'It was really hard for me when I didn't get through' - Kildare teen Marby after The Voice Kids UK battles
Kildare teenager Marby Arriola has said it was "really hard" for her when she failed to make it past the battle rounds of The Voice Kids UK.
The aspiring singer (14) was thought to be a hot favourite after her blind audition wowed the judges, but she failed to make it to the semi-finals, along with the four other Irish contestants who were also given the boot.
Marby reckons she will have a short break from singing for a few weeks to recharge her batteries.
"I really just want to take a break for a while now because that was really hard for me when I didn't get through. I'm still proud of myself because not everyone gets that far," she said.
Although she was disappointed to not make it through, the teen is going to keep watching her mentor Will.i.am.
"Will.i.am just said thanks for coming and gave me a hug and he gave me his autograph," she told the Herald.
"I'm still going to keep watching it, everyone there was really nice and I made friends with all of them so I want to see who wins."
The other Irish contestants taking part were Devon Browne (12), from Donaghmede, Zena Donnelly (14), from Blackrock, Adam Moloney (14), from Co Kildare, and Nathan Johnston (14), from Co Antrim.
Marby sang Eurythmics' There Must Be An Angel and declared the performance the "best day of her life".
Marby hopes to stay friends with the other Irish singers she met on the show.
"I got to meet all of them, they were really nice. I was with Adam in my group. There was about 12 of us," she said.