Tuesday 27 June 2017

'There's nothing for Voice of Ireland singers afterwards' - X Factor's Mary Byrne

'X Factor' sensation Mary Byrne
'X Factor' sensation Mary Byrne
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Mary Byrne has said she would love to see a new variety-style show in Ireland as she reckons the talent is “wasted” here.

Her former mentor Louis Walsh has been linked with an Irish version of Britain’s Got Talent as he looks ahead to his next project and Mary has given any possible show the big thumbs-up.

“I think it would be great. Look at the Voice of Ireland – there’s so many good singers that go on the Voice of Ireland but there’s nothing for them afterwards,” she said.

The Ballyfermot native, who reached the final of the X Factor in 2010, has given her tuppence worth on the future of the Voice of Ireland VOI amid speculation on its future.

“The likes of what Louis is talking about is a big variety show, like Britain’s Got Talent. I just think it would be fabulous to give the talent of Ireland an outlet but I would like them to have something for them afterwards, to get a chance to have a platform, the way the X Factor does.

“I don’t like this idea of putting on a big talent show and filling them with the dreams, like the Voice, and then nobody follows up on it afterwards.”

The star, who has just finished touring Menopause the Musical, said there needs to be more marketing of Voice winners of the Voice of Ireland to give them that extra push.

“They don’t back them up enough. And Ireland needs to get behind their its own talent too and give them a chance,” she said.

“We’re more behind the big English acts and that’s sad because we don’t have enough stars over here and we should have.

“You can integrate from here to England if you become big enough, if someone puts the money into you. I hope it works out for Louis and he does get it up and running,” she said.

Herald

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