Yvonne hits the right note on Operation Transformation
Local Operation Transformation leader Yvonne Keenan-Ross says her weight loss on the RTÉ show will hopefully help her pursue her dreams of singing.
The 48-year-old Carlingford woman revealed on last night’s show that she had given up singing after getting it into her head that she was too heavy to be a performer.
However, having lost 1st 8.5lbs on her Operation Transformation journey so far, she took to the stage in PJ O’Hare’s in Carlingford last week where she belted out the Patsy Cline classic “Crazy’ amongst others, with accompaniment from local musician Henry Mac.
Speaking about the experience, Yvonne said: “I have always wanted to be a singer but I had never had the confidence to do it or to even say that I would like to get up and sing for a living.
“And although I still sang at family parties and weddings I had given up on singing when I was younger.
“What happened was I saw pictures of myself singing in O’Hare’s on Arthur Guinness day years ago and I was wearing a white shirt.
“Someone took a picture of me and put it up on the notice board and when I saw the state of myself in the shirt I just thought: “There is no way I could ever get up on stage and sing. I am too big.”
“And that’s totally irrational because singing has nothing to do with what you look like but it didn’t matter – after that I just wouldn’t do it, apart from for weddings where I could sing in the gallery and no-one could see me.”
After a session with Dr Eddie Murphy last week, Yvonne decided faced her fears to sing live again.
The 48-year-old had been practising The Climb by Miley Cyrus all week but in the pub rocked the audience with versions of Good Girl Gone Bad, Bright Blue Rose and a duet of If I Should Fall by Bruce Springsteen with her brother.
Yvonne said: “It was nervewracking because all my friends were there and you can sort of tell what they are thinking because of the looks on their faces.
“It made me realise that even though I want it so much, I still have a lot of work to do before I can confidently get up and sing in front of an audience.
“But it was a big moment and a step in the right direction.”
Yvonne is now into the last week of her Operation Transformation journey and anyone who would like to support her can come along to the Bush track this evening to join her on her weekly walk.
Check out a clip of Yvonne’s performance below. The full episode from last night can be found on the RTÉ Player.