Series favourite Patrick Donoghue wins The Voice of Ireland for Team Una
Published 26/04/2015 | 20:24
After four months of gruelling competition and a nail-bitingly close final, Patrick Donoghue has finally been named The Voice of Ireland.
More than 100 voices were whittled down to the final four who battled it out tonight to win The Voice and a recording contract with Universal Music.
Coaches' favourite Patrick (23) from Dublin beat off stiff competition from Kieran McKillop (23) from Antrim who came fourth, Sarah McTernan (21) from Clare who came third, and runner-up Emma Humber (19) from Dublin.
The Dunnes Stores worker had been consistently brilliant throughout the series, garnering comparisons to British singer Sam Smith.
On the announcement of his win he broke down in tears and was unable to speak.
The final show had kicked off with the coaches Bressie, Una Foden, Rachel Stevens, and Kian Egan performing 'Should I Stay or Should I Go' by The Clash with Bressie on drums and Kian on guitar.
First up from the final four contestants was Bressie's runner-up Emma, a student of English and History at NUI Maynooth, who took on Kiesza's hit from last year, Hideaway.
"What I love about you is you can come out and do any style and just make it yours," said Rachel. "I loved that it was modern and fresh and I thought it was fantastic."
Neutral coach Kian, who didn't have an act in the final, said, "When you started out in this contest it was wow, this young girl's a great singer but now you're an artist."
He added, "I believe you will get a record deal and have an album" while Bressie said he would "love to hear her make a record".
Antrim sheep farmer Kieran was up next for Team Rachel, singing Maroon 5's 'She Will Be Loved'.
Kian said, "I think you did a great great job with that song. Really great vocal" while Bressie added, "Kieran you've got a great male contemporary pop vocal.
"I find it hard to understand you sometimes but when you sing it's so clear. When you sing it's crystal. When youur'e talking it's like, 'what?'"
Rachel's second finalist, Sarah, who works in Penneys and hails from Ennis, was third up to sing. She sang Beyonce's 'If I Were A Boy'.
"Great song chjoice Sarah tonight," said Kian. "I think that showed you off perfectly. It's a very difficult song to take a Beyonce song and make it your own".
Una added, "You totally made it your own. You weren't being Sasha Fierce, you were being Sarah Fierce".
Bressie felt she had found her groove, "Sarah you're lucky you found in the semi final and final the type of song that suits you."
Finally, Dunnes Stores employee Patrick from Donnycarney in Dublin performed for Team Una. He wowed with Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror.
"You really don't need me to tell you I think you're incredible," said Bressie. "I don't think I've heard you hit a bum note in this whole series."
Rachel also admitted she was a "fan". She said, "Soul diva was out in force tonight. You've got such an incredibly powerful voice. It's faultless. You do get very nervous but you channel your nerves so well."
Kian was most enthusiastic. He said, "I feel really happy for you dude. For me, listening to your story, this is it, you're here on the Voice of Ireland singing Michael Jackson.
"You're a superstar. On that performance you could win the show tonight and if you do I'll be 100 per cent behind you."
As the voting lines opened all four sang I Lived by One Republic before they revisited their favourite performances from the series.
Emma really impressed all four judges with Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work, with Rachel predicting a future as a recording artist while Kian said it was "one of the best performances we've ever seen on the show."
"You don't have a major superstore behind you but if anyone thinks she's The Voice of Ireland pick up the phone and vote. For me it's between you and Patrick."
Bressie added, "Of the four years I've been on the show that's the most complete vocal I've ever heard on this show."
Kieran followed up with We Cry by The Script. Kian called him a "popstar" and Bressie said he knew what he's good at and sticks to it.
Sarah sang Who You Are by Jessie J and Kian said she "nailed it" and is a "ready-made star" while Bressie said she had one or two "moments".
Last but not least Patrick wowed once again with another Jessie J song, Mama Knows Best with the judges reiterating their previous gushing comments.
Guest performer Ryan Sheridan performed his new single 'Here and Now' before the winner was finally announced.