Monday 22 December 2014

He had 'no idea' Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding was lined up as his advisor - but The Voice star Bressie says he's 'delighted'

Published 15/02/2014 | 08:52

Bressie is lined up for a 2fm slot
Bressie is lined up for a 2fm slot
Bressie at the Maire Keating Foundation Christmas lunch
Musician Bressie chatting with customers. Mark Maxwell
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Girls Aloud members: Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
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Sarah Harding

HE had “no idea” she was lined up as his advisor, but The Voice of Ireland coach Bressie has insisted that popstar Sarah Harding offered something he couldn't when it came to mentoring his team.

The Girls Aloud singer was brought in to help Bressie with his contestants during the Battle stages of the RTE contest, which kicks off tomorrow.

And although the former Blizzards frontman didn't know who would be giving him a helping hand , he told the Herald he was “delighted” with chart-topper Sarah's input.

“I didn't even know that Sarah was my assistant coach until I arrived in |the studio that day, but as someone who's in one of the biggest bands in |the world, there's not much more you can ask for, is there?” asked the 33-year-old.

"Sometimes the people you want to help you are off touring or their schedules don't work with filming dates. “I always like an artist who's different to me, and |it's good to have a girl too because female artists offer a different perspective.

“This is the point when people actually come into themselves and their personalities come out — choosing is hard so another opinion is welcome,” added the he added.

And the Mullingar native, who also told how told the Herald that he and Sarah (32) were getting on like a house on fire.

“She's very easy to chat to and really easy to be around, so that helped hugely,” he said.

competition

“You want to be with someone you can get on with, especially as you're sitting side-by-side for hours on end."

Although Bressie admits he's going up against some strong competition, particularly with The Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan's team, he's fairly certain that he has the most interesting and diverse acts.

“There's no point in calling who will be the winner this early on, but in terms of something different, I think my team has that in spades,” he said. “It's often the case that the best singer doesn't win the series though.”

Bressie, who is dating model Roz Purcell, added that with Dolores on board this time around, the style was more varied. “The more left-of-centre singers tend to go with me or Dolores and the stars lean towards Kian and Jamelia,” he said.

”Having Dolores has definitely added another element to the show. The intimidation level has gone up a little bit too with her around, but she's fantastic.”

“She is so much fun, very quirky,” he said.

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