Byline: ALANA FEARON
WESTLIFE star Shane Filan kicked off his solo career early – when he raised the roof at a private bash in Cheltenham.
The You Raise Me Up singer, 32, surprised guests at a party thrown by JP McManus when he started singing karaoke.
It may have been a nightmare opening day at Prestbury Park for Irish punters but Shane did his best to lift the nation’s battered spirits by belting out a few hits.
Mogul JP threw the party to celebrate his horse Aflie Sherrin winning the Handicap Steeple Chase and Shane and Gillian were among his VIP guests.
Irish goalkeeper Shay Given revealed: “I’m here with Shane [Filan] so the craic is good.
“It’s a pity I wasn’t here on Tuesday night because Shane was on the karaoke at JP’s party.
“I hear he’s good at it.” Shane said on Tuesday that he was just weeks away from signing a solo contract after Westlife announced in October they were splitting up.
The Daily Mirror learned last month that several top record companies are battling it out to sign the millionaire singer who has been dubbed the next Michael Buble.
But they’ll be shocked to hear that the dad of three has jumped the gun and kicked off his solo run, a few months before his 14-year career with Westlife officially comes to an end.
But the star wasn’t the only Irishman going on a solo run at Cheltenham.
Shane was on the karaoke at JP’s Meath jockey Barry Geraghty was the country’s new hero last night after racking up a stunning hat-trick of wins on day two at Prestbury Park. Wins on Simonsig, Bobs Worth and Finian’s Rainbow in the Queen Mother Champion Chase made his tally of wins for the week four.
Credit/Source: Irish Daily Mirror – Published on 15.03.2012