SINGER Bressie has defended RTE’s flagship entertainment show ‘The Voice’ telling its critics: “If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it. No one is putting a gun to your head and saying ‘watch me’”.
The show has proved a ratings hit for RTE with hundreds of thousands of viewers tuning in every week, however has been savaged by critics.
The Mullingar native told TV Now magazine that he feels more confident on the show’s judging panel this year following his debut in 2012.
“I think people need to realise I hadn’t done any television at all so it was going to take some settling in with the whole thing.
“This year we’re all very comfortable with each other so you probably see that comes across more – that’s why we probably fight, it’s just because we’re comfortable.”
The former Blizzards frontman is preparing for the release of his second solo album later this year, and hopes to impart the knowledge he’s gained from his years in the music business to his new team on The Voice.
“If you want to be a singer you have to pick your own path and just find the right people to help you, that’s really the key”, he said.
“And grow a massive set of balls, not literally because that would be a little weird – but you need them.
"Everyone gets hurt if somebody says something negative. That’s how you deal with it”.
Bressie was the winning mentor last year, however thinks new girl Jamelia is determined to take his crown on this year’s series.
“She and I had a few fights, but once again that’s like 12 hours in a room, it’s going to happen. I am what I am and she is what she is.”
Viewers last night saw the first show of the battle rounds as the mentors pick their final team to take to the live shows.