Saturday 25 October 2014

Kian Egan slams parochial voting on The Voice – and claims only one finalist deserves place

Published 23/04/2014 | 17:55

Kian Egan during the  Semi Finals    of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
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Kian Egan
Brendan Mc Cahey  with Kathryn Thomas during the  Semi Finals    of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
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Brendan Mc Cahey with Kathryn Thomas
Paddy Molloy during the  Semi Finals    of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
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FORMER Westlife star Kian Egan has slammed parochial voting on The Voice – saying only one of the four remaining contestants deserves their place in Sunday night’s finale.

The Sligo native lost both his remaining two acts in last Sunday’s semi final.

He is now backing rival coach Bressie’s contestant Brendan McCahey to win the show.

He told Nicky Byrne on 2FM yesterday: “What is sad about it for me is there is only one person in the show left who deserves to be in the final.

“I think Brendan should go all the way and win the show, he’s the only one who deserves it.”

While he admits even his contestants have probably engaged in campaigns locally to gain votes, he thinks parochial voting means good singers are leaving the competition too early.

“The biggest  problem we have on The Voice is we have a county getting behind an act. You have a small town really investing into an act.

“You don’t have all of Ireland going ‘that is the best person’ then picking up the phone and voting.”

He added that while last year’s winner Keith Hanley was a good singer – there may have been better singers that could have won the show.

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“Las year we saw someone win the show who was good, but was he the best singer in the competition? Probably not.

While he has made no decisions on his future on the show, he has said he would like to come back if producers changed the system.

Last year producers responded to viewer pressure and introduced a 50-50 split in the vote, where the coaches decided the half a contestant’s overall score.

“I’ve already said to the producers of the show that we’ve really got to look at changing the system next year if we’re going to go ahead and make sure the right people win the show.”

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Host Kathryn Thomas recently told Independent.ie that certain parts of the country are notorious for backing their acts, while other counties, particularly Dublin, tend not to pick up the phone.

“Some people from certain parts of the country historically have a stronger vote than others”, she explained.

“Dublin is notorious for not voting, for some reason the Dubs just don’t vote”, she said.

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The Voice of Ireland returns this Sunday night on RTE One for the Final.

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