(Eurovision, X Factor & Hollyoaks Stars To Select Winner in Belfast)
Northern Ireland hero David Healy has been wishing the countries â€˜young and talentedâ€™ all the best for the final of Citybeat â€˜Young Star Searchâ€™ this weekend.
The goal-scoring machine was speaking to presenter Stuart Robinson ahead of the grand final at Castle Court this Saturday and has encouraged kids if they have a dream they must go for it!
Healy commented â€œIâ€™d never have got to the stage Iâ€™m at if I had not kept at it when I was younger and the same applies to any young person who want to make it â€“ it might seem like a dream but with hard work, dedication and a bit of lucky you can go all the wayâ€.
Over the past 8 weeks Citybeat has been searching of the next big thing aged 8-16 and this Saturday (7th July) the winner will be revealed. In total 27 finalists from all over Ireland will compete at the final.
The contest was developed and hosted by Citybeat presenter Stuart Robinson who will be joined on Saturday by special guest judges including Eurovision legend â€˜Danaâ€™, Shaun from the X Factor, Hollyoaks actor Gerard McCarthy and TV/Radio host Robin Elliot.
The competition attracted thousands of entries, tens of 000â€™s of votes and millions of hits to the radio stations official website but this is set to be the biggest week in the competition so far as Stuart Robinson explains, â€œThe Young Star Search has travelled all over the country and in each location the judges along with radio listeners have selected a finalist to represent that area.
â€œThis week Citybeat listeners will be voting for their overall favourite from all the regional winners who will be crowned the â€˜Young Star of 2007. The talent of the kids has been incredible and the atmosphere on Saturday will be electricâ€.
The regional winners have already won a summer shopping spree and the overall winner on Saturday will receive a selection of prizes including the opportunity to record their own CD single in a professional studio.
The public can vote for their favourite â€˜Young Starâ€™ until midday this Friday on a special voting hotline. The finalists can be heard by tuning into Citybeat or online at www.citybeat.co.uk
The live final starts at noon this Saturday in Castle Court â€“ Belfast City Centre.