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Thursday 10 July 2014

The gloves are off: Bressie and Dolores trade insults over album sales

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 06/01/2014|07:28

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NO REPRO FEE Recording for series three of the Voice of Ireland kicked off this weekend in Dublin's Helix Theatre. Over 100 hopefuls performed for the coaches in the Blind Auditions stages of the singing competition. Each coach picked a total of 10 acts who will battle against each other in the Battles stages to win a place in the live finals. Pictures: Tony Kinlan, 20/10/2013.
Recording for series three of the Voice of Ireland kicked off this weekend in Dublin's Helix Theatre

New Voice judges Dolores O'Riordan made her presence felt as she took on Bressie on the show last night.

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Dolores O'Riordan showed she is a not on The Voice to make friends with her fellow judges last night,  when she told Jamelia “bring it on girl” before convincing Kellie Lewis (20) to pick her over her female co-star.

The Cranberries front woman is hoping to stamp her authority on the show after replacing Sharon Corr on this year's panel.

While battling to get quirky singer Caoin Fitzpatrick on to their sides, Bressie and Dolores bickered over how many records they had sold.

When Dolores reminded the former Blizzards frontman that she sold 45 million records world wide with The Cranberries, he retorted: “But how did your last solo album do?”

Previous Voice of Ireland winners, Bressie and Jamelia, saw their latest campaigns on the music show start with a whimper last night.

The singer song writers only managed to secure one act each for their teams during the opening round of the third season of the talent series.

Bressie and R'n'B singer Jamelia were firmly kicked into touch by Dolores O'Riordan, who won three of last night's best performers for her team.

King of the jungle Kian Egan, was happy with his lot as he walked away with two acts.

It was the first show of the blind auditions, which will continue over the next four weeks as the coaches pick ten acts each and then pit them against each other in the ‘Battle’ stages.

Seven hopefuls were over the moon to sail through the first round of auditions on last night's show, including Dubliner Gavin Murray (22) who impressed with his version of John Newman's Cheating.

Gavin was good enough to force both Jamelia and Kian to turn their chair around and the young singer from the capital became the only act to make it on to team Jamelia last night.

Praise of the night went to Athlone singer Jay Boland, who was the only hopeful to turn all four of the mentor's chairs on last night's show.

The young singer eventually went for ex-Westlife star Kian Egan as his mentor because he felt that he could relate to him.

Twitter users took to the social networking site to support either #teambressie or Dolores following their spat.

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