Thursday 30 March 2017

‘They were checking they didn’t call the wrong names’ – Kathryn Thomas on ‘Voice of Ireland’ shock result

Kathryn Thomas during the live show of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
Kathryn Thomas during the live show of The voice of Ireland in The Helix
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THE ‘Voice of Ireland’ presenter Kathryn Thomas has spoken about Sunday night’s controversial result.

Viewers were stunned after favourites Mariah Butler and Danica Holland were sent home.

Both singers consistently topped the coaches’ vote and were leading with the bookies.

There was a stunned silence in the audience as Sunday’s show went off air.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas has revealed even the backstage team were shocked at the result.

“I was stunned; I was getting the feed from the production truck and I could hear them checking and re-checking they didn’t call out the wrong names", she told

"The long pauses weren't to create suspense, they were actually being that careful that they were reading the right names.

Galway girl Mariah Butler (22)


“Danica was brilliant and I really thought Mariah was a contender.” She said.


The presenter has put the shock result down to people assuming the singers were safe – and local support for other contestants.

“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.

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

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