The first episode of The Battles is over and emotions are high as eight of our favourite contestants made it through but we also had to say goodbye to eight incredible vocalists!.
Brian chose "Try" by Macy Gray for pairing Lindsay Hamilton and Sinead Fox and had a particular challenge for each - he ask Sinead to lose control a little and asked Lindsay to gain some control of her vocal. After some trouble with harmonies the two were nervous about the Battle. In the end it was Sinead who Brian chose. Friends Alan Fitzsimons and Lata Mc Carthy were disappointed when Brian told them they would be battling against each other, both of them were rooting for each other to make it through to the live shows but this meant that it was one or the other! Singing "Everybody Hurts" it was clear the pair were sticking together, and after Kian gave Lata a bit of criticism OTT star Alan stood up for his friend saying "That was a bit harsh". In the end Alan's vocal drove Brian to choose him.
Bressie chose an extremely difficult song for talented pairing Dara Molloy and Pat Byrne - "If it Makes You Happy" by Sheryl Crow. Pat who wowed the Coaches at his first audition felt nervous as it was his first time performing without his guitar and had little knowledge of the song itself, but his versitility shone through and the pair had an outstanding performance leaving Bressie with a difficult decision. But it was Pat who Bressie felt a bigger musical connection with and chose him to move on to the next stage. With Valentines day coming up Bressie must have been feeling a bit romantic when he chose U2's "Everlasting Love" for Gavin Kenny and Rory Quinn to perform. The pair had obvious stage presence that Kathryn described as a "bromance". Kian was certain that Rory would be on the Live Shows and when Bressie chose DIT student Gavin to proceed Kian promised Rory "Come back again next year and I'll pick you and I'll put you through!"
A nervous Stephen Griffen and full time busker Liam Geddes were teamed together by Kian to perform Coldplay classic "Yellow". When Kian focused on Stephen's nerves willing him to fight passed them Liam felt as if his mentor was rooting for his competitor, which spurred him on to give his all. After an almost flawless performance from the boys Kian felt that Liam had the most potential and chose him to move on. Sandra Jane Hyland was not too impressed when Christina Aguilera and Adam Levines song "Moves like Jagger" was chosen for her and rocker Graham Dowling "I actually hate that song" she said. But her mind was quickly changed when Kian praised her and told Graham to step up to the challenge as he was being lost behind Sandra's vocal. After the performance Kians advisor Priscilla told Sandra that she has a better vocal than some of the artists she works with but Kian felt that Graham really shone through and chose him over Sandra.
Sharon didn't realise just how tough LuLu's song "Shout" was to sing until she chose it for big voiced Kellie Blaise and Kate Donohue. Unfortunately Kate had to fight through a chest infection to perform, but you would never have known. The gusty performance from the two girls brought the house down and Sharon found it a challenge to choose just one, but in the end Kellie progressed to the Live Battles. Teaming opera singers Vanessa Whelan and Dan Twomey together was an educational experience for Sharon and advisor Don Mescall as they learnt about the different methods and techniques Vanessa and Dan could use. Performing the timeless classic "Time to Say Goodbye" Vanessa and Dan really displayed their talent with a beautiful show stopping rendition that left Sharon on her feet and speechless. Described as the performance of the show so far Sharon had an incredibly tough decision. She ended up choosing Vanessa because of her tone. Dan was not too disappointed though describing it as an experience he will never forget.
Tune in to RTÉ ONE next Sunday at 6.30pm to see who else makes it to the Live shows as The Battles continue on The Voice Of Ireland.
Team Brian in bold
Lindsay Hamilton vs Sinead Fox
Lata McCarthy vs Alan Fitzsimons