An 81-year-old Irish great-grandmother took the stage on Ireland’s Got Talent last night, wowing the judges and bringing the audience to tears.

Evelyn Williams, a widow from Tallaght, Dublin, sang Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Send in the Clowns.’

The talented granny got a standing ovation and the judges sent her through to the semi-final.

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Evelyn, who has been widowed for seven years and has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, said she has always loved to sing.

"I love singing. I've sung all my life," she said.

 "My husband would be very proud of me here tonight," she said, after getting sent to the semi-finals. "I hope I deserved it."

Judge Michelle Visage said: "There is such life in this woman.”

"She stood up here and commanded the stage better than anyone we've yet seen on this show. She's a storyteller.

"I'm not lucky enough to have my mother here with me on this journey, and then she stood here and she sang one of the most incredible Stephen Sondheim songs ever written, only meant to be sung by a woman this age who has lived a life and she sang it with love and that just killed me."

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Evelyn was entered into the competition by her 30-year-old grand-daughter, who is also named Evelyn.

"Evelyn sent in a little video that she had on her phone of me singing Try A Little Tenderness. I got a call one day and they said, ‘This is Ireland’s Got Talent. I was in amazement — I said, ‘Who gave you my number?’

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