Judges weep after unforgettable 81-year-old grandma's performance

Cheryl Kahla
May 18, 2018
10:34 A.M.
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Evelyn Williams, a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother gave a moving performance on Ireland's Got Talent. She won the hearts of viewers and the judges.


Williams, who will celebrate her 82nd birthday in May, captured the audience with her sparkling personality, with show host Lucy Kennedy remarked that she "needs her own show." 

Williams explained that her eldest granddaughter, also named Evelyn, shares her passion for singing and convinced Williams to enter the talent search show. 

She was overcome with emotion when she showed viewers a necklace her daughter had given her for good luck. She also misses her husband "like a limb," explaining that he passed away in 2011. 

The couple exchanged vows in 1961 and welcomed two children - a boy and girl. Today, Williams has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, whom she loves dearly. 


Williams gave a moving rendition of Send In The Clowns. She received a standing ovation from the judges and audience, who couldn't hold back their tears, Classic Country Music reported.

Judge Michelle Visage even pressed the golden buzzer, something she would never do for anybody else, she added. After the performance, Visage joined Williams and Lucy on stage. 


Lucy wanted to know why Williams deserved the golden buzzer. Visage explained: "there is such life in this woman." According to Visage, no other participant ever commanded the stage as Wiliams did.

"My husband would be very proud of me here tonight, and I want to thank every one of you, every single one of you [...] I hope I deserved it."

Evelyn Williams, YouTube/Ireland's Got Talent, February 3, 2018. 

Williams went through to the semi-finals, even though that wasn't her goal when she signed. She only wanted to sing because she loved it. 

Stephen Sondheim wrote Send In The Clowns for the 1973 musical Smiles of a Summer Night. In an interview with NY Times, Sondheim explained that the title doesn't refer to circus clowns. It symbolizes fools.