Friday 18 April 2014

Dolores O'Riordan proving a massive hit with Voice of Ireland hopefuls

The Cranberries singer has been soaring ahead of her fellow judges during the audition stages

The Cranberries singer has been soaring ahead of her fellow judges during the audition stages of the RTE series -- and after last night's show has now bagged herself seven contestants in the competition.

Kian Egan and Bressie are halfway to the maximum amount of 10 with five contestants each, while Jamelia has four on her team.

Proving that she is a hit with hopefuls, Dolores was picked over Westlife star Kian by Michelle Revins, who sings with the Dublin Gospel Choir and wowed with her version of Johnny Cash's Hurt.

"Oh my God, I felt you took your hand and you put it into my heart and you pulled my heart out. It's so raw. It's brilliant," said Dolores after turning around in her chair.

Dolores happily showed her softer side on several occasions during the episode.

While she and Jamelia haven't really seen eye to eye so far, viewers also saw the two women bond over motherhood last night.

After a performance by Armagh native Catherine Hughes (29), who is 30 weeks pregnant, the pair discussed the stresses of balancing family life with a music career.

"Men have no idea how much more difficult it is for women in the rock and roll industry and while we are trying to give birth, breastfeed, all they do is have a good time," Dolores said.

Jamelia responded: "We are here to reproduce but it doesn't mean we can't get up on stage and sing. We are women -- that's what we are meant to do."

Dolores added: "We are obviously the superior sex."

Meanwhile, Dubliner James Sheridan was hoping to relive success after making it through to the battle stages in last year's instalment of The Voice.

He opted to sing Kesha song Tik Tok, but was sent home once again after nobody pushed the button.

Over the next five weeks each coach will pick their perfect ten acts in the blind auditions and pit them against each other in the Battle stages.

They must then make the decision which of the two they will take through to the live shows, which kick off on March 16 and will be hosted live from the Helix by Kathryn Thomas.


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