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"If loving Crystal Swing is wrong then I don't want to be right"

- Ellen DeGeneres


Since Crystal Swing were catapulted into the limelight in February 2010 there have been many high points. Their first appearance on Ireland's flagship TV programme, RTÉ's The Late Late Show, for instance, was an incredible honour while appearing with their own show in their own home venue, The Cork Opera House, before a sell out crowd was a dream come true. Even the many media interviews were a totally new experience for the popular band not to mention the sudden, huge demand for appearances from around the country and abroad.

However, their most remarkable experience to date was their trip to Hollywood, L.A. to appear in The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The show was recorded in the Warner Brothers' studios on 8th April 2010 and aired four days later. After an interview with host and American Idol judge, Ellen and a performance of 'He Drinks Tequila', Derek did his trademark Hucklebuck - moving through the audience and dancing with Ellen. The trio went down a storm with their amiable host and her enthusiastic audience who clearly enjoyed the performance as they gave the band two standing ovations.

The following is a brief account of how this amazing journey transpired:



It all started when this video of Crystal Swing, performing 'He Drinks Tequila', was
uploaded to YouTube in January, 2010 and attracted hundreds of
thousands of views from all over the world



Having been shown the 'He Drinks Tequila' video by her producers,
top American TV chat show host and American Idol judge, Ellen DeGeneres,
encouraged her nearly five million followers on Twitter to check it out.




On St. Patrick's Day, 17th March 2010, Ellen featured the band in her 'Video of the Day'
and enthusiastically declared, "I like 'em"



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On 8th April 2010, The Ellen DeGeneres Show featuring Crystal Swing
was recorded at Warner Bros. studios, in Hollywood




On 9th April 2010, Ellen informed her Twitter followers that Crystal Swing
would appear on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' to be aired on the following Monday




On 12th April 2010 Ellen heralded the band's appearance on her show that day
"They do not disappoint", she enthused



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The video caption on Ellen's website read:
"On St. Patrick's Day, Ellen showed a video of the family music group from Ireland called Crystal Swing.
She vowed to get them here to perform -- and today they made it! They chatted with Ellen about their
hometown and how they got their start, then performed 'He Drinks Tequila'"

On Monday 12th April 2010, Crystal Swing's appearance on
The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired on TV to a world-wide audience

"They made the trip all the way from Cork, Ireland to be on the show. Now Crystal Swing
want to show you their hometown! Check out this video they shot in Cork"
- Ellen's website



A few hours after their appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mary, Derek and Dervla
could hardly conceal their excitement when interviewed from L.A. by Ryan Tubridy on his
popular morning show on Ireland's RTÉ Radio 1



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And there you have it. In a matter of weeks, a practically unknown Irish family band consisting of two school-going, teenagers and their mother, playing the social dancing circuit around Cork in Ireland to audiences of several hundred at most, come to the attention of and get the seal of approval from one of the world's most popular and influential TV personalities and find themselves performing in Hollywood before an audience of millions.

Unbelieveable, but it's true!


Many thanks to Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show production team and Fáilte Ireland for a truly remarkable experience and opportunity.



On 11th June 2010 Ellen's Video of the day was 'Crystal Swing Finally Makes It!'


On 11th June 2010, Ellen informed her Twitter followers that the video
of Crystal Swing's appearance on her Show was that day's video of the day


The Ellen DeGeneres Show website Video of the Day on 11th June 2010



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Some photos from L.A.

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