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'You can't change somebody's work ethic' - Bressie appalled by acts' efforts on The Voice of Ireland

Published 09/03/2016 | 15:43

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

Bressie is unimpressed with the work ethic of his two battle teams on Sunday night's final battles episode of The Voice of Ireland.

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The Mullingar man picks songs for both of his battles which the contestants don't know so they're tasked with learning new lyrics and melodies.

First he pits Donegal girl Nerissa Moore (24) against Navan native Sean Byrne (21) and gives them Bruce Springsteen’s Secret Garden.

When it becomes clear they haven't put the necessary time and energy getting to grips with the song, he's not happy.

"You can't change somebody's work ethic," he says. "It's up to you to decide how good you want to make this."

Later in the show he's equally unimpressed with 2fm Wild Card Georgina Moore (30) from Belfast and Martin Bonner (34) from Derry when they don't put the work in on their Rolling Stones song, Gimme Shelter.

"If they did work..they didn’t work effectively," he says.   He tells them "at this point in time it’s not acceptable, there is no excuse for not doing the work".

Maybe he hasn't been fed?

‘They don't feed us on The Voice and when I don't get fed I get really ratty!’ – Bressie backs down in bust-up with Una Foden  

Elsewhere on the show, things get a little awkward for married coach Una Foden when one of her contestants takes a shine to her and flirts outrageously during rehearsals as Bellingham Castle.

She puts Johnny Kohlmeyer (32) against Hannah Ferguson (20) to sing Hurts so Good by Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson, but Johnny can't concentrate because he's too busy flirting.

"He is a massive flirt, I have never seen the likes of it," says Una.  "I am sure he flirts with everyone, I am sure he flirts with the cat at home!"

Unlike Bressie's contestants, Rachel Stevens' first battle duo are delighted with their song choice.

Johnny Garvey (34) from Galway and 2fm Wildcard Jordan O’Neill get James Bay’s Let it Go. However, Rachel feels Jordan is pushing it a little too much in rehearsal and advises him to step back a bit in his performance.

Unfortunately, her song choice for her second battle doesn't work out quite so well when the singers' contrasting styles just don't gel.  She chooses Sia's incredibly difficult song Chandelier for Derry native Ciaran O’Driscoll (27) and Belfast girl Alex Sykes.

Kian is a little underwhelmed by 2fm Wild card Luke Ray Lacey (19) singing against Aaron Carroll in rehearsals.  They've happy with the song choice - Ed Sheeran's Bloodstream - but that's not enough for Kian.

Kian also worries about the time Law student Kelsey Hoare (20) and Waterford mum Mary Ward (25) spend trying to get the melody right on their song, Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohen.

The Voice of Ireland, Sunday 13th March 2016 RTÉ One 6.30pm

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