Three weeks in and its mixed emotions for Brian, Sharon, Bressie and Kian; despite being impressed by the level of talent amongst the contestants they can’t put everyone through to the next stage and they must pick the acts who they think will fit best in their team. The studio audience were not pleased with the coaches passed on big-voiced Emma Wigglesworth, showing their displeasure with major hisses and boos. Bressie was full of regret when he failed to turn for 19 year old Ellie McMahon “she looks like a popstar, if I had have seen her I would have put her through” he said “I definitely missed out on Ellie”.
Shy and reserved Nollaig O’Connor had all four coaches fighting over her after her beautiful rendition of U2’s With or Without You . The 21 year old chose Sharon as her coach when Sharon promised to help her overcome her nerves and boost her confidence on stage.. Sharon also invited Vanessa Whelan to join her team after her incredible operatic interpretation of Take That’s Rule the World. Vanessa was once tipped to be a famous Opera singer by Dr. Veronica Dunne of the Royal Irish Academy and it appears now that Vanessa has been given a second chance to shine.
Brian was moved by another opera singer this week; Lata McCarthy is a former Northern Irish freelance actress and broadcaster and has been classically trained since she was 10 years old but says she is versatile and loves to sing pop songs as well. Alternative and quirky Lindsay Hamilton also grabbed Brian’s attention and he has “Faith” that she will spark the interest of the nation. After huge success in 1995 in the Irish charts Brendan Keeley is hoping that Brian will kickstart his career again on a global scale.
Being a member of Westlife, Kian Egan is used to his female fans but this week it was the other way around when Kian chose only female vocalists for his team. The three lucky ladies were Lorna Jordan, Lucy O’Byrne and Sandra Jane Hyland. Lorna Jordan showed off her talents by playing the guitar. The 20 year old Mayo girl gigs with her brother twice a week but wants to perform on a bigger stage and to a bigger audience. Lucy O’Bryne is no stranger to the stage and has recently played Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof the Gaiety Theatre; she is taking part in The Voice of Ireland for her Grandad who passed away while she was performing in The Gaiety. Sandra Jane Hyland was told to audition for The Voice of Ireland by Westlife’s Nicky Byrne after he heard her sing at a wedding, his bandmate Kian was also impressed by the Tallaght girl after her beautiful performance.
After reaching the final of You’re a Star 6 years ago, 21 year old Rory Quinn from Wicklow is back on our screens hoping to better his previous success, Bressie was suitably impressed at his stripped down version of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror. Kiera Byrne also put her own stamp on her audition song and delivered an incredibly haunting “Ride On” that left the viewer wanting more, seems like Bressie has finally found the popstar he was looking for!
Don’t miss next Sunday at 6.30pm on RTE One as the Blind Auditions continue and the competition heats up on the most talked about show of 2012 – The Voice of Ireland