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The fifth and final blind audition is now over and viewers were enthralled by talent and determination of the contestants. The standards are high and even our coaches sometimes can't quite say why they put some contestants through and denied others the shot at stardom. It all got a bit too much for Sharon when she couldn't explain to 32 year old Jenny McCabe what was missing, The Corrs star got teary eyed as she let the Cavan Stage School teacher down but was comforted quickly by Kian Egan. And it was hugs all around when Brian Kennedy walked on to the stage to give 19 year old Ellen Maguire a cuddle after she failed to make the coaches turn around.
But for the lucky few who showed they had that extra something our coaches were looking for it was smiles all around as they sailed on through to the next stage. For Colin Hand it was his disabled 2 year old daughter who inspired his audition song, her condition means that she can't walk or talk but she is always smiling. Now she has no reason to stop as her talented daddy's vocal abilities brought a "Smile" to Brian Kennedy's face who took him through to the battle stage. Ex OTT member Alan Fitzsimons left Bressie with a bit of a deflated ego when he said it was a "no-brainer" to choose Brian as his mentor for the competition.
But Bressie wasn't too disapointed as he picked up two incredible artists to complete his team. Carolann Haskins said she lives to sing but has always been put down because of the way she looks, now Carolann is using The Voice of Ireland as a platform to prove to the nation that it doesn't matter what you look like, it's your voice and talent that matters. Dervla Magennis "nailed" her audition song "At Last" by Etta James, Bressie was impressed by the vocal as he said that it is a very easy song to butcher and welcomed the 19 year old Law Student to his team.
Apprentice hairdresser Elliott Canavan Doyle impressed Brian, Sharon and Kian with his rendition of 9 Crimes - a performance that Damien Rice would be "very proud of" according to Brian. Kian told Elliott "I think you could genuinely win this contest" which must have won the Meath teen over when he surprised himself by choosing Kian as his mentor. Kyle Kennedy was also welcomed with open arms into Team Kian, Kyle is originally from Kansas USA and feels that he has paid his dues to the music industry and is hoping that The Voice of Ireland will give him the break he's been looking for. After watching her husband audition and fail to make an impression on the coaches Sharon Gaynor would be forgiven if nerves got the better of her, but with a vibrant and energetic performance of "Think" by Aretha Franklin it's no surprise that Kian Egan gave the new mom a shot at The Voice of Ireland title.
Wicklow native Kim Hayden sparked an interest in Sharon with her soulful voice, "there's something about her" she said after Kim left the stage. Ingrid Madsen was studying to be an accountant when she decided to ditch the stable career for a more exciting and passionate livelihood in music. Ingrid's ambition is to record an album, she said she has an album half finished but put it on hold when she got pregnant. Now she is hoping that mentor Sharon will put her in the right direction on the road to pursuing her dream.
Blind Auditions have drawn to a close and all of our coaches now have 12 acts to mentor and mould for the Battle stage where their team will compete against eachother to make it to the live shows! Tune in next week to see if your favourite survives the intense process RTE One 6.30pm.