But following a superb rendition of â00A Wonderful Worldâ0 on Sunday eveningâ00s elimination show, Brendan Oâ00Connor exclaimed â00You can sing in Louis Armstrongâ00s voice but not in your own!â0 and admitted there was hope yet for Pope.
Despite looking absolutely terrified as he awaited the results of the public vote, Brent made it through to Tuesday night. While he says for the sake of the charity he wants to stay in as long as possible, he admits that taking the stage over the past few days has been â00terrifyingâ00. â00It hasnâ00t been enjoyable. Itâ00s 13 hours a day of pure stress.â0
Still, Brent is willing to endure the terror for the sake of the IRFU Charitable Trust. Through his presence on Charity Youâ00re A Star, the IRFU Charitable Trust are anxious to raise much needed funds to support injured players and their families through help with locomotory expenses, specialised equipment (such as lifting equipment, beds, or wheelchairs), home alterations, medical expenses, nursing and caring costs, motor vehicles etc.
Serious rugby injury is a frightening prospect for any player, and his, or her, family. Rugby is a contact game and injuries are a reality. Over the years there have been a number of players seriously injured involving various forms of paralysis.
Brent got involved in Charity You're A Star, quite simply to support a cause and raise money for a charity that affected people from a world he was a huge part of.
He had seen the show in other years and was hugely reluctant and nervous about doing it when they approached him. After careful consideration, however, he said the needs of the charity outweighed his personal fears.
He sat down and thought about the charity aspect the most. â00I realised that as rugby was the best part of my life for the last 20 years it was important to do something to give something back to the sport. The costs are ongoing for injured players.â0
Brent had never sung in front of anyone in his life and the prospect was nerve wracking for him. â00I had sung in the bath and the shower and didn't think I was too bad, but since starting in Charity You're A Star and listening back to myself. I admit I sound horrendous!â0
â00Itâ00s a big change for me and pushing me completely out of my comfort zone.â0
Every vote is essential so please dial 1513 717103 / Northern Ireland 09011820003 or text VOTE BRENT to 53600. Lines remain open 24 hours for the two weeks duration of the competition.
Votes cost 60 cents / 50 pence (from mobile normally costs a little more).