Wednesday 23 August 2017

Five talented Irish hopefuls will battle it out on The Voice Kids UK this weekend

Adam Moloney during his first The Voice Kids UK audition
Adam Moloney during his first The Voice Kids UK audition
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Five young Irish stars have made it through to the battle stages on The Voice Kids UK and will face off on stage on the ITV show this Saturday and Sunday.

Marby from Kildare, Adam from Shannon, Nathan Johnston from Larne, and Zena and Devon from Dublin all impressed the coaches Pixie Lott, Danny Jones, and will.i.am at their first auditions but they will be paired with two competitors to sing together and try to win over the coaches once again.

Marby Arriolla (14) gave a rousing rendition of Stooshe's Slip last week and all three coaches simultaneously to try to bag her for their team.  She chose will.i.am as her mentor.

Devon Browne (12), from Donaghmeade in Dublin, also impressed during his initial audition.  Pixie Lott turned around just moments into his performance of One Direction's Story of My Lilfe.

Upon seeing him, Lott yelled: "I think I've just fallen in love!"

"I love your voice," she added. "It's so innocent and angelic and pure. Imagine when he's older how his voice will develop."

Fellow judge will.i.am said he was also dazzled by Devon's potential, saying: "I was sitting here in disbelief!"

Adam Moloney (14) from Shannen, Co Clare was the first Irish youngster to impress on the show during its premiere last month.

Dubliner Zena Donnelly (14) has also made it through.  She performed Mama Knows Best two weeks ago and Pixie Lott turned for her.  Zena was just 7 when she was brought up on stage to sing with Whitney Houston and she represented Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year with Bríce Ar Bhríce.

Nathan Johnston from Larne won a place on team Danny.  The 14 year old rocked a cover of Bob Seger's Old Time Rock and Roll.

Presented by Emma Willis, the show gives children aged 7-14 the chance to win £30,000 towards their musical education plus a family holiday to Disneyland Paris.

The winner will be crowed next weekend.

The Voice Kids UK airs on TV3 this Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm.

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