Jean Claude did Damme fine job –
DONEGAL superstar Enya
has revealed she gets a kick out of watching
Hollywood action man Jean-Claude Van Damme do a
death-defying splits to one of her songs.
The singer-composer (55) re-entered the American
charts when her track 'Only Time' was used in a
tongue-in-cheek TV commercial for Volvo trucks.
In the 2013 advert, Belgian action hero Van Damme
does an epic splits between two moving Volvo
articulated lorries at sunrise while Enya's classic
2000 hit plays in the background.
The YouTube clip of the advert went viral and has
been viewed more than 82 million times.
"I thought it was fantastic," said Enya yesterday.
"It just worked - (it) bizarrely worked with (Jean)
Claude Van Damme doing that fantastic stretch. It
was just fun."
The star delighted fans
this week by taking part in a Q&A session on social
networking site Reddit.
She also revealed that two of her favourite
television shows are 'Breaking Bad' and 'Vinyl' -
the hit drama about New York's 1970s music scene,
co-created by Martin Scorsese.
"Martin Scorsese does really great TV programmes and
it's the earlier insight into what the record
industry was really like, so it's quite
fascinating," she said.
The Irish singer revealed she recently bought a
contemporary new holiday villa in the south of
France to add to a property portfolio that includes
her permanent base, Manderley Castle in Dalkey, Co
The multi-instrumentalist, whose real name is Eithne
Ní Bhraonáin, also told the Reddit session that
while piano is her first instrument, she also plays
saxophone, accordion, tin whistle and "a little bit
She said her favourite classical composer is
Rachmaninov while she also studied opera singing
with Irish soprano Veronica Dunne.
However, the Gaeltacht-born musician said she had to
quit opera after a year because "it would have
changed (her) voice for singing".