Sunday 22 October 2017

'We don't live in a big enough country to get constant talent coming through' - Bressie says The Voice had run its course

Bressie on The Voice of Ireland
Bressie on The Voice of Ireland

Sean O'Grady

Bressie has admitted that Dancing With The Stars is a good replacement for The Voice as the singing competition had run its course.

The Mullingar man (36), a coach on the musical talent show for all five seasons, reckons Ireland is not a big enough country to produce a constant supply of talent for such a programme.

"The Voice and Dancing With The Stars are entertainment television. I think The Voice had its day anyway," he said.

"I think we could have pushed it for another year or two, but we don't live in a big enough country to get the constant talent coming through all the time. The UK have such a big population."

Bressie from The Blizzards at the Homeless Gig in The Olympia
Bressie from The Blizzards at the Homeless Gig in The Olympia

The Blizzards frontman said he had enjoyed his time on the programme, but felt it was right to move on.

"I loved it, but five years is like dog years in TV, it's like 30 years in television," he told the Herald.

The moment Michael Lawson (second from left) won The Voice of Ireland pictured with his coach Bressie and Kathryn Thomas Kian Egan and Kelesa Mulcahy .
The moment Michael Lawson (second from left) won The Voice of Ireland pictured with his coach Bressie and Kathryn Thomas Kian Egan and Kelesa Mulcahy .

Although a second series of Dancing With The Stars has not been officially confirmed, producers are already said to be searching for celebrity contestants for the next season.

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan and GAA stars who could follow in the footsteps of Aidan O'Mahony are said to be top of their wish-list.

If he was asked to take part, Bressie, a former Westmeath Gaelic footballer, admitted he wouldn't have to think twice about turning it down.

"RTE don't have the insurance for me to dance. I will injure many people and make a fool of myself doing it," he said.

With many of this year's celebrities spending up to eight hours a day in rehearsals, Bressie - full name Niall Breslin - reckons he wouldn't have the time to commit to the series.

"I would never do it, not in a million years," he said.

"You have to give up your day job to do it. The time commitment is insane."

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