisin said she first heard about the auditions through ‘The McGough Academy,’ an Irish dance school based in Yonkers, New York at which she has been a student coach since September.

She will now travel back home to Ireland in August to rehearse newly-composed songs and perform live on stage during the ‘Take the Floor’ Live Tour 2014.

Roisin paid tribute to everyone who voted for her during the public vote stage of the process, where she finished in fourth place with 6,500 votes.

She quipped this was “due to so many people in Ireland, who I had tortured every day reminding them to vote for me, so a huge thank you to all those people.”

She added she “cannot wait” to perform in the show and to particularly work with renowned singer Elaine Canning, who has performed on stage worldwide.

“I am so excited I get to be part of such an amazing show,” she said.

“It combines two things I love, which are Irish dancing and singing, so that makes it even sweeter. I’m sure it will be an incredible experience.”

There is also the added bonus of geting to perform in her home country.

She said: “As much as I’m enjoying living in New York, it’s always nice to come home and get a break from the madness of the city. And even though I’m not home for long, I still cannot wait to see my family.”

Take the Floor will be performed in venues across the country, one of which is Derry’s Millennium Forum.