Michael Lawson Wins The Voice of Ireland!

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Tonight Monaghan’s Michael Lawson was crowned The Voice of Ireland champion for 2016.

Michael, who is mentor Bressie’s third winner, becomes the fifth male winner of the show. He beat off stiff competition from Sligo’s Kelesa Mulcahy from team Kian who was second, Meath’s Nigel Connell from team Una who was third and Dublin’s Laura O’ Connor from team Rachel who was fourth.

Mentor Bressie said earlier in the evening about Michael,

“People like you deserve to win because you are a natural talent and they don’t come along very often.”

Congratulations Michael and well done to all the finalists! 🙂

Michael’s version of 7 Years is now available for download on iTunes.

My Verdict On The Voice of Ireland Finalists!

 

Tomorrow the next Voice of Ireland champ will be crowned with two women and two men left in the reckoning. Below is my verdict on the final four and who I think should be crowned champ 2016:

 

Nigel Connell

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I have been for Nigel alongside Georgina who was on Bressie’s team from the start so Nigel is my winner. (And no, it isn’t because he’s Meath like me! But it’s a nice bonus! :-)) His vocals are effortless and he is so professional. His performance of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight was brilliant in the semi-final. Me, Mum and Shar are rooting for him to win tomorrow. Go Nigel! 🙂

 

Kelesa Mulcahy

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My second favourite in the final is Kelesa who is also very professional. She is very talented and would also be a worthy winner.

 

Michael Lawson

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Michael doesn’t really sing the kind of music I listen to a lot so because of that I prefer Nigel and Kelesa’s performances but he does do what he does well.

 

Laura O’Connor

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Like Michael, I don’t really listen a lot to the music Laura sings so I look forward more to Nigel’s and Kelesa’s performances. But she did come back having been at the live shows before and that attitude is admirable and it paid off.

 

Good luck everyone, especially Nigel! 🙂

 

Patrick Donoghue Wins The Voice Of Ireland 2015!

Dubliner Patrick Donoghue was crowned The Voice of Ireland winner for 2015 on Sunday evening. He was part of Team Una and the Dunnes worker was Dublin’s first winner of the contest. Fellow Dubliner Emma Humber who was part of Bressie’s team was second with team Rachel finishing third and fourth. Clare’s Sarah McTernan was third while Ballymena’s Kieran McKillop was fourth. And we slightly helped Patrick on his way to victory with a few votes although I’m sure he’d have won anyway. 🙂

Donoghue, who was the very first contestant at the Blind auditions this year, sang Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror and Jessie J’s Mama Knows Best to claim the title and a recording contract from Universal Music Ireland.

All four finalists have each released their favourite song from the series on iTunes which are as follows:
Patrick Donoghue – Jessie J’s Mama Knows Best; Emma Humber – Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work; Sarah McTernan – Jessie J’s Who You Are; Kieran McKillop – The Script’s Together We Cry.

Well done Patrick! 🙂 Very well-deserved! Best of luck! 🙂 And good luck to the other finalists too! 🙂

Top 11 Tips For The Voice of Ireland Crown 2015!

So The Battles have now been completed on The Voice of Ireland and the competition is approaching it’s live show phase. But just who has what it takes to be the show’s fourth winner? Take a look below to see who I think is in with a good chance of been crowned champ number 4!

Fionn Gardner

19-year-old Kilkenny Theatre student Fionn Gardner has a very unique tone to his voice and sung High Hopes by Kodaline at his blind audition. He is on Team Kian.

Sasha Sangari Smith

24-year-old rock chick Sasha Sangari Smith, originally from Dublin but now living in Wexford, has a strong rock voice which made her over of Burn by Ellie Goulding very unique at her blind audition. Originally on Team Kian, she was stolen by Bressie at The Battles.

Ashley Loftus

31-year-old Ashley Loftus from Waterford is on Team Bressie and sung a stunning version of The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice at her blind audition.

Niall O’Halloran

Singing Lay Me Down by Sam Smith at his blind audition the current favourite to win The Voice Limerick man Niall O’Halloran impressed and joined Team Una.

Patrick Donoghue

23-year-old Patrick Donoghue from Dublin joined Team Una after an amazing version of Red by Daniel Merriweather at his blind audition. On a side note I’m pretty sure I seen him at The X Factor audition last year. Could be wrong but I think I did. So if he goes on to win I can always say I seen The Voice winner. Has a good chance of doing so.

Chloe Wilders

I think Chloe Wilders’ has a really good pop/country voice with a bit of rock thrown in for good measure in parts so I think her voice will suit many songs. Originally on Team Bressie after her blind audition of I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz, she was stolen at The Battles by Kian.

Kieran McKillop

Singing The Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way at his blind audition, Ballymena’s Kieran McKillop impressed and joined Team Una. After one of the best battles of the series with Patrick Donoghue to You Give Me Something by James Morrison, he was stolen by Rachel.

Helena Bradley Bates

Singing Heart’s Alone at her blind audition Helena Bradley Bates showed the power and strength in her voice. She is on Team Kian.

Ciara Monaghan

Performing From Eden by Hozier, 18-year-old rock/folk singer Ciara Monaghan managed to impress Kian at her blind audition.

John Bonham

28-year-old rocker John Bonham from Dublin created one of the best battles of the series with Sasha Sangari Smith as the two blasted out Def Leppard’s Animal. He sang Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin at his audition and following his win in the battle remained on Team Kian.

Emma Humber

19-year-old student Emma Humber sang a haunting version of This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush at her blind audition and joined Team Bressie and kept her place on his team after another of the best battles of the series with Chloe Wilders to We Don’t Eat by James Vincent McMorrow.

The Fabulous Brendan McCahey Wins The Voice of Ireland!

The amazing Brendan McCahey won The Voice of Ireland tonight!

The amazing Brendan McCahey won The Voice of Ireland tonight!

The fabulous Brendan McCahey tonight scooped the title of The Voice of Ireland winner. McCahey, who is living in Cavan, sang  ‘Can’t Judge A Book’ by The Strypes and did a duet with the lovely Jerry Fish in the final to secure his win.

The 39-year-old, who was part of Team Bressie, was originally turned down by producers of the show this year but gained one of the coveted 2FM wildcards to get to the blind auditions stage of the competition where his savvy mentor was the only one to turn around and he then went on to receive two tens, the only two tens of the series, for his semi-final performance of Sam Smith’s Stay With Me.

Mentor Bressie said proudly Brendan tonight,

“The only thing Brendan hasn’t done is gangster rap. You are ready to record an album, you are that good.”

Dolores O’ Riordan’s act Kellie Lewis came second, Jamelia’s act Laura May Lenehan finished third and Bressie’s other finalist Jaime Stanton finished 4th.

Congrats Brendan and Bressie! Very well-deserved guys! 🙂

 

The Voice of Ireland First Live Show!

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The Voice of Ireland live shows got off to an amazing start last night on RTE with three acts from each team going up against each other. On Team Kian there was Jay Boland, Pauric McLoughlin and Laura O’Connor with Pauric losing out while on Team Dolores there was Kellie Lewis, John Hogan Junior and Michelle Revins with John losing out.

On Team Jamelia there was Laura May Lenehan, Gavin Murray and Daisy Valenzuela with Daisy losing out.

While on Team Bressie there was Brendan McCahey, Sarah Sylvia and Kedar Friis Lawerence with Kedar losing out.

I thought Sarah was the best on it but I also felt that Brendan, Kedar, Pauric, Gavin, Kellie, John and Michelle were very good. Well done to everyone and hard luck to those who went out.

Who are you for in The Voice of Ireland this year?

Kian Egan Appears on The Late Late Show!

Kian Egan appeared on The Late Late Show this week!

Kian Egan appeared on The Late Late Show this week!

I watched current king of the jungle Westlife star Kian Egan talking on The Late Late Show on RTE over here in Ireland this week.

Egan, from Sligo, spoke about his time in the jungle saying that his biggest challenges while participating in the ITV show were missing loved ones, the lack of food and been cut off from society. He spoke about how he prayed to his deceased father Kevin every night while he was in the jungle.

His mother Patricia, his brother and his sisters were in the audience and his mum spoke. She spoke about how she wasn’t worried about Kian going into the jungle because she knew he was an adventurer but that she was worried that he wouldn’t take care of his skin and get sunburn. Kian also revealed that his mum sent him a sent saying how his father would have been proud of him the jungle and that he reminded her of his dad.

The moment when he seen Jodi in the jungle was played and Kian revealed how he knew when he seen Jodi there that everything outside with his son Koa and all his loved ones was Ok and settled. He spoke about how listening to fellow campmates Alfonso Ribeiro and Vincent Simone talk about recently having babies made him broody to want to have another child with Jodi.

Egan also spoke about the differences in the fame he had in Westlife and the fame he had since leaving I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here’s jungle. He revealed that when he was in Westlife he would get people saying that they liked his music but now he would get people saying that they thought he was a really nice person.

He spoke about fellow campmate Joey Essex and how he advised Joey to save more money whilst in the jungle. He spoke about how Joey had a Gucci pair of shorts for a sum of 350 while his shorts which looked identical were a sum of 50. And then we seen Kian’s jackets throughout the years, some of which were expensive but Kian was quick to point out he didn’t choose them all, and an inexpensive jacket which he wore in Grease when he was in secondary school.

He joked presenter Ryan Tubrity when asked what he hoped for next, “to stand up and he’d show him.” joking that he wanted his job.

Catch Kian on The Voice of Ireland on RTE every Sunday!