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Derry's George revealed as new judge on top BBC talent show
14 Dec 2018
A Derry singer who has just released his debut album has been named as a judge on a BBC talent show. George Hutton is one of 100 judges gathered from all areas of the music business for ‘All Together Now’ which is headed by up by Spice Girl Geri Horner and has a prize pot of £50,000. Each act that appears before the judges must try and get them to sing along and the more of ‘The 100’ who do, the higher they will score. George is taking part in both the celebrity special which will be screened on BBC 1 on Christmas Eve at 7.15pm and season two of the show which will be aired in the New Year. “I have been between London and Manchester filming the show but up until now I couldn’t talk it,” he explained. “It’s great to be part of it, especially as I’m on the only Irish judge on the panel.” George’s new album ‘Chapter One’ is currently available on Spotify, where it has been getting great feedback. “I’d like to thank everyone who downloaded it and listened and for all the lovely messages from around the world, thank you,” he said. ‘Chapter One’, is a mixture of traditional Irish music and original tracks, and was recorded at Paul Casey’s Cable Junction Studio in Derry. Until now, George Hutton has been best known for his part in the Five Irish Tenors who played sold out gigs across America last year. But his new album marks his departure as a solo artist. “I called it Chapter One because it’s about my journey through music and the album touches on all the different things that have helped me to get where I am now,” he said. The track that is closest to George’s heart is ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ and he was bowled over when Phil Coulter rang him out of the blue to lend his support. “Phil rang me and gave me his blessing and we spoke on the phone for about half an hour,” “It’s arguably the most iconic song from Derry so for him to say he has been following me and that I’m on his radar is just amazing.” “I’ve worked hard my whole life and had plenty of normal jobs and I’ll always be willing to go back and take a normal job if I have to, but I’ve always wanted to be a performer. “You create your own luck. I’ve been working very hard for this for quite a long while.” George is classically trained and has been taught by Derry’s Eoin O’Callaghan and Ciáran Kelly and Mexican Tenor Benito Rodriguez who is married to Derry singer Laura Rodriquez nee Sheeran. He recently performed the switch on of the Christmas with Paul Casey where they played their new song ‘Christmas in Our Town’. “It’s relatable to anywhere but we always had Derry in mind when we were writing it,” said George. “It’s not mentioned by name but we are two Derry men.” George will also be doing an intimate home town performance will take place tonight Friday December 14 at the Guildhall Derry with support from Paul Casey. Tickets are £13 + booking fee and are available from eventbrite.ie
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