Northern Ireland internationals Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas and Gareth McAuley swapped their football boots for scorecards as the trio teamed up with Vauxhall Motors and TV presenter Zoe Salmon to hunt for the ultimate #GetIN goal celebration ahead of the Green and White Army’s EURO 2016 campaign in France this summer.
The three players kicked off Vauxhall’s campaign by becoming judges and auditioning the Northern Irish public. In true talent show fashion – the weird and wonderful acts competed to impress the famous judges – prompting a variety of reactions from surprise to amazement and, on occasion, pure disbelief.
Blackburn Rovers midfielder Evans was lost for words when 57-year-old Jill Buchanan tickled his chin after performing her cheekily named “Jill’s jiggle”, whilst Leeds United’s Dallas scored the dancing hopeful a very harsh ‘1’ despite also getting a chin tickle and being told he was cute.
West Brom defender McAuley’s initial surprise turned into fits of laughter as one performer, Josh Macdowell, completed a full dance routine, donning a sweatband around his head. Giving Simon Cowell a run for his money, Dallas was lost for words at the performance stating he “wasn’t sure what to think of it to be honest”.
Gymnast, Mike Corr, impressed players with his exciting front and side ways celebratory flips, but ultimately all three player judges were most impressed with Coleman James from County Down who beat off other competition by performing a body percussion routine.
Coleman scored a perfect 30 out of 30 and his unique celebration will now become the official #GetIN celebration for Northern Ireland this summer and will be performed at a live event by the talented winners.
Centre-half McAuley said, “The boys and I had a great time judging for Northern Ireland’s Vauxhall #GetIN goal celebration.
“The creativity of the auditions is what really surprised me. I might have to jazz up my own celebration and hope to show off a few #GetIN celebrations of my own in France this summer.”