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Updates for 19th January 2012

The Voice Ireland - Episode 2

The second week of The Blind Auditions is over and the competition is heating up!

Not everyone can make it through and this week’s show was an emotional rollercoaster with lovable contestants failing to be selected by the coaches.

One thousand Youtube subscribers to 19 year old Brían Doyle’s channel were gutted to see the sweet unassuming lad let his nerves take over his performance.

There is nothing like a bit of family rivalry to divide the nation, father Dick Hayes and his son Richie both applied without telling the other and each of them were chosen to perform on the same show . However much to the Hayes family chagrin, Dad Dick failed to get chosen despite delivering an excellent performance and then had to watch his son Richie make it through. It must have made for a very strange car journey home! Even presenter Kathryn Thomas found the father/son experience one of the most emotional moments on the show.

The Coaches know what they are looking for and are not afraid to fight for it and tonight’s episode proved their passion to acquire the best talent for their teams.

Conor J Ryan made history as he was the first act to impress the coaches enough for all four of them to turn around and fight for him. Sharon said that she was “in heaven” listening to him sing, Kian compared him to his band mate Mark Feehily and Bressie said it was the best vocal he had heard yet. But it was Brian who managed to convince Conor to choose him by telling him he could bring him some great songs and said he was the “one to beat”.

Despite his father’s unsuccessful audition, Richie Hayes was overjoyed to be welcomed to Brian Kennedy’s team, the Panto star feels like this is his chance to be taken seriously in the music industry and said that now he wasn’t just doing it for himself but for his dad as well. Brian gave Neil McGrath, 31, the break he was looking for after he lost his job in TalkTalk. Neil said he needs this to make a living, will his determination will drive him to succeed and make it to the Live Shows?

Liam Geddes also has the chance to turn his love of singing into a career when his rendition of “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” made quite an impression on Brian, Sharon and Kian. The full-time busker decided to go with his idol Kian over the other two coaches as he said he had been influenced greatly by Westlife’s music. Kian has high hopes for his second act of week two. New Jersey native Siobhan McKenna has toured with hip hop star Sean Kingston, will that experience stand to her when she fights to make it past the battle stage?

Sharon added newly qualified primary school teacher Ailbhe Hession to her team of strong singers, Ailbhe has a musical background and plays the saxophone, the harp and the violin and has also sang at numerous weddings. Kellie Blaise amazed Sharon with Fallin’ by Alicia Keyes. Kellie was previously signed to a record deal and worked with major music producers in the US but she said her heart wasn’t in the style of music she was producing and the album failed. Bressie knows Kellie from living in London and said her vocal was “really up there” Sharon said “you had me at hello!” .

Bressie added three new acts to his team this week – Dara Molloy, Jessica Pritzel and Nikita O’Rowe. Dara Molloy is the lead singer of band Who’s Eddie who were previously successful with their hit “Take me up”. Sharon knows Dara from growing up in the industry and Dara made her laugh when she described Who’s Eddie as a “fatter, older version of The Corrs”. Jessica Pritzel was the envy of every girl in Ireland when Bressie described her as “sexy and seductive” the 21 year old is in her final year in DIT studying Music and Drama and also plays the tuba in the National Symphony Orchestra. Nikita O’Rowe,20, had just arrived home from supporting The Stars of the Commitments on tour to audition for The Voice of Ireland, the Tallaght girl is far from “Tallafornia” as she feels her image differentiates her from the pack. Her version of “Never Forget You” had Brian, Sharon and Bressie convincing her to pick them but it was Bressie who came out on top.

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.

And check out the show’s website www.rte.ie/thevoiceofireland for interviews with the participants.