Friday 30 September 2016

Ciaran O'Driscoll failed to impress on The Voice UK last year but blows away Voice of Ireland coaches

Published 17/01/2016 | 20:00

Ciaran O'Driscoll - The Voice of Ireland
Ciaran O'Driscoll - The Voice of Ireland
Sarah Daly - The Voice of Ireland
Dan Roche - The Voice of Ireland
Joy Isabel - The Voice of Ireland
Kelsy Hoare - The Voice of Ireland
Loic Bontemps - The Voice of Ireland
Marty Bonner - The Voice of Ireland
Matheus Soares - The Voice of Ireland
Moylan Brunnock - The Voice of Ireland
Oonagh O'Gorman - The Voice of Ireland
Sofia Lozano - The Voice of Ireland
Tara Browne - The Voice of Ireland

A contestant who last year entered The Voice UK blew the coaches away on The Voice of Ireland on Sunday night.

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Ciaran O’Driscoll (27) from Derry originally trained as a classical singer and last year tried out on The Voice UK but failed to prompt any of the coaches to turn.

However, it was a very different result on The Voice of Ireland tonight as all four coaches - Bressie, Una Foden, Rachel Stevens, and Kian Egan - pressed the red button for his take on Radiohead classic Creep.

Rachel said, "Your range is unreal, where did that come from? There is nobody like you I loved that so much."

Kian added, "You can’t be shocked, that was incredible, I would say that is our best performance on the show so far this year. It was incredible, at the minute you are the one to beat."

Una was also massively impressed, "You have 90 seconds to sell yourself but the moment you opened your mouth you had me."

Bressie said he would "adore" Ciaran to be on his team.  However Ciaran chooses Team Rachel for an odd reason - because when he was working in a bar in London he served her a glass of tap water...

Ciaran was not the only contestant to raise the hairs on the back of all four coaches' necks, however.

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Moylan Brunnock (20) from Dungarvan in Waterford sang Joni Mitchell's Woodstock and all four coaches turned.

Bressie said, "That type of voice is so unusual, the potential there is frightening" while Kian described her as "very unique and quirky".

Moylan chose Team Bressie.

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Kian, Una, and Rachel were also impressed by 25-year old Tara Browne from Laois who previously applied for The Voice and X Factor but was unsuccessful.

She sang Glitterball by Sigma featuring Ella Henderson and Rachel said, "When you went into your falsetto it was controlled and beautiful you have a lovely quality to your voice."

Tara had an idea before she came on the show which coach to choose and she joined Team Una."

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Una picked up one more contestant in young mum Sarah Daily (28) from Walkinstown in Dublin.  She as the only coach who turned for Sarah who sang You Got the Love by Florence and the Machine.

Rachel, meanwhile, picked up two more contestants.  She was the only coach to turn for Loic Bontemps, originally from France but living in Dublin just 6 weeks as he studies at UCD. 

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Rachel also turned for 18-year-old Matheus Soares, originally from Brazil but living in Navan for the past nine years.  He weighed 25 stone just 12 months ago and hopes to pursue a singing career now.

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Kian was the sole coach to hit the red button for Kelsy Hoare (20) from Cork who sang Hozier's From Eden.

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Both Bressie and Kian turn for Marty Bonner (34) from Derry even though his gravelly voice gave up on him towards the end of the song, AC/DC's Shook Me All Night Long.  He opts for Team Bressie.

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It was bad news for four other contestants, however, including Joy Isabel who was a child star in the Phillipinnes.  also Sofia Lozano (29) from Mexico but living in Dublin failed to impress with Shakira's Objection.

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Oonagh O’Gorman (32) from Belfast sang Foo Fighters Best of You but she lacked passion, according to Kian.

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This week's 2FM Wild Card, Dan Roche (19) also failed to get through.  The Waterford native sang Let Me Love You by Ne-Yo but missed a couple of bars of the song.

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