Bizarre goal celebration antics tickle fancy of NI stars

This candidate used hula hoops in the hope of making an impression
This candidate used hula hoops in the hope of making an impression

A whooping woman tickling chins, a hula-hooping showgirl, and a man drumming on his chest.

These were just some of the outlandish goalscoring celebrations which a trio of Northern Irish sports stars have been treated to, as part of a promotional campaign centred around the upcoming Euro 2016 football competition.

The promotional drive is called #GetIN, and is run by sponsor Vauxhall.

It said the aim is “to find a signature celebration that the public can collectively adopt to show their support for each of the Home Nations heading to France this summer”.

Videos have been released of some of those who put themselves forward before a a penl of judges, comprised of Northern Ireland footballGareth McAuley, Corry Evans and Stuart Dallas.

The video, presented by Ulsterwoman Zoe Salmon, begins with one young man performing some impressive flips, which wowed the judging panel.

Gareth McAuley, Corry Evans and Stuart Dallas 
watch some of the celebrations

Gareth McAuley, Corry Evans and Stuart Dallas watch some of the celebrations

Then a woman displayed her own custom celebration – consisting of shreiking, blowing kisses and tickling the chins of the judging panel, much to their amused bafflement.

“I don’t know where to begin. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone tickle my chin before,” said Mr Evans.

She was followed by a Portstewart man who performed a boogie before striking a pose, an extremely athletic display of whirling and cartwheeling by one young lady in hotpants, and a hula hoop display by a tattooed woman in a bodice.

The winner was a man called Mr James from Co Down, who performed a dance akin to the New Zealand Haka – clicking his fingers, stamping his feet, and slapping his chest.

Zoe Salmon (left) hosted the talent contest

Zoe Salmon (left) hosted the talent contest

Although the winner has been chosen, with the company saying that it hopes the whole Northern Ireland squad will adopt it themselves, members of the public are still welcome to submit their own antics online.