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Sinéad Quinn


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Sinéad Quinn born 24 March 1980 at Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, graduate of the University of Hull was a contestant in the first series of the UK BBC TV series Fame Academy in 2002. She later went on to sign a record deal, release an album, and have a #2 UK single. She currently lives in St Albans with husband Paul Stewart, drummer with The Feeling. They became engaged on 9 October 2007 and were married in Ireland on 6 December 2008. Sinéad is currently in a band, Sinéad and the Dawnbreakers, as singer and acoustic guitarist. Husband and drummer for The Feeling, Paul Stewart, is also the drummer for Sinéad and the Dawnbreakers.

Sinéad did not enter the Fame Academy in the same way as the other contestants. The first eleven contestants were picked by the show’s judges, but the final contestant was picked through a public vote in the first programme of the series. Sinéad, David Sneddon and Paul MacDonald sang in this vote but Sinéad won the public’s support. She gained 51% of the votes and won her place in the Fame Academy.

The fan base Sinéad built up in the first programme stayed with her during the whole series, and allowed her to reach the final. During this time she sang a range of songs from Macy Gray’s “I Try” and Garth Brook’s “If Tomorrow Never Comes” to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Don’t Speak”.

In the final, Sinéad was up against David Sneddon (who had entered the Academy at a later date due to Naomi Roper pulling out due to illness) and Lemar Obika. She finished second with 2.5 million of the 6.


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